I don’t expect everyone to approach reviewing the way I do, and there’s a place for readers who just say what they like and don’t like, but take a look at this one, written about Ariel’s Dream, one of my free short stories,
Posted by Anonymous on B&N, June 19th. They gave it 2 stars.
Sorry I really just could not get into the story. I was bored after the second page. Maybe I will come back to it and maybe not.”
It was the only review! That’s a bit mean, don’t you think? I will post low starred reviews if an author has a few higher ratings to balance it, but I’d never post a low star review if there were no other reviews. I couldn’t get into ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ either, but I didn’t leave a review telling that to the world. Duh! I wonder if it’s the free mentality thing as well, the oh it’s just a freebie so it’s probably rubbish anyway kind of attitude.
Then again, perhaps it is just plain boring. That would be defeating the point of having a free story out there. It’s supposed to make people want to read more of my work. If it’s that dull then I’m better of unpublishing it (no skin off my nose there; I’ve done it before). I’ve looked at it too often to be able to be objective anymore, so I’m offering it to you. Download it and read it, it’s only a few pages and let me know if it makes you want to read more of my work or not. If it doesn’t then I’d be pleased for you to tell me and I’ll take it off the market.
Download Ariel’s Dream in PDF here . If you want it in epub form it’s on Kobo and you can see the offending review (and mark it unhelpful if you think it’s not very helpful) if you pick it up at B&N Unfortunately for those of you with Kindles, Amazon hasn’t made it free yet, but if you wanted to donate 99 c (out of which I will get 35c) you can get it from your local Amazon store by clicking here.
Do do me a favour, read the story and be brutally honest.The story isn’t bad. It wouldn’t have been AIA if it was, but it may not be strong enough to fulfill its purpose, so be honest. That’s being kind.
See the target on my chest? Ready, aim and fire. Seriously, unless it makes you want to read more, I’d rather not have it out there. I freely admit that it’s not my best short story. It was written for younger teens because the casual sex in my very wonderful short story Run is too much for me as a school teacher to suggest that the under 15 yr olds download it.