My MWSA review has been posted online... Now What?


Reviews are a “precious commodity” for authors. 

Almost everyone in the publishing industry will tell you that it’s much more important to have a large number of reviews—even if those reviews include a spattering of the dreaded 1-star variety—than it is to have a handful of 5-star ones.

MWSA Reviews—The “Author Veto” and Credibility

  • Since MWSA’s main mission is to help our members, we will not “slam” an author with a purely negative review, nor will we keep any review on our website if the author requests that we remove it.

    • Just ask the Awards Directors, and we’ll remove it—for any reason, or no reason at all.  Period!

    • This is the “Author’s Veto.”

  • To maintain our credibility as an organization doing reviews, we cannot provide 100% positive (or “pure marketing”) reviews to every book submitted by our authors.

    • To ensure that MWSA reviews are credible, if a book’s numerical evaluation (the combined average scores of all three reviewers) fails to reach a certain threshold, our MWSA review is required to mention the shortfall(s).

    • If this happens, one of our Awards Directors will contact the author and…

      • inform him/her that the scoring threshold was not met.

      • provide a draft review, which will include the applicable critical comments.

      • ask the author to chose to accept the review or not (see the “Author Veto” discussion above).

Spreading the Word and Outside Reviews

  • The review is now yours—post it to your website and your own social media sites.  When you do copy it, please remember to attribute it to us.

  • Once your review is posted to our website, MWSA will also “blast” your book and its review to our social media websites.

  • Since your MWSA review will be attributed to the individual reviewer (always the #1 reviewer), they’ll be able to copy their MWSA review onto other websites (most likely on Amazon) under their own name.

    • Please keep in mind that 1) this additional “outside review” is purely voluntary on that reviewer’s part, and 2) the additional review cannot be posted until AFTER the awards ceremony.

      • Why wait?  Because no one will know the actual MWSA medal result until the day of the awards banquet and ceremony. 

      • Any early release of an Amazon review with a star rating, would represent a “sneak preview” of our MWSA scoring before the actual announcement.