With Love for Book Reviews
When you've reached the end of a good book, do you close it and move on to the next, or log on to Amazon or Goodreads and leave a few words to say what you thought? If it's the latter, and you're not a book blogger or writer, you're in a much appreciated minority. It's said that only 1% of the reading public review what they've read. If you're in that 1%, be assured that writers everywhere love you! Doesn't matter if it's not a 5*, glowing review, the fact that you took the time means so much. For the 99%, I'm hoping I can persuade you, the next time you finish a book, to put fingers to laptop keys or tablet keypad.
Why do book reviews matter?
- You're helping the reading public make up their minds. Do you look on TripAdvisor before deciding on a hotel? Or seek out recommendations for restaurants you might visit? Book reviews serve a similar function. I don't know about you, but I always read them before buying. Always. I read a selection. If a 5* says the book is outstanding, I'll browse the others to see if anyone else was similarly impressed; I've learned to tell the difference between great enthusiasm and kind diplomacy. Aside from personal preference, it’s certain that indications of bad language, or lazy proofreading, or violent scenes, or particularly long descriptive passages, give readers an idea of what to expect.
- If you've loved a book and think the author deserves a leg up in today's highly, highly competitive market, your review will help them. Amazon's algorithms work similar to those of Google; the more a book is downloaded on Kindle Unlimited, bought, clicked on or reviewed, the more visible it becomes on Amazon; more people will see the book in their 'recommended' lists. Even a less than positive review helps this visibility.
- If you really enjoyed what you've read, it's a lovely way of saying thank you to the author. I first started leaving reviews when I was so impressed by a book that I wanted to tell everyone about it. The first time I reviewed a well-known author, she sought me out on Facebook and thanked me. Gave me a bit of a kick!
- If you weren't so keen, saying what you didn't like can be helpful to the author. The wise writer will read his or her less positive reviews and learn from them. Of course it's not your responsibility to teach writers to improve, but this brings me to my final point:
- It's your good deed for the day. Remember, a review doesn't have to be a clever, literary critique. Just one short paragraph saying what you thought is every bit as welcome. And even though the writer may not know who you are, if it's a good review you will have made one person very, very happy indeed!
About Terry Tyler
I have thirteen books on Amazon ~ ten full length novels, two novellas and a short story collection. My latest publication is a psychological mystery/thriller/suspense drama ~ The Devil You Know is about five people who fear that a local serial killer might be a person close to them.
I write most contemporary fiction, about the issues that concern so many today; divorce, infidelity, addiction, obsession with celebrity, dysfunctional families, body/image issues, meeting people via social networking sites. Three of my books (Kings and Queens, Last Child and The House of York) are modern day retellings of historical periods in the Tudor and Plantagenet eras.
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