That’s right, be grateful! Why? Because those low reviews act as gatekeepers, keeping those readers that really wouldn’t enjoy your book from reading it. With The Arrival on the free list again I’m now privy to understanding just how valuable those negative reviews are. When you look at The Arrival’s page on Amazon, the most popular reviews are three low ranked ones, all complaining about the style. Which is GREAT! Because it stops the click happy greedy people from downloading it willy nilly. Instead, readers are having a read of the sample and then downloading the book. This in turn means more readers who will genuinely enjoy your book. So don’t take those bad reviews to heart, because in the long run they’re often more valuable than the good reviews—not that you, as the author will feel that way (I don’t know an author who doesn’t like to hear that a reader loved their book *grin*).
Now, I’m looking for something different. Writers of unusual styles and topics. Having written a book that can often receive polar opposite reviews, due to the different style it was written in (to all those scratching your head over this, apparently writing in 1st & 3rd person in the way I do isn’t done ;p) I know how frustrating it can be to have to explain your writing again and again. I think the short and skinny of it really is, if you enjoy it—great! If you don’t, then don’t worry and read something else.
So all you writers out there with unusual and not-popular topics seeking a spot to tell everyone about your work get in touch! I should specify, this is for indie, fictional works only. Use my contact form and let me know you’re interested in having a guest spot on this blog. Basically I’ll require a blog post from you explaining a bit about yourself, your style and your current available works. I would also love your favorite good AND bad review and why (and you’re welcome to be as honest as you like here *grin*). I’ll put up whatever links you provide and I’m even considering creating a page on the blog where I can store these interviews so others will have an easy spot to find them later on.
So get in touch! And spread the word if you know of a writer like this trying to get their works noticed.
Take care all!
The Arrival, available for free right here on this blog!
Awakening on Amazon or UK Amazon or in Epub format right here on my blog (the bright yellow buttons on left!)