Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I am reading into things too much and possibly I am spending too much time reading about marketing and learning about how much reviews matter in launching a book to retain full sanity. However, I have noticed something really weird in the Kindle Store.
Think about when you go out to eat and you check yelp. Most of the reviews are fairly good. If there’s a 3 star average in reviews there’s probably only a few reviews. Likewise if the restaurant has a full 5 stars there’s probably only a few and they are probably fake or fakesih sounding. Which is kinda weird right? I think so. Why do fake reviews if we can all spot them?
Well were doing it on Kindle all the time. I’ve personally gotten about 10 offers to do review exchanges this year. Usually from authors in other genres. Is 10 reviews going to sell a book? Probably not. What I’ve heard is that the “magic” number is 100.
What am I getting at here?
I guess I’m not really sure. I launched a book full of grammar errors and I dropped it into the wrong categories with a title that didn’t accurately convey the contents of the book. I’m sitting at a good 4 stars. Which really makes me wonder what you have to do to have a 1 or 2 star book?
In the end I think working this out made me realize that readers are forgiving and the ones who leave reviews are typically generous. I think they understand how much thought and emotion goes into writing and appreciate the effort.
I think sympathy is why most reviews, even when they say bad things, give a high number of stars in the reviews.