So, this week has been another rough week personally. It's OK though, I'll get over it. I'm an adult and will continue to act like one, no matter how many people try to bring me down. I won't go into details, but will say it has absolutely nothing to do with my writing and/or my books; with the exception that it has helped fuel the fire in creating today's little ditty.
It's time to Blog Hop!
After a really rough week, I have decided to let the creativity flow from my brain uninhibited. Why was it such a rough week, you ask? Well ... I received an e-mail from Amazon on Monday stating customers had notified them with complaints that my book The Kindness of Strangers was filled with typos. After some e-mails back and forth between Amazon and I, I discovered it was on a version from June 2010 (one of the original uploads) that the complaints were made on. I was very disappointed.
I never hid the fact that the story was unedited. In the very beginning I had had over 20 beta readers read my story and I thought it was a viable product. I was so proud of it! After several reviewers notified me to say the book was so horrible they couldn't read it, I went through it myself and with a program called Grammarly (thanks to an AWESOME reviewer who allowed me to borrow her id and password). I fixed everything Grammarly had mentioned, and posted another version.
As a reader I'm always looking out for the next best read. A book that will captivate me and hold my attention. A book that I will want to read again and again because it allows me to escape from reality. I've found a couple of books like that, but then I've read a couple of books that I toss gently to the side, vowing to never even look at the cover let alone read again.
As a reader I do allow reviews to sway my decision-making process. If I see a book with a hundred great reviews, and maybe only one bad review, I'll sample the book to see if it'd be something I'd be interested in. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. It's more often than not that a bad review will push me over the edge to hit that One-Click option, more than a good review will.