Why are reviews so important to an author?
Guest post by Kelly Moore
There are many reasons reviews are important to an author. The first being that it increases our visibility and helps us to connect with our readers, which in turn increases our sales. Readers rely heavily on reviews as to whether or not they want to read a book.
Then there is the Amazon algorithm, which remains a mystery to me, but the more reviews we get, the more free promotion we get from amazon. Which leads to sites like Bookbub. The coveted Bookbub promotions won’t even promote your book unless you have so many reviews on amazon. So, reviews are important for us to gain promotions for us to grow substantially. I can have 45 4 to 5-star reviews on one book, but unless I hit their “magical” number, there is no advertising with them.
For me personally, I do read my reviews. I know some authors don’t. I read them because I learn from them. The negative one’s help me grow as an author if they are constructive. They tell me what I didn’t give them that they wanted. Was my bad guy cheesy? Were my characters likable? Why didn't they connect with them? It tells me what I could have done better. On the flip side, the positive reviews tell me what they loved and I can grow as an author from those comments as well.
Being an author and putting yourself out there for the world to see is tough. We like to hear whether or not what we wrote is what you like. It’s our reward for a job that can be very lonely. We spend long hours in front of a computer developing plots, writing, deleting, re-writing, and then editing. We put our hearts into each word on paper. Some books are emotionally draining and we depend on feedback to let us know that it was worth it.
Reviews can be a few words. I have a recent review that was posted on one of my books, all the reviewer said was, “I am mind blown,” leaving 5 stars. What a powerful review without writing a lot. Just a few words, takes very little time, but what a difference it makes to an author.
I appreciate so much everyone that leaves a review. I always want honest reviews. If a reader doesn’t like something, it’s okay to say it constructively. I don’t want to wear “rose color glasses” thinking I’m putting out good work when really I’m not. At the same token, if you really love a book, I want to hear about it everywhere. Word of mouth is one of the best advertising tools we have and it is free. I love free, just like readers love free books.
I personally want to thank every reader and blogger who has taken the time to leave a review. I cannot thank you enough.
About Kelly Moore
Hi my name is Kelly Moore and I am Southern girl raised in Florida. I am a registered nurse actually an ICU traveling nurse, wife, mother of two children and I have three grandchildren. I have always been an avid reader and kept journals. Until Broken Pieces, I never had the courage to attempt an erotic romance book and submit it for publishing. I tend to embrace the brokenness in all of us. It makes us who we are. I love to see people come out strong and win against past pains.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing the story…….
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