Kindle Publishing is HOT. I write several blogs for writers, and create classes and writing guides for them too, so I talk to writers every day. I’m receiving more and more questions from writers who are writing books for Amazon’s KDP platform.
They want to know how to push their books to a top ranking on Amazon.
I’ve been thinking about that, not just for my writing students, but also for own interest, because KDP has inspired me to get back to my roots. Well over 30 years ago, I began my writing career as a romance novelist, writing for MacDonald Futura, a British publisher.
I’m writing a series of romances, and I’ll be publishing the first in the series via KDP towards the end of the year. (Unless I chicken out and decide to go with a publisher. :-))
Here’s what I’m doing: I’m focusing on writing reviews of other authors’ ebooks, for now. By the time I release the first book in my series, I want to build up a solid bank of goodwill.
Reviews are essential on Amazon, and one way to get reviews is to help others.
I’m not the only one who feels this way. Penny C. Sansevieri: The Secrets to Getting More Book Reviews (Even if Your Book Is Already Out) suggests:
“In order to get reviews, you might need to become a reviewer. I know this might sound crazy. Who has time to review books? Well, that’s how we got here in the first place, remember? Reviewing other people’s books (who write about similar topics to you) is not only a great thing to do for your industry but a great way to network.”
You can write reviews too
My reviews will be completely unsolicited. When I’m browsing forums, I see offers where writers do reciprocal reviews.
That’s a turnoff for me… I’m a reader before I’m a writer, so I’m focusing on doing unsolicited, honest reviews.
It’s no hardship for me; I read voraciously. Some days I get through a couple of books. A review might take me a few minutes, but if I love the book, writing a short, enthusiastic review is a pleasure.
If I don’t love the book, I won’t do a review. Primarily because I won’t torture other writers, but also because if I don’t love a book, I won’t finish reading it anyway.
If you’re writing for KDP, let me know your thoughts about reviews. Are you reviewing others? Considering it? Leave a comment, or contact me on Twitter.