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Sunday, August 13, 2017

With Love For Reviews - Guest Post by Brittney Sahin


The Importance of Reviews
Guest post by Brittney Sahin

My husband is what my friends call the King of Reviews. Pick a product, a doctor, a restaurant—and he’ll be able to tell you which to buy, who to see, or where to eat. He does his research. But books? He hasn’t read one since college—not even a paragraph from one of mine. And honestly, before I became an author, aside from hearing about reviews from my hubby, I never looked at them—or left them.

Now that I am living in a world where reviews sometimes haunt my dreams (true story!) . . . I always leave them. I leave a review for every product because I know it helps. It helps the customers similar to my husband, as well as the author or business person.

I still kind of fall into the camp of not reading reviews (well, not unless the reviews are for my books). I even beg my husband not to check the movie ratings before we go to the theater. I like to be surprised.

To make a fairly large generalization here: the world is half like me and half like my husband. Yin and Yang. Day and Night. Hot and Cold. To be totally corny—“we complete each other.” Leaving a review will help someone. It can be five words or five paragraphs. Each review improves the authors’ overall ranking, which as another author mentioned in a guest post, can help them with visibility on Amazon. If you love an author, leaving even that short review can sometimes help continue an authors’ career. The more people who read them, the greater chance at survival in an overly saturated market.

I remember when my first book hit 100 reviews on Amazon. I think I opened a bottle of champagne. It was a milestone for me. And I’ll never forget that 100th reviewer because of it. Not going to lie—I'm grateful for every single review that has been left, even the ones that can sting. If someone is taking their time to comment on my work, I always appreciate it!

So, if you’ve never thought about leaving a review before—don’t feel bad—I was like that too. But, remember—you might be that authors’ 1st, 50th, or even 1,000th review... You can make a difference, and so thank you!


About Brittney Sahin

Brittney Sahin began writing at an early age, with the dream to be a published author before the age of 18. Although academic pursuits (and, later, a teaching career) interrupted her aspirations, she never stopped writing—never stopped imagining.

It wasn’t until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students’ advice and begin to write again.

In 2015, she published her first novel, The Safe Bet (Silenced Memories). When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of two boys and a lover of suspense novels, coffee, and the outdoors.

You can find out more about Brittney on her website, facebook and twitter.

 Books by Brittney Sahin

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  1. I'll keep an eye out for Brittney's books!


  2. Thanks for the lovely post. Definitely keep an eye out for her books.

  3. I try to leave reviews for most appliances and books that I buy.

  4. I never thought of it that way before.

  5. I try to leave reviews for lots of things but need to catch up with book review

  6. Brittney makes some very valid points in this post. Thank you!

  7. Any little achievement are great. So thrilled to read how author appreciate reader reviews.

  8. It's nice to hear the authors perception.