Reviewer IndieView with Ambrose Crotts

Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Why do you think people love reading? If a book hasn’t grabbed you by the first five pages, do you put it down? How do you review a book? Do you have any ideas or comments on how the industry can ‘filter’ good from bad, aside from reviews? I’m never rude in my reviews, it’s just not how I like to be. Erotica, other genres beyond SFF. Do you think attitudes are changing with respect to indie or self-published titles? I appreciate pretty much all of the subgenres. I don’t fear for reading or writing; it’s always been a hobby pursuit and I don’t see it going anywhere. End of Interview:
To check out Ambrose’s reviews, visit his website. In certain niches, more books than ever are being published. Is there anything you will not review? I’m usually inclined to give a book a longer go, but I have more time to read than on-the-clock agents do. Could be broken up into a day, maybe two. I’ve loved getting lost in books since I was a kid. I work a lot and have trouble not working; reviewing books helps me feel productive and justified in spending so much time reading them. Younger generations are more likely to read than current older ones, according to some Pew research. It’s becoming harder and harder to distinguish between top-of-the-line self-published and traditionally published titles—whether you’re speaking in regards to covers, editing, or writing quality. I don’t like unneeded conflict in my life. Sure, it happens. I will mention it in the review if it’s bad enough. A few hours, not too long. Using dialogue tags incorrectly/intrusively and over-description. I wanted a simple and spoiler-free, but thorough, review method that I could apply to every book. I hate gatekeeping for gatekeeping’s sake; it’s fine if the gatekeepers aren’t the only option and are bringing something to the table. How long does it take you to get through, say, an eighty thousand-word book? Do you get readers emailing you and thanking you for a review? Is it a read first, and then make notes, or do you make notes as you go along? I’m honest and try to highlight both the flaws and strengths; it’s for the readers. Some people are publishing books that aren’t up to par. Let the readers and marketing decide what thrives or dies. I’m honest and try to highlight both the flaws and strengths; it’s for the readers. They’re doing the best with the time they have, even if a few killer books slip through their fingers because they weren’t punchy at the start. We’re seeing lots of statistics that say reading as a pastime is dying – do you think that’s the case? Reviewers are out there; I know that for a fact, as we tend to be in-touch with each other. Science-fiction and fantasy. Romantic fantasy, traditionally epic, space opera, etc. A number of the best sci-fi and fantasy novels I’ve ever read were self-published. So, I came up with summarizing characters, plot, and writing, and giving my thoughts on them individually in less than 1,000 words total. Reviews are enough. Under no circumstances to ‘argue’ with the reviewer – would you agree with that? We’re told that the first page, paragraph, chapter, is absolutely key in making or breaking a book. If I’m argued with negatively then I probably won’t give someone the time of day; I don’t like unneeded conflict in my life. More and more, people are shopping online. What are you looking for? Agents do it because of the sheer mass of submissions they receive. With the growth of Amazon, I certainly do. Some genres are growing, others are declining. Other authors are writing great stuff and not wanting to deal with traditional publishers. It just flows better for me. What advice could you give to authors looking to get their books reviewed? About Writing
What are the most common mistakes that you see authors making? About Publishing
What do you think of the oft-quoted comment that the “slush-pile has moved online”? I don’t mind sex in my fantasy or sci-fi though. About Reading
We talk a lot about writing here on the blog, and possibly not enough about reading, which is after all why we’re all here. Sure. I’m never rude in my reviews, it’s just not how I like to be. I try to post reviews or essays every two days. My advice to authors on getting a ‘bad’ review (hasten to add that might mean a perfectly honest, well written, fair review – just bad from the author’s point of view) is to take what you can from it and move on. I have a special place in my heart for heroic fantasy
If a book has a great plot, great characters, but the grammar is less than perfect, how do you deal with that? Authors being able to publish what they want is the right way to go about it. Mental notes, nothing on paper until I write the review. Ambrose Crotts – 1 September 2018
About Reviewing
How did you get started? How did you come up with your rating system, and could you explain more about the rating system? It’s only one factor in the review. If it’s readable I probably won’t mind. Agents typically request only the first five pages of a novel; what do you think about that? It shouldn’t. Not true. Reach out.