If you don’t have anything nice to say…

Then don’t slam me with an ill constructed review on Amazon. Post it to your blog. If you get as many blog visits per day as I do…I’m pretty sure that your review will live forever in obscurity.

However, if you have something nice to say, I’d like to help you get the word out to the masses. I found this unsolicited review of my book while conducting one of my daily vanity searches on Google.


What a nice thing to find. Someone who took the time to write an extensive, meaningful, well constructed review of my novel. I actually felt guilty about some of the short reviews I have written recently. Here is someone that invested a considerable amount of positive, mental energy on my book…beyond just reading it.

I ask you to take the time to read Nick’s review. I couldn’t have written a more poignant review of the book myself. He really captured the essence of my intention for the story, and for his efforts, I think his blog deserves some attention. Many thanks, Nick.

One last note: I added a word count for my next novel to top right corner of my blog. I’ll post two dates, with word count, so you can send me a message if it appears that I have slacked off. A little personal accountability, with oversight. I started the week with 24,244 words.


  1. Steven Konkoly says:

    Thanks. It was nice to wake up to this, instead of a two star review insisting that I take an introductory writing course, followed by a few picky examples of verb tense, or…heaven’s forbid…a typo among the 149K words.

  2. james mitchell says:

    I just finished The jakarta pandemic and what a great read…. I ordered it for my kindle and before i finished it i had it on my pc at work my phone and my i touch…. i had to have it with me at all times i could not put it down ….. so let know what is next on ur righting list so that i can give it a read also…… thanks for a great book … o yeah i’ll make sure i right a nice review at amazon sorry for any typos but im in my car on my phone trying to type this…… once again thanks…..

    • Steven Konkoly says:

      I can’t thank you enough for the kind words about The Jakarta Pandemic. I’ll forgive you the typos…by my calculations, over 6000 readers have forgiven mine, and I was typing on a computer. I would love to keep you in the loop about my next writing project. Send me an email when you get a chance. I can bring you up to speed, and I’d love to ask you some questions about The Jakarta Pandemic…don’t worry it’s not a test. Steve

  3. Maggie says:

    Seriously? You are vain. I found numerous editing mistakes in your book too. Maybe you should be a touch more careful when reviewing your material. Sorry, but I have every right to be critical as someone else has to be flattering.

  4. Steven Konkoly says:

    Maggie, I agree with you wholeheartedly (about the previous editing errors and you’re right to be critical). My suggestion to post negative reviews to a blog instead, was a joke…making reference to the point that this would be a good way to hide it (my blog isn’t exactly extremely busy), instead of making it visible to the entire Amazon world. The review I took time to highlight (Nick Steckel’s), would have also lived on in obscurity if I didn’t give it a push…not much of a push, but better than nothing.

    If you dig through the rest of my blog posts and reviews on Amazon (3 star and below), you’ll see my consistent reference to how critical reviews have shaped the current edition of The Jakarta Pandemic. Without critical reviewers, and the willingness of an author to take this criticism seriously, many books (and future works by same author) will remain flawed. I revised and re-released Jakarta at least four times based on consistent themes found in reader feedback, and a few of these critical readers became beta readers for my latest release…one is my editor.

    Here is an example of what I don’t like to see for a review, and consider to be utterly useless and “ill constructed.” This is verbatim.

    3 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars boring, February 26, 2011
    HUCKGIRL – See all my reviews
    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: The Jakarta Pandemic (Kindle Edition)
    “not much there not really good he spends to much time dising fox news and not enough time getting a story that is less tan boring.”

    If every review said the book was boring…I’d have to seriously consider that possibility. Similarly, based on some constructive feedback about how the first third of the novel dragged on too long (a few too many unnecessary scenes and media clips), I cut about 60 pages from the first half of the novel. My editor helped me with this, and I couldn’t be happier.

    Thanks for the comment, Maggie. Seriously, it’s a good thing for me to be reminded that reader feedback is critical to an author’s development. I published Black Flagged utilizing a wealth of experience and help that was not available to me for Jakarta. Still, I harbor no delusions of the book being perfect…I look forward to hearing what readers think.

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