On late nights, sleeplessness, strategic planning, and book reviews

I think we’ve all been there (or at least most of us have): You can’t sleep because something is stuck in your head. Some incessant thought that just will not stop nagging you. Poking you. Prodding you. It’s just a thought, but yet it demands you stay awake, dwell on it, think about it repeatedly, and – if possible – do something about it. Usually, if it’s not possible to do anything about it, then do something else just to distract yourself from having to think about it.

That was me, last night.

And, of course, here’s another tweet

I stay up. I pace around my small apartment, and while everyone else is asleep – I think about what I could be doing to sell more books. Not only to support myself but also so I can invest in the next book. After having adjusted keywords and categories for my book, the results have certainly been better, but I could always be doing more. I’ve got a few more strategies in the works; and I know I’ll be implementing them soon. When I do, expect a blog post (duh).

As my reader-base grows, one of the obstacles I’m coming up against is book reviews (or lack thereof). Paying for reviews is out of the question. Not only is it unethical, it is also not allowed by Amazon: “Reviews are important to the Amazon Marketplace, providing a forum for feedback about product and service details and reviewers’ experiences with products and services—positive or negative. You may not write reviews for products or services that you have a financial interest in, including reviews for products or services that you or your competitors sell. Additionally, you may not provide compensation (including free or discounted products) for a review. Review solicitations that ask for only positive reviews or that offer compensation are prohibited. You may not ask buyers to modify or remove reviews.” [Source]

It’s interesting. Paid reviews aren’t something that’s allowed, but there are (literally) hundreds of websites out there that’ll give them to you. I wouldn’t do it, but I can certainly understand the sentiment, “Sure, it isn’t allowed, but everyone is doing it.” It reminds me of high school, and how everyone was supposedly doing drugs and/or drinking to be cool and fit in with the popular kids. Somehow, things like that never end well: so I would strongly recommend against it.

For now, it’s a waiting game. Can’t sell very much on Amazon (or anywhere else) these days without reviews, so I guess I just have to be patient and hope that the amazing people who’ve bought my book so far will find it interesting enough to warrant talking about it and reviewing it.

Alright, it’s time to get back to writing. See you all in the next one!


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