I’ve been wanting to post this for a while, but haven’t had a free day. But the message below is true. The number of reviews–even one sentence reviews–a book has on Amazon, the most often that book comes up in an algorithm the website uses to appear in promotions. The more “likes” at the top of the listing page, the more often the author is promoted.
Does that mean you should go off and give five-star reviews to books you hated? Absolutely not. You can click one star if that’s how you felt about it. Or you can only review books you like. That’s the reader’s perogative. But if you like a book or author, please support him or her.
If you’ve ever had a favorite series that ended earlier than you liked, or an author who quit writing, it wasn’t because the author was tired of it. It’s because the publisher decided the series or author wasn’t making money for them. It’s a hard business.
As someone who has two series coming to the ends of their contracts next year, I know how worrisome that is. It’s a wait-and-see game for an author in this position–if the books sell well enough, the characters will live to love and fight another day. If not, storylines remain unfinished.
So, in whatever way you can, support your favorite authors. Suzanne, Susannah, and all the other authors out there will appreciate it!