The title is absolutely true for Indie authors. Many people don’t realize that reviews are the lifeblood of an independent author. Amazon generally doesn’t promote books unless there’s a minimum of 25 reviews. Another thing that helps is page views. If someone checks out a book, use ours an example, it raises the book in Amazon’s vast virtual libraries as something to watch. While that may not seem like much, the more exposure a book gets, Amazon will lower the price to entice you to buy said book. As an author, you’re probably thinking, I don’t want my book price lowered, what about my royalties? Here’s the kicker, if Amazon lowers your price, the royalty that you set is STILL received.
As an author, you’re probably thinking, I don’t want my book price lowered, what about my royalties? Here’s the kicker, if Amazon lowers your price, you still get the royalties.
Also, celebrate the success of another author. We are not competitors, we’re colleagues and we should uplift each other. Reposting links for them, reading their books (if you can) and just building a network will ultimately help you as well. You’ll meet wonderful people and become friends. What do friends do? We support each other. So another author’s success is something to celebrate.
Being an author isn’t as glamorous as many people seem to think. They don’t see the hours of writing, even more hours of edits, and “surgery” to rewrite a portion and, after all that when the guts are ready, you have to format. Not all authors can afford formatting. It’s a hair pulling experience, trust me.
The book is edited, formatted and ready to be released and here’s where the real frustration comes in, you get really excited to see people are buying your books, it makes you nervous, hoping that people enjoy it. You anxiously wait for reviews and when they come, it’s an amazing feeling. even if they aren’t good. Why? Because someone still took the time to read it and even a bad review can make someone say, “Hmm. Is this as bad as this person says? I see it has good reviews too. Maybe I should read it for myself.”
The take away from this. Even the smallest review can help an author. It can boost their confidence and help them get their work out in the world.