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April 6th, 2007

3:11 PM

Did I do that?

Recently I was swamped by review requests from authors and I was wondering why when an author wrote to me yesterday thanking me in a nice and not-at-all-sarcastic manner for a not-so-nice review of a not-so-new ebook of hers. Apparently in the two days since the review she sold "100 or so" copies of her ebooks.

The timing does put me in a flattering light but I seriously doubt my review was solely responsible for moving those books... right? I wonder if I really did underestimate the interest of the visitors of this website when it comes to ebooks. At any rate, this probably explains the recent spike in requests for reviews.

Speaking of reviews, thanks to Annie, I'm going to purchase that Bridget Midway book. I'm also going to get Training To Pleasure by Julian Masters at Ellora's Cave while I'm at it. May as well make it BDSM threesome since I'll be reading a book by Joey W Hill soon.

12 comment(s).

Posted by Emily Veinglory:

There is certainly a perception out there in the author-verse that your reviews have a postive effect in sales. I don't have any first hand data but I have been told so by some very level headed authors who keep good sales stats.
April 6th, 2007 @ 11:25 PM

Posted by Roslyn:

I definitely saw a spike in mine. Probably not a hundred units, but several readers told me they bought after they saw your review. Thanks a lot.
April 6th, 2007 @ 11:30 PM

Posted by Mrs G:

Shall we test out the theory, Emily? Suggest a book of yours to me and I'll get and review it and then we'll see. How's that? :P
April 6th, 2007 @ 11:35 PM

Posted by AV:

I'll let you know offline, but I think it might actually be a perverse sort of inverse thing where something like a rating of 6 will result in 20x more sales than a rating of 80+.
April 7th, 2007 @ 12:51 AM

Posted by Mrs G:

That could be very true. I have lost count of people who tell me they've found great books just by picking up those books I've panned!
April 7th, 2007 @ 1:02 AM

Posted by Emily Veinglory:

Now I have asked for it, eh? I will send you an email with something from my distant backlist where an increase would be easier to see. If you post something early in a month it will have the potential for maximum impact on the monthly report.
April 7th, 2007 @ 1:49 AM

Posted by Emily Veinglory:

p.s. in a particularly perverse mood I once ran a correlation between my books' sales and their review ratings (tranformned to all be a percentage). There was a clear *negative* correlation that was just short of statistcally significant. Make of it what you will.
April 7th, 2007 @ 1:52 AM

Posted by Janet Miller / Cricket Starr:

I've never sent anything to you but you reviewed an anthology I was in last year. To the best of my knowledge there wasn't much of an upsurge in sales but I did have the dubious pleasure of wondering why someone writing under the name of Giggles would find my writing name ridiculous. I mean the rule of thumb is pet name and street. Or as my mom put it, "Janet, we named the guinea pig Cricket!"

Sorry Mom, but it beat the alternative of "Kitten".

:P
April 7th, 2007 @ 5:43 AM

Posted by Ann(ie):

Hey, that's kind of cool. I sold a book for Bridget (with whom I am not affiliated in any fashion). If you're in the market for real BDSM, you'll dig this book, Mrs. G. It's not the D/S lite.
April 7th, 2007 @ 6:16 AM

Posted by Ann Wesley Hardin:

Mrs. G, you had an astounding effect on print sales for Out of This World. I won't have e-book stats until the end of the month, so we'll see with that. But yeah, you wield some powah here. *I* bow down to your freakin' awesomeness *gg*
April 8th, 2007 @ 8:26 AM

Posted by Emma Petersen:

The Godiva chocolate bar offer still stands. LMAO. I purchased 20 for promo and I'm ashamed to say I'm not down to 17. (soon to be 16) Having a large supply of chocolate in my house was not one of my better ideas. :)
April 8th, 2007 @ 12:09 PM

Posted by Mouse: