Counting down until its release: March 10
The New Kindle Books
I am astounded at what readers are now expecting to pay for a book. With so many free and $0.99 cent books, we as authors, are perpetuating this phenomenon. Am I guilty of this? Yes! The first book I placed on kindle select for free was about one year ago. Sixteen thousand downloads later resulted in over two hundred sales. It also caused a jump in the sales of my other books. However, my sales are back to what they were before that and now, when I offer a free book, I have very few downloads. The number of free books is exponential. If one were diligent and watched the $0.00, a reader would not have to pay for a book. EVER! I have followed a few books and their reviews. It amazes me that readers believe a book on sale for $3.99 is overpriced. Don’t they think the author deserves to be paid for their work?
Oh my, and another Chrisism. Almost every review has at least one reviewer complaining of bad grammar and suggesting the author pay a professional copy editor to go over their book. I wonder, does this reviewer consider herself a professional copy editor? My book, Dakota’s Bride, was published in 1998 by Kensington. Kate Duffy was my editor. I know she did not copy edit this book, but I’m also sure Kensington employs “professional copy editors.” I also saw a review that stated that she, the reviewer, didn’t know anything about grammar, but the book she had just read had too many grammatical errors. How can a reader who admittedly knows nothing about grammar claim the book has many errors? Hmm... I’m sure that the influx of indie authors has probably caused this, but not all kindle books written by indie authors or published by small presses are poorly copy edited.
In books I personally have read, I’ve encountered outright lies from the reviewers about what occurred in the book. And at times I wonder if I read the same book. If one takes on the responsibility of reviewing a book, I do believe that exaggeration and lies have no place. Sometimes I have wondered if the reviewer has a grudge against the author.
So, enough of my ranting, I am wondering if any of you have comments to share. What kind of reviews do you like to see?
What kind of crazy reviews have you had?