Let's Write! A blog dedicated to writing of all forms. Periodic posting of personal work, work of colleagues, and writing tips.
Well, If you are just getting started and trying to sell books and you keep getting 1 or 2 stars, then I think that is bad publicity. But then bad reviews might actually be helpful. I learned from one that my start was too boring and long. I then cut parts, shortened parts, and moved my heroine's entrance to the third chapter. So a negative review was useful to me! On the other hand, so reviews themselves are bad. "I'm so exited about this book! I ordered a copy and can't wait to read it!" ?!? or "What a dumb idea! This book must suck! I'm not going to waste my time reading it!" ?!? My sister has seen way too many reviews like this on Amazon. As a reader/customer, how is she supposed to judge a book she has never read based on the opinion of some one who never read it either! Yikes!