They say that book reviews are the lifeblood of an author. While that may be overstating it, they are essential yet difficult to come by for independent authors. Famous authors are a different story. Backed by huge publishing companies and a healthy marketing budget, they have plenty of important contacts and resources. As these authors have already hit the big time, readers are ready and willing to leave reviews, and the evidence of this is in the thousands of reviews they have for each book.
On the other hand, independent authors don’t have a big marketing budget, and we survive mainly on word of mouth. Reviews go a long way because they help potential readers to decide whether or not it’s worth it to take a chance on an unknown author. And there are plenty of pretty amazing unknown authors who will never be discovered. Many aren’t looking for riches. We’re simply hoping to get our work out there, and if we can actually pay the bills with our writing, all the better.
Keep in mind, a review doesn’t have to be long. Some readers do write lengthy reviews which is wonderful, but if that’s not you, no problem. Just a one or two sentence review would be great.
Thanks so much for your support, and happy reading!
D.M. Miller is the author of the interfaith “Heart” series as well as the poetry collection, Dandelion Fuzz and memoir, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. The product of an interfaith marriage herself, Miller’s work explores the difficult themes of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, family, ancestry and love. See her books on Amazon.