Book Reviews

Feed Authors: Reviews! Reviews! Reviews Please!

 

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Shared on my Facebook Timeline by Bob Kern – possible author of above graphic

I like the last one the best by far! Why? Two reasons: #1 Because I think that some if not many readers might be a little intimidated with the review process and may feel they might have to try to say something hugely and unprecedentedly intelligent  – ‘nothing is new under the sun,’ said Ecclesiastes dozens of  centuries ago.  #2 By far the most important for readers and authors, it is brief and makes it easy to post. “I liked it!” I would suggest adding the exclamation point for a little punch.

Okay, it’s not incredibly insightful. But, on Amazon, along with a four-or-five star rating it does any indie author a great service. For those who want to do more, authors will appreciate the extra attention to their work. This is why your validation is important:

  1. Good or bad, it raises the author’s ratings on Amazon and other benefits kick in when an author’s reviews reach certain numbers.
  2. Translation: future sales help authors to focus on … writing.

    Indie authors need sales, believe it or not, to continue to write or they get second jobs, or they starve or they quit. It is extremely difficult for artists, authors and musicians to thrive in the highly-competitive marketplace and produce at the same time. Unless they are wealthy, the time spent self-marketing their creations necessarily overtakes the time spent creating. I’m not sure that the reading public ‘gets this’.

  3. An interactive author/reader relationship is an essential in today’s changing publishing world. Why? Often a writer spends years writing a book. He or she then publishes with little idea of how much marketing is going to be needed to enable that precious work to survive in a sea of books. “Write more books!” so the conventional wisdom goes. “The more books you have the more sales you’ll get.” And so  goes the vicious cycle.
  4. Readers have a responsibility to writers – especially if the author has given them a ‘free book.’ A free book – like anything else – isn’t free. With the gift comes a hope or even an expectation that the recipient will show gratitude by making a review or at the very least telling people about the author and book. Again, I have this feeling that readers are so busy that they simply do not take the time to think about what it takes to create a book these days or that the writer whose book they’re reading may feel that his/her efforts are a near total waste because sales are at an all-time low. Ron Glick, a  writer for my (currently inactive) author-featuring magazine, Silverlight Cafe, said in his feature a few months ago: “Rarely, success comes overnight, but for the rest of us, we are literally the starving artists of our generation, moving forward for fear of falling into the abyss of the undiscovered.” I couldn’t have put it better. This is a prime motivator, I suspect, for most indie writers, many who are desperate for reviews. So be kind, take a few minutes and share your thoughts. Help an indie author today. You’ll feel much better next time you are reading one of those “free books” that many indie writers feel forced to put out there ‘for free’ just to attract attention to their creations.

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