So, as you may or may not be aware (and I’m not sure what the scenario is for that second option; maybe you were in a coma until this morning? Or living under a literal rock without wifi?), my book is now available. And, though I don’t know any actual numbers, a non-zero number of copies of the thing have been purchased! This is wonderful! It means my publisher is likely to continue giving me contracts for future books.
Of course, it’s a brand-spanking-new book, and as such it currently has zero reviews on Amazon and just one rating over at Goodreads. This is a thing I’d like to see change! Book reviews for small and indie authors are a necessary, vital part of the process. No one (aside from my parents and grandparents, who love me but don’t write too many reviews) really knows about me or my book, and word of mouth is the best way to spread…well, the word.
That’s where all of you come in! If you’ve read the book, give it a quick review! It doesn’t have to be a massive, multi-paragraph ode to my authorial genius. It can be as simple as, “I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.” It also doesn’t have to be a five-star rave. If you only kinda liked the book, that’s okay! Even a three-star, “Eh, it was a’ight,” review is still better than no reviews. Honest reviews are always appreciated. Feedback and criticism are okay. I welcome it, in fact. Pointing out shortcomings in my writing can help me become a better writer, if it’s done properly (if it’s done improperly, or you’re just crapping on me to be a jerk, I will probably completely disregard what you said and make disparaging comments about you, the unnamed, unknown reviewer, to my wife, who tolerates my fragile ego shenanigans with grace and the occasional eye roll).
But please, share the book, tell people about it, and write reviews! Reviews help out tremendously, encouraging readers to take a risk with an unknown author. They also help improve the algorithms used to show folks other books they might like when they’re perusing Amazon or Goodreads, and increased eyeballs will only bring more readers in.
Hopefully, we’ll have the physical version available soon, as well as the iBooks and Nook versions. Keep reading, and thanks!