I'm not sure if this counts as a prawny milestone or a semi-pro one, but "The Atomic Sea: Volume One" ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QH3SE0C ) just became the first one of my novels to garner over a hundred reviews. Woo-hoo!
Many of the reviews came after the recent Bookbub freebie ad, which was amazing. The only downside is that the reviews for free books tend to be more negative. Still, it's at 4.2 right now, so not too bad.
Alice, to answer your question: I published the book in mid-December, so it's taken five months to garner that many reviews. By contrast, I have other books that have been published for over a year and they haven't received half that number of reviews, if that. Even before the Bookbub ad, "The Atomic Sea" was attracting more reviews than my other books.
As to the question on whether it helps sales across the board, if you mean the number of reviews, I don't know, not yet. I just got there, after all. If you mean the Bookbub ad, yes, I have noticed an across-the-board bump, which is delightful. Delightful!
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