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So, today has been crazy. I'm blown away by the number of downloads 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace received. It's on a free Kindle promo until tomorrow, and it's already at 16,000 downloads!
That puts it at #4 in all of Amazon.com for free ebooks! With a little extra push, I might even ring in the New Year as #1.
Grab a FREE ebook of my new novel, 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace.
This promo ends New Years Eve at the stroke of midnight. Happy New Year!
Each year my wife, kids, and parents all ask me the same question.
"What do you want for Christmas?"
Now, this is a tough one to answer. I'm pretty content with what I have. My family is healthy, we live a decent middle class life, and I feel truly blessed. I don't really want for anything.
But if I'm honest with myself, there is one (selfish) thing I would love to have more of, and it's something my family can't give me (due to Amazon's strict regulations on the subject).
No, it's not the ability to dunk a basketball. Although, that would be a close second. The one thing I secretly wish and hope for, is more reviews for my books on Amazon and Goodreads.
"But why?" you may ask. "Does your ego really need that much more of a boost?"
While getting great reviews may temporarily boost my ego (or crush it with bad reviews), those are just side effects. As an author, I want new readers to discover my books and give them a try. The more reviews each book has, the more willing new readers will be to spend that $1-4 to purchase my novels.
It's all about social proof. Think about the books you decide to buy. You go on your Kindle app, start searching for something new to read, and a cover catches your attention. Next your read the title, which sounds mildly intriguing (i.e. 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace).
Next, you click on the link to check if this book is worth your time and money, and what's the very next thing you do?
Start reading the synopsis? Nope. Start reading the first sample chapters provided on the listing? No way. That's way too much work. Do you read the authors bio and check out their backlog of published books? Negatory. Wrong again.
You know what 95% of people do next? They look at how many reviews are listed for the book. And if there are less than 40 reviews, most people skip ahead, continuing their search, never delving deeper to read samples or the book synopsis. In fact, many people don't even bother to read what the reviews say. If there are not enough reviews to justify their level of social proof, readers will just move along until they find something interesting, with more reviews.
I know this, because I do the same thing myself. Sometimes, I won't even look at a book with fewer than 100 reviews, and at least a 4+ star rating. And if a book has 300 or more reviews, then, I'm much more likely to give it a try.
With that said, here's the sad part. On average, a book will only receive 1 review for every 200-300 downloads.
Ugh. Reviews are a tough business. In my opinion, getting reviews for a book is actually harder than writing the book itself. But without them, my stories will never reach their full readership potential.
So, if you want to give me a special gift this holiday season, feel free to add a review about my stories on Amazon and Goodreads. It will only take you 2-5 minutes. Reviews only need to be 1-2 sentences long, and it doesn't matter if you leave a good, bad, or ugly review. I'll take them all.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
Sincerely your friendly, review-hungry author,
Early reviews are coming for 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the response! Be sure to grab yourself a copy for only $1 (sale ends 12/18) Available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2gHcNHj
It's official, 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace is now available on Amazon.com! To celebrate, the ebook will be on sale for only $1 until 12/17, and the paperback will be available for only $8.99.
The early reviews have been wonderful!
"Johan Twiss turns an unusual premise into one of the most interesting and, ultimately, inspiring books that I've read in a long time. Truly a pleasure to read." - Heather Monson, editor
“A coming-of-age story, entwined with an end-of-age story, that will capture your heart.”
- Jen Johnson, Author/Playwright
“An imaginative adventure through modern history.” - Adrienne Meyers, Book Reviewer
“It’s like Back to the Future meets Tuesdays with Morrie.” - Johan Twiss, Author
I love this novel. Aaron and Solomon’s story was a true joy to write, often making me laugh out loud, and sometimes cry as I typed at a desk in the local public library. But it would not be what it is today without the help of many willing, kind, and supportive individuals.
First, I must thank my wife, Adrienne, for her willingness to be my sounding board while brainstorming and for acting as my Alpha Reader. She spent hours reading this story, marking the manuscript to pieces with a red pen, and it’s a much stronger story because of it.
Thank you to my editor, Heather Monson, for her diligent work and feedback, especially on such a short timetable, and for Kent Meyers for his additional proofreading and input as a Beta Reader.
Special thanks to all of the other Beta Readers and their invaluable feedback, including—Devora Burger, Renee Hirsch, Ken Meyers, Steve Meyers, Sarah Parent, Jen Johnson, Samuel Pereiro, Wendy Nitta, Jeri Lin Brown, Miriam Callison, Patricia Callison, Darrel Callison, and bonus points to Sarah Peterson for keeping me in-line about Disneyworld having underground tunnels, not Disneyland.