What Reviews Mean to an Author
Hey, I just want to say thanks again for being part of my community and watching these videos.
Today I wanted to talk about reviews and just how important they are to a writer.
Statistically, only about one in a hundred people who read a book ever leave a review.
Amazon’s policies prohibit authors and publishers from paying otherwise compensating people for giving positive reviews for obvious reasons.
Leaving me a four or five star review and some kind words, not only helps tremendously with the sales of the books, but it’s just really encouraging. Writing and making audiobooks and movies is really hard work and can be discouraging at times. It’s easy to want to give up and go do something else. Getting a nice review and some kind words is a HUGE encouragement.
On that note, I’d like to say a word about joining my book launch team and maybe becoming either a BETA READER, who reads the books while they’re in progress and make suggestions, or an ARC, or ADVANCE REVIEW COPY reader. These are people who receive free electronic copies of the books before it’s published in ebook form, and leave reviews on Amazon and GoodReads.
There’s an application process for both of these because I need to make sure my team members are a good fit for the books they’re helping me promote, and I communicate a lot with my team so I want to make sure that we have a good working chemistry. I use a website called “Story Origin” that helps manage the Beta Reader and ARC Reviewer team and process.
So if you enjoy my books and audiobooks, really, the biggest favors you could do for me would be to give me kind reviews with lots of stars on Amazon and Goodreads, and to share the links to my books on your social media. And, consider applying to be either a Beta Reader or an ARC reader, or even both.
Thanks as always. Take care and hopefully we’ll talk soon.