The Rant: In the past few weeks, I have asked, in a most kindly fashion, a number of people to review my books on Kindle--give it a star rating and write 20 words. Some of these people I have begged in person as well as in phone calls or in follow-up e mails. These people are my friends or close associates. I have hand delivered the books to them free of charge (a print version costs me almost 20 bucks.) I supplied a link in the e-mail so they could go directly to the review page. I timed how long it took me to complete the process of going to the link and writing a 20-word review. It took me 1 minute and 12 seconds. And I type slowly.
I specified to my readers that I was not expecting a good review. I specified I was not asking for a lengthy or erudite review or a school book report. And almost no one bothered to take the 1 minute and 12 seconds from their "busy" lives to extend me the courtesy of helping me out. Why? I am sure their answer would be "I didn't have time." If they had said it in Russian, I would have believed it.