Bad Book Reviews: Not About Your Book, But About Your Readers’ Expectations

I thought this was fascinating and something to consider when offering not just free copies of books, but also when selecting potential reviewers. I think the worst review I had was from someone who I finally understood didn’t like the type of book. Looking at other reviews it was clear they like vampire stories with sex, romance or erotica. Mine do not. Once I understood that I was far less annoyed with the ” vampires don’t behave this way” etc. She was simply projecting what she wanted to see and was used to reading. The cover didn’t scream romance and it is listed in the horror category, but I’ve learned people rarely look at that.It is certainly something to consider when framing your book, both in terms of cover and blurb.

Helen Treharne

I’m Helen Treharne, fiction author an creator of The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. I live in South Wales with my husband, young son and rescue cat.
My books are available at all major digital retailers with soft back copies also available from Amazon, Createspace and other stores.
When I’m not writing fiction, I blog at, sharing my experiences of being a busy parent jugging working, writing, and more. Follow me there for my personal insights.

1 Comment

  1. February 22, 2015 / 12:54 am

    Thanks for the re-blog, Helen! 🙂

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