Guest Post: Erin Bedford

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You Didn’t Review? Shame on You!

So you’ve come to the end of your book and it was the best thing you read since the Harry Potter Series! Okay, so maybe not that great, but it was up there. So you are raving about this book to all of your friends and family, telling everyone on the Twitterverse to buy this book, it will change your life forever. Which is great! Word of mouth is an awesome way to support your favorite authors.

BUT!

When you are messaged by Amazon, or whatever retailer you bought it from, reminding you to review your recent purchase and you just IGNORE it, you are doing the author a great injustice. While word of mouth is a great way to get new readers to an author’s book page, a lot of them will leave without ever buying it when they see there are no reviews!

Why?

Well, while your friends and family may take your word for it, most readers go with the majority.  Which points out how many of us would rather be followers than leaders and rely heavily on the influence of others. Sad, but true.

So what happens?

Most readers are going to see little to no reviews and think, that book must stink. I’m not even going to waste my time or money on it. I’m going to go over here and read this book with over a hundred 4/5 star reviews.

Don’t think this is true? You’d be surprised how often it happens. Unless the book is free, readers aren’t likely to take a chance on a great new author without some kind of reviews.

In short, reviews help build an audience. It helps the author get the word to those who don’t have any friends that have already read the book take a chance on a fantastic new book!

Also, as an author myself, I love to hear feedback from my readers! Good or bad! It is all a learning experience and it helps me to become a better writer in the future.

So next time you get that message asking you to review, don’t ignore it! Because someone somewhere is relying on your opinion to help them take that extra step into your fandom!

A huge thank you to Erin for having me on board her blog tour. Get your copy of Flames or Auriel now.

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Flames of AurielSmallWhen living in a world where the prince isn’t always charming, the princess has a mean right hook, and angels are worshiped like gods, love isn’t always easy to find.

Zoe has never been the lady-like princess she’s read about in fairy-tales, even with her very own handsome prince to sweep her off her feet. She doesn’t know what she dislikes more, his arrogant smirk or the way his grey eyes darken when they fight. Angels help him if he thinks he could tame her.

Asher won’t admit it, but he admires the fighting style of his warrior princess. She reminds him of an avenging angel the way her fiery hair whips around her as she takes out her challengers. Dark One help him, but she is as tough an opponent on the battlefield as she is off.

With unknown and unwanted feelings starting to emerge between the two royals, a single goodbye turns into a frantic search for a missing princess. Asher has to find the one woman he never thought he’d miss and keep his kingdom safe from an old enemy. If he fails, the angels may not forgive him this time


 

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Erin Bedford is a new fantasy romance author, a computer programmer by day, and a hobby hoarder. She enjoys playing RPG games alongside her husband as well as inventing nonsensical games for her daughter’s amusement. Erin lives in the Omaha Nebraska Region and dreams of one day moving where the word snow is nonexistent. Creating fantastical worlds has always been a secret passion of hers and she couldn’t imagine writing any story without some kind of lovey-dovey or smexy goodness in it.

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One thought on “Guest Post: Erin Bedford

  1. I think some people are intimidated at the thought of expressing their thoughts in a review. I’ve asked some people directly if they could add a review on Amazon when they’ve told me how much they enjoyed my book. Responses have included fears they wouldn’t express themselves well as they are readers not writers. Every time I do get an Amazon review I am thrilled. X

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