Thursday Thoughts: Love an author? Leave a review.

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This week has me (still) working hard for my husband.  We are now signed up to do two book signings, one local and one at our Alma mater, Graceland University.  There are posters to be made, books to be ordered, publicity to thought up, details to be ironed out all on top of his website and social media accounts to be maintained.  There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes and beyond just writing the damn book that really it is a full-time job in itself.  When you are an indie author this also all falls on your, or your spouse’s, shoulders.  It will be worth it to see his dream realized, but seriously it is eating into my reading time…  Also all this work will only go so far to sell books.  Sure people you know are going to be supportive and buy a book, people even once removed might buy a copy to support a local author or out of curiosity. But to sell to people who don’t know you, have never heard of you, you need reviews.  So today I implore you if you love a book, like it a little, or even don’t care for it… leave a review.  It helps the author so much.  Positive thoughtful reviews that simply state what you though give a book weight, help it catch the eye of others that might enjoy it too.  Negative reviews help too (BUT be kind in your criticism), they help the author grow and learn from their mistakes.  They also help lend credibility to the book.  Too much positive can make readers suspicious and wonder if the only people who left reviews are family and friends.  You don’t need to be a book blogger to share your opinions, just willing to take a moment out of your day to pop over and leave a couple of sentences at Amazon, B&N and/or Goodreads.  So I challenge you to go leave a review for your favorite book, or least favorite.  Thank an author for all of their hard work, let them know it is appreciated.

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