Soooo, I am on the fence about asking for someone to write a review after they have read one of my books that I have worked my ass off writing, editing, editing again, and editing again. However, I realize that this is the only way to get good reviews, therefore, getting more folks to read your books.
There are mixed thoughts on this subject all over the internet. Some say, "Yes, absolutely ask for book reviews at the end of your book. How else will you get them?" While others say, "No! Don't ask for them because if the reader wants to leave one, they will, and you asking may be viewed as rude. Plus, it screams desperation, which may be viewed as unprofessional."
So, what the hell does a writer do? How does she/he get reviews without asking? Will she/he even get a review by asking?
I've never been a begging kind of person. I'm also not aggressive, so this subject eludes me constantly. In fact, I laid awake last night for over an hour, pondering how the hell to approach this subject of book reviews. I also laid awake trying to figure out how to get my books out there in the reader's hands without going broke because advertising is very expensive.
You see, I have been trying to get professionally published for over ten years now, as well as the rest of the free world evidently, and I've come to the conclusion that it may never happen. Because of this, I have decided to go the self-publishing route because I was tired of being turned down—it breaks your heart— and tired of all the work that goes into getting all the crap they want together to present to them. It will wear a person plum out.
Someone suggested that I get on TikTok and advertise my books that way, but I have to tell you, I'm also funny about making videos starring me. It goes against everything that I am. The only video out there starring me is on my Youtube channel. It is a video I made of a yoga class for my pediatric patients. I've watched it a couple of times, and it embarrasses the hell out of me. So, as far as videos starring me on TikTok, I just can't stomach that.
I have been advertising on Instagram, and that seems to be going pretty well. I've also connected with other authors/writers and have learned a thing or two about how they do things. I did advertise some on Facebook, but Instagram seems to be the way to go as the traffic was a lot more compared.
The point of this blog, I guess, is that I am going to gently ask that if you do happen to read one of my books that I have poured my heart, soul, and time into, and you want to make my freaking day, please take the time to write a review. Reading reviews is so validating for all the hard work you put into a book. If you do decide to write one, know that I am so grateful and thankful, and if I could dole out a hug to you, I would.
Editing can be ridiculously tedious and time-consuming, yet it is necessary for the reader to understand what they are getting themselves into. Not to mention those elusive commas that I don't seem to have a clue about how to use. I must have blacked out each time I arrived at English class all through my school career because, damn it, I can't write one paragraph without about a hundred errors in it. Again, I thank my mom, daughter, and Grammarly, on this front, for correcting my English and grammar ignorance.
Book two of the 'Circus' series is currently in the editing process. It's done being written, yes, but those damn commas will be the death of me. Having dyslexia also poses a challenge as I can never recall if it is 'its' or 'it's,' as well as about 5000 other things that elude me grammar-wise. Although editing is a pain in the you-know-where, I am having a ball re-reading some of the hilarity I call my life. The funny thing is, I find myself falling in love all over again with the Professor. He puts up with more crap than most people should, mainly me and my insanity.
This "blending business" is some of the most complicated layering of crap around. I mean, you have the extroverts (my two kids and me) versus the introverts (the Professor and his three kids.) It can be like the Clash of the Titans when you bring this mixture into the actual blending of a family, trust me.
In this new series, you will learn that I believe my kids are on crack, not that they are, but they sure act like it with the things that they say and do. I will also discuss the art of shagging. This is a most interesting chapter, believe me. You will also read a story about when chest hair attacks. And one of the funniest things you will read is about me and my mom's experience called 'Punk'd At The Drive-Thru.'
I'm so freaking excited about its launch on October 3, 2021, which just so happens to be my 50th birthday. I can't quite believe that I will be 50 as, in my mind, I'm still 23. I saw myself turning 40 with no issue, but turning 50 is a whole other ball of wax. I hope that in my 50's I will start writing the ten book ideas that I have and actually finishing them instead of dreaming about them every damn night, making sleep quite difficult.
Book 2 has got to be my most favorite, and I believe it will be your favorite too. Thanks in advance to all you sweet souls who will hopefully download or purchase this book as you are in for a rip-roaring good time!