Recently, I tried to get some new reviews for my two novels on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. I even offered free Read-2-Review copies of the books to anyone who wanted to do a review. The results... not a single bite.
I couldn't believe it. Giving away "FREE" copies of a book in exchange for an honest review is usually one of the very best methods known to get some reviews for a book. But I wasn't getting any takers. In fact I actually heard back from a few people who had read the books and loved them. Yet when I asked if they would be kind enough to leave a review this is what I kept hearing from a number of them..
"I love to read, but I don't know what to say in if someone asks me to review their book..."
Does this sound familiar to anyone else out there? If it does, don't be embarrassed. A lot of people feel that way. Some don't know what to put down because they see all these other reviews that are like several paragraphs long and go into great detail about the structure of the story, the plot, etc. Or perhaps you just don't have a lot of time to sit down and think, much less write up a big ole review.
These are all valid excuses. But not every review has to be several paragraphs long. Even the simplest review can be just two or three sentences. And of course you'll be asked to give a star rating usually on a 1-5 scale, with 1 being (why did I bother) and 5 being (dear God I want to read more like this).
While you may feel like you cannot convey all you want to say in just a couple of sentences, but that rating and a few words can make a world of difference as to whether that book becomes a hit or not. Every review added to a book can make it a sensation that spreads across the nation and even the oceans. Most book buyers want to know what the book is about, which is the writer's responsibility to convey in their synopsis. But buyers also want to know what other people thought of the book, especially since we're all so spoiled for choice these days thanks to Indie Authors, Kindle, Nook and other e-reader devices.
20-30 reviews, even if half or more of them are just a couple of sentences long can help push that book you just finished and fell in love with, to great heights. The more reviews the better for the author and the book. Amazon and other places base a book's popularity through a logarithmic system that is based on the number of reviews a book is given. If the book has a lot of reviews and ratings they'll suggest the book to other buyers with similar interests creating more sales.
But if a book only has a handful of reviews, they won't do much with it. It's not the length of the review but how many and how favorable they are. So if you really want to see an author or a book get the recognition you think it deserves, please go ahead and leave a rating and just a couple of sentences. The power to make or break an author and their works is in your hands.
So please, support your favorite authors and books by leaving reviews as well as spreading the word about them throughout your networks. You could be helping someone become the next Stephen King or JK Rowling. Remember, without readers we authors are nothing.
Thanks so much for tuning in and please keep writing.
Popular posts from this blog
Recently there's been a lot of discussion of Amazon Kindle's latest program... "Kindle Unlimited". Now for those of you have heard but don't know a lot about it, here's a quick recap in a nutshell. *Remember: this is only a brief overview and not an in-depth piece. I understand there are still some details to be ironed out* With Kindle Unlimited, you pay $9.99 a month to have unlimited access to Kindle books through Amazon. You don't have to 'buy' the books, you simply have access to them. Sort of like a private library that you pay a monthly fee to have access to. Now considering there are literally thousands of books on Kindle this is a pretty good deal for consumers. You can sample and read any the books and decide if you actually want to purchase a copy for yourself in e-book or maybe go for an actual print copy, without wondering whether or not the book is to your taste. So on the surface, this sounds pretty good right? So how do
Hello everyone. I had been planning and hoping to start out this blog post with me being all... But then Monday happened, and I wound up feeling like... Here's what's been happening around here for the last few months (well more like for the last year). You see, part of the reason (well a very big reason actually) why I haven't been posting a lot in the last year is because I developed some health issues. Nothing life-threatening, mind you, but life altering. Keeping a long story short, as of May I had to leave my job at the county of Santa Cruz and take Disability Retirement. Now this whole process has been ongoing since September of last year and now it's officially a year later, come to think of it. But throughout that time, I had a lot of doctor appointments, as well as dealing with a lot of stressful paperwork, which included short-term disability (which will be coming to an end this month). During my last meeting with my doctor, she noted my condition that led t
Me this morning when I opened this blog. We had hit over... Honestly, when this blog started back in 2010, I really had no idea what the hell I was doing. I only had the smallest inkling of what I wanted to say about books, writing, characters, voices, point of views, plot, setting, etc. But thanks to all of you and your continued support, I found my way. And after Helen joined me on the blog, things really took off thanks to her and all of you. And now, here we are at a number I never dreamed possible. Honestly, I'm so giddy right now I don't know what to do... Good advice. Thanks Loki. In the meantime, I want to say that I know I haven't been as active this year, mostly due to health and family issues. And unfortunately, those health issues are still ongoing. But I will try to bring you all more content soon, as well as a major announcement or two hopefully coming in the next two months. So, please bear with me, and continue to visit us. We love seeing you and hearing f