I was surfing on the Kindle Boards and saw a message from another Indie writer asking for criticism for his book. He went so far as to ask for people to trade reviews with and my first thought was: Is this ethical? I flipped over to his book description and read his blurb. It’s not a book that I would normally read, but it’s close to my genre and since I am also frustrated about the lack of reviews on my book, I thought I’d give it a try.
Another bonus was he was offering his book for free this week in an effort to generate interest and readers and maybe even a few reviews. I was still skeptical about how ethical it was, so I made myself a promise that I would read the book and if it was horrible, I wouldn’t review it.
Why would I not want to review a book that was just plain bad? I wholeheartedly subscribe to the philosophy that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I do not want to be one of those critics that finds fault and beats up another person. I don’t want to be one of the angry, negative people that seem so willing to spew venom on the ‘net, hiding under anonymity. With that promise in my mind, I downloaded his book and started reading…
After about sixty words, I was mentally preparing myself to read objectively since it was really more science fiction (which I knew from the blurb) and I wasn’t sure I could warm to it. You know what? I read more than half of it last night and I’m loving it! His style is crisp, polished, and fast paced. There’s not a lot of explanation that’s fed to you – he lets it develop and the flow allows the reader to catch the threads and accept the story as probable – even though it’s science fiction.
So today, I will take my Kindle to work and read some more, and then I will post a review, because the book is good enough (possibly even great…but I’m not done with it yet). It is ethical, because it’s how we launch ourselves as Indie authors. If I didn’t read his plea, I wouldn’t have read his book and I wouldn’t have spent a few very enjoyable hours last night reading a really good book.
I’m so inspired by his approach that I’m going to offer my own book for free starting March 9 for a limited time. I think this is the way the community functions.
I’ll post a review here as well…and you know that it will be good.