This post isn’t a short story. It’s not a release announcement. It’s about book reviews.
When I released Fjorgyn: A Rebel Rises, I found myself holding too tightly every single review, positive or negative. The positive reviews made me smile. The negative reviews made me wonder. Since then, I’ve learned to let go. Reviews aren’t for me, after all. They’re for readers to make an informed decision about whether or not to purchase the book. Books two and books three came out, and now reviews only get a cursory glance from me to determine reader mood and what they want more of/less of.
But I have a statement to make.
Don’t be that guy. Don’t be the person who leaves a review including a major plot point of the climax… without a *SPOILER ALERT* tag.
And then ask yourself why you write reviews. Do you write reviews to ruin the experience of other readers who might enjoy the book? Or do you write reviews to offer your informed opinion of the story?
So… lords and ladies… don’t do this. It’s okay if you want to include details in discussions with folks who have already read the book. But that is not the purpose of book reviews. Put in some dang spoiler tags.