When I was growing up, my parents taught me to always say please and thank you when someone did something nice for me – even if it was part of their job. That’s part of what they mean when they say that the person who is mean to the waiter but nice to you is not a nice person. Ditto when they say that you reveal the most about your character when you do something kind for someone when no one can see you. It indicates that you’re a person of character, that you’ve been well raised, and that you appreciate what’s been done for you – even if it’s that person’s job. Most especially if they go the extra mile for you.

So why are so many writers not only not saying please and thank you, but not promoting the blogs that give them nice reviews? It amazes me how few people do. I admit, I’m baffled.

Yes, those people chose to blog – just as you chose to write. You want nice reviews that you can use to promote your book. So what do you do when someone gives them to you? You say thank you, and share that blog… EVERYWHERE. It lets folks know about their blog site, and your book. To me that’s a win/win. So why wouldn’t you do that?

Or thank your editor for the time they take editing your book? Or your cover artist? How about sending both or either a signed print copy, thanking them? After all, your book wouldn’t be as good as it is without them. I’m immensely grateful for the time and effort people put into honing my books until they shine. Sadly, you really shouldn’t thank the reviewers on Amazon for the kindness of their review, but you CAN trumpet it to the heavens…and you should. If they took the time to write it, quote it, use it to promote… but… give credit where it’s due.

Don’t understand why you don’t get more reviews? Show a little appreciation. It works wonders!

Valerie Douglas is a prolific writer and genre-crosser, much to the delight of her fans. She reads and writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and as V.J. Devereaux, erotic romance. Who knows what will pop up down the road!

Happily married, she’s companion to two dogs, three cats and an African clawed frog named Hopper who delights in tormenting the cats from his tank.

Valerie Douglas is the co-founder and one of the administrators of the 12,000+ member Indie Author Group – supporting writers around the world.
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