I wonder if searching Google for ebook reviews (or something similar) in a particular language (say German) and country (say Germany) might return something. If I spoke another language other than English I'd try it, but...
Post by serbanvcenache on Nov 13, 2014 10:37:50 GMT -8
I personally didn't have much luck with reviewers. From the many emails I sent them, only a handful replied back with a yes or a no. And those very few who said yes had huge backlists to cover. If I had a printing press of money, I would have no problem with paid reviews. If you're not rich, you might want to reconsider the use of that money; because reviews don't automatically translate into more sales. Here's another useful link: www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/
It would be interesting to see any research on the relationship between reviews and sales. I suppose a lot of good reviews would be indicative of a considerable fanbase (which should translate to sales, right?), but is that always the case? And, can an author have a big fanbase without necessarily having a lot of reviews to show for it? Perhaps it is shameful to say that, as a reader/fan, I leave little to no reviews. Yet, I buy a lot of books, and of those a good amount are series. Often, I will read an entire series without having really much cared for the stories/writing/etc overall. Yet, I have bought those books, those are sales for the author.
I guess I am trying to make the same point as Serban: the causal link-fans/readers, good reviews,sales-is not always an easy one to identify.