Reviews = Sales (But make sure they are genuine)

20 May

Many of you may remember my post about reviews. I discussed how fake reviews can seem, and how even with self-publishing, authors are using friends to write glorious reviews.

There is nothing wrong with friends writing reviews, in fact, I would expect it. Your friends are your greatest support network, and they will want to champion you in your work. They will want to tell everyone to buy your book – they want to see you succeed.

Great! My problem is the reviews written by people who either feel they are an authority on the subject (though ultimately would never have purchased the book had it not been written by a ‘friend’), or those who just wouldn’t go near it and say things like, ‘this is great, buy it!’

Well we all want reviews like that, but I am after genuine reviews. Maybe in my case it is different. It is not a novel, it is actually a rather specialist book. Although for beginners, so no it’s not complicated, its subject area is very niche. We might be all about the writers community here, but how many people have interest in self-publishing in the grand scheme of things?

So where does that leave me  – and whats that got to do with reviews? Well…I understand my sales will be relatively low, I also understand that it takes time for sales to build a momentum. I still haven’t finished arranging the pod copy (I get a headache just thinking about it), but for all that, I am OK with my sales. That is to say, I haven’t sold masses, but the small number I have made surprise me. I didn’t expect to sell any so from that view-point, sales are excellent, Ha!

What isn’t excellent is my reviews. Or should I say, my lack of reviews. I have not outwardly pushed for people to write reviews. Many writers, as a standard practice hand out copies left right and centre to get the reviews written. I chose not to. Sure, I have mentioned it briefly on twitter and the Facebook page, but I haven’t pushed it. I certainly haven’t held competitions to make you one of my lucky winners!

And now? I am having a re-think. I need reviews. Everyone needs reviews for sales. I still don’t want reviews that are gushing. I want honestly written, genuine reviews. As in, did this book serve its purpose?

So, will you be my lucky winner? Ha. No seriously. If you are a writer that is considering the self-publishing route either now, or for the future, and would be happy to write a review in exchange for a free copy of ‘A Simple Guide to Self-Publishing,’ then please email me


4 Responses to “Reviews = Sales (But make sure they are genuine)”

  1. submeg October 31, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    When I finally get there…I will have to make the same decision as you, but definitely your book is going to help! Where are the paper copies at?

    • Ellie October 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

      I have to hang my head in shame…I never finished the pod. Why? I lost heart. Simple as that.

  2. Ellie May 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Hands up – I never write reviews on Amazon. Even books I think are the most amazingly written must read worthy of awards book, I just don’t ever think to do it. But I do always tell my friends, practically pushing the book into their hands.

    Having just read your post this is really exciting times for you and I am so pleased that you have got this far. I hope one day to be announcing that I have finished my first full draft – as that won’t be for some time I shall bask in everyone elses success. Well done Charlotte!

  3. Charlotte May 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Ellie, I expect to find this book useful pretty soon (!!!). Reviews are tricky… recently I read a self-pubbed book which, according to the author’s blog, has sold about 15,000 copies since its release; but there were only two reviews of it on Amazon when I added mine. I suppose we have to conclude that very few people take time to write reviews. This scheme seems like a sensible one to me.

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