If you follow authors on social media, you've probably seen it. The review request. It's usually posted with lots of !!!s and emojis and pleading words because we really, really, really, need those reviews.
Authors are seemingly obsessed with getting more Amazon reviews. Begging for them is no fun, either! But the thing is, we authors need reviews to survive in our careers. All reviews help, but since Amazon is the king of the eBook world, Amazon reviews matter the most. There's no "magic number" of reviews, but the truth is that books with more of them get better promotions from the King of Ebooks, Amazon.
They're more likely to use our books as a Deal of the Day, or a special feature that gets emailed to thousands of potential readers. We're more likely to have our books show up on the Amazon home page if it has a lot of reviews. And they're more likely to choose our books for special promotions like the Prime Reading program.
Also buyers are more likely to take a chance on an author they've never heard of if the book has a lot of reviews.
Most importantly, is BookBub. BookBub is a very popular website that sends out a daily email when eBooks are discounted. If we put our $2.99 book on sale for 99 cents, and it gets promoted on BookBub, we're likely to have hundreds (or thousands) of sales that day, and get our book into the hands of new readers, who will hopefully come back for more of our books. BookBub isn't even cheap. It's around $350 just to get them to feature our books. As an author, I can't just get on that email easily. I have to apply with them once every 4 weeks and hope they accept my book. Guess what?? I've applied 47 times and have been rejected every single time.
And... you guessed it. The books with the MOST reviews on Amazon are the books chosen for a BookBub feature. *sigh*
So, I'm asking you to please consider leaving a quick review for my books on Amazon. If you've read a lot of them and want to leave a lot of reviews, that would be the best gift ever. You'll be helping my book get more visibility, which in turn helps my career and lets me continue writing the books you enjoy.
Thank you so much for all your kind words and comments and social media posts. And, most of all, thank you for your reviews!
Here's a link to my Amazon page with all of my books:
PS- Follow me on BookBub and you'll get an email if I ever get one of those awesome paid promotions. :)