Sunday, May 28, 2017

With Love For Reviews: The Importance of Reviews - Guest Post by Jane Linfoot



The importance of reviews
Guest post by Jane Linfoot

As a reader, you might feel that the people who write books are out of reach. But we definitely aren’t. We’re here. We’re listening. And if you enjoyed our books, we’d love you to tell us. There are two easy ways you can show a writer you loved their book – first, by leaving them a review, and second, by reading their next book. I can’t express enough how grateful authors would be for either of those things to happen. If it’s both, we’ll be whooping at our laptops.

Reviews don’t need to be long. A few words are enough for a writer to be really thrilled that you’ve taken the time. They’re also really useful to other people who might be thinking about buying the book. Amazon reviews work especially well. The more reviews a book has, the more Amazon will show it to other readers, and choose it for special offers. And you don’t even have to have bought the book from Amazon to leave a review there. But if you do leave a review for a book you like, not only are you making a lonely author’s day. You’re spreading the word to other readers and buyers, and along the way you’ll also be playing a part in helping to make that book more successful.

I love getting reviews for my books, and I read every one – good and bad! – and take notice. It’s great to have the longer reviews from bloggers, but the shorter ones, written from the heart from readers mean just as much, in a different way. If someone writes the two words “loved it” it makes me happy for the whole day. It shows me they cared enough to take the time. If they add any extra detail, even better. Someone once simply said my book had kept her smiling through a run-ragged half term holiday. That made me go dancing round the kitchen shouting ‘yes, this is why I do this’. 

If you’ve read a book and enjoyed it please leave a review!

About Jane Linfoot


I write happy fiction, with feisty heroines and lots of heart. 

Writing is cool, because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket.

I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage & most things french. When I’m not on facebook or twitter, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

Writing romance has always been my dream. Hope you enjoy the books!

Author links

Twitter @janelinfoot

11 comments:

  1. I'd never thought before about the importance of writing reviews! In future I'm definitely going to show my appreciation if I've enjoyed a book! I love your bio btw! :-)

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    1. That's so good to hear, Sally. Wow, thanks for the comment about the bio. That's also really useful. It's hard to know what to write in a few words to best express who you are :) xx

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  2. I always try to write a review about a book I have read. I want others to know just how much I enjoyed an authors book.

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    1. It's so brilliant to know yo do this Sarah. Only a really small percentage of people do leave reviews. Even a couple of words mean so much to an author, and to other readers. Well done, and thank you. xx

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  3. This is a particularly heartfelt testimonial to the power of reviews!

    --Trix

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    1. Thanks Trix. I think lots of people miss how important the reviews are to the success of a book, and the author. Thanks so much for reading xx

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  4. I tend to leave reviews as o enjoy giving my opinion about a book. Glad to know how the author feels about reviews negatives or positives.

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    1. It's lovely to get feedback on a book Leila. The criticism sometimes stings, but as an author considerate suggestions and points are a great way to make our future books better. So pleased to hear you enjoy writing reviews - I do too. They should be fun to do. It's great to share the love for books xx

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  5. Do you have any suggestions for writing a review of a book that is just ok?

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  6. Hi Steph, I've left a longer comment further down. I think everyone understands that it's impossible for a book to be loved by everyone. Some of the most applauded books in the world have one star reviews as well as five star ones. And a range of opinions in the review column shows the reviews are real, and true to life. I'd try to say something you like about the book, as well as things you like less. And phrase any criticism in a helpful and kind way. Or maybe, if you are wanting to say something short, express that you weren't right for the book, or this wasn't the right book for you at this time, and why. It is okay not to enthuse about every book. Although I find I can't personally leave lower star reviews, as I know what it takes to write a book. At the same time, an author might find it useful to know what you didn't like, and why. Thanks for asking this Steph, it's a really interesting question , thanks for raising it x

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  7. Jane's heartfelt comments are testimony to the importance of leaving reviews. It's like a bit like voting in an election: if you don't use your vote, don't complain when nothing changes!

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