I know for me, the hardest struggle of being an author is getting my works under reader’s eyes. There’s a million different ways to do this, and no truly clear cut defined way that is successful for everyone. Some authors lean on reviews, others count on their readers to share their stories, and still others just don’t care about it.
I’m constantly looking for insight from others about my works, and that leads me to a lot of interesting discussions. One I see a lot is whether or not reviews sell your books. I’m a firm believer in throwing yourself in front of the proverbial bus, and as such I’ve done a bit of experimenting with Everyone Dies At The End.
I honestly don’t know which camp I’m in yet. I’ve done a lot of hard work this past year, trying to get reviews for an advanced review copy of my upcoming release from BigWorldNetwork, and I thought I would share some of my insights here.
First, getting your first 10 reviews is the hardest.
At least it was for me. Like pulling teeth from a jaguar that didn’t get enough tranquilizer. Those first ten reviews are a lot of work to get, but also some of the most rewarding.
Second, things get easier as more time goes on.
I’m not joking, the next 40 reviews all but wrote themselves, with minimal searching from me to find reviewers. I did still have to actively seek them out, but it was nowhere near as hard as before.
Third, but all good things come to an end.
Still, even for all the hard work I’ve done, I’m still going to fall short of my 100 reviews that I wanted before the book releases. I’m not upset with that, I have gathered close to 60 reviews on Goodreads, with a large portion of them being 4 stars or higher. I don’t tell you this to brag, but to show that even with hard work, a book can struggle to find traction at first.
Last, just keep trucking.
Each of our stories is written one word at a time. Each time you finish a story, you share a part of yourself with the world. Just like in life, eventually you’re going to find someone that likes you (and your work). Don’t hide yourself, be true to who you are, and readers will find you.
There’s a million different tools I’ve used to leverage these reviews, and I’ll be sure to share them in an upcoming blog post. Keep an eye out for it!
About the author
Riley Amos Westbrook is a simple man, living somewhere in Washington state. Please be sure to check out Rileyamoswestbrook.wordpress.com for free author spotlights and honest reviews (follow the policy guidelines please!) And stay tuned for more series from him and his wife Sara Lynn Westbrook like Everyone Dies at the End and Journey From Atremes.