Friday, July 30, 2010

Your Quest!!!

A quest? Good idear oh, Lord!

Of COURSE it's a good idea. I AM God!


[erm... that was Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail, lest anyone think I'm suffering a god complex, though if you are here, and are not yet familiar with the Holy Grail, then I fart in your general direction! BUY IT! You will want to watch it repeatedly.]

IN FACT, I think we need to make a little JOURNEY on this little Quest, I think...

We will need a pair of coconut shells apiece, fine silk yarn to knit exciting underwear, a llama, a moose, possibly some very small rocks and a PRAM to make the guy with the deep voice push it a lot. Oh, and a tool box to build a large wooden rabbit...


So back to a little backstory...


Okay, yesterday I went to Cozy Chicks blog and got a whole bunch of STATISTICS!!!! You know how excited I get by statistics... I'm freaky that way. The PRIMARY point of the blog was how much work was needed for how LITTLE money. But one of the POINTS brought up (in relation to fan email)(ACTION POINT!!!!) was the following:

The author loves getting fan mail, but one of the commenters pointed out that the fan love that can be taken to the BANK is positive comments on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble...  At the VERY LEAST authors need enough fan love in this form to balance the mean snarks who seem to have nothing better to do than criticizing everyone...


So YOUR QUEST is this:

If you have recently (or even not particularly recently) read a book by a newer author (or even a more established author) and you loved or even liked it—GO REVIEW! Go to Amazon, pick a couple books, write a couple reviews, give a couple stars. Because there are people making book purchasing decisions BASED ON stars and reviews.  And if you LIKED the book, why not help the author out?  (the karma may come back, ne?)

http://www.amazon.com/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

And I think that is it for today, as I am WAY behind on my typing... so Quest on, my lovely minions!

19 comments:

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Too right! I always review new authors, or authors that I've become aquainted with on blogs. So if YOU'VE got anything that I can buy, PLEASE, JUST GIMME A SHOUT! :o)

Ted Cross said...

Thanks for the reminder. I just finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and it deserves some praise.

Powdered Toast Man said...

I haven't watched the Holy Grail in awhile. I should hop on that.

Can I review porn on Amazon?...lol

Elaine AM Smith said...

Good plan.
I shall get on to writing reviews for authors I love on Amazon. All the positives.

Cold As Heaven said...

Will do, whenever I read a book that doesn't have 1000 reviews already. Writing a review of Dostoyevsky is probably useless ... since he's dead and wouldn't benefit much from it >:)

Cold As Heaven

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I will do that!
And love the Monty Python. I quote it every Friday.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Mary said...

I will start today. Thanks for the reminder.

Rissa said...

I try and do this when I really love a book, and I do have a few that I have just read. So, I will go and comment, and will ABSOLUTELY comment on yours once they are there :)

Old Kitty said...

Awwww I always leave book reviews (and other reviews - mainly shoes!!) to the ones I really really really enjoy! :-)

p.s. I knew you were God!
Take care
x

Hart Johnson said...

Hey! Thanks to everyone for hopping on this! I need to do a few, myself.

And PTM--you can do porn as long as they sell it! *snort*

Elaine and Mary--I don't think I've seen either of you before, so WELCOME!

CaH--I think you're right on those dead authors of long-ago published books... I am concentrating on the more recently published, myself.

Okay, time to eat Robin's minstrels (and there was much rejoicing)

Dawn said...

Amen! I often don't pay attention to Amazon reviews unless I trust the source because art is so subjective, but you're right - I'm on it!

Lisa said...

I just finished Ayelet Waldman's new book Red Hook Road. I promise I'll do reviews on all my sites today before it gets cold in my mind.

Hart Johnson said...

Dawn-I take them with a similar grain of salt, but it seems clear not everybody does.

Lisa--Excellent!

The Yard Bard said...

"Oh, on second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place. We'll visit Amazon instead."

Hart Johnson said...

I'm looking for the 'like button' Yard Bard!

Ellie said...

I have done this; a quest, aye...
My quest involves being a Yankee in the south still with an accent, after 8 yrs... Hearing every time I shop, are you from Boston? Now, I just say, yes...tee,hee!

My Lady, I will write reviews again and think of you~

Cheeseboy said...

I accept your quest and raise you a quest! No, I don't raise you anything. I just got carried away. Now, I am off to Amazon.

cassandrajade said...

Excellent advice - I think this would make a great quest. Find all the books you've read recently and get reviewing. I accept.