In response to the unusual interest paid to one of my recent blogs, Giving it Away: Spoilers as Both Noun & Accusation,
I decided I would publish that entry in digital form, so I could spread the word. I will be offering it for free download –that’s right: Giving it Away, will be GIVEN AWAY>
on Smashwords, and on Amazon, too, hoping they match the FREE price. Otherwise, Amazon might list it for .99 at first. But I felt this information was too important, and it needed to be available to those who would write book reviews.
from the article:
This article stemmed from an ongoing issue with book reviews. It became apparent that most reviewers did not understand what the intent of book reviews were, nor how to write a proper one. Even in the case of positive reviews, often the reviewer would accomplish something counter-productive, by including spoilers that kept other readers from buying a book, or enjoying it. A great deal of the enjoyment to be found in fiction, is through the author’s ability to surprise the reader with plot twists and turns. If the reviewer reveals all of these in a review, the story is then compromised, and this leads to fewer sales for the hard-working, conscientious author, and an undermining of other reader’s ability to fully enjoy the story. I have made this article free for purchase through various vendors, in the hope that it will help alleviate at least a portion of this ongoing modern problem in the area of fiction and book publishing.
Title: Giving it Away : Spoilers as Both Noun & Accusation (Why Book Reviews Matter, & How to Write a Proper One)
Description: Good authors spend a lot of energy and time on constructing a plot and providing surprises to keep the reader engaged and entertained– when you come along and tell those twists and turns and outcomes, you have just spoiled it for anyone else–which is why it’s called a SPOILER. This is one time when you should be vague.
Ironically, I wonder what the reviews for his publication will be like?