Yesterday, I came across a gem of a post and felt that I absolutely had to share! Like everyone else, I read the odd article that offers useful information about every possible aspect of writing and marketing. Yet, the little treasure I unearthed yesterday, stands out because it contained a simple, yet pretty logical tip for a problem that’s been plaguing me for a while. Although “The Necklace of Goddess Athena” has been downloaded by just over 2,100 readers since March during its FREE promo days, it’s still displayed on Amazon with a humble total of 16 reviews.
And it’s not like it’s been badly received, seeing that all said 16 reviews are 5 stars! So why am I not getting more reviews? What is it that makes readers rush back to the e-store to voice their opinion about other books by the hundreds, but not for mine?
I’ve suspected for a while that the main reason is that the majority of readers don’t realize the importance of reviews or indeed, of word of mouth. One of my most fervent fans, a Greek-American girl who wrote to me on Facebook, told me among other things that she loved my book so much that she’s now reading it again from the beginning. The next time I checked on Amazon, I was surprised to see that she hadn’t written a review, as it was something I sort of expected from a reader as enthusiastic as she seemed to be. I asked her to do that for me politely, explaining to her that it would be very helpful to me. She responded immediately, prompting me just minutes later to go back on Amazon and read her comments, which got me another precious, 5 star review.
The specific episode made me realize that actually, readers need a little nudge: something that will explain to them that writing a review is an act of support to authors, and therefore something they really appreciate. Under this light, provided they’ve liked the book of course, they feel immediately motivated to oblige.
Which brings me to the amazing post that I started telling you about. Fellow author Jackie Weger, has published this post on the brilliant site ChoosyBookWorm. It just might save the day for any of you who share my frustration on this matter.
Jackie’s tip is so simple, it’s almost unbelievable. It entails the mere addition of a tiny paragraph in the book, just under ‘THE END’.
Apparently, it works like a charm and I for one, intend to try it! Jackie’s post is highly informative – there are lots more interesting tips to look into!
While you’re on the ChoosyBookWorm site, make sure to check out their free promo opportunities!
So what’s the magic paragraph, I hear you say? Find out, here!