I stay in contact with one or two younger authors that are just starting out. One asked me not to use her name she has her contract but has not picked the name she is using to publish under yet. And the second woman like me Isn’t worried about things.
The debate in question was and I quote “Why is it so hard for new authors to get reviews to help them out. Jane told me that she can’t even get her sister to read her book. And Terri (the lady with the contract) said that she had lots of critique buddies so she has lots of review help.
In my own experience I seem to have people that are buying my book but don’t want to help by putting up a review? I have even gone as far as (like any author) and bought the books and sent the books out for review and still nothing.
Jane believes that it is because family don’t want to believe that the person has done well. Terri thinks it’s pure shock that a new author has got the contract to begin with.
Well I don’t have critique partners because I drove semi and never got to join a critique group because I never felt it was right that someone would help me and then me not be able to participate fully with the group.
So how does one motivate people to review?
Time money and effort or pure tenacity?
Thoughts, discussion or how about a mud flinging contest?