I write a lot of book reviews and post them on Amazon and Goodreads. I review on a sliding scale. Sort of like when you go to a meditation retreat you are charged according to how much you can afford. In the case of book reviews my system is based on where the writer is on his/her writing career.
All of us know how much work is involved in the writing and editing of a book. That in itself is an achievement.
Then there comes the packaging, the publishing and the marketing.
TAKE A BOW, DEAR WRITERS!
Here’s my system. Whenever I read a book by fellow bloggers I immediately give a 3 star for having a book out.
I wouldn’t want you thinking that everything that’s out there deserves a three star. We all have come across junk but that’s not what I’m talking about. Also, I will give a one star to any book I that is filled with pornography, condoning violence of any sort, hate literature. I give a one star rather than not post at all as a statement. Luckily I seldom come across these books.
What I’m talking about are Indie writers who’ve put effort and thought and even their souls into their work. I might not like the genre or the plot doesn’t move me but that doesn’t mean that the book is not good. Lots of people could like it. Hey, I never got into Harry Potter!
If I’m reviewing a book of a known writer, say one who has loads of experience under her/his belt, been on the bestseller list and has an editor, publicist, agents in US, Australia, UK then I tend to be more on the left side of the sliding scale. I’m less forgiving.
For books written by fellow bloggers,who have to wear many hats, I lean most often on the 5 star side of the scale.
Is this fair? Should I be judging all books equally? I think not. It would be like comparing a beginner or intermediate musician to Erin Copland or all skaters to P.K. Subban.
Do you review books you’ve read? Do you have a system?