There has been lots of discussion about Goodreads reviewers. I followed a long stream of commenting between a reviewer and an author and it was sad. It was so obvious the reviewer had an agenda to put this author down. The author could not understand why this review was so unlike most of hers which seemed fair and constructive. Then I saw a forum in which the reviewers chatted with each other and said stuff about certain authors. I felt like I was eavesdropping in the ladies room at a dive bar. I am really scared of them and try to avoid them. I also try very hard to remember the good things that are said and not concentrate on the negative remarks, especially when the reviewer can offer no concrete reasons for the review.
I just noted this is available even if a reviewer has you blocked or will not friend you so you cannot converse with her or contact her personally. Looking at it will help your perspective if someone gives you an out of the ordinary, perhaps mean-spirited review or you get one that sounds like they didn’t read the book at all. This is very generalized, but if you click on any reviewers name you will get to it, even if you click on it and the site says you don’t have access. By their name is a link to this.
Then don’t get me started on the pay for reviews. Kirkus is considered so credible But you have to pay to get on there. I can’t even get a neighbor or a friend or a relative to even write a real review much less a fake one to boost my ratings. Very few have even bought it. And one of them bought ONE and then waited for another to go on freebie. I think I may have gotten a review out of that one. The sweet little books cost less than a nice greeting card. I have even said, “You don’t even have to read it, but the sale will help my rank.” But then what the heck. What were my expectations? Once again. . . fuck me.