Reviews for self-published authors like me are our only real way to know what you the reader thinks of our work. I have run across many people that have read one of my books and they say how much they really liked it and enjoyed reading it. They even passed it along for friends to read. While that is terrific and makes my day, I need to have it posted on Amazon.
Why post a review on Amazon? So others can read the review and decide if they want to order the book or not. If there is not one single review for a book then the person looking for that next good read will pass over a wonderful book just because they think, 'well no one has read this or it was so terrible that no one wanted to comment'.
I love to read a book from a self-published author. There are some great books out there that never make it to a Traditional Publisher.
Did you know that there are less than 400 agents that deal with the big five Traditional Publishing houses? I have also seen smaller independent traditional publisher springing up. Do I trust them? I'm reserving judgement until I know more about what and how they operate.
I belong to several writing groups, Sisters in Crime is one. I very much enjoy reading my fellow members books. Another is the Sarasota Authors Connection. I don't read fantasy as a rule but was given a copy of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus. I started to read it and did not want to put it down. I will write a review on Amazon for this book with no problem.
Writing a review takes about five minutes but means the world to an author. Did you know that the big name authors pay for reviews? Kirkus charges $495 for a review.
I want review from real readers and if it's good, I'll do my happy dance. If it's not so good or down right terrible I'll dry my tears, pull myself together and learn from it and try to do better in my next book.
I'm still learning my craft and I need readers to tell me how I'm doing as a writer. My last book,
Honey Tree Farm - For the Love of the Bee Keeper's Daughter www.createspace.com/6227763
has not one review, yet I've been told it's my best work so far.
So help us independent self-published authors out, try our books and right those reviews. We want to hear from you.
From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding