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THE ALL IMPORTANT AMAZON


I tried hard. I tried really hard to attract the attention of agents and publishers. But it’s a hard market to break into. You have to be successful in the first place before these people will come on board to help you become more successful. And how do you do that? Sit by your computer hoping that one day the book fairy will wave her magic wand and publishers will come rushing to your door? Or do you get your work out there into the market place? Do you do that dreadful thing that traditional publishers would like you to believe will be the death-knell for any book no matter how good it is? Do you self-publish?

YES, YES, YES (of course you do)


Self-published works can be quite mixed bag. They include dubious efforts from would-be authors who (hopefully) haven’t given up the day job. There’s a reasonable amount of stuff that cuts the mustard but isn’t the making of the big sellers the mainstream publishers are hoping to find. Then there’s the gem in the five and dime store. I hope you saw the sparkle in Female 22.

REVIEWS

I’ve been looking into reviews. Not just reading them, but getting more of an idea of just what they can do for an author. Take the latest award winner, Ancillary Justice for example. It has 779 reviews on Amazon including 397 five star entries and 201 four star. Another good example is Dune by Frank Herbert. That got 2520 reviews including 1814 five star entries and 353 four star. What’s the point I’m trying to make here? It’s the fact that these hugely successful books have sold in their tens, or even hundreds of thousands, but only a few people posted a review. Only a tiny percentage of the people who’d enjoyed, hated, or were largely unmoved by the story they took days, weeks or even months to read.


Then of course there’s the question, why would I bother to post a review? One extra review of either of the books I mentioned isn’t going to affect it’s sales in the slightest. If I added another five star review for Ancillary justice (making 398 instead of 397) it would make no difference at all. I could probably have more influence by posting a one star review, but I doubt that would hurt Ann Leckie’s sales in the slightest. Once an author is big enough, their work sells regardless of the rating they now have on Amazon.


It’s different for first-time authors trying to break into the market. Amazon reviews are all-important. A hundred reviews have the power to launch a book and pull in thousands more readers. When push comes to shove they have the power to create a new best seller. A new award winner.


So I’m asking you please, if you enjoyed Female 22, please please please write a review and post it on Amazon. Your review could have a huge effect.


Am I hoping you’ll post a five star review? Of course I am. But I’m a realist and I’m fair. If you thought the book was only worth one or two stars, go ahead and post your review. But please, don’t just dismiss it with a few poisonous words. Say why you thought it was only worth the rating you gave it.


And of course, anyone who’d like to discuss any aspect of my book is free to email me ([email protected]).