Since The Bestseller Code, we have been asked for star ratings tens of thousands of times. Everyone wants stars. The industry recognizes them; reviewers recognize them. We thought them better than a percentage rating of a book’s likely success. Sometimes two star books sell, but not often. Sometimes five star books bomb. But we have rarely seen it. Reviewers out there like to make or break a book based on who they are that day. Reviews all over the internet will give the same work one, two, five or even ten stars (with the five extra in brackets on the Amazon review). That’s great and we are all for team spirit in making a book. But where is the data informing the review? What about that review is anything more than a reader’s preconceived opinions? Where is the constructive and creative criticism for an author? Where’s the care?
We care about authors getting objective feedback. Let’s not boo books any more, especially not when an author has tried for weeks, months, or years to write it. Let’s be constructive. Let’s force the industry and its readers to come back to the table and think about books in new and ingenious ways based on data and not just endless opinion. Let’s help editors get it right, too. And let’s help agents expand their thinking. We hope to join the conversation from a positive note, and we hope to read and respond to your book through our single author reports or via our face-to-face VIP sessions .
Good luck! Star ratings in seven areas of your novel are now available as a core feature of our personalized manuscript reports.