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All About Patience and Getting Reviews
« on: July 13, 2020, 10:55:57 am »
Wanted to share a funny story about how much patience you need as an author.

Over two years, my debut novel went into NetGalley (ARC service). I think it was a 3 or 6 month deal. Well, today, 2 years later someone posted a review.  That is the nature of the beast now. Someone downloads a book and it made take months if not years, if ever for them to read it let alone review it.

For authors publishing their first novel, building up a readership and reviews requires a lot of keeping busy...

Mark

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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #1 on: July 13, 2020, 11:18:55 am »
    Two years to get a review out of them? Ouch, haha

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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #2 on: July 13, 2020, 12:05:25 pm »
    Ha, yep two years is a long time, but that's how things go.  Glad that it paid off in the end!

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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #3 on: July 14, 2020, 01:48:28 pm »
    Oh, yes. I've had lots of reviews that came in six to 12 months after the fact. It can be a real slow process, indeed. The TBR piles are higher than K-2 out there.
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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #4 on: July 14, 2020, 02:24:19 pm »
    If I get books for free, I usually end up leaving a review 8 to 20 months afterward. They're my "emergency stash" for when I'm waiting for library holds.

    But I never wait so long for an ARC. I've done an ARC once and I bought the book on release so I could leave a verified review day-of. I couldn't imagine making an author wait so long, but I figure most who use a service like NetGalley use them more as "free books" than anything else.

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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #5 on: July 15, 2020, 06:40:26 pm »
    It's really good to hear about giant tbr piles because I've wondered about that for a while. How long does it actually take for someone to read your work once they have it in their possession? I'm talking about paid customers, and really mostly paperbacks.

    Patience is absolutely key. Follow a reviewer's policy and do not bug them after that. You'll probably hear back when you least expect it.



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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #6 on: July 16, 2020, 05:32:10 am »
    When my novel was on netgalley, there probably was over 200 downloads.

    It is the reviews you do not see or hear about. Many of the NetGalley downloaders were librarians or booksellers.  I suspect that the reason this novel starting gaining paperback sales about 12 months ago (a good year after publishing) had a lot to do with Netgalley...i.e. the library network. There really is no way to find out.

    For those out there in the "young adult" genre, do research about getting exposure to librarians...that network is out there and if you can get your novel in that stratosphere...it will drive some sales.

    The only reason I left Netgalley was the cost really.

    Mark

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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #7 on: July 16, 2020, 06:45:13 am »
    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for that dose of reality. As a new author (my book was published 2 months ago officially today) I have been checking several times a day to see if anybody has left me a review! I've got kind of this manic angsty thing going where I don't really know if readers love me or hate me hahaha.

    In the end, it doesn't matter much. We love to write, and that's why we're doing it.

    Although a review now and then wouldn't hurt.  :D

    Cheers,
    Marco


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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #8 on: July 16, 2020, 06:54:57 am »
    New reviews always make my day. However, I never read them anymore. The majority of my reviews are glowing, which is great, but all it takes is to read the bad review of someone with a chip on their shoulder and it ruins your whole day, haha.

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    Re: All About Patience and Getting Reviews
    « Reply #9 on: July 16, 2020, 07:45:56 am »
    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for that dose of reality. As a new author (my book was published 2 months ago officially today) I have been checking several times a day to see if anybody has left me a review! I've got kind of this manic angsty thing going where I don't really know if readers love me or hate me hahaha.

    In the end, it doesn't matter much. We love to write, and that's why we're doing it.

    Although a review now and then wouldn't hurt.  :D

    Cheers,
    Marco

    Oh, trust me, a review can hurt. I have stopped reading them, just noting the star rating. I love reading the good reviews, but that one clinker every now and then can just take the heart out of you.


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