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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Amazon reviews

Amazon Reviews and why they are important

Amazon, like it or not, is the leading retail channel for new authors, and the marketplace. It's not perfect but is vital if you're trying to get people to read your books. All the Facebook/Twitter/word of mouth/Blog posts and anything else in the world doesn't amount to anything in comparison to just getting reviews on Amazon.
Unfortunately, this is the reason there are so many 'paid' reviewers out there offering to review books for a price. Which is not a route I ever wish to take. I want people to read my books, enjoy them (hopefully), and leave honest reviews.
Not everyone who has read my novel has written a review, however, which is fair enough, I am not about to hold a gun to peoples head after all. That they enjoy the read is more important to me than getting a review on a personal level, but like any author I want to reach as many people as possible. 

Cider Lane is not the world's longest book, it's not war and peace, and it's not a great opus, it's hardly 1984. But while it's just a book, to me personally it is the culmination of about three years work.   The 84,348 words of the final proofed copy of Cider Lane, came about by closer to half a million words been written by myself. I would not like to think of the hours, days, months of actual work that I poured into the novel. It may well be just an odd little book but for me, it represents a labour of Love, Dreams, Heart and Soul, almost as important to me, in some ways, as one of my children. It simply became a hugely important part of my life, and still is.    

It takes about 3 minutes to do an Amazon review.

Six words minimum, more if you wish, add a few stars. 

After 20-25 reviews  a book will be included in the 'also bought' and the 'you might like' lists, increasing visibility on the Amazon site

After 50-70 reviews, Amazon highlights the book for spotlight positions and its newsletter

So those three minutes a happy reader who has enjoyed my works takes out of their life to do me a short review are incredibly important to my dreams of finding a wider audience and perhaps finding a few more people who will enjoy my novel.