One of the tools that authors have always relied on, indeed that many have lived or died on (metaphorically speaking), is the priceless Reader Review.
In this new eBook environment we live in, this is easier than ever, and arguably more important than ever. Let’s face it, when you go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords or BookieJar, what’s one of the key indicators to help you decide if a book is worth your hard-earned entertainment dollar?
Yes, you can sample the book online, reading the first several pages, or even chapters, of the book. I always do this now. Indeed, I wouldn’t think of buying a book from an unknown author without doing so. The next thing I look at are the reviews. If there are only a couple of them, I assume—fairly or not—that those are from the author’s brother, or girlfriend, or husband, or favored pet. If there are several of them, I read them and get a better sense of whether I want to try the book.
And so, if you purchase (or pick up free) an indie author’s eBook, and you don’t leave a review, you’re making it harder for that author to succeed. Why should you care? Well, Dear Reader, if you like the author’s work, but that author fails and decides to just stick with the day job, you’ll lose a source of pleasant entertainment.
Sooooo…… As an example, to date I’ve given away 87 copies of my short story, Paradox, at Smashwords. Yuppers! It is Free Free Free Free Free. 87 times, it’s been free. I’ve even seen some nice reviews on blogs, Facebook, Twitter. Guess what I haven’t seen? Not a single review has been posted at Smashwords. If I had a big ‘ol frowney face, I’d insert it here.
Now, in order to post a review at Smashwords, you have to purchase (download) the book there. However, you can post reviews at Amazon, in all likelihood, without a direct purchase. Ditto at BookieJar. Ditto at Goodreads. All you need at those locations is an account, which is free and without obligation.
Thus, if you’d like to help out this poor starving author, or any other, please take a moment to post ratings and/or reviews. In my case, you can do so at: