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Most writers are introverts. We work alone and seldom hear from readers. We know you like our work when it sells. I'm grateful to have had two bestselling books so far and for the wonderful fans, writers, and people in the publishing industry I've met.
Why Writers Need Reviews
Even though we work alone, writers crave feedback (even the ones who say they don't care). We need reviews because reviews help us find new readers. Reviews mean advertisers will let us pay for coveted spots in their newsletters or on their websites. Reviews mean Amazon and other retailers will show readers our books when someone searches for it. Good or bad, writers need reviews to find an audience. And we all love hearing from readers.
But that's rare. Most readers don't write reviews. I get it. We're busy. We're bombarded with information and asked to fill out surveys every time we do anything these days. And readers owe writers nothing. You've paid for a book, and that's the end of that.
Some of us are better at asking for reviews. Some writers hire publicity firms to handle this part of the business. Many writers are not introverts, and they build a network of friends, fans, and other writers who review their books for them, and some writers are so desperate for reviews that they pay for them.
I'm not going to do that. Ever. I'd rather have no reviews than pay or beg for a dishonest 5-star review. Hell, I can't even get my mother to write a review for one of my books (probably because I've never asked her to do it). And, technically, it's against the "rules" at most booksellers to have friends, family other writers, or even just people you know casually or met at a book club meeting, write a review for you. Ridiculous, but true. So I thought I'd try something different this year.