Last night I was looking over at Amazon.com like I usually do and decided to pop over to Amazon.co.uk to see what my book was doing over there. And I saw that someone had given 30 Day Spending Detox a one star review.
Harsh. Especially as they had put the heading ‘Waste of Money’ in their headline. Here is the review if you are interested:
A bit painful isn’t it. Especially as I don’t think I deserved some of the comments the reviewer said.
Now I was going to ignore it, but I’m not sure the review is completely legitimate for a few reasons. Firstly the person had opened this account JUST to review my book and has no other reviews. They didn’t even use a real name but instead used the name Holidays. That’s fine, but I do know that there is a lot of other author’s who like to make nasty reviews on competitors products so they can sell more of their own book. I’m not saying this is the case here, but it does give you pause to think about why anyone would open an account in a fake name just to bag out one book.
Now of course, since I’m the author, I have a bias in that I think it’s actually a pretty good book (duh!), but let’s try to be objective for a minute and look at what the review has actually said.
They mention that I have nothing extra to add on the subject and many of the tips include well-known advice such as turning off stand-by. Sure I mention a few of these that everyone knows about – but that’s because they WORK. And I also include lots of new tips as well including my very own 3 item rule for the grocery store which really did work well for me.
But more importantly this wasn’t supposed to be just a ‘tips’ book. It was meant to be motivation to help you get through a no spend month of your own. A point I think the reviewer failed to acknowledge. (And anyway the saving money chapter is just ONE chapter, you have plenty of more chapters including ideas for MAKING money, how to handle unexpected expenses, financial advice including my simple rules budget and much more).
They also mention that everyone knows this already but doesn’t act on it. My point precisely! And the reason I wrote the book. To motivate those and help them handle doing a spending detox.
So many people are in debt or struggling financially. If they could just do something to shake up their finances – even if it’s just for one month they could turn their money situation around. Something I absolutely believe in.
I guess that’s why I wanted to respond to this 30 Day spending detox review. I really think this is a great book that contains a lot of motivation and advice for not only saving money but also going forward with an action plan once the month is over.
Hopefully more people will read it and understand my message or at least by reading this response will be able to decide if the book is right for them or not.
P.S. If you’ve read it then I’d love your opinions. Did you think the book deserved a one star review?