I used to think that writing a 300-page novel was the hard part. But have you ever tried to get strangers to buy, read, and review your book?
I’ve recently started promoting my novel and let me tell you, writing a book is fun—marketing it? Not so much. I have the utmost respect for successful indie authors like R.S. Grey, because getting to her level takes incredible effort, willpower, and persistence.
Social proof is what makes your book rise from obscurity, so getting reviews is key. Maria Murnane wrote a great She Writes article about it: How to Find Book Bloggers. I won’t repeat it here; instead, I want to focus on another aspect: what you give is what you get. I’m ashamed to admit it, but until I published my own book, I’ve never written a review for another author even though I read about two books a week. That’s at least a hundred reviews a year that don’t get written. It should go without saying: I can hardly expect other people to give me reviews if I’m not doing it either.
To boost my good karma, I’ve decided to write reviews for every book I read from here on out—and I hope you’ll consider doing the same. So if you’re a published or aspiring author and would like me to give you an honest review or feedback, let me know. I prefer romance and detective stories, but I do occasionally read nonfiction, especially anything that has to do with writing, publishing, and promoting. I also love to read about parenting, health, and minimalist living. I will post the reviews here on my website and on Goodreads & Amazon.
Writing a review about a book you enjoyed is one of the easiest ways to support your fellow authors.