Recently I was invited to submit my book, The Road to Frogmore to a website that provides great publicity to an author's target audience -- to people who are likely to read the book in question. But before an author can submit a book, there must be evidence that it is not pure trash -- in other words, REVIEWS. They can come from various places, like Amazon, B&N, etc. But there are parameters that must be met:
* The average rating of the book must be a 4.0 out of 5.0. OK, I can handle that. The Road to Frogmore's average is 4.7.
* The book must have received at least 10 reviews in one place. And there's where I fail. Frogmore has only 9 reviews on Amazon.
I'll go on record here that I will never pay for a review. There are people who will review for a fee. And for a higher fee, they will write the review by this afternoon. They also guarantee a high rating, which makes the whole exercise meaningless. Too many authors have already gamed the ratings system to their own advantage, and I refuse to be one of them.
However, I am not above a bit of begging -- especially to those readers who have already read Frogmore but "Just never got around to leaving a review." Please, would you take the time to leave a comment on Amazon about the book? It doesn't have to be a long, theoretic analysis. I'm not asking for something that would please your high school literature teacher. All you need is a statement about whether or not you liked the book, or what made you enjoy it, or who else might be interested in reading it. A brief twenty-word statement will do the trick.
My "site activity report" for this website shows that 1288 people looked at this blog yesterday. Surely one or two of you have read the book! Feel free to use a pen name if you don't want the world to know who you are (except to Amazon.)
Thanks for helping out!