Please welcome Virna DePaul. She is the very talented lady behind the Para-Ops series. She has stopped by today as part of the 3 Star Rating event that Bitten By Paranormal Romance has put together.
Most authors do not react favorably to a 3-star review. It's not horrible. It's not something we can't work past. But we still don't like them. Sure, a 3-star review isn't as “bad” as a 1 or a 2-star review, but in a way it’s far harder to swallow. Writers are regularly taught that getting reviews on both ends of the spectrum (5 stars and 1 stars) is preferred because it at least means our story has evoked some strong emotion, be it good or bad. In many writers’ minds, a 3-star review means the reader responded to our story quite…tepidly. In other words, she could take it or leave it. She could put it down to do other things…and probably to pick up a different book. She might even think of it as…”meh” or “forgettable.” If too many readers feel this way about a writer’s work, it could mean the slow, painful death of a career. There’s always that “better” author or story in the TBR pile.
In looking at some of the 3-star reviews I’ve gotten, here are some of the things readers have said: “Can’t get into it.” “I've actually picked this up a few times and put it down.” “I admit to being slightly disappointed with this book.” Now, it’s true that these same reviews also had complimentary things to say about the stories. “I enjoyed this or that” or “I really loved this,” but those “good” things always seem overshadowed by the inescapable feeling that I, the author, didn’t give the reader the exhilarating experience she was hoping for.
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