Topic: Suggestion to Improve Reviews Received
Greetings and Salutations to all my fellow wack-a-doodles who think, for whatever God-forsaken reason, that writing fiction is our dream of a lifetime...to each and all, Hello!
I had a thought (yes, it was painful but I think I'll survive) regarding the purpose of this website: getting our work peer reviewed and offering the priceless wisdom of our experiences in our own peer reviews of our colleagues' works. Maybe it's just me, meaning I suck at weaving a coherent story together, making it simply too painful for my authorly peers to wade through the quagmire of a chapter I've written. If that's the case, so be it and that's on me. But I've noticed in the 3 years I've been a posting and reviewing fool on site here that the number of reviews -- both in-line and regular -- dwindles considerably in number from the first chapters to the last ones in a book. For example, my current offering THE EMPEROR'S SON has garnered 12 in-line reviews for the Prologue and Ch. 1 since I first posted it in May of this year. Chapter 2 has only 6 in-line reviews and 1 regular. Chapter 3 has 6 inline, and Chapter 4 has 5 inline. The count steadily declines with the latest chapter 18 currently sporting only 1 inline.
So....I know this isn't the first post in this forum dealing with disappointing follow-through to the final chapter of a posted book. What I haven't seen is a viable solution to the problem. Because, let's face it: as awesome as reviews can be, one alone is usually not much help in the grand scheme of things.
(And yes, I know I have not always completed reviews to the end of a book I started reading but in my own defense, I think I do make a decent effort at it, sometimes putting in multiple chapter reviews at a time to 'catch up' when real life has intervened and thrown a monkey wrench into my best laid plans.)
Here's my suggestion, and I'm hoping Sol will weigh in on this. Is there a way to offer a bonus reward when a reader completes a review for all the chapters of a book posted to the site? I suggest offering 1 point per chapter, in a lump sum credited to the reader's account, when he/she (don't jump me for not listing a bazillion gender pronouns...I'm old and don't have that much time left to spend on trying to list all the currently popular 'name that pronoun' favorites) submits the final review for the last chapter or epilogue of a book they've committed to reading. Skip chapters? No bonus. Offer up 50% or more as regular reviews? No bonus. But...if a reader offers an inline review for every chapter, including prologue and epilogue, they are rewarded with a lump sum equal to the number of chapters in the book (but only if they do reviews of ALL chapters.)
So...under this system, if you had submitted an inline review for every chapter in my Book II INTO THE WELL, you would have received a lump payment of 54 credits for your efforts. That may seem like a large amount but considering it may cost you 10 or more points to post a long chapter but you only receive 3 if you're lucky for reviewing an exceptionally long chapter, I think it would balance out in the end.
There you have it...the fruits of my massive brain power at work. What say you?