Do you love to do a review for a friend or acquaintance to help them get the word out on their new books? All of your friends and the author’s have asked you to do a review, and you’re pleased that they asked.
You start the read, and yesiree, it’s as good as you were hoping. You put other chores aside and dig in. Now the fun part. You write a clever review and even go the extra mile by posting it in four different places. You feel good. You’ve helped. If you really liked it, you even ask other friends to buy and do a review, or, you buy the ebook for your friends and offer it in exchange for a review.
You offer to do an interview on your blog. Maybe offer a free copy of the book to a lucky commentator. Once again, you feel as if you’ve done your part to help a fellow author get his or her work out there.
Fast forward six months give or take…maybe a year or two. Your newest book is now ready for endorsements or reviewers. You’re excited, can’t wait to get the buzz started about the novel. And you know for sure you have some folks who will be happy to have a read for you. But instead, you find yourself at the end of:
“Gee, sorry. I’m just so busy. Have edits that must get done.”
“You know how much I’d just love to, but I don’t read that genre, not really.”
“Gosh, if you had just ask me last: week, month, decade…I’d have been there for you, but today I’m so doggone busy I can’t.”
“The cat sneezed and I can’t take my eyes off of her.”
“I…coughed this morning. Sorry.”
…and so on and so forth. Sometimes folks truly are busy, but more often than not…
OR, a big name author was kind enough to do an endorsement for you, the newbie, but when you are ask to do the same the next go ‘round, once again, you don’t have time for that newbie.
Do you make the effort to help someone out? Repay the favor? Or do you live on a one-way street?