Who’s more valuable – amateur or professional reviewers?
Well, it depends on who you ask, but according to this article in the LA Times, amateur reviewers – especially on Amazon.com – are on the ascendency. And one author explains why:
[W]riter Beth Lordan took to heart the HarperCollins winners’ opinions on her new novel, “But Come Ye Back.” She listens to professional critics, but “I wanted to know from readers who aren’t doing literary analysis: Does the story itself hold? Do you care about the characters?
“I was literally in tears that all these people in the middle of regular, ordinary, demanding lives took the time to read the book and respond to the characters and then say so. And they said, ‘This is a good story.’ It’s not about networking, or you give me a good review, and I’ll give you a good review. It leaves all the parts that are a little bit tainted out of the mix.”
Shows what a role Blogcritics can play too, yes? And the rewards, while not monetary, can be a pile of books – look at Amazon’s #4 reviewer, Rebecca Johnson, who:
gets 40 to 60 free books a month, along with checklists from publishers asking her to mark the upcoming titles she’s interested in receiving at no charge.
Encouraging thoughts to encourage Blogcritics – and a sign that Eric’s vision is proving true. The reputation of Blogcritics is growing, and with amateur reviews the current trend, there’s nowhere to go but up. Now, excuse me while I go write a review.