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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Reviews are an author's gold

Nicholas Maze

How do you get reviews?
When it comes to books, reviews are partial gold. Reviews spark a person’s interest. If you are new to the writing scene and have no reviews you can easily be overlooked: an individual will not take the time to read about your book, even if it is a genre that they love.

Although you spent months or years writing, that two-paragraphed review could hold the life of your book in its hands.

At the same time, you can have great reviews, but no one ever sees them. Being unknown can stop you from being noticed all together. So, a long list of great reviews can mean nothing. Reviews are a gamble, but definitely worth the risk.

I also utilize book review services, such as *bookrooster.com and *bookplex.com. These organizations locate reviewers for you, who turnaround and submit their reviews to various online sites. By submitting reviews to various online stores, they are increasing your presence and certifying you as a worthy writer.
*Louise Wise: I haven't checked these out, but be expected to pay.

How do you deal with bad ones?

In my world, a bad review is excellent!

I’ll give two key reasons why I enjoy bad reviews. First, a bad review helps you to grow. When you receive a poor review, you have the opportunity to see where you might have made a mistake or maybe missed some information. Bad reviews help you to grow as a writer.

My second benefit is reality. When a curious reader is going through your reviews, they will come across that negative review. Of course they will wonder if the book is terrible, but they will also see that real people reviewed your work. And, if you have good or great reviews to go along with it, they can weigh their options.

About a week ago, I received my lowest review for my latest work (EXIT: How to Leave Debt Forever). The reviewer titled the review, “I didn’t find anything new here.”

Although, the title stated how my book was just like any other financial book, the reviewer yet pointed out that they learned something in the book. This type of review is even better, because I not only received a “lower than average” review, but I also received good remarks on my work. So, a curious reader will be led to read the negative review and find a positive spin on it.

One thing you have to remember is that you will not please everyone, so write from your heart and find the good in all your reviews and comments.

The Exit
How to Leave Debt Forever

What 12+ years of schooling never provided is located within this amazing literature. From basic instructions on saving to the reason for America’s current financial dilemma, we receive great advice in the world of finance. People across the globe are crying for relief that will never come. In EXIT, we learn that financial strain is planned and orchestrated. The more America suffers financially, the more successful certain individuals become. How do we eliminate a problem that has been in place for almost 100 years? We first learn how to exit, escape.  

Genre - Non-Fiction/Self-Help/Financial

Format - Paperback & Ebook
Publisher - Pearle Pages Publishing
Released - February 21, 2012

Purchase Links:
Nicholas Maze Website
Barnes and Noble


  1. So many review sites are overwhelmed with requests and speaking for myself, the solicitation has become much like the query process to literary agencies...no reply means not interested. My book has unsolicited reviews on both Amazon and Amazon UK, I've joined author/reader groups, etc., but to little avail. I think it may be the concept, itself: a paranormal suspense without the popular stage characters written within the genre itself or, not focused on romance.

    Thank you for the article. I do believe reviews help the author in understanding his/her own work a little better and certainly up the odds for reader interest. My reviews have been good, especially in the UK, but interest has been a slow build.

  2. I agree with the slow process. My book is non-fiction/finance. Most readers chase after entertainment and don't desire to be educated, so my process was a little slow as well. Another good site is GoodReads.

  3. Thank you, Nicholas. Hope you don't think I'm being impertinent but doesn't paying for a review colour the reviewers judgement?

  4. You would think, but the sites promise real reviews, because the reviewers don't get paid. They only receive free books and you pay the service to submit your books.