Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Authors "Take On" Reviews Tina Folsom Day 3

Note: The event will not end on the 7th it will end on the 8th.

Today we have author Tina Folsom!

Is there something specific you look for in a review? If so what?
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I love it when a reviewer loves my book, but really, what’s nice is when I find out specifically what they liked or didn’t like about it. I look for some feedback. Did they connect with the characters? Did they fall in love with the hero? Did the heroine have any too-stupid-to-live moments? All these things help me see my book more from the reader’s point of view and hopefully make the next one better. I also like to see reviews that give a good recap of the story with words different from my own. After all, a review is there to give other readers an idea about the book, what it’s about and whether it’s any good and why.

If you send your books to a book review blog is there something specific you look for when you’re looking at their blog?
I try to figure out whether the blog reviews books in my genre and sub-genre. There’s no point of sending an erotic romance to a blog that mostly reviews Christian fiction. You know they’re going to hate it.

What type of review do you like best: short or long?
Long - for sure. I like it when the reviewer took the time to analyze the good and the bad of a book. Frankly, that can really help an author figure out what to do better next time.

What do you think about spoilers in reviews?
Hate them. It’s not fair to the reader. Some of the plot devices are really crucial to suspense, and while I don’t write romantic suspense, I do have some important things that do get revealed later in the book. To let the potential reader know about these events, I think, takes away from the suspense I’m trying to create in my books. Nobody wants to know the end of a movie, the same goes for a book. Of course, we all know that the hero and the heroine will end up together, but what happens on this journey should be between the reader and the author.

Now, let’s talk about rating systems. On a scale of 1-5 stars, what would be your opinion of the ratings? Starting with the lowest at one first.
1. Absolutely hated it, had to force myself to finish it. How did this get published?
2. Major flaws in the plot. Choppy writing, had its moments, but was a disappointment.
3. Decent read, good writing. Story maybe a little predictable and not new.
4. Good book. Had a few little flaws, but nothing major.
5. Loved it! Will re-read it.

What do you think about sexual ratings?  Some reviewers use them.
 I really appreciate the sexual ratings in reviews, particularly since I write very erotic books. It’s important, because sometimes a reader really doesn’t know what to expect if they don’t know the author. I received a few very stinging 1-star-reviews because readers were appalled by the explicitness of my sex scenes. I think it’s only right for a review to mention the level of sexual content of a book.

What do reviewers do that irks you the most?
Dinging me for things I mentioned ahead of time. What do I mean by that? If I say that this is a short story of 60 pages, don’t give me a one-star review with your only complaint being it was short. And believe me, I’ve gotten reviews like that even though I clearly mark my short stories as such.

What do you think about awards given to books by a review blogger?
It’s a nice touch. Whether it ultimately means anything in the long run, I’m not sure. But considering how many books many reviewers read, it’s always nice to find out you made it into their top.

As readers/reviewers we love book giveaways. How do you feel about them?
 I love doing giveaways. It really doesn’t cost much. In the case of e-books it really doesn’t cost the author anything  at all. It’s not a lost sale, it’s a reader gained. And hopefully one who will recommend my books to her friends.

What would be your best piece of advice for a book blogger/reviewer?
Be honest about your review. If you love every single book you review, nobody will believe you’re telling the truth.  Most books have flaws, some tiny, some huge. The question is, can the reader live with them?

What’s the turnaround time expected when you give a reviewer a book to review?
Ideally around 2 - 3 weeks.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’ve been quite lucky with review blogs, and I owe much to a couple of blog who’ve really gone out of their way to review my books and help me get word out there. Thanks!

Where to find Tina Folsom

Todays swag giveaway from me to one lucky random commenter is Virginia Henley autographed book cover and bookmark

Make sure you leave your email with your comment or question. All winners will be announced when the event is over. 

I normally don't ask, but if you enjoyed this interview and think other bloggers would enjoy enjoy this event please hit the twitter button, so we can share this with others. Thanks Laurie


  1. Congrats to Tina! And another great interview... I will definitely be keeping these all in mind when I next review a book. :)


  2. Thanks Tina for all of the helpful information. I am new to blogging & love any and all information I can get. Laurie, please dont enter me in the giveaway.

  3. Very interesting. I would gladly Tweet it but I don't Twitter. I agree about the giveaways. I have found many authors through giveaways that I might have never found otherwise. I now have a few on my autopurchase list after winning books in contest. It's one of the reasons I troll the blogosphere!

  4. I tweeted for ya Laurie :)

    and I like how every author has the same questions, but seeing how they feel about them is the interesting part

  5. Thanks Mandy, the JeepDiva, Jen B & HighlandHussy!
    I guess different things are important to different people. And we authors definitely have our pet peeves.

  6. Congrats to Tina for reaching the nationally bestseller list! Thanks for the interview! I enjoyed hearing your take on reviews.

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  7. Love Tina and her books! Great interview and so glad more people are getting to know her :)

  8. Great interview. I've been keeping up but this was the only one I could rear my vicious little head in. ;)

    I agree with Tina, I hate spoilers, unless I ask you to tell me about critical info on a book I have yet to read, don't do it, or at least black it out so if someone wants to read it they can just highlight the black areas and read them, LOL.

    I've yet to read any of Tina's work but will go look at her site now. :)

    And Laurie, this is tons of fun, these interviews are a blast to read. I have it where your blog sends RSS Feeds (?) to my myyahoo! Hompage so I've been lurking there, the previous interviews really cracked me up... which is a horrible horrible thing to say but *shrugs*. Can't wait to see what the next author has to say. :)

  9. I totally agree with the things that irks you the most. I hate it when I see reviews like that. The buyer knows that they don't like it when they buy it. I think they do it to complain...

  10. thanks meggerfly, it was quite a surprise to see Yvette's Haven charge into the top 100 within 2 days of its release!

  11. Thanks Theresa and Jessica! And many thanks to Laurie for hosting this feature!

  12. As a blogger who is also relatively new at interviewing I found this interview very pertinent and educational. Some good points I can take away with me. I'm so glad I dropped by, this evening. Thanks Laurie and Tina!

  13. Hi Tina!

    I left this comment on another post here but didn't know if you would see if so please forgive me for repeating myself but I just wanted to let you know. :)

    First of all congratulation on making it!


    Thank you for putting that extra spice in your books!!!

    Not only do your books have some of the best and HOTTEST written love (sex) scenes but the characters in your stories are so well developed that they come alive off the pages and you feel they are standing in front of you and you can feel their emotions!

    Thank you and keep up the great work!

    I love all your books and always anxiously wait for the next one! :)

  14. thanks so much, DarkBloodyVamp!

  15. "Too stupid to live" - Oh yeah, I have read a book or three with those type of characters. Tina, I like your honesty!

  16. Very interesting to see the different authors takes to the same questions!


  17. It's really interesting to see the different takes on spoilers, some hate em' while other's don't mind.

    Of course, I love all of Tina's works. =) Fab. interview as usual ladies!

  18. A lot of authors have said they like to know WHY. I agree! l think it's easy to get lost into describing everything and get too carried away.
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