Don't get me wrong. Reviews are great. I understand why authors want them and how they fit into the overall business model and their importance with Amazon for an Indie Author. It's just, I'm old school, I've been in business forever, and I enjoy a different type of relationship with my readers.
I have lived, died, and survived in business, for over 35 years on personal relationships. Readers are always floored that I respond to every note, email, or comment. Why should they be? I work for them and I'm working to make them fans every day of my life with the books I release. I want to know what they think of my work. What they like. What they didn't like. But most of all, the most important thing you can do for an Indie author, much more important than a review is: if you like my work, tell a friend.
Before 2015 and the rule changes on Facebook, I could reach my readers and new readers effectively myself via Facebook. It is really the only technology solution out that that used to work for most Indies to promote their work. With the start of 2015 and the blocks put on posts showing, my business was cut by 50%. I'm slowly climbing back, and that is the result of the great relationship I have with my amazing readers. I have so many I communicate with regularly. I might release a new book and think, I should send this to Hilary. She liked The Girl on the Half Shell. I definitely want to know what she thinks of this. We talk about kids. We talk about our lives. We talk about the things women talk about. We exist in the uniquely female kind of relationship women have survived on for most of human existence.
It may be old school. I might be doing things wrong. But I always bet on the power of women. So, if you are a fan, a review is nice, but I would rather talk to you, and if you enjoy my work, tell a friend.
As ever, I wish you Peace.
"If you like a book please post a review." I see that everywhere. Me? Oh no, I'd rather have a different relationship with my readers...#amreading #chicklit #romance #kindle #kindleunlimited #blogging #bookreview
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