January 10, 2020

Reviewer IndieView with Amanja Lambert of Amanja Reads Too Much

By admin

I use my kindle, my tablet, and my phone to access library apps, reading apps, and subscription services to get books for free or for very affordable prices all the time in addition to those that I buy in hardcopy. Authors looking to get their books reviewed should actually pay attention to the reviewer’s profile and site. There are so many stories out there in books, movies, tv, etc that I often feel like I’ve seen it all before. We’re seeing lots of statistics that say reading as a pastime is dying – do you think that’s the case? I agree that arguing about a bad review is really not going to help anyone. Which I think is good, the readers are who the books are for! I started writing reviews more recently and simply found it enjoyable. What are you looking for? Doing that is a way stronger distraction from everyday stresses than passively watching something. That way a reader doesn’t have to avoid a book review from me if they haven’t read the book yet. 5 stars: A new favorite, would re-read, and recommend
4 stars: Would recommend to the right audience, was a good but not great read
3 stars: I liked many parts of it but it had several flaws or just didn’t come together
2 stars: Didn’t like it, wouldn’t recommend to anyone
1 star: Hated it, personally offended by it, only finished it out of spite
What advice could you give to authors looking to get their books reviewed? For me it’s a way to relax and take my mind off of everything else. Don’t try to copy something that’s already been done, be the author that people want to copy. But it’s all subjective. This is probably just for profit and not worth your time. We’re told that the first page, paragraph, chapter, is absolutely key in making or breaking a book. Look for a reviewer who is already reading and enjoying books similar to yours. I do my best to push it aside but if it’s consistently bad I’ll usually put it down. 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? Yes, but slowly. 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. It’s a way to escape into a story, to walk in someone else’s shoes, or to learn something new. If a book hasn’t grabbed you by the first five pages, do you put it down? I’ll usually give a novel a little more than that but I do think that with some books you do know right away. An all too common mistake that authors make is trying to be “the next” something. It also gave me an added challenge of setting up a website for the first time. Otherwise it’d be best to just take any helpful criticism, if there is any, and then move on. Is there anything you will not review? More often through comments on the posts directly. I also like to write spoiler full reviews that include summaries and taking notes as I go helps log the plot points. Especially with how easy it is to get access to so many books. Ultimately it’s the readers who are deciding which books are successful, instead of major publishing houses. For something to get 1 star I have to have really, really hated it. If a book has a great plot, great characters, but the grammar is less than perfect, how do you deal with that? The only thing I can think of that is typically a red flag is if an author is churning out identical themed books every other week. Finding and helping new authors is really the best part about writing reviews. Ultimately it’s the readers who are deciding which books are successful, instead of major publishing houses. People just need to know how to find it. I write reviews for anything that I read. Amanja Lambert – 10 January 2020
About Reviewing
How did you get started? About Publishing
What do you think of the oft-quoted comment that the “slush-pile has moved online”? I think now more than ever people are discovering the value of reading. 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. Do you have any ideas or comments on how the industry can ‘filter’ good from bad, aside from reviews? Originality above all else. I like analyzing the reasons a book is good or bad and laying out all my arguments. Read their about me section and see if you are compatible, then tailor your email to the reviewer. I think that self-publishing and finding a consumer base online is just the way the game is played now. I’d be willing to try again on the next draft. When a book is different it always gets an extra point from me. How did you come up with your rating system, and could you explain more about the rating system? End of Interview:
Check out Amanja’s reviews at Amanja Reads Too Much. I think that only time that it would be appropriate is if the reviewer got something factually incorrect. Which I think is good, the readers are who the books are for! I started writing enough reviews that I felt like I could sustain a whole site. The best filter a reader can find is to find a reviewer who has similar tastes but you’re never going to know if you think a book is good or bad unless you read it for yourself. There are many bestsellers that I’ve absolutely hated but many people would disagree with my opinions on them. Self-publishing isn’t constrained by a conservative editor, an author gets to release their work exactly as they’ve intended it to be. It depends on the writing style. A personal touch will go a long way toward standing out and getting selected. Do you think attitudes are changing with respect to indie or self-published titles? I don’t know where those statistics are coming from, but I think they’re asking the wrong people. Why do you think people love reading? However, I have written reviews for books I did not finish just because they were that bad. Also, proofread your email! They want to write the next Gone Girl or Harry Potter but they should be trying to be the first of their own thing instead. About Writing
What are the most common mistakes that you see authors making? If it’s written poorly or is so boring that it takes a half hour to get through those five pages I’d definitely put it down. I think people love reading for the same reason people watch television or movies. 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) How do you review a book? I’ve been rating books on goodreads.com for several years, mostly as a way to keep track of what I’ve read. I have a tendency to forget things right after I’m done reading unless I really commit it to my brain so taking notes is the best way for me to remember. Agents typically request only the first five pages of a novel; what do you think about that? I think people are ready for new artists and new voices. If an author can’t be bothered to proofread or hire an editor if they know that’s not their strong suit why should I bother to read it? Once you re-discover libraries you’ll never be bored again. A simple, fast paced YA novel could take 4 days on my schedule while a complex, densely written novel with multiple points of view could take 2 weeks. Many consumers are tired of reading the same plots over and over and many publishing houses want to push what’s safe in order to make a better profit. Under no circumstances to ‘argue’ with the reviewer – would you agree with that? I think why I personally prefer reading to other forms of entertainment is that you have to do some of the mental leg work yourself. Five pages seems short. If I have decided to not finish a book just because it wasn’t for me then I probably won’t review it. You can find characters to love or hate and mostly find a distraction. I get excited about things so I can be a little more liberal with my 5 star ratings than my 1 stars. I most frequently get thanked for writing both spoiler free and spoiler full reviews. Honestly, I had never heard that phrase before and just looked it up. Now I am really enjoying reading a book that has only a couple of ratings on Goodreads and getting to be first in on the action. I make notes as I go along. You have to create the images, the character voices, and bring to life all of the descriptions. I had honestly not read many self-published titles prior to starting my site.