What would be great is to see customer reviews on Amazon. What do the people who buy my books think of them? Anyone that has bought an item from Amazon knows if you don’t leave a review in a certain amount of time, you get an emailed reminder. That means the book buyers don’t just forget. It’s always possible they didn’t like some of the books well enough to make a positive review so they decided not to make one at all. As far as my books are concerned, I’ve gotten good reviews from ebay buyers and private sales. I always make a point to ask buyers for a review so I’d know how they liked my books. Most of them are glad to comply and the reviews are good. They aren’t just saying that. They like my books well enough that they want to buy another one.
I thought about how well my ebay buyers respond, and I had to wonder what was the difference between ebay and Amazon buyers. Maybe it has something to do with the reviews left by the experienced reviewers. Most book buyers couldn’t measure up to those detailed critiqued reviews with one of their own. I can tell you from first hand experience I’m not good at giving a constructive review. When I was active on http://www.authonony.com I submitted Christmas Traditions and A Promise Is A Promise to get the opinion of other authors. Their reviews and thoughts were very complimentary and detailed, but I found it very hard to review their books as well as they did mine.
I write books that I hope are stories people will like to read. They make you laugh out loud sometimes, describe characters that remind you of someone, and you miss them when the story ends. Those are not my words but words my customers have used to describe my books. So why is it so much easier to get ebay and private customers to give me reviews than it is to get them on Amazon?
Perhaps, the answer is simple. On Amazon, customers don’t have contact with the author of the books. The sales are impersonal business transactions. On ebay and private sales I can reach out to customers to add the personal touches to my sales so they get to know me. I sign my books for buyers. I have their email addresses so I can let them know the book had been sent so they can watch for it, and I tell them I appreciate their business. I ask for a review if they have time to contact me after they read the books. They respond back, because I’ve reached out to them. Many of these buyers have become my email pen pals. They email me to find out how soon another book will be published. I have email addresses for a mailing list so I can notify buyers when a book is for sale. I’ve never been a fan of mass emails. That to me is very impersonal. I email each buyer one at a time. That way I can visit with many of them. Some of these buyers email me once in awhile to just to say hi. Makes me feel blessed to get to know so many wonderful people.
With this all in mind, I started two new discussions under Christmas Traditions in Kindle. The first one explains that I have decided to put my books on Kindle and hope the buyers like this book. There’s a short explanation about the use of Old English pronouns, because my book is a historical fiction. The second discussion is Reviews Needed For Christmas Traditions. Since I have sold many of these books on Amazon, I asked if some of the buyers could give me a review. I didn’t want or need a detailed review like the experienced reviewers give. It would be great if they could click one to five on the stars and just say they liked the book. That would be enough to encourage other buyers to give my books a try.
I added three sample reviews for Christmas Traditions-An Amish Love Story from other buyers to give them an idea what I’m looking for.
I had a hard time putting the story down. It has some interesting twists and turns as we follow the customs and false pride of the characters.
You are so descriptive. I felt the little thread of hope Margaret felt, but she didn’t see.
I enjoyed this book very much. You sure made the characters come to life and what a sweet love story you have told. I wondered if you may be thinking about writing a sequel to this book.
What more could any author ask for when the book is already published and in the bookstores. Reviews as simple as these show other buyers the books are worth reading. So book customers on Amazon or other sites speak up and let your favorite authors know how you feel about their work. Your opinion not only counts with other consumers, but it matters to the author.