First of all let me explain something. Indie authors rely heavily on reviews. Indie authors are also very close to their fans and readers, giving them access to themselves whereas traditional writers are more distant. Amazon offers support to “indie” authors that have a number of reads and reviews.
Why then, is Amazon penalizing indie authors that establish these relationships and bonds with loyal readers trying to spread support. What else does this company want from us?
Oh let me guess. Money. Since self publishing means we keep all of the (almost nonexistent) profits they feel is a source of untapped revenue.
Or maybe they are in cohoots with the traditional publishers who are losing said revenue.
Listen, Amazon. What you are doing is wrong. If someone beta reads an authors book, that means they read it. If they don’t like it they will either A. Not write a review or B. Write a bad review.
If I get a gift, and I love the product. .let’s say it’s a new phone. .are you going to tell me my review is manipulated?
So for the last two months I’ve been diligently scouring different websites and blogs for reviewers. You guys are in high demand, I get that! But holy unicorn, Batman! Every reviewer I pursue is either not taking reviews at this time, or..charges? I’m all for making a living folks. But we’re facing a catch .22 here. Readers do not respect reviews from paid resources. I’m definitely with you..make some money! But there’s got to be a formula that works for us both.
Right now, because I’ve spent so much time pounding the web’s yellow brick road, I’m sending out a beacon. Wanna review my book? Just contact me!
It’s a hybrid! Horror and Dark Fantasy. My next book is due out early next year so I’m looking to boost exposure. I’m also trying to use the first book to help with my own volunteer project to help the homeless here in my community. I’m a volunteer for Crisis Text Line, and a contributing writer for GoGetItLife. I’m also the founder of the Houston chapter for the Horror Writers Association, as well as their Publisher Liaison.
Thanks for heeding the call! I look forward to hearing from you!