May 14, 2022 – 9:25 AM

I saw this pop up on Twitter the other day, and my reactions were mixed. On the one hand, I empathize with the desperation of being a new author or launching a new book and wanting reviews. On the other, you can’t guilt people into reviewing your book or doing your marketing for you. Sometimes, support from friends, family, and readers is simply about giving you what they afford to give you: $9.99 and a friendly smile when you start rambling about your next great story idea.

Most readers aren’t going to post reviews. And those who do, may not post one for every book you write. Don’t get on them about it. Don’t guilt them. Let them support you in their own way and focus your efforts on real marketing.

A buyer may not know if a review came from a random stranger or your best friend Scott, but you will.

Personally, I’m on the hunt for that random reader and trying my best not to bully my personal network into making my publishing dreams come true.

Sure, that’s probably why Vise Manor only has one text review two months after its launch, but it’s the principle of the thing.

And after all, aren’t principles more valuable than money?

Anyway, go review Vise Manor.