I am the first to admit that I am more of a reader than a writer. I read much more than I write, but having had one outside review (Midwest Book Review), I haven't seen even a blip of a sale. No matter, I really don't expect to sell many books since the genre of haiku is pretty limited; however, I have seen other (outside) reviews for other books (really good books) that I like and the same phenomenon seems to occur. No blip in sales, nothing.
I ask: is this typical? Are reviews actually helpful (beyond the New York Times bestseller list)? Or is it an exercise in futility that allows other writers (reviewers) the chance to stretch their writing abilities? In other words, do reviews actually help sell books?
In a different vein, personally, I have found that I buy books I like, especially books from independent presses, and give them away to friends and family. It is my hope that they will read them, enjoy them, and furthermore purchase a copy for others. I have come to realize that most authors make only a dollar or two on any book they sell so I try to help authors when I can. I no longer just give my used (read) copy to my sister, my dad, or others to read, I buy another and give it away. That is one of the reasons I am now involved in bookcrossing.com It gives me a chance to give away directly or anonymously a new copy of a lesser-known book. Not only that, but if the person happens to follow the information inside the book cover, they can journal the travels of that particular book.
Well, I can tell that I am rambling...and I need to run some errands, so I will put on my walking shoes (hey, a pedometer geek needs to get those steps in) and get moving!
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association