Don’t Hate the Player: Why My Amazon Ratings Won’t Match My Blog’s

The age-old consternation over Amazon ratings hits home with the release of my first novel.

Like a number of book bloggers, I juggle between my author hat and my reviewer hat. Having done both now, I can see how fraught and loaded the issue of Amazon ratings can be. As an author, I’m deeply aware how consequential those little yellow are to self-esteem and financial rewards. I definitely want to support deserving authors on Amazon, but I need to have a system in place if I want to still keep up my reviews as a book blogger.

Here’s the TLDR: I am only leaving 5-star ratings for books that I liked on Amazon, even if my blog gives out fewer stars for the same book.

The Mystery of the Missing Cover Designer

Indie authors, has this ever happened to you? You’ve scoured the internet and recommendations from other authors, looked through portfolios and finally arrived at a book cover designer that seems perfect for your book. You’ve made contact, their working style fits yours, they seem enthusiastic about the job and everything’s lined up. You’re ready to begin, you send over a design brief. And then… nothing. When you try to get a hold of them, you’re totally ghosted.

This happened to me.

Learning From Mistakes: Rebranding My Author Platform

One of the intentions I had with blogging was to keep track of what I was doing as I embark on this self-publishing journey so that others might learn or at least amuse themselves over my decisions and inevitable mistakes. So it is a tad ironic that in an effort to correct one of these mistakes, I’ll probably be writing less about self-publishing.


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