Anatomy of a Bad Review

A very interesting post by Don Massenzio.

Author Don Massenzio

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I’ve been blessed. I’ve written a number of books. I’ve been very fortunate. Readers that I don’t know have given my work reviews that have, in the vast majority, earned four or five stars.

That’s why, when I receive a bad review, I like to study it and figure out if there is something I can learn to improve my work.

Let Me Be Frank - CoverWhen I signed onto the Amazon author’s site, I saw this review for my second book, Let Me Be Frank:

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I’ve redacted the name in this review. I didn’t want to make this post about the person who submitted the review, I wanted to make it a teaching moment.

First, I looked at the review. It’s titled ‘Boring’ and starts out with the words ‘too slow’. This is valid criticism for a book and sometimes, in a detective novel, the pacing can be…

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3 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Bad Review

  1. No one likes a bad review but learning from them will help sell more books in the future because sometimes they are pointing out things that can be easily corrected making your book even better. I still hate getting them and thankfully rarely do. But even a couple wll keep me up nights. 🙂

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