Any writer who tries to tell you that reviews (make that ‘good’ reviews) are meaningless, that reviews make no difference, or that she doesn’t care whether or not there is a string of 4-star and 5-star reviews posted to her book’s Amazon page, is lying through her teeth.
Reviews matter. They figure into Amazon’s search engine – that magic software that determines which book titles pop up on the first couple of pages of a search result. They influence a reader’s decision as to which books to buy. But, most importantly, reviews are the best way for a reader to communicate with an author.
I can tell you that reviews matter to me. I read every single review that is posted, whether on Amazon, goodreads, or any other site. When my writing is sputtering, and I wonder why I should bother trying to string words together, I take heart from a reader who posts that he is impatient for the release of my next book. It’s all very well to proclaim that I write because I love writing; the truth is that writing is much more enjoyable when I know that people get pleasure out of my stories.
Today, I am basking in the afterglow of a wonderful review of The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper that appeared on the blog site On My Kindle. Please follow the link and discover why Charity Rowell-Stansbury called The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper her “…favorite book in the Damien Dickens Mystery Series thus far.”
Buoyed by the encouragement I’ve received from On My Kindle and other readers, I am now hard at work plotting Damien and Millie’s next adventure. Wish me luck!