Reviewer IndieView with Desert Rose of Desert Rose Reviews

It is all about networking, though. Unsure of what books to start with, I found Goodreads, and made a to-be-read list from some groups I joined. It’s like tripping, for the mind. No matter how long the book is, if the plot doesn’t pull me in, it takes me longer to finish it. You have to smooth that road out, before you ask people to drive on it. If a book hasn’t grabbed you by the first five pages, do you put it down? Good question! How do you review a book? I’m simple. I think there needs to be more options and ways for writers to polish their books, without breaking their banks or simply being rejected completely. Okay, insecure moment, but I’ve literally never heard that comment before. I don’t like using two roses, and generally try to figure out if I’m being too harsh, or too nice. One star is bad. Five roses is basically excellent: plot, characters, & overall experience was amazing, and the story will stick with me for quite a while. In five years, very few books have ever gotten that low of a rating from me. Also, edit your book. If a book has a sex scene thrown in, my review of the book overall will be worse, because my experience had a wrench thrown in. Too many filters are what kept the climate so stiff in previous centuries. I based mine off the standards for Goodreads & Amazon, although I use roses (Desert Rose Reviews), instead of stars. Two roses is usually for books I wish I could rate three roses, but simply can’t if I’m being honest. For me, it just ruins a perfectly good story. An unedited book defeats the purpose of publishing a book – to entertain. That day changed my whole life, I’d say, and I was introduced to the world of not only reading books, but becoming an active member of a community I had no idea existed until that day. Few people enjoy simply sitting and doing nothing, and books are a wonderful way to keep your mind active for a little while. Erotica. End of Interview:
To read Desert Rose’s reviews, visit her website. We’re seeing lots of statistics that say reading as a pastime is dying – do you think that’s the case? After a few years, I realized my nearly constant sour mood was from a lack of reading. One rose from me means it was a complete waste of time, I wish I wouldn’t have read it, and I only finished it out of my own stubborn inability to not finish something I start. As a somewhat newbie author myself, I’m actually struggling with this! When modern people have spare time to spend on something, it seems most tend to choose movies or television, especially in the last decade. I generally tend to read a book cover to cover, or as quickly as I can, and write my review immediately, so the feeling I have of the book is fresh. I am, however, very picky about the books I do read. As more indie authors are becoming known for wonderful stories, the climate is changing. Four roses is good, experience was pleasurable, and the plot/characters were good, it just didn’t blow me away. I fell out of the hobby of reading after I graduated High School. Filter? What are you looking for? I think people love reading because they love being entertained. In order to join the topic of conversation, I did a quick Google search. I think there have only been a few books in my entire life I couldn’t actually finish, and I still sneer at the thought of them. Oh gosh. How did you come up with your rating system, and could you explain more about the rating system? As long as the writer is willing to grow, I don’t see a problem. Three roses is a not good, not bad. Desert Rose – 15 June 2017
About Reviewing
How did you get started? The modern climate simply needs to expand and grow into being a welcome place for writers in general. 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. If I can picture it happening, and fall into the story, then I’m basically happy. A lot of books I rate three roses were probably two roses for most of the book, but I bumped them up to three because I know I can be quite harsh when I dislike something. Both kinds of messages have been wonderful experiences for me. Honestly, my best advice really is just to reach out to bloggers and reviewers. You can’t be entertained if you can’t stay in the flow of the story, and spelling/grammar mistakes take the reader out of the story. Under no circumstances to ‘argue’ with the reviewer – would you agree with that? Indie authors should be celebrated, not turned away. I do that as an author, and I try to keep the author in mind when I review any book, but it’s always difficult to deal with someone not liking your work. Really really bad. Do you get readers emailing you and thanking you for a review? I’ve never been gripped by a book after the first quarter – if it’s bad that far in, it’s bad all the way through. Kind of a “meh” feeling. That day changed my whole life, I’d say, and I was introduced to the world of not only reading books, but becoming an active member of a community I had no idea existed until that day. Reviewers want to review books, and if you find one that looks like a good match for your story, shoot them an email! The Hobbit (95K words) took me three weeks, haha. 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) An author saw my review, and thought I’d like his book, and emailed me requesting a read-for-review of his book – the first I’d ever experienced. We’re told that the first page, paragraph, chapter, is absolutely key in making or breaking a book. What is a bummer, is the fact there are some great indie books out there, that grab you two or three chapters in. I think it’s gross, I don’t wanna read it, and I’m not interested in it. Do you have any ideas or comments on how the industry can ‘filter’ good from bad, aside from reviews? Is it a read first, and then make notes, or do you make notes as you go along? As an author who started out as a reviewer, I understand both sides. Definitely. It’s such a common thought though, to simply watch the film if it was based on a book, or watch a movie in general. About Publishing
