Let me preface this by saying thank you. Thank you for all of you folks who’ve taken the time to read my newest book. “Cold Gray Dawn” YOU ARE AMAZING! About six weeks ago, I released my new fiction book on Amazon. I had a great weekend giveaway of 200+ books on http://www.kindle.com. I was so excited and blown away! I got messages from friends and friends of friends about how they couldn’t put the book down.
Whew! What a relief! After you put yourself out there, and ask for people to see your work, you honestly hope it’s good enough. I can’t tell you how many panic attacks I had that weekend waiting to see if anyone besides my family liked my book. Of course, I realize not everyone is going to love it. They may even hate it, that’s ok. I understand not everyone likes the same things. During all of the wonderful chaos I asked for reviews from my great fans/readers. I have to say, some of you went right to Amazon and left some glowing reviews. I do appreciate that! Then a week or so later, I gently reminded others that I would love your HONEST reviews. I would only want the truth, nothing more, nothing less. I got a few more reviews. Thanks to all of you.
Now, the reviews have slowed to a trickle, so I asked myself why? Okay, so I understand your world doesn’t revolved around reviewing my book. (At least I hope it doesn’t). I also know that my book may not be at the top of your reading list. (Although I don’t know why) Just kidding. Then, my sweet hubby kindly pointed out to me, that maybe, just maybe it’s not as easy to figure out how to do a review on Amazon as I think. I have done several, so I forget how hard things can be if you’ve never done it before. So, after his advice, I decided to give folks step by step instructions on how to do the reviews I so crave. Also, I thought maybe I should let you know why these reviews are so so important to authors these days. (Especially indie authors).
In the new world of self-publishing and e-publishing things have changed so much that it’s unrecognizable to anyone who has ever been in the business prior to this time. People can literally write a book (booklet) in a weekend, throw it on the self-publishing website, or e-publishers and it will be available on Amazon within 12-24 hours. That’s not to say that it’s all quality stuff, in fact it’s probably just the opposite, but it is happening non the less. As a writer, this is both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. All of our books/works are thrown into the giant pot and stirred up together. Sure, they have different genres and sub-genres and so on, but you are virtually competing for customers $$$$ and time altogether.
So, in this new world, without being famous, we have to be creative to get our books noticed. You have to do the “pre-launch phase” building up excitement for your book. Then comes the actual announcement that your book is available. I gave away my book over the course of a five day period (Kindle version only). I have to say that generated some great numbers.
Then there’s the period of time that you sit and wait… Wait for reviews, sales etc.
Now, in order to get those ever-illusive sales you have to have reviews. A person only has so many facebook and twitter followers. Eventually you need other people to buy your book.
In comes the review process. In Amazon.com there is some kind of big secret formula that generates where your book will be placed/ranked etc. So…. part of that whole thing has to do with keywords, google standings and…. you guessed it, REVIEWS on Amazon.
So, that’s why reviews are so important to authors, they drive folks to your book/book sales.
I will walk you step by step to get to the place where you can get those reviews done. Now, remember, I don’t want all five star reviews (unless that’s really what you thought about the book.) I want HONEST reviews.
Okay, here goes.
1. Log into your Amazon account. Here’s the link to http://www.amazon.com/.
2. Next type in my name in the search box “Vickie Knob”. My books will then appear on the page. “Cold Gray Dawn” should be at the top. Click on the bold title.
3. There should be a bigger picture of the cover of the book. On the right under the title, right under the author name is the line with the review stars, etc. Click on that yellow line.
4. This will bring up all of the reviews the book has to this point. To the right of the customer review stats are a group of five stars. It will say add your rating. Hover your mouse over each star to decide how many stars you want to give the book.
5. Once you choose a star, it will take you to the review page. It will ask you, “Do you want to add your own review?”
6. At that point…. go for it! It might say something about a verified purchase, but you don’t have to worry about that. That’s for their stats, not the authors.
So, that’s it! Sometimes they will prompt you to do a review without all of those steps, but that’s only after you’ve been reviewing several books.
I hope that clears things up, and now you can review books to your hearts content. I know that will help my heart be content.
Thanks for EVERYTHING you do