Monday, May 07, 2007
CONF 443: REVIEWS
New review for Novel 2 on Amazon. A surprise, because latest royalty statement says only 15 or so copies were shifted in six months. One of those 15 has taken time out to give it 3 stars and call it OK, not wonderful, not terrible. I mean, if you're not moved one way or the other why bother? Better news over on Bookcrossing where another rare recent reader has also taken time out to comment. They give it maximum stars and say: "Really loved this one. It's all about marriage in modern times. Very funny and close to home in parts." So even Stevens for now then.
Successful author has new book out and so is everywhere in the mags and newspapers at the moment. Good article on reviewing and why she dishes out bad reviews sometimes. Then gets it in the neck herself the very next day.
I confess I've been tempted to take the Amazon one-star slag-off route sometimes. I'd never, ever do it. It would leave a very nasty taste in my mouth, just as confessing here that I've been tempted does. I know you have to get used to taking it, because that's part of the deal. But I can't see how anybody who's been on the receiving end could inflict it on anybody else. As A A Gill says, he can do it precisely because that's his job and he doesn't own a restaurant or make his own TV programmes.
Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.
Posted by Stephanie Zia at Monday, May 07, 2007