How do we get readers to rate our books?
A friend found someone yesterday on Twitter who’d posted, "Just finished ...GRIT - The Banter and Brutality of the Late-Night Cab Driver by Karl Wiggins a really entertaining read made me laugh a lot."
Now I don’t know this person, I’m not following her and she’s not following me, but I’m obviously grateful to her for spreading the word.
But it just goes to show that there are people out there who enjoy our books, but unfortunately with a lot of them that's as far as it goes. They're good people but it just never crosses their mind how important reviews are to a struggling scribbler.
And, of course, how important the Star rating is.
You can’t really blame them either, can you? I get fed up when I purchase something on eBay and am then expected to give feedback on the transaction. The other day I bought a basketball net for Kai’s hoop. Just the net, not the whole mast and hoop, just the net. It cost £2.50 plus £1 postage. And as far as I was concerned that’s as far as our friendship should go. But I keep getting reminders to leave feedback. What am I supposed to say? I sent £3.50, they sent me a basketball net. That’s it.
I don’t get this elsewhere. I don’t buy a Chinese takeaway from Wok’s Cooking in Mill End and have a little man come round a day or two later to ask for feedback on the meal and the service. I don’t buy a bag of crisps from the newsagents and have to fill out forms on how difficult I found the bag to open but once inside the crisps were kind of crisp flavoured. So why should I do it with eBay?
So I do understand why people can’t be arsed to leave a review, and particularly with a book why they may be reluctant because it involves writing and that can perhaps be viewed as intimidating, although it doesn’t need to be. Let’s face it, we’re all grateful when someone who can throw a sentence together gives us a glowing review, but a 4 or 5 Star rating is far more important. Here’s one of my best reviews from my book ‘Calico Jack in your Garden’
“Brilliant. very good book. is a book for everybody which have or not sense of humor. it imposible to dont laugh. i like it!!!”
Now how authentic is that! I love it!
Obviously the lady at the top of this posting took advantage of the section at the end of every kindle book that says, “Before you go Tweet / share that you finished this book – Rate this book,” and I’m very grateful to her, but how do we get more people to do that?