Can You Give Me A Tit-For-Tat Review?



how difficult it is to get reviews but how necessary

Voulez-Vous Review? (Written Some Months Back)

Waiting for a reviewer

Well, it seems to be that time of the year which pops up frequently when I'm stuck for reviewers. I need reviews and I can review. A really good way for self-published authors to help each other is to go and buy the book you will review and ask and hope t'other will do the same...but, and it is a big "but", it's easier said than done.

And I just don't know why.

Is it that we're all incredibly busy and can't give the time of day to a reasonable request? To buy and review. To be bought and reviewed.

Anyway, this lachrymose, self-pitying piece is begging me to turn it into a lengthy diatribe. "Down, wanton!" and rest in peace. I will make my conclusion succinct and cut it off before it gets agoing.

I have just put out three poems on a worthy writing-platform (yes, three, and all almost simultaneously) about madness, murder, and mayhem. I am happy to say those poems have inspired this piece which is, as usual, trying to work out how to get reviewed. I'm facing two free promotion days on KDP for my poems and have already been tweeting like mad to poetry lovers everywhere! Are there lovers out there ready to peruse a short collection or are lovers of poetry just not around?

That's why I've put out three poems in rapid, Tommy-gun succession-fire (can't do the same with novels). To stimulate the old read-buds.

I hope to hear from guys and gals who can review and those in need of reviews. I can oblige. Voulez-vous?

Written Today (The 8th Of June, 2017)

It's about the same today — still searching for elusive reviewers. If anything, it's a bit worse. I am promoting four books on Amazon. They've been running free since the 1st of June (2017) and they're going to put on their clothes, that is prices, on the 14th of June. It's to create Amazon buzz, the equivalent of interest. It's sort of working. Sort of. But will I get readers who want to review? That remains to be seen.

Can work against you or is it just against me?

However, such is the fickle world that even those authors who reviewed for me before are not always willing to review again. One has even taken a dislike to me, it would seem, a literary or Facebook dislike, engineered from afar. Quite possible if you think about it. We writers are sensitive souls and can take exception to a page or two, a chapter or two, a post on Facebook that jangles the nerves. Why, even Iago's "trifles light as air" can be taken exception to and mustn't be overlooked. I got the words wrong one time and used Niume's "Check It" not the usual "Check It Out" and was immediately reprimanded for the supposed insult of asking a fellow scribe to proofread better. At the time I really didn't mean "proofread". I meant just — go take a look!

Free the proof of errors or ree the froof of preeors?

Yes, we writers are sensitive souls with ego, and if we get upset, woe the world, woe the pen, woe the paper, woe the computer, and woe the interest which won't be forthcoming let alone woe the review.

Have you ever noticed that ego is a problem or is it just mine that gets in the way of yours? OK, I've just about concluded so I'll take a few selfies (for consolation's sake), pout in front of the mirror (for consolation's sake), check it (this article) rather than check it out, and maybe even review a review just to show I'm willing.

Me a long time ago in front of my mirror.

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