The Invisibubble

The good news is you’ve got your book out into the wild, you can buy it on kindle or people can purchase the lavishly produced hardback. But in reality, nobody can see it. It’s there, somewhere, but it’s hiding, buried under a mountain of forgotten litter. Thanks to the constant Autumn wind above, it is also being continually showered in falling leaves. Sadly there aren’t many books which make it back out into the open.

The key it seems, are little yellow stars which hover above your burial site. Grab onto one or even two, and they’ll not have the thrust to tug you out of your hole. Three of the little fellas won’t be much help either, or four, in fact, not even five. The harsh reality is the top average of five star reviews is no longer enough to pull you into the limelight either.

IN-VISI-BUBBLE; NOUN: A place where you exist but remain unnoticed.

After some research it seems it is quantity not quality that human nature is drawn to. Three nice reviews are great if the category you are listed in is filled with books with only two. But put a book with fifteen good reviews in the same category as a book which has ninety, and you just won’t compete. Relying on personal recommendation only works if you can generate some sales to start off with, and that only happens if you have lots of glowing reviews. It’s a paradox which keeps literary success elusive.

Some authors negotiate with reviewers of similarly themed titles. They offer incentives for reviews, free gifts, money, even a starring role in their next opus. A legion of struggling writers clawing in desperation to get out of their holes any way they can.

But is the invisibubble such a bad place to be? Isn’t the thrill of a positive review a million times better if you don’t know who wrote it. I’d rather have one honest review from a stranger than a hundred that i’d bribed and paid for. I guess it all comes down to why you wrote your book in the first place. It’s all a bit gut wrenching, but I think the joy for me was in creating the book, it is exactly as I wanted to write it, and I am surely its biggest fan. Anything which happens after it is published is just a bonus.

Don’t be mislead by those who justify their hankering for fame by saying it means they could give up their day job and concentrate on writing full time. If they yearned to create as much as I do, they’d fit writing their next book around their work commitments anyway.

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