I realise I am making myself vulnerable here, but if you’ve read ‘Cruelty’, I would love some honest and constructive reviews on Amazon, Goodreads etc.
Constructive reviews help authors realise what works and doesn’t work for their audience and therefore can help the structure of any works that follow.
I realise that I may open myself up to negative stuff, that some people who have bought it may hate it, that it wasn’t their cup of tea etc. but I still welcome constructive criticism from those people. If you’ve bought my book, I want your opinion.
If you’re up for that and you’re not sure how to go about it, some tips from your friendly neighbourhood English teacher:
1. Say why you bought the book
2. What was your overall opinion?
3. What you thought of the overall plot.
4. Favourite/least favourite character or part (without spoilers)
5. If you would recommend it and, if so, to whom.
6. Star rating.
And if you’ll indulge me:
What not to do:
Author bashing. If you don’t like the story, that’s fine. If you don’t like what someone’s written, that’s also fine but personal attacks don’t help anyone. Don’t make comments about the author or make assumptions about their character, lifestyle, morality etc. based on what you’ve read. Authors of fiction make stuff up for a living, based on their own reading and experiences. Very often there’s a difference between what they put in their fiction and what they believe in as ordinary, tax-paying, people.
So, please review me. I genuinely welcome all comments.