Do you believe reviews? A majority of us don’t, but more often than not we believed the consumer reviews. Not so much anymore, especially now when reviews can be bought, or in some cases, simply faked.
Interesting advice from Penny C Sansevieri on Huffington Post. Learn at the link.
As for my thoughts on getting reviews: I’ve often asked for reviews but they tend to trickle in. Most readers just want to read, not write. If it’s true that reviews aren’t believed anyway, maybe after you hit six or so, just let it happen (or not) organically and don’t worry about it so much. Get on with writing the next book or cast a magic spell or take hostages. As for buying and faking reviews, how ubiquitous is the problem really, especially if people are so biased against them anyway?
Is distrust of reviews considered a major issue by casual browsers and everyday readers (i.e. the majority) or is this issue overblown by power users who are in an echo chamber talking “inside baseball”?
It is frustrating that some sites won’t let you publicize even a free book if you don’t already have a minimum of ten reviews and a high overall rating. On the other hand, many of the most successful books get that way by sending out hundreds of review copies (or their publishers think that’s how those books succeeded, anyway.) Though earning reviews and word of mouth is techinically what we’re hoping for with our book giveaways, a lot of feedback suggests that free ebooks generally sit on e-readers unread.
What do you think? Is chasing reviews a high priority for you or are your efforts and finite resources directed elsewhere? If so, what are you doing to sell more of your books? I’m a bit fatigued from revision stress at the moment, so it’s a bad time to say what I’m up for. Mostly? Right now? Scotch rocks. ~ Chazz
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