1. What is your occupation?
makes you post your reviews on Amazon?
I am a writer and the author of Seasoned
with Love: A collection of best-loved recipes inspired by over 40
cultures. I post my reviews
at Amazon to bring awareness to the books I love and to also meet new
people with an interest in cooking, psychology, spirituality, etc.
Background: Lived in America until I was 7, then moved to Africa for
12 years. Returned to America
to attend college. Currently reside in Washington State.
Education: Master of Science in Educational Administration, 1992
Science in Elementary Education, 1991
Interests: Cooking, Food Writing, Building Websites, Reading,
Reviewing, Walking for Fitness, Photography.
2. What is the meaning of review or reviewing for you?
Reviewing is a brief summary of a
book. Normally under 1,000 words. A
review should tell you liked or disliked or tell something about the book which
caused your life to change or how the book affected you in a unique
3. Do you have any rules of writing the review?
Yes, I try to be fair to the author
and to the reader. If the
book is completely not worth reviewing Ė I donít normally spend the time. It would not benefit anyone and why should I bring awareness to
such a book? There are exceptions.
good review should include:
of Content - just enough to wet the reading appetite and yet
doesn't ruin the work for others who have not
read the book or viewed the movie, etc.
A description of delight or dissatisfaction - Or maybe
even mediocrity. I want to know if a work changed a life,
moved someone to tears or brought a smile to their face. Something
personal that makes me want to buy the item so it will enhance
my life. I'll also buy items to see just how bad they could possibly be.
The reason to purchase the item.
4. How do you think about anonymous reviews? Fair? Skewed?
(note - we can no longer write anonymous reviews.)
You can tell when an
is meant to hurt an author or artist. The negative reviews are a little hard to take if you personally
liked the book or CD.
5. What do you feel about Amazonís reader reviews? Useful?
Yes, I love them. The reviews have helped me make many decisions. I try to take the good and the bad and then make my own decision.
Many times it encourages me to buy the book so I can see what
everyone is talking about.
6. How do you think about professional (editorial) reviews and
reviews have a life force behind them telling how this book affected a life.
7. Do you ever get to know other customers by writing reviews?
reviewing to be very rewarding. I
think the Internet makes people more social on a cognitive level. Amazon is a community, not just a store. It is a great place for people with similar interests to meet. I have met some great minds at
8. Would you cite some examples
about the response you have received to your reviews?
Yes, a girl who was 24 wrote to me
and asked me for more information on the Narnia Series, see my
review about C. S. Lewisís books. I loved them as a child but she was wondering if she was too old
for them. Funny enough, a man who is 46 wrote to me and loves them too. She purchased the set and has also given me advice on how to build
9. What makes online reviews unique?
These reviewers are
telling you how it really is. I
think it is just the best thing that has ever happened to reviewing. Amazon
is the ultimate book club!
When did you post your first review?
April 3, 2000 is the
first record of my reviews being posted at Amazon.
Do you receive feedback from your reviews.
I will often post the comments at
What do you get in return for the effort you put into reviewing?
A sense of satisfaction. I feel I'm helping readers find great books.
Why do you prefer writing your reviews for Amazon?
I love the site. It has a friendly community feel. I can find any book I
want to read and buy it with one click! The reviews are better at Amazon
and I find them to be very honest in general. There are
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