I want to talk a little bit about reviews. Many readers don’t really think about them. Some may use reviews to base their buying decisions on, but those who don’t may wonder what reviews mean to an author or if they are a complete waste of the reader’s time. Well, I’m here to tell you that reviews are extremely important to an author.
Good or bad, if your book has no reviews, it’s not getting any attention. And if it’s not getting any attention, it’s going to get lost in the vast ocean of books available to readers. With some book distributors, if a book has a certain number of reviews, that book is automatically emailed to potential readers “If you liked X, check out X” sort of thing. Immediate—and FREE!—advertising to hundreds if not thousands of potential readers.
Some book advertising sites now mandate that a book must receive a certain amount of reviews before an author is allowed to work with them.
I’ve had readers tell me that they don’t think their review will matter. I tell them it does. Every review, good or bad, matters. Even if you have nothing good to say, say something. Let your voice be heard, and let a book be heard.
To my reviews out there, good or bad, thank you so much for taking time to voice your opinion of my work. It is very much appreciated!