The other day I was in Barnes and Noble looking for a book. I found the one I was looking for, but another caught my eye. The cover and subject matter sounded intriguing. I flipped open to the first page. I enjoyed the writing. You’d think that would be enough for me to buy but it was not. I pulled out my phone, went to Amazon, and scrolled through the reviews. Here I was in the center of a bookstore looking for a consensus on the quality of the book.
It’s intriguing that this has become the new normal. I find myself not only shopping for a deal but the highest review on the item as well. It’s not just the best score but also the number of people who have bothered to rate it. Truthfully, I spend most of my online shopping time reading customer reviews. Does this sound like you? Have you ever left a review?
As more people abandon the brick and mortar channels to buy books, writers depend on avenues such as Amazon. The star rating and number of reviewers populates the search for any book. It doesn’t matter the publisher or author, they all get a rating. There are a number of books who have been successful by ratings alone. It is the making or breaking point for many writers.
Thankfully, I have a publisher that uses old and new techniques to get The Husbandinto the hands of readers. We’ve established a strong social media platform. They are actively finding venues for me to speak at, sign books, and meet people. We have a reasonably strong number of the books sold. However, our number of reviews do not proportionately reflect these numbers or the overwhelmingly positive response for the book. I’ve talked to so many people who love the book but have not taken the time to drop a few stars at their favorite online book retailer.
I find myself perplexed as to why then I realize I’ve been derelict in my duties for other writers. I have not been leaving reviews when I read a great book. There was a time I did use Good Reads, but it has been years. How can I expect others to rush to Amazon and leave a review when I don’t do it myself and reading is my life?
I challenge myself and you, the reader, to get out there and leave more reviews. Good, bad, or indifferent, they all help the writer. The Husband has a wide range of star ratings. Some of the critiques are very good. They help me as a writer. Even the high ratings help me. I can see that I am doing God’s will in this project. It reaffirms His calling on my life and this book. I’m thankful they are there. In many ways, it is the only time I’m connected to the reader. I hope to leave more reviews over the coming months. I hope you’ll join me. And of course, if you like my writing, a review as simple as a star or five would help. Click here to rate The Husband.
Aaron Daniel Behr
June 25, 2018
Mount Vernon, Ohio