Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Helping Out an Author

I will be perfectly honest here--I love hearing people say that they loved my book. I have written and published twelve books, (not including my stories in several anthologies) so I have lost count of the number of times someone has said that about one or the other of my books. 

With that said, I periodically check the reviews on Amazon. Authors are continually told how important reviews are. "Authors live and die by reviews. Readers like to see lots of reviews before they buy a book." So do I! However, there is a disparity between the number of reviews my books have and those who have said they love this or that book. I guess I getting down on my knees and begging. 

If you have read one of my books, or any other self-published, or struggling/beginning author's book, please post a review, whether on Amazon, Goodreads, the publisher's website, and so forth. 

I am saying this for those author's who are not in the James Patterson or J.K. Rowling league. A new review there would get lost or take someone three days to wade through them all. Don't get me wrong, I have done reviews for famous authors. However if I only have time to write one review and it's a choice between C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and a fellow author, I will write the review for the fellow author. They need it more. 

And it usually only takes a few minutes to write a short review. (And you notice that I didn't say 'a review if you liked it.') We like honest reviews. If you thought my book sucked, say what you didn't like about it. (Nicely, of course. I can use those comments when I am working on my next book.)

Thanks in advance!

And let me know your thoughts!