Recently, I received a book review for my book, The Law of Moses. The review was from a book review blog named the Hungry Monster and it is run by a man named Thomas Anderson. I’ve never met Thomas, most likely, never will. If we were to meet, it would certainly be by a quirk of fate.
That being said, I owe Thomas a heartfelt “thank you.” He has reviewed two of my books and praised each. The first book, “The Tenth Nail,” he awarded his Gold Award. While I am thankful for the reviews and the award, they are not the reason I praise the man today.
When I receive a review from The Hungry Monster, I know my book has been read. By accident or design, the review is written in such a manner, I know the book was given a chance. Somebody, read it. Unfortunately, that cannot be said for all review sites and businesses.
Writing is a competitive field, no one will disagree with that. I believe Amazon has over twelve million books listed now. (Don’t quote me on that.) Each author is trying to get his or her book noticed and getting reviewed, from both customers and review sites, is a part of that effort.
Many of my readers leave and have left reviews. Most have liked my work, a few, not so much. I accept and I’m grateful for them all. I write with a preconceived notion of what I want to accomplish with the story. Reviews are my barometer; they tell me if I’m doing my job.
Many think a professional review counts just a little more than a reader review. I don’t know that to be true, but it is a belief in the writing arena, just the same. Like in many fields, professionals seem to have more credibility. When I send a book to a professional reviewer, I never know what I will get back. It’s kind of like going to the grocery and blindly buying produce. Did you get apples or onions? While you know you wanted one, you may have gotten the other. That’s what it feels like to request a review on a book.
“Here,” I say, “take my book, that I believe I’ve done a good job on, and if you feel the urge, rip it to shreds. Be sure to tell all your followers your perception of my shortcomings and by the way, I’m going to pay you to do it.”
If you have read and reviewed my work, thank you. Reviews are the currency of success for writers. If you have not left a review, please do. It only takes a moment or two. The only thing I ask is that the review by honest. Let me know what you think, and others as well.