Authors, do you appreciate people who sacrifice their time to review your books?
Contemplate this question in your mind, while reading a real story with the reviewer as a main character:
November 8th 2013, I’ve sent a thank-you note to the nice guy who gave an honest review of my latest book.
I was impressed and you can clearly see why from the text of my email:
Thank you note
Thank you so much for your honest review of my book, Learn to Read with Great Speed!
I’ve been publishing my books since May 2013. I’ve given away for free about 2000 copies and I’ve sold more than 150 copies and your review is the first which meets the 3 important criteria:
– it is not written by my friend
– it goes into the details of the book
-you had no personal interest in writing it (review swaps etc.)
I appreciate it VERY much.
(Me being me, I’ve checked my numbers for the purpose of this post once again. I’ve given away more than 2000 free copies and sold exactly 166 books at the moment of writing the above mail).
And it’s just sad. Hundreds and hundreds of people read my books and only one person actually sacrificed some time to gratuitously write about his experience. Contemplate on this, too. I bet you read a lot of books. How many did you review?
But it’s nothing compared to the reply I’ve got from the reviewer:
It has been my privilege to promote good books, and yours is almost the 300th book that I reviewed in 2013. Except for the 6 or so many books that I reviewed for strangers (not my friends) at their request nobody else has written a single word to thank me, thought my reviews go a long way to promote their sales. Moreover, often mine is the only review they get.
You are the first person who wrote to me to thank for a review that I did without a personal request.
I was shocked! Are you not? I can understand that big shots, who get a hundred reviews a day don’t reach out to their reviewers. I can understand it’s hard to contact people on Amazon; there is no universal contacting system which can connect authors and reviewers. But my reviewer has put an email address in his profile! Contacting him was a no brainer.
It seems everybody is ungrateful nowadays. Everybody has a tendency to use you, but a very few are willing to give back.
What are your thoughts about the matter? What are your experiences with reviewers? How often do you review a book you’ve read and why?
Please, comment below.
A call to action
Dear reader of this post, please sacrifice a few minutes of your time for the heroic reviewer.
Visit his Amazon profile. Scroll down through the reviews. Visit some of the book’s pages. Find his review and click the “Yes” button next to the “Was this review helpful to you?” question. Show your appreciation for his selfless service.
If you are too lazy, too busy or have some reservations about the moral aspect of such a venture, then just click “Yes” for the review I’ve got from him. I assure you it was thousandfold helpful.