I am a bad, bad blogger. The lack of spare time notwithstanding, half the time I arrive at my blog with not the slightest clue of what to write. Which sounds strange, coming from a supposed author.
Writing is what I do. I love it, I'm passionate about it, and I go crazy without it. The difference is, when I'm writing a novel, I'm writing the exciting and wonderful adventures of fictitious characters. When I set foot on the Blogger site, I'm going to write about... other stuff. And that's where it gets tricky.
What do you, the blog reader, want to read? What will you find interesting? I'm sure famous authors, such as J.K. Rowling, Charlaine Harris and Stephen King lead far more interesting and exciting lives than I do. They'd have heaps to write about.
Me? Not so much.
One thing I've been putting a lot of consideration into lately, is reader reviews and how to get them. I know myself, when considering purchasing a book from Amazon, that the other reader's reviews have a huge sway over whether I'll buy a book. If ten people have reviewed and five or more people hated it, I'm probably not going to buy the book. If ten people have reviewed the book and five or more people loved it, I'm going to give some serious consideration to purchasing. People's opinions really do count.
The problem I have, is that I know quite a few people have read both of the currently released books in my series. Very few have reviewed.
For some people, it probably seems pretty scary. What do they say? How do they say it? I'm sure a lot of people have never written a book review.
The truth is, it isn't too hard for the newbie. And even if you haven't purchased the book directly from Amazon, or Smashwords, you can still leave a review. And it only has to have a minimum of twenty words. All you have to say is why you enjoyed the book. For that matter, you can say why you hated the book... although I'm hoping there are more of the former than the latter. Did you love the characters? Did you find the story moved along at a great pace, keeping you interested and turning the pages? Was the style of writing easy to read and enjoyable? Did you think the characters were well-rounded and realistic?
Why bother? I hear you say. What difference does my opinion make?
A lot, to those of us who are authors, is the answer. Like myself, hundreds of people rely on other people's opinions to decide whether to purchase or not. If I discover a book on Amazon and it doesn't have any reviews, I'm more likely to sit back and wait to see what other's think, before I plonk down my own hard-earned cash. When people are looking at my books on Amazon or Smashwords, they see an unknown author plying her work and a pretty book cover. Sure, they can check out the sneak peek, read my title description and make a fairly accurate guess as to whether it is something they would be interested in.
But it's the REVIEWS which will clinch the deal. It's the reviews, where people give their thoughts on my work, which will push someone to either buy, or move onto other books.
So if you have read one of my books, whether you loved it or hated it - please take a little time out of your day to write a review.
On behalf of myself and other authors, I can assure you, we will appreciate it more than you will ever know :)
Till next time,