Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.
This weeks theme is Love Freebie
I shall tell you a secret, ever since Amazon changed their review algorithm to scupper the people who would write 70 squillion reviews a day to try and get in the top 500/100/whatevers and especially the limitations on reviewing products you haven’t purchased it’s not been easy to review regularly.
And as my blog took off a bit more i admit I’ve struggled over the last few months to keep up the drip feed of reviews to Amazon other than a few where I get an active reminder.
For me this isn’t because I can’t be bothered! Partially this is down to TIME, I’m a mum, this is my hobby and I do what I can otherwise its not fun but equally partially this is because many of my books are not purchased from there, and some are proofs so may be read considerably in advance of publication.
But also the frustrating fact that one may be ‘live’ within minutes and the next take 36 hours and another stay in the ‘nothingness’ for days making you wonder if you used a rude word or wrote something bad! It takes the incentive out of sitting down and writing a bunch of them at times (which is exactly what they want) other than seemingly “Quick Delivery, my wife/cat/son likes it” type reviews which are only slightly less baffling than the ‘STAHP ASkiN Me 2 RvIEW’ reviews.
And despite my love of bricks and mortar stores the truth is many more people at least look at Amazon for reviews and dates (hands up) and many more purchase (hand not so proudly up) indeed I belong to a review scheme there so I’m a hypocrite to say don’t ever! so there is a good reason why many authors ask for reviews because our bookishness belies the fact that many of the general public only other interaction with book reviews is when the authors are guests/topics on magazine shows or Breakfast TV.
But there are also other places, like Good Reads, but more so Toppsta and Waterstones that may reach other demographics to help the less bookish person be persuaded to purchase the right book, whether for themselves or their child.
so why am I blathering on about reviewing on other platforms?
Well, instead of a Top Ten post about books about love between parent and child, characters I love, romances I ship, Marry/Snog😏/Kill, characters I would like to snuggle with (increasingly odd for a Middle grade and below blog I must say!!) I’m going to say that this week;
I’m going to post Ten* Book reviews** on the platforms I can that I haven’t done so yet*** to share a little more love about books.
* At least, let’s see how I go. **abridged because other platforms don’t like long reviews. *** Waterstones website doesn’t seem to like me?!