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message 1: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Mohammed (brenchris) | 12 comments Memoirs are great when they are honest and you can learn something from them. Brenda Mohammed

message 2: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Parry | 2 comments Agreed Brenda - they have to be 'warts-and-all'!

message 3: by Natasha (new)

Natasha Holme (natashaholme) RAW

message 4: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Mohammed (brenchris) | 12 comments Do you get the feeling that Readers prefer Horror and Erotica to Memoirs?
Brenda Mohammed

message 5: by Susan (new)

Susan Joyce | 36 comments Mod
A good story is key for me to like or dislike a book. Memoirs are often stranger than fiction when told honestly. "RAW" as Natasha points out. Totally agree Brenda, they must be truth.

message 6: by Susan (new)

Susan | 8 comments Well, I never preferred either of those so I would say no but the way to tell would be the amount sold.

message 7: by Susan (new)

Susan | 8 comments I only realize how important rviews are because I am in an online book club--prior to that I never left a review--but I also didn't get books online

message 8: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Mohammed (brenchris) | 12 comments Yes, Susan. To authors book reviews are important. have you written any books?

message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan | 8 comments No, my friends tell me I should but I read and review--I beta read also

message 10: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Mohammed (brenchris) | 12 comments Maybe you should write a book in your favorite genre. I have written books in other genres also. I wrote five memoirs, two short story anthologies [ fiction], one children's book, and one book on spirituality. I was inspired by a group that i am in to write a science fiction story and that is my work in progress. Check out my books when you have time.

message 11: by Mirta (new)

Mirta Trupp | 6 comments I read on article recently which had this to say:

"You might be wondering: why do authors make such a big fuss over getting customer reviews? I mean, positive reviews can certainly make us feel great from a writer’s perspective, and it’s always nice to know that someone appreciated your work and found value in your book. But there’s a much bigger reason that you want to get as many positive reviews as you can, as early on in your book’s launch cycle as possible. And that’s…

Social proof

Books that have overwhelmingly positive reader review averages and a high number of reviews tend to be more attractive to customers who are browsing for books on a given topic. That’s because reviews are one of several key ways to get positive social proof for your books.

When people see a lot of reviews and a positive overall score, it subconsciously builds trust and tells them that your book is popular and that readers are enjoying it. This can be a powerful factor in helping them decide whether a book is worth spending their hard-earned money on.

Customers are more likely to take a chance on new books or unfamiliar authors if it seems that the books are high quality and popular among readers. Many browsers are more hesitant to buy a book that has no reviews or a higher number of negative reviews.

Granted, reviews alone aren’t the ONLY factor that can influence book sales. Your book’s title, description, cover, category, and topic choice are just as if not more important. But the number of reviews and the overall score average are among the first few things a potential customer will notice when considering whether to buy your book or not.

So…getting honest, positive reviews is really important for building social proof that will help sell your book. You want to get reviews on the board early on in your launch cycle and work to build on them over time as your book continues to sell.

Beyond sales: other perks of Kindle reviews

It’s important to note that getting positive customer reviews can help you out in a few other areas beyond influencing direct sales, too. While it’s not clear exactly how much of an impact they have in this area in terms of Amazon’s algorithm, reviews do affect your book’s visibility on the Kindle storefront.

Books that have a large number of reviews and an exceptionally high rating are featured in the “top rated” tab for each individual category. Much like the best sellers tab, this is another area of the Kindle store interface that highlights the 100 top-rated books in a given category. If you can rank high on that list, you’ll get a nice visibility boost on the storefront.

Also, other aspects of Amazon’s automated promotions don’t seem to kick in until you hit a certain review number threshold, too. Again, exactly how this works isn’t 100% clear, but from what I can tell from my own experience and in talking to other authors is that the 10 to 12 customer review mark is where you have to hit to have your book start showing up elsewhere on “Customer’s also bought” and in other tabs throughout the site.

It’s possible to trigger that without reviews, sure, but getting those reviews up there seems to help speed the process along. Amazon also seems keen to put promotional power behind books that sell well and are highly rated, so good reviews can’t hurt."


message 12: by Gisela (new)

Gisela Hausmann | 3 comments All vendors should take reviews as serious as indie authors.

I just looked up the latest data because wrote a book about ecommerce strategies. The data is clear:

8 out of 10 potential customers consult online reviews before they buy. That includes people who buy in stores.

66% of Americans have smart phones, especially the millenials almost always read reviews BEFORE they buy.

message 13: by Natasha (new)

Natasha Holme (natashaholme) Gisela wrote: "8 out of 10 potential customers consult online reviews before they buy."

I'm surprised at that figure. I never read reviews beforehand as so many of them contain either subtle or blatant spoilers.

message 14: by Susan (new)

Susan Joyce | 36 comments Mod
I read reviews so am not surprised by this percentage. I am always grateful when a reader takes time to read and review my books. Reviews are important!

message 15: by Gisela (new)

Gisela Hausmann | 3 comments @Natasha

Happy to help. There are hundreds more articles on the web, I just copied the first three of my personal list. All of these are reputable organizations. Of course, as I mentioned above these are stats about product reviews. I think it's a fair statement to say that the consumer report is not as important anymore as it once was.

A thought that could also be transferred to books. Undoubtedly, 50 Shades would not have gotten such FAVORABLE reviews from "EXPERTS."

Reviews are important for anybody who sells anything - books - products - services - whatever... People want to know how "others" felt about their purchases.




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