Depending on what kind of writer/artist you are, you do it for a reason, right? Whether you want to inform the public on some subject matter or you practice your craft as a outlet, you ultimately make the decision on whether it’s meant to be seen. So if you publish your work anywhere, online or in print, you are hoping for someone to respond. The viewer makes the decision as to whether they wish to look or not. Are we ready for the truth? Of course, before anyone can review anything, it first must be seen.
Reviews can make or break any medium. Remember when the movie Borat hit theaters? The movie bombed so fast before it was even in the theaters one weekend due to reviews being posted on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. We, the people, control what we like and dislike by telling the general public what we think. So how advantageous is it to leave a review without knowing what you are talking about?
A recent friend to IF Comics just released a first non-fiction book through Amazon.com less than a month ago. This person choose a single day to run a free promo day in hopes of getting people interested in the subject matter as well as receive feedback. I am not privy to how many people downloaded on that particular day but I do know at least one person (maybe) downloaded the book by leaving a review. The review wasn’t about the book or its contents. They were responding to the book being free and that fact that when they learned about the free day, they went to Amazon to download only to find that the promo was over. For this particular reason, they left a feedback rating of “1”. They did this for nineteen different books all of different genres. What’s the point? Why even bother taking the time? And our graphic designer can’t even get a paying client to respond to his emails?! (See If you can’t communicate…) You have time to pull up almost twenty different websites, type your “review and post under you own name. What does this say about us as consumers? To us it says this individual is cheap, slightly a loser, and has too much time on their hands. Perhaps you should spend your time on doing something constructive like actually reading things that YOU WANT TO READ. It seems that this person forgot that they have a choice. This person choose to be an immature, irresponsible, whining nobody. Kudos though for leaving your ACTUAL name in the review. That took guts.
What about the publishing companies that advertise for paid reviews? Is this logical or realistic? It’s deceitful and manipulative to think that people can not see beyond the reality. All one has to do is compare the book sample as well as what the reviewers are actually saying to be able to read between the lines. Did we not all take reading comprehension in Grammer school?
Real reviews are important for everything. They let everyone know the truth about a product good or bad. It is our belief that everyone should log off of Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin to stop whining about how so and so is a schmuck, and take 3-4 minutes out of your precious free time to comment on your true opinion about the clothes you just bought and its quality, the novel that you actually bought or whatever as you felt it was worth your hard earned dollars. This should also be true for the things that you were given for free. Write an honest review of what you thought. We think it’s only fair. Don’t you? Was it worth the time and effort for this to be made public? Do the right thing and let everyone know the truth. Is it good or bad? Stop whining, get out of your little isolated world, and join the human race by participating like a civilized person. Utilize the tools that have been set before you and speak your mind in a logical fashion. Or do you like broadcasting to the the entire world that your ignorant and cheap?