Over the weekend, I lost all the reviews from a single reviewer. That means one less review for about a half dozen of my books.
Since I have so few reviews, I know exactly which reviewer it was. The name associated with all of the reviews was Linda. I have no clue who Linda is. So, she's not a friend or an associate or anything. She was just someone who read my books and reviewed them. And now her precious reviews are gone.
I don't call them precious because they were all glorious 5-stars praising the awesomeness of my writing. In fact, she kinda hated In Deep Wish. (Or rather, hated Jo in that particular book. She didn't wait around to see how the character arc worked out. :shrug:) I called them precious, because when you only have single digits in the reviews, every one of them is crucial. Hell, less than a hundred or so reviews* makes them all precious.
Reviews are harder to get than a winning lottery ticket. (If you figure in the low-dollar winners.) And I earned the reviews. It wasn't luck that dropped them in my lap, that's for sure. Oh, I could probably shell out some money to have my book distributed as freebies to reviewers. (Not paying for reviews, but paying for the opportunity to get reviews. Or something.) Except I can't bring myself to do that.
I'm not sure, and I have no way of knowing, what happened. They were there on Friday. Saturday, they were gone. I lost some reviews earlier in the year, too. DE dropped from 30 reviews to 29 reviews. AD dropped from 10 to 9. Now, they have 28 and 8. Poor IDW had 6 and now it has 5. Even if the star average went up a little, I can't be happy about that.
Whether it's Amazon policing fake reviews, or for some reason the person just deleted them, or somehow the person lost their Amazon account... :deep sigh: They're gone. Probably forever. Which makes me sad.
Poor little lost reviews. =o(
Anyway, if you've read any of my books, please review them. If you've already reviewed them, thank you thank you thank you! If you haven't read them, give them a try and then review them. (Do not leave a review, ever, for a book you haven't read. That's just wrong.) Every honest, organic review helps*.
*I'm assuming that once you get more than a hundred reviews, you lose track of them and missing one won't crumple your sales. I could be wrong, but I have no way of knowing at the moment.
**Okay, even bad reviews. Because it's the number of reviews, in addition to the star average, that helps with marketing. And marketing sells books. And book sales are how writers keep writing more books.