Author Guest Post
Why It’s Hard for Authors to Ask Readers for Reviews
By Demetria Foster Gray
Before becoming a published author, I never saw the significance of leaving book reviews. I always figured that’s something other people do, not me. I’ve been an avid reader for pretty much all my life, but I’ve never once considered how I could help my favorite authors. Never have I supported their work other than buying their books. Being a supportive reader never even entered my mind.
There are many ways to support your favorite authors. Writing a book review of their work is one of them. However, most readers tend to buy the book, hopefully read the book, and possibly tell a friend or two about it. It never occurs to them to leave a review on retailer sites like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or even make mention of it through their social media networks.
Most readers are unaware they’re missing crucial opportunities to spread the word and affect author awareness on a broader scale. Unaware it’s an opportunity to share their unique perspective, knowledge, and insight of a book, which in turn can affect the buying decisions of so many others.
But here’s the thing; it’s not the reader’s job to promote our books. Nor do we pay them to be our spokesperson.
We create books for their reading pleasure, not to hustle them to the masses. This, among other reasons, is why it’s hard for authors to ask for reviews—because we know it’s not your job. Plus, we don’t want to put people on the spot, or create in readers a false sense of obligation to the author. The bottom line is we really only want you to enjoy the read, and we also want everyone else to enjoy the read. Unfortunately, the only way to reach everyone else, is through everyone else. This means advertising, promotion, and word of mouth. This means asking for reviews.
Now, as an author, I walk the author shoes. I understand the importance of a review and the impact that it serves. It’s not until you walk the shoes that you understand the shoes, and I now understand how difficult it can be to ask for reviews. Yet, in order to promote and create awareness for our work, we have to accept “the asking” as part of the territory.
Therefore, to all you wonderful readers out there, if you’ve read a book and enjoyed the book, consider supporting your favorite author(s) with a kind and honest book review (and any other form of support). You won’t even begin to imagine how much that author will appreciate your gesture.
About The Author
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: August 8, 2014
Format: Paperback - 284 pages
Kindle - 642 KB
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Sifting Through Mud
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book Tours.
The death of Nyla's husband comes as a shock to everyone except Nyla. What’s shocking to Nyla is her inability to grieve his death like a typical loving wife should grieve. But Nyla isn't a typical loving wife. She's a woman in desperate need to breathe. The oxygen in her life has long gone, and the astonishing thing she feels from her husband's death is relief, not grief.
Even more astonishing is the rare and unexpected friendship which develops between Nyla and her dead husband's mistress. However, Nyla isn’t aware her new best friend is a former mistress. And as their friendship deepens into an unshakable bond, Nyla is forced to face secrets her husband took with him to his grave. This means she has to sift through mud to unravel the truth. A truth that’s better off dead.
Yet through it all, the one thing which makes Nyla violently breathless, is the exact same thing that causes her to finally breathe.
My Book Review:
In her debut novel, Sifting Through Mud, author Demetria Foster Gray weaves an emotional story of buried secrets, betrayal, forgiveness, an unexpected friendship, and redemption that will tug at the reader's heartstrings.
When Nyla's husband Nathan dies, she is unable to grieve his loss, instead his death has brought her relief from their troubled marriage. Nyla unknowingly befriends Nathan's pregnant mistress Vivian, and as their connection develops into a friendship, they embark on an emotional journey that will uncover buried secrets that will test their will and strengthen their unexpected bond, and help them move forward with their lives.
Sifting Through Mud is a wonderful story that is told in the alternating first person perspectives of Nyla and Vivian. The author easily draws the reader into Nyla and Vivian's story, you can't help but feel compassion for these women, and the unexpected situation that brought them together through Nathan's deception. As their story unfolds, they weather a storm of trials and tribulations as they work through the betrayal, anger, and grief that is brought upon them from Nathan's death, which ultimately turns into an unlikely bond of friendship that grows out of forgiveness and redemption.
If you are a fan of inspirational contemporary women's fiction, then Sifting Through Mud is a must read!
RATING: 5 STARS
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