As I’ve stated, I’m going to be hosting a guest blog on Thursdays. To help me test this new event is the blogger, Zombie Phreak. He is an Amazon reviewer and a good friend that was nice enough to be my first victim. For anyone curious about the connection, he’s also the real Nimby. I’ve asked him to talk about how he got into writing Amazon reviews and his opinion on how one should write a review. Without further ado, here’s Zombie Phreak:
Being an Amazon reviewer is something I just kinda stumbled into one day. I had taken some books out from the library and they were just so horrible that I just had to tell somebody how bad they were and warn others to stay away. It started with just zombie books and then it later grew into other things as well like movies, graphic novels and video games.
My main focus was on zombie fiction and still kinda is to this day. You can tell just by my name, “Zombie Phreak,” that I love zombies. My Kindle is loaded with zombie books and I read zombie fiction almost every day. Eventually I moved from just telling people how bad something was to telling them how good things were and in the end I settled on a mixture of both. Now I try to avoid doing just completely negative reviews. I’ll point out what is wrong with the book but I’ll also give the author props on what they did well. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rip a bad piece of literature to shreds if it deserves it, but I’ll also sing the author’s praises if he or she did a great job.
When I do review something on Amazon (And then cross post to my blog), I like to do a summary of the book and put in little comments here and there. So that way the reader can get a quick overview of what the story is about and then decide for themselves if they want to read it as well. I learned a while ago that putting spoiler alerts in a review is important so you’ll see spoiler tags in almost everything I do in order to warn people who want to be surprised by the book. Another thing I enjoy doing in a review is pointing out specific things on specific pages and cracking jokes about how stupid the characters are acting, or pointing out spelling and grammatical errors.
Something that I’m actually proud to admit is that I’ve had actual authors comment on my reviews on Amazon. Mostly they are VERY angry that I didn’t like their work and some have gone so far as to write detailed essays as to why my review of their work is unfair. To which I say, “If you can’t take criticism about your work like an adult, then you shouldn’t be a writer.” However there are those who have thanked me for buying their books and thank me for taking the time to review their work.
All in all, I enjoy writing reviews of works of fiction and I really enjoy when people leave comments on my reviews. It also makes me happy when I can tell others if something is worth their time and money, and it makes me happy when I can show people that something is a really great piece of literature worth reading.
Thank you to Zombie Phreak. Feel free to ask him questions and visit his blog. Hope you enjoyed this first guest blog in Legends of Windemere since neither of us knew what we were doing. 😉