Book reviews are more important to authors than many readers may think. Just a few years ago, I was not an author; I was an avid reader with a completed manuscript. If you had asked me then how important book reviews are, I would have said not at all. I supposed that those reviews went unread, or disappeared into the ether as soon as the reviewer hit ‘post’. I had no idea that most authors read all of their reviews, even when they get up there in numbers; in fact, many artists scour the internet looking for what folks have to say about their work. It turns out most creative people want to hear that feedback, for whatever reasons they might have.
For today’s writer, book reviews can open doors that otherwise stay firmly shut. When I found this out, I made it a point to start reading and reviewing books. To give credit where credit is due, I totally swiped the initial idea from fellow indie author Michael R. Stern. I made it my own, just as I expect you to do if you leave this page with a desire to leave a review. I did my research, one of the reasons I thought this might be a helpful post. My research led me to Adam Dreece’s website, as it often does, and I saw that he had offered his readers a tutorial on writing reviews. What a great idea! I think I’ll swipe that too!
Of course, I’ll make it my own. There are a number of examples out there; hopefully you’ll find this one helpful. Check out Adam Dreece’s wise advice by clicking this handy link, if you want another perspective.
If all you want to know is how to make a difference, and leave a quick review, here’s the easy path: click on ‘leave a review’ on the book’s Goodreads and Amazon page, and give it however many stars you think it deserves; then hit post. There, you’re done! Want to do a little more? Type in a few words before posting, ‘great read’ or ‘I loved this book’ or ‘fun story’. Repeat the process on all the other Amazon sites in English-speaking countries, and you’ve really helped out! It’s way more than most folks do; pat yourself on the back after you hit ‘post’, and know that you’ve helped someone whose work you enjoyed.
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