That is a review of my book Up So Down.
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That was not my only negative review, even for that book. PT Dilloway commented that there were 'missing pieces,' (although he gave it five stars and was generally positive) and Andrew Leon gave it four stars but commented that while the story was fine, the book suffered from some editing problems:
Mostly, it's nothing all that serious, an overuse of commas that most people won't notice, but there are some spots where there are wrong words or names and a couple of those spots did make me have to go back to figure out who was talking at a given a moment
I am thinking about those reviews -- the seriously bad one, and the ones that liked my book but found problems with it -- because those two authors, Dilloway and Leon, are right now in the middle of a debate (some would say fight) about the propriety of giving a negative review to an indie author's book.
The brouhaha is superficially about Andrew's review of Sandra Ulbrich Almazan's Lyon's Legacy, which you can read here, but it seems to me it is more actually about what kind of authors indie authors are, and how they should be treated.
|Average rating on Amazon:
4.5 of 5 stars.
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make up your own
mind about the book, which
has its merits.
That's my own compromise with ethics and reviewing and supporting indie authors: I won't post a negative review of an indie author. I used to take that stance and find something positive to say about the indie book, no matter what, and never point out flaws. Now, I take that stance and either post an honest review of a good book, or I won't review it at all.
(PS If I've read your book and haven't posted a review, that doesn't mean I didn't like it. I rarely post reviews, period, and there are great books that I haven't gotten around to posting reviews of because I really don't like to review books.)I didn't go back and change Sandra's review or ranking, mostly out of laziness. Instead, I read Andrew's review, and then I read the vituperative comments and back-and-forth debate about whether or not an indie author should give a bad review to another indie author.
Should one indie author give a bad review to another?