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.