Okay, so maybe this isn't all I want for Christmas. My list is long and among other things includes falling in love again and Oprah reading and recommending my book. But high on Santa's list are reviews for The Secrets They Kept. Lots of them. Preferably with 4 or more stars. On Amazon although Barnes and Noble and Goodreads work well. But Amazon is definitely the first stop.
As an Indie author I am hot in pursuit of reviews from Santa or anyone else interested in reading and reviewing my work.
I know it may not sound like it means a lot, but Indie authors are like small businesses, without large marketing budgets and reliant on word of mouth advertising and recommendations. Which in today's world of social media and algorithms that I won't pretend to fully understand, the more often someone takes the time to write and post a few words about how much they enjoyed my novel the greater my chances are of someone who didn't know about the book finding out. And for the record, this is true of any of your favorite writers or artists you want to do well. You can consider a review an act of kindness contributing to supporting small business everywhere.
If you want clarity on how to do this and more on how it all works I suggest you check out Anne R. Allen's terrific post, A Reader's Guide to Amazon Reviewing.
And if you read my book and told me you liked it, it made you cry, you loved my characters, or whatever else moved you about the story and you want to help see an Indie author like me rise to an Amazon pick, write a review. Or you can buy a copy for a friend. They make great holiday gifts. You can even gift a Kindle edition!
What's on your wish list this holiday season?
The Secrets They Kept is now available for sale on:
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