I've gotten myself on a few email lists that do ebook promotions, notifications of free books, and such. I've downloaded perhaps ten of these freebies, and tried to read them. So far most have been less than awful, but not as good as what I am used to reading. I have my own self published book that has been able (unfortunately) to fly totally under the radar of practically everybody. But these books, somehow or other, get over a hundred reviews and I assume the reviewers can't ALL be friends or family. How the eff do they do it? I gave my book away on Kindle and even then only 100 or so people downloaded it. I doubt half of them read any of it, and I don't see any reviews if any of them did. I must be missing something, but I have no clue what. I didn't expect to sell millions, but I thought dozens was reasonable. (The genre was humorous SciFi. Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams did quite well. I admit I'm not in their class, but there IS an audience for the genre, if not for my stuff particularly) I guess I don't expect an answer, I'm just venting. Carry on.