Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Only if the Review is Literate....

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  1. Good question, but I'm not sure anyone knows the answer. I hate to ask people to write reviews and consequently I have few sales. I'm sure a good review would help, but then again...

    Whenever I buy a book, I read the blurb and a few of the opening pages. That's more important to me than anyone's opinion. After all, we don't all like the same thing. Heck, my reading tastes change every few years! A book I found dull in my twenties enthralled me ten years later.

    So...No advice, I'm afraid. Except keep plugging away. As long as you're enjoying what you do, keep doing it.

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    1. I don't choose books by reviews, either. There are a lot of well-written bestsellers that just don't appeal to me.

      I told my publisher I won't do a lot of marketing, either.

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  2. I've seen some of those reviews written by people who were definitely dropped on their head one too many times.

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    1. I've seen some so poorly written, they probably worked against the author.

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  3. I am like Cheryl, I pick up the book look at the cover, read the blurb and the first page.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I think most people do. I did check reviews on self-published books because there are too many out there that are so bad, so poorly written, that trying to read them would have been painful.

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  4. Oh Norma I'm so sorry about my taking so long to write my reviews.. it's a question of finding time to sit quietly and really do them justice. I can tell you I thoroughly enjoyed all three books that I've read, and when I was reading them couldn't put them down. I will do them soon as I'm hoping to get some time to myself. Remind me, they go to Amazon right?

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    1. I know you've been planning to write them, Grace, and I'm sure they'll be worth waiting for. They don't really have to be long or detailed. But positive reviews will boost my sales via Amazon Australia. Thanks!

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  5. When it comes to reading books, I never read the reviews, ever. I never leave them either though I listened to a pod cast yesterday about ranking of podcasts and how five star reviews help in the ranking.

    I digress.

    I never read reviews or back jackets of books. Just the title and the first page. If I like those, I get the book.

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  6. First of all, I agree with you, Norma, that a bad review will do your book no good (especially when you know others have praised it, but didn't put up a review). My belief is that WOM (word of mouth) is better. Which is even harder to get than a review. You can ask people to review all day long, it's like pulling teeth.

    I don't buy on-line ANYTHING. I don't read ebooks, either. I have to get the actual book. At this point in time, I don't exactly have the cash to buy all the books I'd like to read.
    There's only so much a person can do.
    I'd always thought I'd be published with a trad, but that didn't happen. When it became possible to self publish, I resisted, and then caved because all I wanted to do is have my book(s) out there so some people could read and enjoy. I knew I wouldn't make any money. At this point in time, my publisher is getting the lions share and always will. I'm not about to get rich on my books, unless someone wants to make a movie of one.
    So, I'm not going to sweat trying to get reviews. If they come, they come.
    Have a good one Norma.

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