I am shamelessly begging for your assistance.
Oh that does sound dirty doesn't it?
Truth is, I am begging. But before I lay myself at your feet, let me explain why.
I've been in this business for a while now. I started back in 2010 with my first title, Carpe Noctem. A fresh faced dreamer with aspirations of greatness and a lack of understanding on what all goes into the business end of the book world. Still, I endeavored to learn and to keep putting out more books. Always dreaming of success.
Fast forward to now and we are at 2017. I have 4 book series under my name, and another handful of titles under my pen name. Plenty of books under my belt, and with a much greater appreciation of what goes into the business of publishing.
As much time if not more goes into the marketing of books as does the writing of books. And for each new book that I publish the time to make readers aware of these books increases.
I try to do as much as I can via social networking, blogging, newsletters, and Spilling Ink to bring awareness without being spammy. It is a very fine line to walk, and I hope, especially for you my very close readers, that I have not crossed those lines.
But, with all my efforts there is one elusive element that I can't control.
When people first look at a book, beyond the description and the cover, they pay close attention to what others have to say.
If the book is getting overwhelmingly good or bad reviews, it can weigh heavily on that readers decision whether or not to click that purchase button.
The amount of reviews also has an effect on whether or not sites like Amazon will shine light on the book. Even when advertising books on 3rd party websites, one of the biggest questions asked is the current rating and amount of reviews.
One site I will not name specifically is rumored to not even consider a book that has less than 200 reviews.
For me this is a big problem. Over 6 years in the business and my books average less than 50 reviews each. I have but one that has broken the coveted 200 review mark.
It does not have to be a book report. It does not have to be 5 stars. I would never ask for any special favoritism.
A book review is simply sharing what you thought of the book.
It answers two very simple questions.Did you like it?
Would you recommend it to someone else to read?
That's it. Your opinion matters. Most importantly to me, because I want to ensure you are enjoying the books I write. But beyond my hope for your satisfaction, the review you write caries great weight in the publishing realm as well. It can quite literally make or break a book.
So, here I am, groveling at your feet.
If you have read one (or more) of my books, would you do me the greatest of honors and leave a review?
The Immortalis Series
The Little Werewolf Series
The Olde Town Pack
Chronicles of the Uprising