Let me state up front, that as a writer, I enjoy sending out ARCs and opening on release day with reviews. To those who read and review for me so I can hopefully open strong, THANK YOU!
You get a free book, hopefully one you enjoy, but you give so much more than the $2.99 list price.
That is some pretty amazing shit when you think about it. So much power contained within roughly 300 electronic pages, your opinion, and you willingness to share your thoughts.
A book that has a set number of reviews on Amazon can get better placement, recommendations, and get noticed by potential readers, while books with few reviews are sometimes buried and never seen by anyone not specifically looking for it by title or author.
*When they do what they agreed to do.
Lately, there seems to be a trend of people signing up for ARCs simply for a free book. Hell, I love free books as much as the next person, but there is a spirit to the exchange that isn’t being honored. Now that I’ve told you what is to be gained by ARC holders who follow the spirit of the exchange, let me show you the other side.
You get a free book, hopefully one you enjoy, but you give so much less than the $2.99 list price.
I am sorry if this seems harsh, but for me personally as a writer, when I see less than 10% participation in a program, I drop the program. It’s not worth it at that point. It’s not a good enough return on an investment to continue to invest. As I have limited resources, I need to put my energy and other resources, where it can impact me most as an author. While there is a financial aspect, I am speaking in a non-financial sense also. But as with finance, if an investment is tanking, you pull out and find a more suitable one.
Yes, reader shaming is a real thing. When most people see those two words they conjure an image of an over-inflated, red-faced, angry, asshole of a writer, shaming his or her sweet & meek readers for daring to criticize their work. Sadly, that does happen on occasion. I’ve even heard tales of writers messaging readers and hounding them about reviews and opinions, BUT…that is not what I’m referring to.
Remember what I’ve said before about reviews being gold, even not so glowing ones? That is sofuckingtrue. They are not only great feedback for the writer, (providing he/she is open to it) but a powerful tool for other readers. I personally try to read 2 5 star, 2 3 star, and 2 1 star reviews when making a book purchase. So ALL reviews matter…in more ways than you think sometimes.
I notice a trend, not on purchase sites as much as book reviews site, thank God, of some elaborate, meme & gif filled reviews, both good and bad. Some are so hilarious, that sometimes I am so entertained by the reviews, I’ll read a book simply in spite of or because of them. While sometimes, I am so upset with reader shaming, for lack of a better description, that I feel like I just want to scream at the screen and toss my Mac at the wall.
And NO, it’s NOT their opinion that bothers me. I get that not every book is for everyone, hell I’ve read books that no one liked that I loved the hell out of, and on the other hand, I have loathed books that the entire country is flipping the fuck out over. It’s opinion, plain and simple and every single one of us is entitled to ours, and to share it with the world if we so choose. My problem is when at the end of a laugh meme, eye rolling gif, review—or even just a word filled one—the reviewer then proceeds to heap shame upon any reader whose opinion differs from theirs. If they FLOVED the book, they announce that anyone who didn’t, wouldn’t know a good book if it bit them on their trailer park, high school dropout, ass. Or, when they HATE the book and everything it represents or comes in contact with, they finish with stating that anyone who liked the book is a complete and utter moron, that the writer must have passed out free blow jobs to get the 4 & 5 star reviews, because anyone with even a hint of taste wouldn’t dare read it, much less pay for it and give it multiple stars.
Luckily, I haven’t had that trending on my books. But let’s be honest people, you probably have a pretty good idea of the power in those parting words. You know that no one wants to be the person that you just called a jackass for their opinion, so they either jump on board the love/hate train, or they don’t review at all, and that’s a shame because EVERY honest review matters.
And the ones shaming other readers, matter way more than you will ever know.
You can share your opinion, both good and bad, WITHOUT shaming other readers for theirs.
(PS, I have no editor for my blog posts, just my books, so forgive my mistakes.)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Appx. Release Date: March 16, 2016
Ink is indelible.
So is love, at least in theory.
Love shouldn’t just make you happy, it should brand you.
Tori Reid thinks she has her life in order: a great job, her own business in the works, fantastic friends and family, and a boyfriend, Richard, who she thinks is the one (despite the fact he is technically married).
When he invites her on a three-month vacation to his family’s isolated cabin, she assumes it means he finally got a divorce and she is well on her way to everything she ever wanted, including a husband, kids, and a huge yard for her dogs, Sixx and Mars. But when she meets Michael, her expectations for the trip, and her future, quickly change.
Everything about Michael Brande screams quintessential playboy-personal trainer by day and lead singer by night. He seems to be relishing his newly-single status by jumping from bed to bed across the Florida Panhandle.
However, appearances can be deceiving. Reality doesn’t entertain the bored denizens of a one-horse town nearly as much as a tantalizing rumor traveling at the speed of light and changing with the wind. The mandatory six-month trip to Indiana couldn’t have come at a better timneeded to get away-now. Away from his cheating ex-fiancée trying to worm her way back into his life, the increasing tales of his “many exploits,” gym bunny bimbos and groupie wannabes, but mostly from his secret shame and taunting dreams. His life couldn’t possibly get worse.
Both are about to learn that some truths are painful, but sometimes, pain is necessary for salvation.
I’m not that interesting, but the people in my head are. I’ve had fantastical ideas floating around my brain for as long as I can remember, I just finally got brave enough to share them. I was born and raised in the south, if the name Verlene didn’t give that away already. Thanks to the military (myself & spouse), I’ve been all over the US. I now call the west coast home with my husband, my (as of OCT) adult son, my high school daughter, an obnoxiously obese cat, 2 spoiled bunnies, a hyper chocolate lab and a Great Dane puppy that cries like baby when left alone. I like to think of it as living the BAMAFORNIA life.
FUN FACTS: I possess an impressive yet accidental dust bunny collection. I have a serious wine, Bama football & book addiction. My grammar skills are atrocious & no, the irony isn’t lost on me. I’ve made up more words than a certain President. I’ve worked in fast-food, not so fast food, a lab, a print shop, a club dj booth, dental assistant, a muffler shop, an aviator store, the military, quilting, and just about everything in between. Plus, I’ve thrown live grenades & survived the tear gas chamber. (Have to add that because it makes me sound badass.)
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