author I was both excited and full of dread at the thought of getting reviews. Every
thought went through my mind, including: It’s real, people are
actually going to
read my book. They’re going to judge it. What’s more, they’re going to
publically say whether they liked it or not. But, what if it’s rubbish? What if
no-one likes it? What if I make a fool of myself?
launch day, I held my breath. I knew the book had been read by reviewers
through Netgalley and I waited, clicked the amazon link a hundred times and
gasped as the first reviews dropped in.
laughed, I cried, I gasped, I shouted – all out loud – which, to me, is the
sign of a brilliant book. When I become so immersed that I lose the real world
completely. And that is what this book did. Anne’s Book Corner.
eventually, I sat and I cried. The excitement of finally becoming a ‘real’
author began and I could begin to enjoy the experience. Every review gave me a
further boost. Every kind word gave me the encouragement to carry on and I can
honestly say that it’s the reviews that encourages me to write more great
everyone will like what I write and one day I know I’ll get that dreaded 1-star
review. But till then, I’m taking great pleasure in getting so many lovely 4
and 5-star reviews and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to leave
reviews really matter?
feedback, encouragement and they give the author the determination to carry on
and to write their next book, the best they can.
with confidence. There’s nothing like a good review to get an author to shout
about their success.
get more reviews?
book. What’s more, people expect you to ask. Just do it nicely, but don’t
over-insist. If they don’t do it after the 2nd time you ask, don’t
push them anymore.
basis (once/twice a month saying that ‘reviews are really appreciated’ or
‘thank you to all the lovely people who have reviewed my novel this month’. People
like to be appreciated, so this encourages those who didn’t review yet, to get
on and do it.
please review, or thank you for your review.
Again, do them often. It gains momentum and interest. I always say thank you
and attach a picture of book with a buying link. Then, if they’ve retweeted,
you’ve been polite. But also, you got another advert out and a reminder that if
they haven’t yet… they should buy the book.
know that someone is reading the book, or if a reader sends me a private
message, saying that they’ve read ‘House of Secrets’. I message them back and ask
them to review. I tell the truth, that my novel is floating in and out of the
top 100 of Romantic Suspense and that I’d love to keep it there… and that their
review would help me..!!
HELPING YOU…!! And they are..!!
for their time. Readers would remember this and when your next book comes out,
they’re more likely to buy it than the book of an author who didn’t correspond.
not just about what I think… here are the thoughts of two other authors.
Louise Dove, winner of the Mills and Boon Prima award:
look at reviews as an indication to whether to buy a product, and books are no
reviews to my book were crucial, much appreciated and both feared and
gratefully received! If you enjoy a book, taking two minutes to say so in a
review helps an author make a living, improve future books and gives them a
nice boost too!
reviews are really important because they help build my readership and draw readers to my Amazon Author Page where all of my books are displayed. New readers often comment that they read the reviews BEFORE downloading the book.
village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire. Her own life story, along
with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense,
with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very
umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of
Secrets won the Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star
Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.
increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that
of her young daughter Poppy.
the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets
Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall,
whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.
Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its
secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer.
something he gets it, no matter who he hurts …
you for your useful article, Lynda.
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