Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. The second Friday in each month is normally a day for a Book Share, but I decided to take a different route.
Recently, I began wheedling down my TBR list. I say that tongue-in-cheek because it seems that for every book I read, I add at least two more to my Kindle.
As you know, authors depend on reviews. And while we know the high-and-mighty Amazon is “the place” to go, they discriminate as to which which reviews they allow. If they believe someone is biased for any reason, they’ll reject it.
I have a friend who works with a publishing company. Amazon rejects every review she posts. They also turn down several reviews by one of our Story Empire authors. It doesn’t matter if she has a verified purchase.
Not only that, they deleted almost half of the posted reviews on one of her books for no apparent reason.
I have yet (fingers crossed) to have Amazon reject one of my reviews, but I’m pretty sure they’ve deleted some reviews of my books.
So, what is a reader/author to do? Goodreads is one alternative, but I’ve heard stories of authors being burned by trolls if they engage in groups. However, I still list my books there and post reviews for the ones I’ve read.
We can also leave reviews on B&N, but who goes to that site?
There is an alternative. BookBub. I signed up as a reader years ago to receive recommendations. After I published my first book, I created an author profile and began listing each new publication.
However, it wasn’t until earlier this year that I began leaving reviews on their site. You can choose to leave a review only or to review and recommend. When you recommend something, BookBub sends an email notification to all your followers. It’s a nice way of spreading the word to others.
If you’re an author and haven’t signed up for a BookBub author page, I highly recommend you doing so. Simply go to https://partners.bookbub.com/ and fill in the requested information. Once approved, let your readers know you have a BookBub profile so they can follow you.
Then, list your books. Each time you have a new release, BookBub notifies your followers via email.
Finally, consider leaving reviews for other authors there. I don’t think we’ll ever overcome the conglomerate known as Amazon, but we can certainly do our part to assist our fellow writers.