Book reviews are the cod liver oil of the writing world. Writers need them, and they can do an awful lot of good, but they can also leave an incredibly nasty taste in the mouth.
You can’t switch on the Internet these days without seeing an author giving out about book reviews and how unfair/mean/reprehensible/soul-destroying they are.
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This is a timely blog post I want to share. It’s about the rules for writing reviews. It lumps the troll reviews in with negative reviews, which is fine in this context since it is specific on what is not allowed.
I’m not sure about the reviews written by friends. I haven’t experienced a personally known friend who was willing to do a review, but I don’t ask. I do have acquaintances, through social media connections, who are willing to review for a free copy. Sometimes we exchange copies. It’s usually a matter of authors supporting authors, especially Indie authors who get no respect or consideration outside their circles.
I have added my own cats expressing their ideas of how readers, writers and reviewers often see this situation.
As they say here in East Texas… Have a blessed day.