Monday, November 7, 2011

Reviews, Reviews, Reviews.

Publishing is an amazing journey. There is so much to learn along the way. Finishing a manuscript is only the beginning of a seemingly never ending journey.

After you finish your book you edit, after you edit and edit and edit, you find an agent or a publisher. You can also go the Indie way, which is an ever growing trend thanks to the many new options we have today. But no matter how you publish, that is not the end…oh no.

As I look around me and try to find what makes a book successful, I find that there is not one recipe. One thing I’ve found to be a key ingredient in making your work sell is simply, that it be known.

Here is where book reviewers come in. You can never underestimate the combined power of book reviewers…yet you can’t let them get to you either. The combination is a bitter sweet sauce that you simply have to roll with. Some reviewers will love your work, some will not. But in the end, booksellers like Amazon grab your average rating and turn it into a bestseller list.

While I’m still trying to climb my way out of obscurity, I am proud to say that my ratings are pretty darn good! But I still have a long ways to go before I make any lists. So if you are a reviewer, or would like to review my book, I would love to give you that chance! If you are an author and are interested in an exchange of reviews, let me know as well…hey! We’re in the same boat.


  1. Yes, that does seem to be the toughest battle...just getting word out. I look at it as a 3 year project.

  2. Sil, I wanted to tell you that I bought a copy of your book from amazon. I flew right through it and really enjoyed it! It now sits on my book shelf with my Harry potters, Nicolas Sparks and Hunger Games.

  3. New follower here - stopping by from Author Cental. It's always nice to find great blogs by fellow writers. I look forward to visiting again.


  4. Next to Harry Potter! Deb! What an honor!!! Now go write a review!
    Johanna, I think you're right! Three years and maybe more...