Spark Tally Saturday


I’m much closer to my goal of 15,000 words a week. I made it to 13,000 words this time. I finished an episode for my serial and am already 2600 words into the next one. Maybe I can get Episode 6 finished in one week. I’d definitely toast with some Champagne and berries if that happened.

In a surprise event, Goodreads removed the ratings from the Troll I posted about at the end of 2015. I have no idea why they did it. I recieved no email from them about it, and I hadn’t sent an email to them since our exchange back in December. Sadly, some other people gave me some one and two star ratings. The one stars have no reviews attached to them, so I have no idea what I did wrong. But, my overall rating is a respectable 3.8 now.

In better news Holly has a great blog post about Query Letters. Definitely go by and check it out. I think Indie authors can use the same advice for writing book blurbs. Also, Shari has a good post about setting writing goals for the year over on her blog.

How was your writing this week?

Goodreads Follow up

I know, two posts back to back. That never happens here. But I got a reply from Goodreads right after I posted today. I thought I would go ahead and post it. It’s dissapointing. It looks like I just have to suck it up and move on. I still say 16,000 one star ratings is ridiculous.

Thank you for taking the time to write in.  We’ve looked at this user’s activity on the admin side, but the profile does not appear to raise any of our standard red flags.  To clarify, it is not our policy to remove ratings posted by our members except in extreme circumstances (see our review guidelines).
We also don’t have a requirement that members maintain a minimum average rating, as everyone uses the rating system differently.  Given this, we aren’t able to remove ratings for being one-star alone, and we also aren’t able to remove accounts simply because of their low ratings.
That being said, duplicative ratings aren’t allowed, as they tend to skew the book’s average.  We are currently in the process of following up with this user, and we’ll be sure to take the appropriate action.
If you feel a member is being abusive in other ways, please let us know and we’ll be happy to look into it for you.
The Goodreads Team