I received an email today informing me that I’m one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads.
After my initial wooohoo! — who doesn’t love unasked for praise and sexy badges? — I had a sudden thought: I haven’t written THAT many reviews, have I?
Turns out I’ve written 331 reviews since joining Goodreads in November 2008.
I admit: an average of 40+ reviews a year is considerable. (Most of it is down to my 3 year stint running a book review blog.)
BUT… Goodreads has more than 40 million members. That means there are at least thirty-nine million six hundred thousand people who write less reviews than me, if I’m doing my maths correctly.
As an author, I hunger for reviews of my work. They give me warm fuzzies! (To anyone who has ever reviewed my work: THANK YOU!)
While I’ve always known that few people review, thinking about the actual numbers is disheartening.
How huge is the long tail of book reviewers?
And what can we do to encourage more people to review?
Let me know if you do come up with an answer. Then add some kind of literacy quotient to the plan so authors don’t suffer the glory of spectacularly grammatically incorrect criticism. :)
Ah, but those bad reviews are excellent sources of humour 😁