Friday, June 28, 2019

A Little Bit of Pixie Dust

I was sitting here last night, looking at the numbers for last week's sale and trying to figure out how to boost sales for next month.  And I was all like "I haven't done a sale for Project Hermes in a while.  I'll just set up an ad with..."

Which was when it occurred to me that PH doesn't have enough reviews to set up ads with almost anyone I'd like to advertise with. 

Which brings me back around to wondering how to get reviews without paying for them or begging for them. 

A while back, I took the 'please review my book' verbiage out of the ends of all my books and replaced it with 'please buy the next book'.  Figuring if readers only had enough time to do one thing, it was better to have them buy something than write something nice.

And that worked.  Kinda.

Now, please understand that I had the 'review' wording at the ends of my books for a long time and it didn't seem to help much, so I didn't think taking it out would hurt much.  Right now, I'm not sure if it did hurt.  All I know is that I haven't seen a new review for any of my books in a while.

I know my regulars here have reviewed as much as they are able.  And thanks to each one of them for doing so.  I just wish a higher percentage of my readers would do the same.  I'm not asking for a book report.  All I really need is some stars and a few honest and positive words.  "I enjoyed this" would be a nice thing to say.  (Although, I'm not sure if Amazon has the word minimum thing or not these days.  I've left some really short reviews, but I could be wrong.)

Anyway, if you're here and you're a reader, please understand that a lot of things hinge of the number of reviews a book has - advertising, sales, whether Amazon pushes your book or ignores it, etc.  Writers need your help.  I need your help.  We all need your help - especially indie writers who don't have a publisher behind us helping get reviews. 

So, if you would be so kind, take a moment out of your day to help a writer out by leaving an honest review for a book you've read and enjoyed.  It'll be like a little bit of pixie dust sprinkled over our day.  Trust me.

1 comment:

  1. We ALL need some of that pixie dust! I was setting up THAT OL' BLACK MAGIC on Bookfunnel so I can give away some free downloads at a conference (to be included in gift bags for guest speakers) and it's really disheartening to see how unloved the Penumbra Papers are. I totally get where you're coming from! And I admire your underappreciated approach to new books. I don't qualify because you read me and review. But yeah. Anyway.

    I sort of nudge both things in my backmatter--keep reading for a book list and on by the way, I'll give you my first born for a review. Or something like that. 😁

    Back to work for me. Have a great weekend! Hope the numbnuts stay home so you can have some peace.