Morning everyone! It’s Friday, so that counts for something, am I right? First, thanks to everyone who read my blog post about the challenges that came upon my family over the last few weeks. The kind words and encouragement are always valuable.
Today, I wanted to talk about something a lot of my friends ask me after they read my book – how do I leave you a review?
Reviews for both authors and readers are very intimidating. For an author, it is the readers feelings not only we are seeing, but the rest of the world. What if they hated the book? What if they found something wrong that I didn’t, or the editor didn’t? Yep, every time an author sees a new review pop up, some self doubt creeps in.
But, believe it or not my fellow scribes, readers are just as intimidated with reviews as we are. Popular questions I get are along the lines of, what do I write and what if it doesn’t sound good. Hopefully, I can answer both of those rather quickly.
- What do I write? Write exactly what you feel when you see the book. Did it make you laugh, scare you, or any other emotion? If it did, put that. List your favorite character or scene. That’s all you have to do. If you didn’t like the book, say why too. An author can’t correct problems if no one is willing to tell the truth.
- What if it doesn’t sound good? You’re a reader, not a writer. As long as your honest, whether you write two paragraphs or five or six words, that’s all that matters. Some of the worst reviews out there are giant fluff pieces written by people who never read the book. Just tell it like it is and it’ll sound perfect.
Reviews matter, everyone. Amazon takes them into account, readers view them before making a selection, and advertising sites expect books to have a certain threshold before they will put them up. If you read a book and it made you feel strongly one way or another, don’t be afraid to take the plunge and write a review. You’ll find you probably enjoy it and the author who’s book you read will be forever grateful.
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