Since my last blog for SMP (Insta-Love) addressed the same subject, I will qualify this entry, same general subject, as “additional research” (ahem).
As authors, we all come to realize—quickly—that book reviews are as individual as are readers. Some will love our characters, our premise, our plot lines. With others, we fall flat. As an extremely avid consumer of romance and women’s fiction novels, I will advise: never read the reviews first. Never judge a book by its Amazon star rating. Especially with books from big publishers who have hundreds, sometimes thousands of ratings. I’ve learned this the hard way (like I do everything else, unfortunately).
I recently listened to an audiobook by a Big Five published, best-selling author whose debut novel hit the charts high a few years back and has never flagged. The book has been recommended to me by a number of fellow readers, also lovers of…
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