Then there is me. A great 6th man off the bench. I can play point guard, power forward, center, etc. I write old school hearts and flower romance to gritty and edgy popular trend type of things. In author land this translates into I publish across genres: erotica, New Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance and Historical Romance. I’ve been an Amazon Bestseller in all these categories; however my reader base, while nicely size and wonderfully attentive, isn’t huge in any category and never the genres shall meet. I’m still building. I am 6th man off the bench. It’s me, I like it, it’s how I roll. However, the only reviews I have are from readers if they so decide to review me, I have some, but not a ton on my Amazon page.
Then there are the authors in the farm league…oops that’s baseball, but can we pretend it’s basket ball for this theory? They want to be sent up to the majors…whoops there I go again, I should say the NBA. They special in their genre and do all the Indie promotions. Massive release blitzes, massive blog tours, they send out a gazillion ARCs for reviews and low and behold they have pretty Amazon pages with tons of reviews that scream to readers notice me, notice me. But that’s not me and I don’t do it.
I’m too old to play Indie games. I’ve lived a long time, waited a long time to share my work. I only care what you think. I only want to hear what my readers think. I’m perfectly content being a 6th man off the bench. It’s wonderful. I get so many emails and little texts, and get to talk to an enormous variety of readers because my work is eclectic. I like it this way. And I’m not changing now.
So don’t always judge an author by the number of reviews on her Amazon page. I’m a 6th man off the bench. I will never have as many reviews as the authors who are stars or those struggling in the farm league. I can play power forward, center and point guard. I’m competent at all. I’m just not a star, and there are tons of marvelous Indie Authors just like me. If you see a book you like that doesn't have a ton of reviews, take a chance. Unless an author is a star, the number of reviews on their Amazon page really doesn't mean a thing.
As ever I wish you Peace.