Last week, I wrote about my Bouchercon 2017 Panel: Reviewers Recommend. Thanks to all who took the time to respond. I’ve created a poll with some of those suggestions. Please select the top 3 questions YOU would like answered. Poll closes on September 7 at noon EST. And if you can, please share this post on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Thanks!
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WHAT IS THE NUMBER #1 REASON YOU DON’T POST A REVIEW?
DO YOU RATE AND/OR REVIEW BOOKS YOU’VE READ?
Do you post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters.Indigo or Goodreads? If you’re an author, the answer is probably “yes.” That’s because, as an author, you know the value of a review. But what if you’re “just” a reader? (I should clarify that there is really is no “just” about it—without readers, there isn’t much point in writing anything—including this post).
The thing is, reviews mean a lot to authors. More than a lot, if we’re being honest (and you know me…honest to a fault). This isn’t just ego-boosting—though the thrill of seeing a 5-star review never gets old, at least to this author—it’s that reviews help to sell a book. Think about it. A friend tells you that “You have to read this book.” You look on Amazon or Goodreads and it has two reviews. Are you as keen to plunk down your hard-earned money as you might have been if there had been 15? What about 50? 100? The reality is, reviews matter.
Of course, the hope is that every review will be a great review, but that’s unrealistic. Even bestselling novels like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn had a few 1-star reviews (“Worst ending ever,” “Sorry I wasted my money,” “I want my money back.”)
So this post, and poll, is all about reviews. Why you leave them and why you don’t. I’ll share the results on Friday, October 28th after 12:00 noon EST.
Thanks for participating…and for all of you who post reviews, THANK YOU! Your opinion really does matter.
Recently, several members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society debated the best places to write. That discussion prompted me to create these polls: one for writers and one for readers; if you’re both, by all means vote in each poll, and have fun with it. I’d love to see some creative “other” responses!
Polls close at 12:00 EST on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, after which time the final results will be posted here.
Thanks for voting!
Coming Friday, March 18: An interview with Colleen Shogan, author of Washington, DC- based mystery, STABBING IN THE SENATE.
Great fun! A business colleague of mine created these two 10-second videos for me. Which one do you prefer? Poll closes January 15, 2016 11:59 p.m. EST.
The Hanged Man’s Noose #1
The Hanged Man’s Noose #2
The Hanged Man’s Noose is included in the Barking Rain Press After Christmas Sale. All eBooks are $3.99 (US) or less until January 15, 2016. Find it on Barking Rain Press, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, GooglePlay and iBooks.