In Defense of the 5-Star Review

Tammie Painter

Aside from landing a huge publishing contract that includes a ginormousstar advance and an all-star-cast movie deal, nothing makes a writer’s heart happier than to receive a five-star review. That’s not to say writers would complain about a three- or four-star review – after all, we’re just thrilled to have people reading our ramblings – but the five-star review is such a brag-worthy ego boost.

So why is there this sudden disdain for the five-star review?

Several forums I’ve visited recently have touted claims about five-star reviews that include…

  • Five-star reviews are fake (as in posted by the author himself).
  • Five-star reviews have been paid for.
  • Five-star reviews are from relatives of the author.
  • And the worst….All five-star reviews should be skipped over because they don’t represent valid opinions of the book.

Really? Who came up with this new rule? Is it some disgruntled writer who never earned a…

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About cindysvoices

I am a poet. I write verses about life in general. Feelings, nature's beauty, social issues and even a bit of magic are found in my poems. I have 2 books published: Voices In My Head and They Won't Shut Up. I am also an over-the-road truck driver with my husband of 22 years. It is the latest occupation of many.
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