How I found out a lengthy review means I must have gotten paid…
I was going through my email today, and to my delight, I saw one from Amazon saying someone commented on one of the reviews I posted over there. I’m sure a lot of us in the book blogging community cross post to various sites, and I make a point to post my full reviews to Amazon for a book. I like that I can help people by doing so, and they give me other recommendations based on things I review, so it works out well for me. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years, and it’s just part of my process when I put a review up these days.
I click to the comment and sadly, I see it’s someone complaining about the length of my review, and then wondering if I got paid for the review as an incentive to write so much about the book. I was confused by the comment, mostly because, well, I’ve been writing lengthy reviews for years. It’s just how I work. Most of the time, I write long reviews.
My first thought was that whoever this person is, they are probably not involved in the book blogging community. Because I’ve never gotten the feedback from anyone within our community that my reviews have ever been too long. We all have our own reviewing style, but I’ve honestly never seen a complaint about a lengthy review. Honestly, if I’m finding myself uninterested in a book or review, I move on.
I made a point to respond to the comment and explain that I did not receive compensation for my review, and that I just write a lot much of the time. That I personally prefer a long review if it lists specific points about the book that the reviewer liked or didn’t like, and so I do the same with my own reviews. Also, in trying to learn more about the commenter, I looked at their Amazon profile and I saw that they write one sentence reviews much of the time. Obviously, this person and I have opposite ways of expressing things, cuz I always overlook the one sentence reviews on pretty much every product I look at!
I’m cool with people having their opinions about my reviews, I wouldn’t post if I was opposed to receiving feedback. But I’m still confused about why they thought I must have received payment for my review. It would be awesome to get paid for reviews, but I write what I write because I like to. I love seeing what other people thought of a book I really enjoyed, or hated, and I also adore the ability to go back and reread a review to see what I thought, and wonder how that has potentially changed over time.
Has anyone ever assumed you were paid for a review when you weren’t?