Amazon Customer Reviews

Amazon has refined its system for customer reviews, as Nate Hoffelder describes in her latest post:

It’s always been easy to post a review on Amazon; simply jot down a few sentences, select a star rating, and you’re done. It’s so easy to post a review, in fact, that it’s also easy to miss important details.

That doesn’t help readers, and it doesn’t help Amazon, which is why Amazon has added more options. In addition to the star rating, Amazon has added extra dropdown menus which invite reviewers to describe the quality of the writing, the amount of sex and violence in the book, and other details….

All in all, this is a good move on the part of Amazon.  I’m sure I’m not the only reader who has put down a book in frustration with the writing style, tone, or amount of extraneous sex or violence. By offering specific prompts for these areas of concern, Amazon is helping readers make more informed decisions.

In other words, now would be an excellent time to leave a review of Children of Pride or The Devil’s Due! 🙂

If Amazon Goes Bad…

I’ll be the first to tell you that my fiction writing is a hobby that (somewhat) pays for itself. I’m not trying to make a living doing this, just sharing a little bit of my craziness with the world. If that changes in the future, I’ll let you know. (Not the craziness: that’s not going to change.)

A rather significant conversation among those who are trying to make a living as an indie author has to do with Amazon and what happens if the company gets too big (if it isn’t already) and decides to use its monopolistic power inappropriately.

On that front, my friend Jennifer Becton has some helpful words. If anybody knows the indie author beat, it’s Jennifer. Listen to what she has to say.