Okay, a funny thing happened to me the other day. I submitted a review to Amazon.com and it was rejected. You heard me, REJECTED! I was flabbergasted, flummoxed, furious…you get the point. I can’t even tell you how this has affected me. The worst thing is, I have no clear reason as to why it was rejected. I got a standard form letter that gave a couple of reasons, none of which my reviews falls into.
This came at a time when one of the groups I am in has been discussing this very thing, so I posted my review to the group, hoping for some insight. I got some. But I also heard a couple of people say that since I mentioned in the review that I was the publisher, they probably considered the review as advertising and that if they saw a review written by the publisher they would move on because it would be utterly meaningless to them as a reader (please note: I respect this person and their opinions very much and I am not in any way knocking them, just using their words as an example of what I have gotten from others.)
My question to you is, why is a publisher’s review any less valuable than anyone else’s? Shouldn’t it hold some weight since the publisher picked the book from possibly hundreds of others because it was better, stood out more, or more interesting than the others they could have published? Shouldn’t it matter that the publisher was willing and eager to put their time and money into that book, thereby giving it more value in their opinion? And isn’t a publisher simply a reader who cares enough to make other books available to others to read?
I want to know why reader would not care what a publisher thought of a book.
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Below is the review I tried to post and the note I got from Amazon.com.
This review is from: Totally Buzzed (Miller Sisters Mystery) (Paperback)
If you haven’t been to White Bass Lake, WI and met the Miller sisters, you are really missing out.
There are times as a publisher that you wonder what you have gotten yourself into, this is one of those times, but for a different reason. “Totally Buzzed” by Gale Borger is totally kick-butt whimsical. The story is solid with a good plot and a nice little mystery, but it’s the characters that shine in this humorous romp. I am so glad I took a chance and published it.
You really have to wonder if murder should be so dang funny, but Gale knows her stuff and if you don’t laugh out loud as you are reading, you should have someone check your pulse.
The Miller family is so much like a normal family, you may just think you are related to them.
The first book in a series, this one is a real gem and I encourage everyone to read it, especially if your day hasn’t been so good. It’s a real pick-me-up.
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I agree with your view that the publisher should have every right to post a review. After all, the publisher is the original reviewer, the one who decided whether or not to take a chance on someone’s work over all the other pieces of work he/she could have backed. Who better to hear from than the person who made sure the book reached the public in the first place?
Hi, Karen. Amazon probably thinks you included “personally identifiable content,” when you mentioned you were the publisher of the book. I think it’s as simple as that.
Nope, publishers should not post reviews, period.
I don’t understand this. Why? I am a reader. I obviously loved the book. Why should I not be allowed to voice my opinion on it just like everyone else? I am not lying, I am not hiding the fact that I published it, I am not simply saying I love Gale and you should read her book. I gave specific reasons why I liked it and am recommending it.
I don’t get it. I just don’t get it, and this upsets me greatly.
Yikes! Now that word “Rejected” haunts us authors even when we try to write a simple review?
You made me laugh with this. As crappy as the rejection is, I assume that Amazon puts it in the same realm as an author reviewing his/her own book. If you wrote it and/or published it, obviously you are going to give it a positive review. You can easily get around that by removing the words, “As a publisher” and replacing them with “As a reader”.
I put together a short story anthology and published it on Kindle. One of the authors involved reviewed it on Amazon, clearly stating that her review excluded her own story. I received a letter from Amazon telling me she needed to remove her review or the ebook would be pulled. They get quite pissy about these things.