So, I should be writing. I really should. On an actual book and not this blog. But something came to my mind and I had to share it here.
Currently, I have the file for ‘Guarding Connor’ open on my laptop. This would be the 4th book in The Waystation Guardians series. Honestly, there could be another 4 or 5 books in the series. I love the world and characters enough to extend it out that far.
It’s open, but I’m not working on it. Instead, I’m contemplating making this the last book in the series.
Why? Why end a series after 4 books that could go so much farther? Why end a series that has characters and a world I enjoy working with?
Because I can’t get reviews to save my soul.
‘Guarding Charon’ garnered 19 reviews.
‘Guarding Amber’ has 3.
‘Guarding William’ has 1.
I’ve had 1 reader ask me about ‘Guarding Connor’. And they haven’t left a review for book 3.
Reviews are that important to an author. It’s more than ranking on Amazon, or some mythical (and I do mean that word because it’s been debunked) number means you get free plugs. It’s encouraging an author to keep going with a series. It lets us know that you enjoyed the book. It’s a public way of saying, ‘Please, sir. I’d like some more.’
Authors spend countless hours writing and editing their books. We stay up late, get up early, sacrifice lunch hours to typing. We plot while we watch our kids at volleyball games and karate classes. We don’t just sit here, sneeze, and a complete book appears on our screen.
This is a job. We can’t keep doing our job unless we hear that how we’re doing it is liked. And that’s what a review does. It tells us we’ve got a readership that actually wants the story to keep going.
If we can spend hours writing a story you like, why can’t you spend 30 seconds to type ‘I liked it’?