This is a blog about book reviews. I can’t make myself not want to get 5 star reviews. I want my book to be enjoyed when it’s read. That’s bottom line for me.
As an author with five books on Amazon, I have found out from experience that books which do not get reviews slip to the darkest regions of Amazon. I’m there with a couple of my books because I couldn’t get the reviews I needed without paying big bucks.
This article from Dudley Press gives you more information You can use.
Book reviews make books a known quantity. They decrease the risk to readers that a particular book will be not what they had in mind at all. In fact, book reviews help potential readers become familiar with what a book is about, give them an idea of how they themselves might react to it and determine whether this particular book will be the right book for them right now.
Book reviews save readers time, prepare them for what they will find and offer them a greater chance of connecting with a particular book, even before they read the first page!
Greater Visibility, Greater Chance of Getting Found
Book reviews give books greater visibility and a greater chance of getting found by more readers.
On some websites, books that have more book reviews are more likely to be shown to prospective readers and buyers as compared to books with few or no book reviews.
Book reviews also help amplify your book’s reach among book clubs, bookstores, blogging communities and other opportunities to gain attention from new readers.
For an author, book reviews can open doors to new and bigger audiences.
Have you ever heard the phrase “Success begets success?” Or the term “social proof?” Books that have a lot of book reviews appear to be popular books. It’s human nature for people to be curious about what looks popular and want to check it out for themselves. As a result, a good number of book reviews can help lead to a snowball effect of book sales.
In other words, the presence of book reviews can help validate the worthiness of a book and establish who the book’s audience is. Then once validated, other similar people are much more likely to want to join their peers and buy that same book.
Knowing this, some authors try to game the system by outright buying or inventing book reviews. But that’s not a good approach at all. Don’t do it. It’s not right and you’re better than that.
Soliciting real reviews from real people can help you as an authors achieve more sales in a completely ethical way.