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Monday, August 7, 2017

With Love For Reviews - Guest Post by Pamela Lynne


The Importance of Reviews
Guest post by Pamela Lynne

As an author, one of the things I spend time doing is exploring all the advice from fellow authors and publishers on the web. You can probably imagine how many differing opinions are out there, and so many contradictions that you do not always know whom to believe. One of the most consistent things that gets talked about, however, is the necessity of reviews to an author’s success. We can produce the most brilliant work of our lives and put together the most dazzling marketing campaign, but without reviews we are pretty much dead in the water.

Why is that? There are two primary reasons, the first being that readers trust other readers. Amazon in particular makes it easy to view reviews and see what a particular reviewer has read in the past. It’s like asking a friend for a book recommendation. No matter how well written a book is, if there are few or no reviews, new readers are less likely to hit the one-click.

Another reason reviews are so important it that the more you have the more likely Amazon is to promote you. The market is flooded with new releases every day and it is too easy to get lost in Amazon’s algorithms. Reviews get you noticed by both the readers and the system. The single most important thing you can do for an author besides buy their book is to leave a review.

Does it have to be a positive review? Absolutely not. I believe most of us prefer honest feedback and your fellow readers will only trust you if you tell the truth. On the flip side, cruelty never has a place and it is possible to be constructive without being mean.

Does it have to be long and comparable to a NY Times review? Nope. Just your star rating and a few lines saying why you liked it or hated it is fine. Writing a review does not need to take a lot of time, but it could mean the difference between success and failure for an author.

I’m going to be honest and tell you that a whole lot of author ego is wrapped up in reviews. How else will we know if people like our work? A lack of feedback can easily lead to a lack of enthusiasm for producing more books. My need to write is as great as your need to read, but authors do need some outside motivation, to know that what we are pouring our hearts into gets noticed. We get that from reviews. 

About Pamela Lynne

Pamela Lynne grew up in the American South, surrounded by Southern Gothic works by Faulkner, O'Connor and the like. These authors helped shape her evolving mind and continue to influence everything she produces as an adult. It was a Regency-era wit from across the Atlantic, however, who lit a life-long interest in 19th Century England.

Pamela cites Jane Austen as her primary literary influence and she delves into the darker aspects of Regency life in all her novels, most particularly in The Granville Legacy Series, where she explores the bonds of family and what it costs to break them.

Dearest Friends: A Jane Austen Inspired Novel, Pamela’s debut work, won the Independent Publishers 2016 IPPY Awards Bronze Medal for Romance.

Pamela currently lives in the rolling hills of Tennessee with her husband of more than a decade, three kids, two cats and one very blond dog. She is still a Marianne hoping to grow into Elinor, or Clairee from Steel Magnolias.

You can find out more about Pamela Lynne on her website and on her blog.

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  1. Thank you for this informative post!

  2. Always good to meet a new-to-me author!


  3. This is an excellent piece, showing the importance of promotion in today's enormous literature market.

  4. I'm really intimidated when I see all those long reviews and I'm here saying just a few words like "Awesomesauce!" and "when's the sequel going to be published?" Then again, I'm all for brevity but gets the point across than being long winding.

  5. Thanks for the post, very informative!

  6. I found this very interesting. Thanks for the info,I will definitely be writing more reviews.

  7. Thank you for the great post :)

  8. I enjoyed reading this Pamela. I'm afraid to say that I never thought to write a review for ages. Now I try to write one for each book I read. I do struggle sometimes to write about what I enjoyed without giving away the story as I myself don't like spoilers. However I can at least share my love of the book.
    I do have all your books and I thought I had written reviews for all of them but have just checked and can't see one for Dearest Friends! The first time I read it I never thought to write one and I think all the other times I must have assumed I had. So, next time I read it I will definitely leave a review which I can tell you now will be five stars as I loved it.

  9. This was really good to read - gives such an insight into the importance of reviews and what it's like to be a writer on Amazon. I'm working on my first book and plan to go the indie route, so this is really relevant to me. I haven't written many reviews in the past, and feel really bad about it now that I realise how crucial they are to the writer, even more than the readers! I'm definitely changing that lately and have written about 10 reviews in the last day, haha! ;) Thanks so much! xx

  10. Love the insight of authors on reviews. I am also honest with reviews. Great post.