Why Book Reviewing Isn’t Going Anywhere? According to The American Scholar Published by Phi Beta Kappa

I was sent this article after informing you all I used to be a snail mail paper book reviewer.  I see lack of reviews are a common dilemma for lots of authors.  It’s a  serious enough issue for the American Scholar to write an article on it.

As I said before, I spend a lot of time away from the computers and simply did my writings without computer influence due to family concerns. And when I was first begin being introduced to the public 90% of my marketing was done in person. Seeing this situation at hand,  I am glad I started out meeting and greeting readers  in person.  Or it would’ve been much harder to get my work out there.

I have seen well-know authors books sitting with scarce reviews.

I guess the old snail mail kind of reviewing doesn’t exist anymore. Well, I have not done it in years, so I wouldn’t know.  I hadn’t realized the reviewing market had changed so much.

Some are blaming Indie publishing for this plight but I don’t think that’s the case. I have read many Indie authors who wrote very intriguing books.

Before she started studying book reviews, Phillipa Chong once worked to procure them. Chong interned at a Canadian publishing house during college, and quickly learned that book reviews were everything. “There was a sense that if you didn’t get a book review, your title was going to die on the vine,” she told me.

By the time she finished her doctoral studies in 2014, the landscape for book reviews had changed. Just as Rotten Tomatoes and Yelp did for film and restaurant criticism, Amazon and Goodreads democratized who could review books. “Suddenly, the debate was about whether we needed critics at all,” Chong says. “It was such a stark difference from my experience with critics during my internship. I wanted to figure out how those two storylines fit together.”


The American Scholar Why book reviewing isnt going anywhere?

But to go back to the idea of authenticity and trust, this is just as much if not more of an issue for reviews on places like Goodreads and Amazon. Who is booklover123? Is it the author’s aunt? Agent? An ex-student who feels he deserved an “A”? Remember in 2004 when Amazon accidentally listed the identity of anonymous posters? It turned out that many reviews were generated by people using fake identities to boost or depress the ratings of books, something called “sockpuppeting.” There are personal and professional consequences to critics that actually facilitate a particular professionalism and integrity. Yes, it may be surprising to some that worrying about how other writers will respond to their reviews is part of how critics write their reviews. But it’s also this sense of “peer policing” that keeps most critics on their toes about producing good and work. Though it doesn’t always work …

This maybe the case but why punish the entire industry for the actions of a few.  I had to look up what Sockpuppeting was. It is when one person uses an alternate account to pose as a separate person. It’s a form of deception where one person pretends to be others, often to push an agenda or troll an audience.


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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24 Responses to Why Book Reviewing Isn’t Going Anywhere? According to The American Scholar Published by Phi Beta Kappa

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Someone always has to spoil things for everyone, and its a crying shame!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kit Hysong says:

    I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.


  3. power gh says:

    I think book reviewing was doing fine until too many book hosting sites overstepped their boundaries. I understand what they were trying to do, but to punish everyone for the wrongs of a few is just plain wrong. Every indie author first fans are the people they know. Who else do they have to market their books to?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Heather Camaraderie says:

    Authors are sick of reviews being commercialized. And a way to hold that person’s writing career hostage.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Heather Camaraderie says:

    Authors are sick of begging for reviews. Sick of reviews being commercialized. And a way to hold that person’s writing career hostage. Everyone is making money off the hard work but the author.

    Liked by 1 person

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