One Author’s Approach to Reader Reviews

Fast typingI have a goal of commenting in a positive manner on each and every review a reader leaves on Amazon about one of my books, whether their comments are negative or positive.

Why? Not only is it a courtesy, it says something about me as an author and a person. My father brought me up to look at him when he was talking and to acknowledge what he said. I didn’t have to like what he said, but I had to respect it. I know now he was saying things for my own good. He’s gone now, but the value he instilled in me is still there. I thanked him for how he brought me up before he passed away. I’m glad I did, as he deserved that feedback.

That brings me back to feedback in the form of reviews. Readers, who supply reviews whether negative or positive, invested their time reading one of my books. They had choices, but I was lucky enough that they chose one of mine. The fact that they felt compelled to provide others with feedback is a bonus. Continue reading

Indie Reads – June 2014

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


A Gourmet DemiseA Gourmet Demise by L.A. Lewandowski

“I loved the setting of high-class dining and the obscenely rich, and best of all, I just couldn’t guess whodunit, which is always a good sign of a deftly crafted mystery.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

A Gourmet Design is available through Amazon.com.


binds that tie 120x177Binds That Tie by Kate Moretti

“I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen or what I wanted to happen as I struggled with some questions. When is the right thing wrong, and really, what is the right thing here?”

Read the rest of the review by Big Al.

Binds That Tie is available on Amazon.com.


Amish Vampires in Space 120x177Amish Vampires in Space by Kerry Nietz

“The read was fast, the writing sharp and easy on the eye, the characters all worked and made sense. Tension was maintained right to the end.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

Amish Vampires in Space is available through Amazon.com.


Scorched Earth 120x177Scorched Earth by Lynne Cantwell

“Ms. Cantwell has done an excellent job weaving her story, which has a global impact, to relate it on a personal level.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Scorched Earth is available at Amazon.com.


Aversion 120x177Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

“The book turns into more than just a budding teenage romance by adding intrigue with a paranormal touch..”

Read the rest of the review by Sooz.

Aversion is available through Amazon.com.


Why Reviews Matter

will work for reviewsRecently, someone I know received one of my books as a gift (thanks, Mom!), loved it, and was kind enough to leave it a five-star review on Amazon. YAY! So, I emailed her to thank her. I told her that I appreciated her taking the time to do it, and that reviews were very important. I received an email back asking why.

That really got me thinking. One reason authors may find it such a struggle to get reviews is because readers may not realize how important they actually are. Continue reading

Indie Reads – May 2014

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


circle in the sand lia fairchild 120x177Circle in the Sand by Lia Fairchild

“There’s a feeling of warmth throughout and you are cocooned in a glow as you read this….”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Circle in the Sand is available through Amazon.com.


99 jobs by joe cottonwood 120x17799 Jobs by Joe Cottonwood

“…full of lessons about life and people well beyond just the nuts and bolts of Cottonwood’s work.”

Read the rest of the review by Big Al.

99 Jobs is available on Amazon.com.


The Hunt for Well Hidden TreasureThe Hunt for the Well Hidden Treasure
by Bob Sheard and Timothy Taylor

“…an exciting read for kids, teens, and adults alike.”

Read the rest of the review by Michael Thal.

The Hunt for the Well Hidden Treasure is available through Amazon.com.


A Warm Place to call HomeA Warm Place to Call Home by Michael Siemsen

“…a complicated tale of the concept between good, evil, and purity as they become shades of gray…”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

A Warm Place to Call Home is available at Amazon.com.


Green Eggs and WeeziGreen Eggs and Weezie by Cathy Oliffe-Webster

“…a ‘feel good’ book with plenty of wry humor splashed about for good measure.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

Green Eggs and Weezie is available through Amazon.com.


Indie Reads – April 2014

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


WILLWILL by Dan Cardinal

“…tight writing, clean editing, engaging and compelling scene setting.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

WILL is available through Amazon.com.
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Raising ChaosRaising Chaos by Elizabeth Corrigan

“…if you want to be pulled into a unique story with depth this is a good one….”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Raising Chaos is available on Amazon.com.


HustleHustle by Tom Pitts

“Hustle is a tightly written novel with a straightforward, no nonsense plant, excellent cast of characters and a real treat to read…”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

Hustle is available through Amazon.com.


Keeping Private IdahoKeeping Private Idaho by Rick Just

“It’s a cautionary tale … Keeping Private Idaho also explores some universal themes, dealing with change and the concept of geographical and cultural roots…”

Read the rest of the review by Big Al.

Keeping Private Idaho is available at Amazon.com.
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battle of stryker passBattle of Stryker Pass by Susan Stuckey

“This is a powerful coming-of-age war story … The plot is well paced and Ms. Stuckey has done an excellent job building her fantasy world and the magical elements…”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Battle of Stryker Pass is available through Amazon.com.