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Reviewing a book before published
« on: December 02, 2020, 08:08:08 pm »
I recently had a chance to read a book before it was published. The author was looking for feedback. So I read it and gave some compliments but also some suggestions. I feel I was kind and that the suggestions were constructive. I sent the email about 5 days ago and have not had a response.
Do you think this means the person was offended?

My suggestions involved developing a couple of the characters and part of the storyline.
I praised the book but was and potential that I could envision it being in a mystery tv show or even as part of a trilogy etc..but was honest that so and so should have more info on what happened etc.

Curious if you would reach out to see how the feedback was perceived.? Maybe the email went to spam or maybe they are busy.


 

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Re: Reviewing a book before published
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2020, 10:50:42 pm »
I am big on content communication (John Lund) - mean what you say and say what you mean. 

So if I were in your place I wouldn't assume offense.  They wanted feedback.  You gave it. You gave them what they wanted. 

If later you find out they were offended then you deal with it, but don't assume badly of them without actually knowing anything.
Time for a change.  I am yungmom, but have wanted a new username for some time.
 
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Re: Reviewing a book before published
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2020, 12:24:17 am »
Itís a pretty common practice to have books reviewed twice before publication.  The first is a Beta-reader and the author is looking for comments such as you gave. If the writer is polite, he/she should let you know they got your comments and appreciate your time and comments.

The second type is an ARC - Advanced Reader Copy. They send those out just prior to publication and what they are looking for are honest reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or wherever they are publishing. Usually they donít expect to hear from you personally and just are looking for those reviews.

Considering how often e-mails get Ďlostí, go ahead and ask if your review was received. Authors love to hear from readers.
 

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Re: Reviewing a book before published
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2020, 02:14:57 pm »
Chances are, unless this person wasn't a pro, they sent copies to multiple people, because it's important with the beta reading (or ARC) stage to have a number of copies out. They are also, if they are professional, going over your input. That takes way longer than just reading it, so generally much longer than 5 days, especially if they are getting back feedback from many people.

If they were looking for feedback, it likely wasn't an ARC.
 

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Re: Reviewing a book before published
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2020, 03:41:38 pm »
Thanks everyone..I thought the book was going to be published next year but they just published a few days ago!
 

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Re: Reviewing a book before published
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2020, 03:45:57 pm »
If it was self-published, it still could have been a final edit (or, they may have wanted a review). Reviews are the lifeblood for most authors, so leaving an honest review would be nice.
 
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Re: Reviewing a book before published
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2020, 04:48:47 pm »
Thanks Dyany!! Lots of good in the book, it is intriguing just had a couple things that bothered me. Thanks for sharing tour insights.
 

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Re: Reviewing a book before published
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2020, 05:33:27 am »
It's interesting to see how it works in different contexts. For academic work, you will always get a couple of reviewers before publication, and you will probably have given it to colleagues before that. The reviewers will tend to be looking for problems, so it can be a sair yin as we Scots say. There is a recognised phenomenon of second reviewer syndrome, where you can expect reviewer 2 to be fairly hostile and aggressive. It is where people tend to flex their muscles and attack the work for not being what they themselves would have written. I edit an academic journal, and I frequently have to give a toned-down summary of comments to the author. It isn't a lot of fun.
 

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Re: Reviewing a book before published
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2020, 05:20:33 pm »
Yeah, academia is required (or at least expected) to publish facts. Fiction (or even casual non-fiction) is a totally different kettle of worms.
 

 


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