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Authors Need Readers More Than Ever!

Amazon has been removing reviews from books if they think the reviewer knows the author personally, even if the connection is tenuous at best. If you follow someone on Twitter or Like someone’s Facebook page? Oops, you know the author and Amazon will take your reviews down. As an Indie author, getting reviews is hard enough without them disappearing. I know many authors who have lost hundreds (yes, that’s right…HUNDREDS!!!) of reviews over the past few months.

Forgive me , but I thought the whole purpose of social media was to be SOCIAL, chat with people of like interests, connect across states and continents, reach those we might not otherwise reach. I don’t want to be some enigmatic entity that my readers never get a chance to know. I like that they can send me messages on FB or Twitter, most of the time having nothing to do with my books! More like Doctor Who, Star Trek, Walking Dead…a host of other things we have in common.

Readers, we need you now more than ever! With Amazon deleting reviews (and since they own Goodreads, don’t think this probably won’t happen there as well), we authors are begging you to use other avenues to tell people that you enjoyed our work or that you didn’t enjoy our work. I’m actually okay with low star reviews as long as it doesn’t attack me personally. It helps me to improve on the next books and believe it or not, I’ve purchased books based more on the low star reviews than the high ones. Maybe what irritated the hell out of someone (e.g. cliff hanger endings) is something I adore in a book.

So what can readers do? Verbally tell someone about a book you recently read. Word-of-mouth is still the best advertising there is. If you have a review blog? Keep posting there. Maybe try to contact the author with the link to see if they’ll share your review. Post to Facebook and Twitter. Have Pinterest and Instagram? Have some fun with images and post to those sites. If you have a paperback of the book? Take a picture with a quick sentence or two in the post. Have an e-reader? Post a picture with the cover or first chapter showing with a caption as to how you felt about it.



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8 Comments on “Authors Need Readers More Than Ever!”

  1. Carroll Bennett December 14, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    Thanks for all the information. clb

    • drshaywest December 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

      Boy, it just gets tougher and tougher each year as an author :\

  2. blazemcrob December 14, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    Unfortunately, this means that I no longer do reviews of any books on Amazon. I have had too many removed. I am forced to review them on my website and elsewhere.


    • drshaywest December 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

      I’ll probably end up doing the same thing.

      • blazemcrob December 15, 2015 at 8:28 am #

        No sense in wasting valuable time when they’ll take them down anyway. Plus, if Amazon considers a breach of their policy, they will remove you and your books for fraud. Highly unlikely, but possible.

  3. The Brain in the Jar December 15, 2015 at 3:35 am #

    This is stupid and only wrecks the online reading community. They shoot themselves in the foot. Online communities such as GoodReads encourage people to read more and then buy more. You don’t want to harm the community.

    Thankfully there’s still BookLikes and blogging. I’ll keep posting on GoodReads but I hope none of my reviews get deleted. Good thing I’m from Israel so I don’t know any of you people who write in this weird English language thing!

  4. Danielle Esplin December 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    Wow that’s not cool.

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