What do you think of the oft-quoted comment that the “slush-pile has moved online”? The internet has offered writers who would have otherwise never been noticed, a wonderful opportunity to connect with people. If the grammar is the only issue, that’s generally a four star for me. Even school reading lists have fallen in quality and quantity. I don’t enjoy bedroom stuff in books, and it’s simply not necessary to making a book interesting. DNF. Don’t talk to any reviewers until your book is edited. There are definitely writers out there who need to learn the art of polishing their story, however everyone deserves the chance to grow. Books had been a constant companion for me growing up, so going that long without reading anything taught me how much I need books in my life. If I don’t like a book, it’ll stay in my head forever! With indie books becoming so prevalent, the standards need to change, and update with the times. I’ve had many people tell me they either read a book and fell in love with it because of my review, or stayed away from a book because of my review. Making genuine connections, and working with people. Agents typically request only the first five pages of a novel; what do you think about that? I think so, definitely. I can’t find anything about the book to talk me into rating higher, and really, it isn’t difficult to please me. Is there anything you will not review? Unless, of course, you’re alright with bad reviews and complaints – no one likes paying to be tripped and irritated. Any reviewer who has an opinion worth something, won’t have a good time reading a book filled with mistakes, and really, if you’re putting a book out there, the point should be to give the reader a good time, and entertain them. A review is an opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own. For a lot of people, it’s also an escape, either from their life, or from the lack of having anything else to spend their time focusing on. ‘Good’ and ‘bad’ is all relative, and depends on the reader. The publishing industry simply needs an update, so that good books have the chance to become great books. Really bad. A good writer (in my opinion) can entertain me without selling out with sex scenes. I noticed how many people in that group left book reviews, but I hadn’t done that before. An author isn’t promised a positive review, and if a reader doesn’t like their book, well, that’s just part of putting anything out in the world. Still, if the plot is one that really moved me, and hit me hard, and the characters will stick with me, I’ll most likely not care so much about the grammar, and still rate it a five star, with a note that the grammar could be improved. I immediately fell in love, and have been reviewing ever since. I didn’t want to stop reading, but it isn’t one I’ll end up reading again. Really, our culture needs to change, and re-embrace reading as a social norm, so there will be more reviewers out there. Not really. Edit, then network. I love knowing I help other people choose good books to read. Some people will love it, some people will hate it, but it should all help an author grow. It takes time, but if it’s worth it to you, then the effort will pay off in the end. That’s a huge topic of complaint in reviewer circles, it seems. I do, actually. Not editing. Personal preference, but that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Did not finish. Professional reviewers. Do you think attitudes are changing with respect to indie or self-published titles? I read Moby Dick (200K words) – took me two days. Blech. If a book has a great plot, great characters, but the grammar is less than perfect, how do you deal with that? Unfortunately, I do think reading is becoming a dying pastime, which is a complete shame. Writers have the perfect chance to flourish, as long as there are readers out there to entertain. A good plot will generally equal a good review, and from there it simply depends on whether there are plot holes, if the character development made sense, and if it was edited/formatted well. I hope it will continue to grow in popularity over the coming years, because there are some incredible indie authors in the world, who have stories worth noticing. 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. Be personal – don’t send mass emails, because that just makes a reviewer feel unappreciated. It’s a personal inability I have to leave things unfinished, and it usually leaves me with a horrible irritation at the end, feeling almost forced to finish a book I dislike that much. Generally, I’m looking for a book that makes my imagination work. Why do you think people love reading? We adore entertainment. Where in the world have I been? What advice could you give to authors looking to get their books reviewed? Unless the reviewer is attacking the author personally or crossing some sort of obvious ethical boundary, I’d say let it go and focus on the positives, because there is always a silver lining. It’s cruel that the modern world is also responsible for turning would-be readers into movie lovers, but I digress. About Writing
What are the most common mistakes that you see authors making? I can definitely see where that idea is coming from, although I don’t really agree with the negativity associated with it. That’s really bad. After prompting from a group member, I left a review for a book we’d been discussing. Not always pleasant, haha. I have a photographic memory, so I’ve never been one for taking many notes. I understand the idea, and why that is such a strict rule for so many publishers and agents. If a book over-rides my need to finish things I start, yikes. While I am a natural speed reader, it really does depend on the story. I’d give a book a quarter of the length to grip me, wherever that lands it. With the option of self-publishing so simple and readily available to writers, many people now skip paying for editing, citing lack of funds or time as a valid reason, and it isn’t. How long does it take you to get through, say, an eighty thousand-word book?