Feedback of any kind, whether you are an author, crafter, baker or therapist, is a lifeline to continued success. We all crave that positive remark, or a pat on the back when someone enjoys our products.
I have always tried my best to leave feedback wherever possible. Sometimes that might be a Facebook review for a company or service I have used, a quick comment on a blog post I enjoyed reading or logging on to a restaurant website to thank them for a wonderful meal and service.
As a consumer, I study the comments left by other people and hope that they can assist my decision on whether to buy a product, eat in a restaurant, visit an exhibition, or read a book.
Having published five books so far in the self-help and young adult fantasy categories, I also understand the importance of receiving reviews for your products and how it can shape your sales, rankings and even your ability to advertise with certain companies.
Did you know that most advertising and marketing groups require a book to have at least ten reviews before they accept an advertising request?
I have reviewed many books via Amazon and Goodreads. The reviews weren’t literary marvels, in fact, when I’ve been tight on time a simple ‘loved it, would highly recommend’ was all I could manage.
Last year, I was invited to join Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. I was incredibly honoured to join Rosie’s team as I have enjoyed reading their book reviews for some years – often buying a new book or trying a new author because of their feedback. My reading list has exploded as a result!
When I attend events and sell my books via holistic shows or craft fairs, I always enjoy chatting with the customers, and I often ask them to get in touch when they’ve finished the book to let me know what they thought. I also add that I’m happy to receive feedback whether they like it or not.
Putting aside the enormous influence book reviews have on our sales and visibility in a crowded market, they are also how we learn what our readers want, how we hone our craft and improve the experience for the book buying public.
For those of you who follow my reviews, here’s my rating system (this may differ between reviewers): Continue reading “Feed an Author – Leave a Review #wwwBlogs”