Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Not all readers are speed readers

While writing a book, it's nice to get feedback from experts in the field, or even just from friends and relatives.

Sometimes you want them to catch errors, or just to point out things that didn't make sense, or to make some constructive criticism. Perhaps you hope they'll say some nice words that can be used as a promotional blurb on or in the book.

After publication, it's good to distribute freebies to generate word-of-mouth buzz and get some reviews on Amazon.

But even though you are giving people free books and the opportunity to achieve immortality on your book cover, you are still asking for a favor. You want people to invest maybe five hours of their precious time, when they might prefer to be doing something else.

Nagging probably won't help and you can't set a deadline for receiving a favor. People have different priorities and read at various speeds, but I think you're pretty safe asking after three weeks.

You might think writing a really good book will help you to get results sooner, but a good book can backfire.

I've been waiting about a month for a friend to post a review on Amazon. She's told me she loves the book. I'm sure she'll write a good review and write it well. She's retired and has plenty of time.

However, she says she likes the book so much that she's stretching out the reading process, only reading a few pages each night to prolong the pleasure.

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