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!