There’s a lot of factors around whether your book will get votes or comments! Genre and target audience is a big part of that - for example, my adult book has much lower engagement rates than my YA and NA books, even though they’re all similar in genre. I’ve also heard SFF (and probably other genres) generally has lower commenting rates, while YA and romance have higher. In my experience, my vote rate started out at about 10-20% of reads and dropped off as the read count went up, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone.
Depending how controversial, I wouldn’t be surprised if this plays into it, yes.
There are a few things I find help with engagement!
- Thank people for adding your book to their list! Sometimes this seems to help them feel more comfortable engaging.
- Leave author’s notes with specific questions for readers after an impactful scene
- Be friendly and welcoming to anyone who does engage - respond to comments, thank people for voting. This can help drive more engagement.
- One thing I’ve done once was leave an author’s note at the end with a bunch of questions about the book and what people liked/didn’t like. That got a lot of engagement, even from previously silent readers, and has provided some valuable insight into how readers saw the book!
At the end of the day, though, lots of readers are shy/too into the story to comment or vote/don’t care about commenting and voting. Congrats on the 3k reads, and I hope you start to get more of the engagement you’re looking for!