Have you ever walked into one of those mega bookstores and then felt totally lost? So much to see! So much to read! Where does one start? Do you stroll the aisles and look for covers and titles to jump out at you? Do you walk in with recommendations from others buzzing at the back of your brain? It can short out a book lover’s mind, not to mention empty their wallet.
How do you go about deciding what to read next? Between my Amazon wish list and my Goodreads emails from friends, I have an on going list of things I want to read but, on several occasions, there will be a lull where I may have books on the list, but they haven’t come out yet. That leaves me with the fun chore of finding something else. I say fun because I do think it’s fun to browse and find something the peaks my interest, but it can also be quite a chore with the sheer volume of things that are out there. That is why I look to the reviews. If I’m clicking through in Amazon and find a title or cover that catches my eye, I’ll check to see how many stars it has. If it’s got five I will definitely scroll down and read the blurb and scan the reviews to see why people like it. I’ll also look at the other books Amazon suggests to see if there’s something similar that I’ve already read. If there are three or less stars, there’s a good chance I’m going to move on and click something else…unless I see there are only a few reviewers and it’s one of those 99 cents or $2.99 books. Those things lead me to think it’s a new author or someone who’s just entering the self publishing scene. That always strikes my interest so I’ll read what it’s about and be much more willing to give it a shot, even if the reviews aren’t stellar.
The occasions where I just pick something up without recommendation or without reading a review are rare these days. That’s why I find it’s so important to get word out there of your work. Get ARCs to book bloggers, they can rocket your story to success. Take the time to go on Amazon or Goodreads or where ever and give your own ratings and reviews of things you read. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you helped spread the word of an amazing book? Perhaps karma will shine down and someone will do the same for you when you get your stuff out there.