Firstly, I can understand the hustle, but I can’t condone it one bit.
As a rookie author, you might find yourself tempted to ‘get them numbers up’, but I am telling you (insert Jennifer Hudson from ‘Dreamgirls’ gif) – please don’t do it.
Cutting corners will not help you find readers.
I don’t use the big A to distribute my work, but even I know that having paid reviews on that website is a big no no.
It does take time to find your readers, but I cannot tell you how incredible it is when you finally do!
Do you want one of your first interactions with readers to be about how you paid someone $25 to write a review of your story, because you wanted to seem more ‘accomplished’ or ‘legit’?
All you will end up doing in the end is telling them that you are not to be trusted and have no problem with taking the easy route when things look bleak.
Don’t sell yourself short!
Please, put in the work and find organic readers. They will soon leave you reviews, I promise.
In the beginning, I shared my stories with friends and fellow authors, who in turn told others about MAGIX and Sweet Seducing Sighs. Months passed before I got a review (from someone that wasn’t a close friend, lol) and it was AWESOME!
I say all this to say, however tempting it is to take someone up on their offer to write a review for you for a fee, I sincerely hope that you do not accept. In the end, if you are serious about your authorship and want to give your stories a good chance of being read by readers who will come to appreciate and anticipate more of your work, just say no (respectfully, lol).
Continue reading, continue writing, continue loving the process.