Reviews, I was taught in my crash course on authoring (which mainly reached me through quick emails on my Canadian Yahoo account), are the lifeblood of the writer. Everyone seems very tense about them. You need them (or so everyone says) so people know whether to buy your book or not, and when you do get them you want them to be good, but lots of people also don't seem very keen on writing them.
This April's Round Robin topic was suggested by Victoria Chatham: Reviews. Love 'em, hate 'em or totally ignore them. Amazon tells us the more (4 or 5 reviews) the merrier, but how to get them?
I really haven't gotten the hang of reviews yet. They're sort of like getting a written response from a message in a bottle you wrote and tossed into sea from a whaling vessel somewhere mid-Pacific. Usually, unless you've gotten your hands on some pretty hefty notoriety, you have to write to some websites who'll review your book, or else some family members/family friends will surprise you with a review on Amazon or Barnes&Nobles. For The Christmas Lights, I wrote to a lot of authors/websites who also moonlight as book reviewers.
These take a few weeks or months, but often give you a pretty solid and honest review. One made me twitch a little when the reviewer said she didn't 100% buy Louis's poor eyesight or something along those lines, and since I'm severely myopic (near-sighted), I was a little affronted that I apparently hadn't correctly explained a phenomenon I deal with every day.
Sometimes you get surprise reviews without even asking, which are almost as great as waking up to a free puppy. I've received a handful of incredibly nice reviews, especially on Amazon, where I have no clue who the person is or how they found my work, but they really liked it and weren't afraid to say so. I know Goodreads is a wonderful site for reviews, but I realize that many people who aren't bloggers or heavy readers have never even heard of Goodreads. So I highly recommend that site, but, otherwise? I usually have to go reviewer hunting, or sort of stare up at the sky with a quick little prayer. It's something I definitely need to work on. :)
As I will certainly do, follow along the list below to see how different authors deal with the sweat-inducing crux that is the book review process:
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Dr. Bob Rich https://bobrich18.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/how-to-get-reviews
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Victoria Chatham http://victoriachatham.blogspot.ca
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Margaret Fieland http://margaretfieland.wordpress.com
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com