One author (who shall remain nameless) questioned whether she should make changes to reviews (i.e. fix spelling and punctuation errors) before uploading anything to her site. ... Owww!! Grey Area Ahead!
Now, I can only speak for myself, but I think if a reviewer is kind enough to write a review and leaving a glowing endorsement of my work, I won't correct their post. It's not my job. I'm an author of the book, not an editor for the reviewer.
I took a moment and pasted the following response:
I just cut and paste. To be honest, if they've written me a review and it's that positive, don't worry. Remember it's their writing, not yours
But the conversation quickly devolved to talk about whether or not the reviewer was a professional, and if they were, then it only counts if their review is error free. The term "Ouch" came to mind at that point. Another clearly stated that if the reviewer is not terribly literate but went out of their way to write a review then more power to them. (I think I'm in this camp too!!)
Another said essentially that anyone can write a review and if someone is semi literate then it could be their Aunt Jemima saying "very nice dear" and that they wouldn't realise if the plot is full of holes or the story badly written.
See, now I'm not of the opinion that someone has to be credentialed to enjoy a book - they might like the characters, the plots, the devices or tropes or... Essentially, I'm of the "Thanks so much for writing the review and telling me you enjoyed my story." The reason why?
Because there was enough in my story to make them feel strongly enough to let me know their thoughts of my tale. In my book that makes every reviews - love them or hate them - a winner.
I'd be interested in your thoughts!!