Reviewer IndieView with Emma of What Emma Read Next

Sometimes this means I am forcing myself to continue but I feel it is only fair to give it a good go before giving in. so in my world, it’s still as popular as ever! To spend a few hours in a different world forgetting the trials and tribulations of real life is wonderful and cannot be underestimated… especially if you are having a bad time of things. There are many great writers out there that deserve to have their books out in the World and there are some great avenues to persuade these days! I haven’t had any emails as yet but I have had a few post comments and twitter messages from people saying that my review/s have brought a new book to their attention, which is nice! PLEASE don’t gush too much about my amazing blog and me, sometimes it can come off as over the top and desperate and honestly puts me off a lot. I’m not a fan of erotica and will read romance books if the romance isn’t the main storyline. I mean they made sense eventually but at the time, I thought how strange and out of sorts with the current narrative they were. One thing I have seen recently is the situation where, probably in the editing phase, authors have realized they didn’t introduce a character or idea properly and shoving a random sentence or paragraph in somewhere that to someone reading it cold, seems out of place. Do you think attitudes are changing with respect to indie or self-published titles? About Publishing
What do you think of the oft-quoted comment that the “slush-pile has moved online”? 5 – A new favourite – I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT! I mean I realize that there is A LOT of books out there that are considered to be ‘slush’ but for very person in the world there is a different desire for reading material. I was a really voracious reader when growing up and then University things slowed down and I would go through fits and starts but always wanted to read more. 1.5 – Disliked a lot
2 – Disliked
2.5 – Meh! If a book has a great plot, great characters, but the grammar is less than perfect, how do you deal with that? I will always try to find good in a book and can also see when a book is good and will be enjoyed by others – we all have such different tastes and can’t love everything that’s written. I would like to get better at making notes whilst reading and love watching videos on YouTube to see how others do it! Last year, I decided that I wanted to make more of an effort to read more and thought that starting a blog would hold me accountable. Having said that, I do absolutely LOVE it when a book grabs you from the first page! I do obviously rate some books on Goodreads (although I need to go through the ratings on there and check they’re correct since starting the blog!) and then I use the below:
1 – Hated it. This is a hard question to answer for me as I am still relatively new to the world of reviewing and certainly have not had a huge exposure to indie writers and self-published books before now. 3 – Was OK
3.5 – Liked it! But should it? 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) Again, it depends on the book and how bad the grammar is – in the past I have had to stop reading a book because of it, but have also been able to see past it in others. Reviewing came as part of that really! I hope they are! I do agree but don’t think I would agree with 5 pages – that seems to be VERY short! Do you get readers emailing you and thanking you for a review? I certainly have had my eyes opened to things a lot more since getting back into reading and the bookish world. If a book hasn’t grabbed you by the first five pages, do you put it down? I know that sounds like an obvious answer but I try not to judge books too much and will have a read of it if the cover or blurb attracts me (I’m sorry but I am definitely someone that judges a book by its cover)! despite being assured they are part of a ‘standalone series’ I just find it hard to read them in the wrong order ..!! Yes and please don’t take it personally – if I don’t like a book you have written, that doesn’t mean I don’t like you! I think the main thing (and is certainly true for me) is the escapism. Under no circumstances to ‘argue’ with the reviewer – would you agree with that? Is there anything you will not review? Agents typically request only the first five pages of a novel; what do you think about that? End of Interview:
To read Emma’s reviews, visit What Emma Read Next. We’re told that the first page, paragraph, chapter, is absolutely key in making or breaking a book. We’re seeing lots of statistics that say reading as a pastime is dying – do you think that’s the case? As I said earlier, If I am attracted by the cover and / or the blurb I will give it a go … whether considered part of the slush pile or not! I for one will give anything a read and will champion anything I enjoy, self-published or not! I am still pretty new to it but am always totally honest and try to only choose and review books that I think I will enjoy – no one wants to read a bad review! How did you come up with your rating system, and could you explain more about the rating system? I would also say, please do be patient – Life happens and for most of us, our blogs are something we do in our free time as and when we can; constant chasing is not going to help us, although I do understand that you need to follow up when you have given away a free copy of your baby! If each book out there is enjoyed by just one person then it’s done its job, hasn’t it?! Simply by starting my blog! How long does it take you to get through, say, an eighty thousand-word book? Why do you think people love reading? 4 – Liked it a lot! I think that there are a lot of great books being missed that end up as free kindle books but there is a lot of stuff available that I think give them a bad reputation. Be natural and honest and give as much detail as possible especially if you have a date or deadline in mind, would like other bits included (such as an interview or excerpt) or if it is a book that is part of a series. About Writing
What are the most common mistakes that you see authors making? What are you looking for? If each book out there is enjoyed by just one person then it’s done its job, hasn’t it?! I ALWAYS give a book either 50 pages or 25% before I will put it down. I also don’t like vampires and werewolves as a general rule and also am pretty anal about reading books in the right order .. I don’t disagree but I don’t entirely agree either. As for it being a dying past time, I would have to disagree, only because I know so very many people that love to read, and I’m not even including all of my book blogger friends – pretty much all of my close friends read a lot and my family is certainly a massive reading family .. What advice could you give to authors looking to get their books reviewed? A little bit of both actually – it depends on the book and the subject matter. It’s not a deal breaker for me but I will comment on it if it is a finished version (as apposed to an ARC). I tend to just discuss the book from a story, character, world building and enjoyment basis and then whether I would recommend it or not. I feel like I am being repetitive but it depends on the genre, if I am enjoying it, if I am reading just to review and how much time I have on a daily basis to read it. I would say however, I would expect it to take me about 3-4 hours or so. How do you review a book? Is it a read first, and then make notes, or do you make notes as you go along? 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. Honestly, I tend to veer away a bit from rating in numbers, as it is so different across the industry. Do you have any ideas or comments on how the industry can ‘filter’ good from bad, aside from reviews? Good books! Emma – 3 July 2018
About Reviewing
How did you get started? 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 there are funny parts or good quotes I try to make a note of them but sometimes I just get too carried away with the book to stop and do that! I think THE MOST important thing is your introduction email / contact. 4.5 – Loved it!