It’s been a week since my very first Bookbub listing for my loss leader, Wild-born, and I’m happy to say that all the rumors about the wonderful effectiveness of Bookbub were indeed true. Wild-born briefly climbed to 10th place in all free books, and stayed in 1st place for my genre chart for several days. The rest of the series is moving nicely too, and The Tower even briefly entered the genre top 100 list for paid books on Amazon.com, something none of my books have ever done until now. It got up to 89th place before dropping off the list a few hours later, so it’s nothing to shout from rooftops about, but nice nonetheless.
But what has really been nice so far in this promotion are the reviews. Reader reviews are generally few and far between (sometimes months can elapse), but I’ve gotten more than ten just in the last week. And what’s more, they have been generally very kind in their comments. No book is universally appealing: what some readers find enjoyable, others will find utterly boring, what some find mildly violent, others will find excessively so. There’s really no way to please everyone, but even so, just about everyone who had something critical to say in their review of Wild-born so far also had a compliment or two to add. For this I consider myself very fortunate.
Many veteran and professional writers insist that authors should never read their reviews. Sure enough, reviews are, first and foremost, for future potential readers. I’m well aware of that, and I’m professional enough not to go agreeing with or arguing against my reviews on Amazon or anywhere. Commenting on specific reviews is an absolute no-no because reviews are readers’ honest opinions, and they have every right to them.
But as for not even reading reviews, no, I’m not quite that professional. I have thick enough skin to handle criticism, and indeed I welcome it just as much as I welcome praise. People are not only spending their time reading my works, but then taking extra time to leave feedback. Honestly, what more could an author ask for?