Hey Fabulous Readers! :)
I hope you all have had a great week and weekend!
I know I have. I have been relaxing. Well.... cleaning my house and then relaxing. I even read a book this weekend. :) And not just any book, mind you. A book written by a fellow Indie Author.
You see, I am part of a group on Facebook that is for Indie Authors from all over the world, and not only do we communicate on the latest topics in the writing world, but we also read each others' works and offer to post honest and genuine reviews to Amazon once we have.
It made me realize, not many readers know how important these reviews actually are to a writer. So I thought I would talk about that for a moment. :)
A review on Amazon gives future purchasers a personal recommendation.
People like to hear what other people think about anything they are about to purchase, whether it be a grill, a skateboard, a mixer... or in this case, a book. I know when I hear about a book, I go read some of the reviews. Now yes, some of them you have to take with a grain of salt, but for the most part, most of the reviews are honest feedback. As an Amazon customer, Reviews are important to me. But as a writer... Reviews are extremely important to me. I want to know what people think about my work! What did they find exciting?! What did they find blah?! I want to know it all! :) This feedback helps me when I sit down to work on the next book. If you think your review will not be read, you are HIGHLY mistaken. Reviews are prized little nuggets of secret information. (at least, that is how I and many other writers feel)
It's a way for a writer to feel connected to their readership.
I may not know everyone personally, but what a way for us to glimpse each other's personality a bit. You already catch a glimpse of mine by reading my book. But I want to know you too! I want to know what you think. And guess what? I value what you have to say! I take every review, whether good or bad, personally. A good review will make my day and encourage me. A bad review does not ruin my day, but it does give me some feedback on what to look into for the next project. I see a bad review as constructive criticism. Granted some of them are written with a little heat behind them... but still... take it and use it.
The more reviews. The more sales.
If 300 people have reviewed a certain book, then obviously 300 people found it worthy enough to read, and I'm going to buy it and check it out. If 3000 people have left a review, then you can bet I will read that one too. Reviews show other people the item is worth giving a go. It's a snowball effect. It is electronic word of mouth. Tell one person, then they will tell the next person, and so on and so on.
So what is the point of this post?
Well... I would love for you to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads or whatever... once you have read The Unfading Lands. I want to hear from you! :)
The biggest compliment you can give a writer is leaving a review. :)
Thank you to those that have.
Thank you to those that will.
And thank you to those who might not, but still read my book. :)
Howdy Everyone! And welcome to my website! My name is Katharine Hamilton and I am a writer and multi-genre author! Thank you for stopping by!