Review versus rating

If you are a writer who has published, you must have had your brush with the reviews and ratings for your book. We all love a five star, don’t we? But it strikes me as I course over the reviews of my book that sometimes even a low rating is okay if the reviewer has appreciated your book and directed the right type of readers or readers who are likely to have a taste for that type of fiction to your book.

So I’d like to ask all authors out there – which is more important to you? A good review or a better rating? Would you be happier if you had a higher rating but the reader left some criticism that you couldn’t digest or a low rating like the situation I described above?

Review versus rating…let’s hear your take on it!

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2 thoughts on “Review versus rating

  1. That’s a hard question actually. The higher star rating helps with your Amazon rating over all doesn’t it? However, the better comment may mean the difference between another reader passing on your book or intrigued enough to buy it, read it, and make up their own mind.

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  2. I’m torn – I would hate to have a low rating without the reviewer leaving an explanation of why they didn’t like my book; but I would be sorry as the explanation could put off other readers. *sigh*

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