Ah, yes, that powerful, ageless word.
These days, friends, relatives, neighbors, even co-workers might send a link to a Facebook page, or a blog, or networking group, or dating site, with the wonderful goal of helping the unattached among us connect with others who are also single and looking.
Imagine for a moment that eHarmony or JDate or Match offered singles the opportunity to post reviews after going on dates with other members. If you were considering setting up a date of your own, would those reviews influence your decision of whether or not to make contact?
Of course they would.
“This person was running really late but in the end I didn’t mind because the conversation made me laugh all the way to the ‘best of luck to you’ farewell at my car. Not my type, but definitely had an enjoyable night overall. Great catch!”
“If you are a penny-pincher with a goal of retiring at 50 to travel around the world on a sailboat, this is the person you’ve been looking for all your life. A genuine interest in the fishing techniques of the Galapagos Pelican will increase your enjoyment of the evening, tenfold. FYI, only wears flip-flops. Keep that in mind when selecting a restaurant.”
“Talks for hours without ever taking a breath. Seriously. If you are the patient, silent type (which I’m not), this is the one for you. Your future will never be dull.”
Helpful reviews could really save the eager dater a lot of time, yes?
So how does this relate to self-publishing? PIY (Publish-It-Yourself) authors on Amazon.com are the book world equivalent of single and looking. We’re out there trying to connect with readers with whom we hold mutual interest in plot type, pace of dialogue, and chapter length.
It’s a big world, filled with every type of reader imaginable, and we need help narrowing the field.
This is where your matchmaking skills come in to play. When you purchase an ebook, especially from a self published author, review it. If you are carving time out from a busy day, you can always keep your review short and to the point. For example:
“This book needs a smart, emotionally stable, slightly adventurous reader with a great sense of humor.”
“If you’re a reader with an impossibly short attention span, then the impossibly short chapters of this book were written with you in mind.”
“By chapter three I was ready to make a lifetime commitment to this writer. The ending was deliciously satisfying. Loved it all so much I read it twice in a row.”
Helpful reviews could really save the eager reader a lot of time, yes?
All by itself, “single” may be a lonely word. But add in “and looking,” and suddenly you’ve thrown open the doors to the future and invited in unexpected possibilities.
Isn’t that what reading is all about?