Self-Publishing Tip — 12

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Where are the Reviews?

This has been bothering me for quite some time. Why don’t people who have read an author’s book not leave a review? Even a few words like I loved it or I hated it. Yet, they spend so much time posting on FB or texting their friends and coworkers. Reviews for books are important feedback for a writer, even negative ones. We aren’t asking for a detailed analysis of the writing.

Did you like the story?

Did you hate it?

Did you like the characters?

Did you come across any errors?

Did you find the story hard to follow?

Would you recommend it to other readers?

Feedback by answering these questions helps the writer in their future books.

Don’t be shy and leave a review. It means a great deal to writers, especially those of us who are Indies. I’ve done the free giveaways on Amazon and have yet to receive one review from all those downloaded. Even for the short stories. Lack of reviews makes a writer wonder what’s wrong with their work. Please, take a few minutes to leave a review for what you have read. If you can find time to post a 20 word response to a post on FB, you have the time to leave a 20-word review on a book you have read.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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7 Responses to Self-Publishing Tip — 12

  1. I relatively recently learned from self-published authors that leaving a review on Goodreads is good, but posting it on sites it sells is even better. I copy and paste, so it’s little trouble to do so.

  2. mattdrzymala says:

    True words. I’m always asking friends to leave a review and they do sometimes, but I get a lot of ‘I will’ and then 6 months later I ask again and they haven’t.

    I know you can’t force anybody and just selling my books is difficult enough. And Amazon’s massive crackdown on family and anybody it remotely suspects knows you can be a little disappointing.

    I had two friends have their reviews deleted recently. One because I’d sent a present to them via Amazon once about 8 years ago and the other for reasons that remain unclear though I’ve never sent anything to them.

    Though a lack of readers and reviewers for mine is a big problem. I write humour and it’s not always an easy sell.

  3. Wordlander says:

    Yeah I’ve got one review so far but I’d love more. And friends promise but don’t deliver. I know people get busy but as you say a few words is all it takes!

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