Now that I’ve caught your attention, let me tell you what this post is really about: BOOK REVIEWS!
As most authors will tell you, a review of their book(s) is one of the most important ways to promote and sell it. As the author of five books in The Bayshore Mysteries, I can tell you without a doubt it is true. Book reviews draw attention to your book(s), give them credibility, increase sales, convince the reader that your book(s) are worth reading and the list goes on and on.
Yet, reviews seem to be one of the most difficult things to come by. Unless you are a famous author, a bestselling author or you’ve written a book that just can’t be overlooked, reviews are few and far between. There are many tips and suggestions for getting reviews from: asking friends and family, offering a gift download to contacts on the social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, contacting the Top Reviewers List on Amazon to asking people who helped with your book(s) such as your editor, your cover artist or your proofreader, etc. They are all good resources and will generate some reviews, but you may still be left with the inevitable, I need more reviews!
So where does all this talk about reviews lead to? If you’re the author, it leads to being determined and creative in getting reviews for your book(s). It leads to not giving up and knowing that all your efforts to obtain them will eventually pay off. If you’re the reader, it means taking the time to post a review. Your impute is important to both the author and to other readers. Most readers look at the reviews before they decide to purchase or download a book. It can mean the difference between a book being sold or just setting there on Amazon’s site. It only takes a few minutes of your time. So once you’ve read a book, post a review!
*Amazon book page for The Bayshore Mysteries: http://amzn.to/RaJev3