If you are reading this post, you’ve read a book. Have you ever written a review? You don’t have to be a writer to express your opinion. You can always enter a “star” review and not even write a word. Your reviews are powerful. Your reviews can make or break an author.
What does writing a review mean to an author?
Reviews have multiple layers of benefit to most authors. We all love to see the number of reviews climbing as we check out our books on the popular websites. Reviews mean that people have read the book. Reviews mean that the book was meaningful enough to people who read it to make a comment. Great reviews make us pat ourselves on the back while poorer reviews give us insight into how to improve our writing. When you purchase a book, you are making a difference to the author, when you write a review you are making the author better.
How do you go about reviewing a book?
The process begins with planning to review the book from the beginning, before you even read it. As you read the book, enjoy it but also think about the characters. Did the author make them real? Can you feel the emotions of the characters? Does the plot make sense? Is there a good flow to the book? Consider at least mentally taking few notes as you find things that bother you or make you smile. If you buy books on Amazon, you can write customer reviews. If you love to read you may want to subscribe to reader websites like Goodreads.com where you can write reviews on any book you read. You may also read reviews here and find other books you may love.
When you write your review you are telling the world what you thought about a book. If it kept your interest, say so. If you found it full of errors, its okay to mention but be kind. Let your stars speak for you to a certain extent. Always be careful not to give away important details such as solutions to mysteries and plots. Your review might spoil the reading by someone else if you do.
What’s in the stars?
Most of all, give the best star rating you can honestly give to the book. A “one star” rating sends a clear message that you didn’t like the book. A “five star” rating tells everyone that they should take a look. The more reviews a book receives, the more likely other people will read it. Book sales have a snowball effect. If no one reviews the book, it is hard to see if anyone likes it or has even read it. One good review may lead to more and more. Do you like the author and the book? Let the world know. Let others enjoy the same journey you’ve made.by