Book Ratings!

A friend and I were having a discussion on book ratings the other day. I’ve had the same discussion pretty often with other friends who write and thought it might make a decent blog post. What is a rating, really? It’s like a tip you give your author for taking you on an adventure you wouldn’t have imagined on your own.

Amazon has a rating system of 1-5 stars, with 5 being excellent and 1 being awful. I have my own version of this, though. Here’s what ratings look like from the author’s point of view…

5* Excellent, my day was just made so much better because someone out there loved my book. I’m not just shouting into the void. Someone really gets me, and I want to take them to dinner and thank them personally for that validation I needed to get the next book finished. I feel like this about my 5* reviews…she loves her fish  :)  ......one time, I was hanging out with this little 3 year old whose dad happens to fish, and he had given her these two realistic looking plush fish, and the 3 year old, in her little voice told me that one, her favorite, was a trout. The other was a bass. She then looked at the trout, and said lovingly, "He's a good girl..."  Haha...this pic just made me think of that.

 

4* Not bad. The reader had some issues with the story, but I can take constructive criticism. Maybe I’ll take their concerns into account and try to fix a few things the next time I go through and polish my book. If the 4* is gushing with praise (and it happens surprisingly often) I might be scratching my head wondering what it would take to squeeze that last star out of them. Occasionally, you get the snarky 4*. Generally full of praise, but it’s clear they believe they could have done the story better. Good luck with that.

21 Reasons Why “Hocus Pocus” Is The Best And Most Important Part Of Halloween...number 1 being its filmed in my home town.

3* Meh. It’s just ok. Nothing to write home about and tell mother. The people dropping 3* reviews are pretty rare. Getting reviews are hard. I think the average is about every 1000 purchases will get 1 review, and the numbers get even higher if it was a free promotion. The reason 3* reviews are rare, I believe, is because people have to feel passionately about a book to review it. They either love it or they hate it. To them I say…

I asked this dog what his honest opinion was of our political representatives?  I'm thinking I agree with him....just sayin....

2* They hated it, but for some reason just wouldn’t drop the rating to a 1. Usually this type of reader is reading the wrong kind of book for them. Someone who loves sci-fi isn’t going to be happy with a paranormal romance, but if a book is out on free promotion, a lot of people will take anything free and then complain later.

23 Reasons Why "Hocus Pocus" Is The Best Halloween Movie Of All Time....not sure I'd go so far as "all time" but it is one of my favs to be sure

1* They loathed it. Personally, I think these are the people who just like raining on parades. If you go ahead and give into the urge to stalk them, ahem, trace their other reviews, you’ll find they don’t give out much higher than a 2* to anyone. These are the people you just want to grab by the scruff of the neck and ask…

Gladiator - Russell Crowe again! He is such a humble guy, even when kicking ass, and true to his wife. Sad though... he's just a pissed off farmer.

All of this was in good fun, of course, but seriously, thank you to the readers who leave ratings for their authors. The ratings keep us going like nothing else can.

10 thoughts on “Book Ratings!

  1. Reblogged this on Rose English UK and commented:
    Great little blog covers many concerns on ratings. loved the images too LOL

  2. KK Allen says:

    Awesome post!!!

  3. Though ratings/reviews are rather important, it hasn’t taken me very long to settle on a similar attitude about reviews. After all, didn’t we all sell our first book without any reviews at all? Or, at least most of us did.

  4. Patricia says:

    to be honest, I never posted a review until I started reading comments and blogs from various authors explaining the importance of them, so I have now made it a habit to write them. I try to be as honest as possible, and I have to admit I do stay with a specific genre because I know what I like and dislike. I think communicating the importance of receiving a review will encourage others like me that thought our voice didn’t matter, now that I know, i choose my words wisely and when I read a book, and finish it, I make sure I post a review. And Sherri, you have not let me down…I am one of your biggest fans…

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