How Much Are Good Book Reviews Worth These Days? (Insecure Writer’s Support Group)

The first Wednesday of the month means a new Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog. Be sure to check out some more blogs from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group by clicking on the aforementioned link, or by using the #ISWG search tag here on WordPress.

Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for spearheading the ISWG.

This Blogging Things Works Wonders! (Insecure Writer's Support Group)

Writers depend on a great many things. In this day and age when more and more writers are building author platforms for themselves, word of mouth and how their books are received mean a great deal. Because, once a writer has their book published, a writer depend on reviews. This is something writers may or may not care to admit, at least freely, but reviews mean much when it comes to their work. Good reviews can mean much to a writer, both for their bottom line (if possible) and for their ego (very possible). In the few weeks since my book, Out Where the Buses Don’t Run has been published, I’ve earned a few positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. But I think my book can do with a few more reviews.

Which leads me to some shameless bit of hustling here. Because here’s the insecure writer about to talk very closely to you. I ask, how much are good reviews worth these days?

cover copyHow would you like to read my book, Out Where the Buses Don’t Run: Seven Years of Rants, Raves, Dirty Jokes, and Bad Ideas From a Small But Loud Corner of the Blogosphere? Better yet, how would you like to read a FREE e-book version? That’s right, FREE. Your choice, either my book in PDF format, or avaiable as a free download via Smashwords, both of which you can download to your Kindle/Nook/Sony Reader/iPad/iPhone/etc. My anthology of humor essays, in which I tackle a wide assortment of topics such as marriage, parenting, politics, racism, your lousy taste in music, hipsters, bad writers, rude supermodels, sex scandals of the rich and famous, and, um…Phil Collins, can be yours for free, just for the asking.

There’s a catch, right? Yeah, there’s a catch.

In exchange for a free copy, I ask that you read it and review my book. You can post your review on Amazon, or Goodreads, or on your blog; if you do choose to post a review on your blog, just let me know so I can share your review with others. I also ask that you post an honest review; if you liked my book, tell everyone why. If you didn’t like my book, same rules apply. Believe me, you’re not going to suffer an Author Behaving Badly moment from me. I can deal with a bad review. Strangely enough, I have a harder time dealing with a good review. Something to do with not being able to take a compliment like I should…

So why am I resorting to this shameless bit of hustling here? Here’s where that part of my ego needs the boost. My book’s been out for almost two months now, and while it’s gotten some exposure on both my blog and on Goodreads, I haven’t been able to generate as much publicity, and sales, as I’d hoped. Here’s where I’m asking for your help. I’m hoping to leverage some more reviews, especially positive reviews, into more of a publicity plan, where I can point to this many number of reviews and show this little book of mine is generating some buzz. When I market myself and my book on other websites, I can point to the reviews I’ve garnered and show my self-published book’s been read and reviewed by quite a few people.

Still interested? Great! Respond below, or just send me an e-mail at, and let me know if you want a PDF or a free download via Smashwords.

And I am thanking you already in advance.
Just for the sheer hell of it, here’s a few songs I’ve been listening to a lot recently. Think you’ll enjoy ’em as well.

BOY – Little Numbers

Young Dreams – First Days of Something


Blood Red Shoes – In Time to Voices

New Politics – Harlem


8 thoughts on “How Much Are Good Book Reviews Worth These Days? (Insecure Writer’s Support Group)

  1. I know how you feel. I’ve been published for far less time than you have but getting people interested enough to write a review is something I can see being a challenge. Once I get my tablet set up again (I’ve had to do some rearranging and rediscovering of it after I misplaced it) I’d be happy to read and review your book!! Shall I e-mail you once I’m organized?

  2. Hang in there, Gus. It’s really hard in the beginning. Hell, it’s hard even once you get a few out. : )

    You mentioned in an earlier blog post that you thought the cover was a little busy, and I tend to agree. I think this is hurting your sales the most. I’d make it a little less busy and put a bigger font on there that’s easier to read. I think this alone would help you quite a bit.

    And I’ll do my best to get to your book at some point in the future. Right now, I’m buried with my business, and way behind on my writing goal. (I was supposed to have my next Nick Woods thriller to my editor by June 1. And unfortunately, I’m just right at halfway done.)

    Anyway, keep your head up, keep the faith, and keep pushing, my man. You’ve got the skills.

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  4. Reblogged this on "DON'T READ" and commented:
    Hey, readers!
    A good acquaintance of mine recently released a new book recently, and it’s pretty good. It’s a collection of his best blog posts from his past seven years as a blogger. I’ve been a follower of Gus Sanchez’s blog pretty much since I began blogging and if you’re a writer you should follow him, too–his insights are sharp and his musings are funny.
    I picked up a sample of the book and his writing is as sharp and funny as ever. I feel this book’s target audience is limited; as a curated collection of Gus’s favorite best posts, it’s amusing, but lacks a focus on any one topic. A collection of posts centered around a theme like his writing tips might find a more concrete audience.
    I can’t do a proper review on my blog as the book doesn’t follow a narrative, but I enjoyed what I read of the sample and was never bored; Gus’s writing is as sharps as ever.
    Anyway, check this book out and head over to Gus’s blog if you haven’t heard of it already.

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