I think I pretty much need to add this video to my auto-response email about doing book reviews. I tell people you'll get an honest review from me. It is only my opinion, but I think you can learn from the people who don't like your work as well as the people who rave about it.
Author's have fragile skin. I've gotten a rotten review or two. Everyone is not going to like your work. When I review I try to be positive. Point out one thing that didn't work and then point out something that did. I don't make a bashing party our of it. I warn that I'm not going to post glowing if I'm not glowing. Still, it turns into a thunderstorm every time I have to post a negative review.
Last Saturday I posted a 3 star. I don't think it was mean:This book has enormous potential, it is a blending of several genres; however, it never felt like it knew what it wanted to be and it was never enough of any one genre that I could commit to the story. The writing style is pleasant and flows well.
And the next day someone went in and on all my positive reviews clicked 'not useful'.
I don't hide behind a pen name when I write and I don't hide behind a screen name when I review. I'm proud of my work and I'm honest in my reviews(and they are only my humble opinion, so lighten up).
I've got a pretty full read schedule, and more request coming in. But please don't ask me to review if all you expect is the standard I'll pat your back if you pat my back kind of thing.
That's not how Susan rolls...