Thoughts on reviews

reviews

 

This week something happened that really got me thinking. Someone left a 1-star review on one of my books, because they thought from the summary, that the love interest died and there would be no happily ever after. They admitted to not reading the book, at all, but still felt entitled to leave a bad review.

Now I’m a writer, so I’m used to people not always liking my books, and that’s fine. I appreciate every person who takes their precious time to read something I wrote, even if they don’t like it. But leaving a review on a book you didn’t like, or skimmed, or didn’t finish, is just wrong. And you certainly can’t judge a book by only reading its summary (case in point, and spoiler alert, the love interest doesn’t die, and there is a happily ever after).

The thing is, reviews are important. No, not just important, they’re crucial. They can also be hard to come by, especially for indie authors. I’ve heard many people say they never leave reviews, or that they only leave reviews on a book they hated. They say they don’t have time and that they aren’t good at writing reviews. But here’s the thing, you don’t need to take a lot of time, or write anything brilliant. A simple, sixty second, “I liked this book and would recommend it” is great. That doesn’t take a lot of time and it really is all you need.

Reviews affect ranking of an author on Amazon. The higher up in the list a book is, the more exposure it gets, and the more people are likely to take the risk and use their important time to read it.We are all busy, and I know a reader’s time is important, so they need honest facts to make the decision of how to spent that time. A book is an investment. It might take six or eight hours to read, and I would never want anyone to waste that much time on a book they won’t like. Even if it’s mine. I want a reader to be able to make an informed decision and they can’t do that if they can’t trust the reviews.

The single most important thing you can do for an author, other than read their book, is to leave a review. If you enjoy a book, it’s even more important. If you love a book, you need to be the one to counter all the people who only write reviews when they dislike a book. You need to be the one who tells other readers that the book is worth the risk. You also need to let the author know what you did and didn’t like, because without you, we don’t know.

Before I published my first book, I’d never written a review. I never understood how important it was and I don’t expect readers to grasp that either. Now, I write a review on nearly everything. I try to be honest, and constructive, but I’m busy too, so sometimes my reviews are one sentence. And that’s okay. Take the minute, leave the review, speak your mind.

Just make sure you’ve actually read the book.

Ready to Party?

party

 

Guess what? Okay, so you probably had no problem guessing thanks to the giant banner, but humor me.

We’re having a party!

In order to celebrate the release of book 3 and book 4 in the Bound Together Series, a wonderful friend of mine is hosting an awesome release party over on Facebook. There will be games, giveaways, and awesome people to interact with. So you should definitely be there!

It’s going to be held on March 15th 2016 at 8:00 pm est. And it’s held worldwide, so you can join in the fun if you live in New Jersey, California, the middle of the South Pacific, or even some little known country with spotty internet (as long as you can connect to Facebook!). And the best part? You don’t even have to leave your house. Which obviously means, you can come dressed in your best party dress, your pajamas, or even nothing at all. Just please don’t share photos if you go the last route. I wouldn’t want Facebook to get pissy with us.

So if you have nothing better to do that night, or even if you do, come join us for some great fun and the chance to win some cool prizes. Check out the party page over on Facebook to see what it’s all about and to join up if you’d like.

You can see what all the excitement is about here.

Book 3 Releases

new release

 

The release of this book is bittersweet. On one hand, it was over a year in the making, so it’s great to finally share it with the world. On the other, it took that long because part-way in, my daughter died.

This is what I was writing when she left us.

She was the biggest pain in the ass when I was writing. She would stand behind me, peering over my shoulder, commenting, or complaining, about everything I wrote. Or she would lay on the couch, (only about ten feet from my desk) and talk to me every time I had a good thought to write. She was an endless distraction.

But I would give anything to have her back.

For nine months, I couldn’t write. Couldn’t hardly even go into my office. But then slowly, I started going back, and eventually, I was able to finish this book. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, other than lose my daughter.

She would have liked Dex. I know he would have been her favorite character. Hopefully, I’ve done him justice and you will all feel the same. I mean, he’s not as awesome as Alexander, but he’s a close second.

<3

New Site

brickwallSo for a while now, my site has been looking pathetic. I’ll be honest, I could tell you I’ve been too busy, or that life has gotten in the way, but let’s be real. I’m lazy. I like to spend my time writing stories and inventing strange worlds. The other junk, websites, marketing, everything else in real life, doesn’t interest me.

Today, I decided I would get my act together and work on the site. Having no idea what I’m doing, I of course made a bigger mess of everything. I did manage to install a new theme and begin to set it up, but in doing so, I deleted everything from my blog. So I’m starting over. There was probably nothing anyone will miss all that much anyway.

Being lazy, and having no idea how to set up a website, or even how to use WordPress, I will ask that you have a little patience with me. I’m sure I will need it. I would love to say that I will have everything up and running smoothly soon, but (refer back to the I’m lazy and I have no idea what I’m doing parts), it will likely take me some time. To be honest, I’m not even sure where this post will end up. Could be in the blog where it belongs, could be on the front page, or who knows, I could end up posting it on a forum for books no one ever wants to read. In the latter case, you might not hear much more from me. In case I get it right, head over to the books section and see if there is something you might like.

Wish me luck!