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Re: Balance in writing reviews

Post by jimthorne2 » 30 Sep 2017, 17:47

I have learned one more thing. Rather than being marked off for missing a comma, use the Draft and read out loud to catch your mistakes.
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Post by TheWriteAngel » 17 Oct 2017, 22:42

I like the detailed feedback that the editors give. It helps me understand what to continue doing and what to keep out. I would really like to get better at writing reviews.

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Post by jimthorne2 » 18 Oct 2017, 09:40

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Post by Sushan » 19 Jun 2018, 13:30

Reviews are dependent on the reviewer. Two reviewers may review same fiction in two different manners. Keeping balance is also a subject matter. What the author expects is something else which the reviewer cannot know if the author does not specify what he/she needs exactly
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Post by CatInTheHat » 19 Jun 2018, 16:35

Sushan wrote:
19 Jun 2018, 13:30
Reviews are dependent on the reviewer. Two reviewers may review same fiction in two different manners. Keeping balance is also a subject matter. What the author expects is something else which the reviewer cannot know if the author does not specify what he/she needs exactly
The only input the author has on a review is approving the blurb that demonstrates that the reviewer read the book. Since the blurb is not a review and does not reveal the opinion of the reviewer, reviewers don't need to worry about what the author is looking for in the review. The author does not see the review until after they have approved the blurb for payment.

You are correct that reviewers will have different opinions on the storyline and characters. However, if a book has many grammatical and spelling errors, all reviewers should notice it & comment on it in their review. As a far as balance, reviews do need to be balanced, with analysis compromising more than the plot summary.
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Post by jjmainor » 01 Sep 2018, 01:02

You have to remember that their editing is not some robotic function that will yield the same results under separate checks...two different people are going to see the same thing in two different ways. Just think about how each of us can read the same book and come up with different ratings. I'm sure we're all not going to catch the same grammatical errors either. I get frustrated too, but you have to remember they're human like we are, and I'm sure the authors get frustrated when we don't like their books for some reason they find silly.

To answer the original question from a different perspective, I've never liked reading book summaries in a review...the author already provides that on the product page, so it's redundant in a review. Since this site requires it, I balance the summary against my own disdain, keeping it simple, but informative enough, spending the bulk of the review critiquing the book. I don't want to call anyone out or criticize (though this will definitely sound like it), but I've seen reviews that are paragraph after paragraph of summary, and only one paragraph of critique; and I find my eyes skipping paragraph after paragraph to get to the one where the reviewer tells me why they liked or disliked the review. IMO, that is more helpful to a perspective buyer.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 01 Sep 2018, 07:36

jjmainor wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 01:02

To answer the original question from a different perspective, I've never liked reading book summaries in a review...the author already provides that on the product page, so it's redundant in a review. Since this site requires it, I balance the summary against my own disdain, keeping it simple, but informative enough, spending the bulk of the review critiquing the book. I don't want to call anyone out or criticize (though this will definitely sound like it), but I've seen reviews that are paragraph after paragraph of summary, and only one paragraph of critique; and I find my eyes skipping paragraph after paragraph to get to the one where the reviewer tells me why they liked or disliked the review. IMO, that is more helpful to a perspective buyer.
It is assumed that when people read a review on the OBC that they have NOT looked at any product page. That said, reviewers lose major points if the summary is more than half of the review.
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Post by jjmainor » 03 Sep 2018, 22:30

CatInTheHat wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 07:36
jjmainor wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 01:02

To answer the original question from a different perspective, I've never liked reading book summaries in a review...the author already provides that on the product page, so it's redundant in a review. Since this site requires it, I balance the summary against my own disdain, keeping it simple, but informative enough, spending the bulk of the review critiquing the book. I don't want to call anyone out or criticize (though this will definitely sound like it), but I've seen reviews that are paragraph after paragraph of summary, and only one paragraph of critique; and I find my eyes skipping paragraph after paragraph to get to the one where the reviewer tells me why they liked or disliked the review. IMO, that is more helpful to a perspective buyer.
It is assumed that when people read a review on the OBC that they have NOT looked at any product page. That said, reviewers lose major points if the summary is more than half of the review.
That makes sense. Guess I never imagined people encountering a book here without encountering it at a retailer like Amazon.

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 15 Sep 2018, 04:42

I too, have faced a similar problem regarding commas. One editor found no issues with how I used commas however, in the next review, marks were deducted by another editor. I proofread and grammar check my reviews multiple times before posting them. No grammatical errors were observed by the free grammar check tools available online but still, I got dinged. :P
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Post by jjmainor » 15 Sep 2018, 22:50

Debjani Ghosh wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 04:42
I too, have faced a similar problem regarding commas. One editor found no issues with how I used commas however, in the next review, marks were deducted by another editor. I proofread and grammar check my reviews multiple times before posting them. No grammatical errors were observed by the free grammar check tools available online but still, I got dinged. :P
Nevertheless, the editors are doing a fine job of scoring the reviews. Due to their constructive comments, my writing has improved in a span of few months.
I got dinged for not adhering to guidelines on one review, in part, for not putting a comma in the title of the book when there is no comma on the cover or the title page...

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 16 Sep 2018, 00:24

jjmainor wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 22:50
Debjani Ghosh wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 04:42
I too, have faced a similar problem regarding commas. One editor found no issues with how I used commas however, in the next review, marks were deducted by another editor. I proofread and grammar check my reviews multiple times before posting them. No grammatical errors were observed by the free grammar check tools available online but still, I got dinged. :P
Nevertheless, the editors are doing a fine job of scoring the reviews. Due to their constructive comments, my writing has improved in a span of few months.
I got dinged for not adhering to guidelines on one review, in part, for not putting a comma in the title of the book when there is no comma on the cover or the title page...
That's unfortunate! :(

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Post by CatInTheHat » 16 Sep 2018, 10:58

jjmainor wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 22:50

I got dinged for not adhering to guidelines on one review, in part, for not putting a comma in the title of the book when there is no comma on the cover or the title page...
For not following the guidelines? I could see that under grammar/spelling but not guidelines. For that, though, just request a recheck, explaining that's how the author wrote it.
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