Dear Reviewer, You’re Wrong

In the past few days, I’ve been going through my Twitter account. I figured there’s no need to follow people who haven’t tweeted anything in three years. Plus, I wanted to find some new reviewers to follow.

As I was tracking those down, of course I saw their short bios, too. And let me tell ya, if I see another “I’m not an author, just another reviewer,” I’mma go postal. So this is my open letter to Just Another Reviewer.

You’re wrong.

You clearly don’t see how invaluable you are. A while back, I tried the promo thing. I paid x amount of ka’ching to have Breaking Free and With Brave Wings promoted like nothing else. Bloggers signed up, and I saw links being tweeted to left and right for two days. It felt…notsogood. I was invisible. I became an ad, and in today’s society we filter those out.

But you, Just Another Reviewer, take the time to read my book. There’s no one I’ll throw a book at faster than a reviewer. You make notes, rate it, and post it on social media for readers to see. You are not just another reviewer. You are my biggest support in getting the word out there.

My sales didn’t spike after doing promo. Every now and then, however, they spike because a reviewer liked my book and told people about it. A couple months after I released With Brave Wings, my sales skyrocketed, and I knew it was because of a reviewer or two. Same thing happened with Northbound and Northland, not to mention Aftermath for which I still get tagged on Facebook almost three years after the publishing date.

I don’t give a flying fuck about how small you think your following is—if you have thousands or you consider yourself a reader who “only” chats about a book online with a few friends after reading it. Publishing in the jungle that is today’s book industry would be a whole lot more difficult without you.

Just another author.

12 thoughts on “Dear Reviewer, You’re Wrong

  1. Cynthia (@Cyncabc) says:

    These are kind words. I am less than a reviewer as I simply tweet how much I love your work. But if that gets you a reader or two, I’m glad to do it. Your work is great and I’ll continue to rec it, without an in-depth review which I feel unqualified to make as I am no author or scholar. But I am a reader, an avid one and I know quality work when I see it. So thank you. Thank you for writing, thank you for sharing and thank you for appreciating.


    • Cara Dee says:

      Like I told Brenda, you can’t have one without the other – in my opinion, anyway. What would writers do without readers? Not much, be completely unread. 😉 xo


  2. Ivetee says:

    I think your stories are so great that just feel the NEED to talk about and shared them, thank you so much for decide to be an author, you had made me laugh, cry and be on edge waiting for the next chapter on ff or love all of your publications.

    Thank you so much


  3. Brenda says:

    I was one of the lucky ones who got an A RC for both Breaking Free and With Brave Wings! I felt so privileged to be one of the first to read and review, I’m not a writer, but love to read and love to read anything you write! Being that I’m not a writer I stumble on writing reviews, but I do my best. I find a way to share and get the word out on everything you write!! Thank you Cara for being an author and sharing your awesome talent with us!!


  4. workmanscraps says:

    Love love your books, especially AFTERMATH & OUTCOME!!!! I can not begin to tell you how many times I have read them or recommended them. Thank you for writing amazing stories!!! Thank you, just….THANK YOU! ~ Carol W.


  5. Becky Oviatt says:

    I haven’t reviewed YOUR books, but I review others. Thank you. It’s good to know we are valuable. I sometimes wonder if my reviews make a difference. Your post tells me they do!


  6. gigi says:

    What a delightful post! It is nice to hear of your support of reviewers. I don’t speak for all reviewers, but for me it is a really fun way to share books with likeminded people and I can’t believe I’ve been doing it for over 4 years now. It’s a very rewarding hobby and I love every minute.

    BTW, while I am a bit too squeamish for Aftermath and Outcome, Public Display of Everyone is on the tippy top of my favorite books ever. I just re-read it last summer. It’s just delicious!

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  7. Bethany says:

    Thank you for this. As a reviewer I wonder if my reviews are helpful or even read at all. I’m so glad to see they do reach their target.


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