The importance of reviews
guest post by K.B. Andrews
Hi everyone! I’m K.B. Andrews and I’m here to talk to you about reviews! First off, let me say how thankful I am to those of you who have taken time out of your busy day to read and review my books! I’m a stay at home mom of two, so I know how crazy life can get! For those of you who don’t know, reviews are very important. For one, it lets the author know how much you love their book! Many authors, like myself, are very nervous when it comes to a release. It really is a part of you! It’s like handing over your brain to let people pick through and judge. It’s very stressful! But just a few kind words is all the author needs to feel like maybe they’re not wasting their time after all.
Secondly, if you’re anything like me, you always look at the reviews before you buy a book. So you see, leaving a quick review will help the author by helping future readers take a chance on said book, in turn, selling more books.
And lastly, if a book reaches fifty reviews, Amazon starts showing that book to people who may like it, which also helps the author. Many authors spend their own hard earned money to publish their books. Covers, editing, formatting, it all adds up, and a lot of times, it takes months to finally break even, if at all.
Indie authors don’t have a huge team to market their books, so we really do need your help. So please, if you read a book, leave a review. It’s the best way to say thank you to an author who has spent months working on getting the story into readers hands.
One more little thing. I’ve heard readers ask, “What if I don’t like a book? Should I leave a bad review?”. Bad reviews are just as important as good reviews because it lets the author know what people don’t like about a book. It’s helps the author to grow and lets them know what works and what doesn’t so they can apply that knowledge to their future work.
When I have to leave a bad review, I don’t review the plot of the story. I feel like it’s unfair of me to leave a bad review because I personally didn’t like the story. Instead, I review the writing style, the amount of errors in a book, and overall flow of the story. But that’s just me. As long as you’re being polite and honest and not leaving the bad review just to be mean, it’s all appreciated. When you write a review, remember to be honest but polite. Not everyone likes the same books and that’s okay.
About K.B. Andrews
About K.B. Andrews
K.B. Andrews was born and raised in a small town in Southern Illinois. She spends her time with her husband and two kids, while going to school full time as an English major. Andrew's has always had a love for making up stories, and reading romance novels.
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