So, You Want To Leave A Review
There is an author on Facebook that I follow. She is amazing, and dedicated to collecting reviews for her books. More times than not she is pushing for sales and reviews. At first, I wondered what the big deal was (I would still review, but was curious) and why they were needed to badly. Until I was published I never really knew why, but now I know the importance of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads (and blogs ETC.) and I am willing to share some of the knowledge I’ve found to make you a better reviewer and help support your favorite indie author.
1. Reviews help make the work relevant.
The more reviews you get, the more your work reaches specific audiences. Have you ever noticed on Kindle they show you books you might like…yeah.
2. Reviews give the author confidence.
I know that writing in general can be unnerving, but publishing a book is stressful. You constantly question if someone is going to read it or like it. This way, the author knows that at least one person does like it.
3. Reviews tell other readers they should give this book a chance.
If you write a compelling review it could persuade another reader to read it; this is a good thing.
4. Reviews help boost sales.
Since reviews push the book to other readers, positive reviews persuade others to read it, in return sales will boost for the author.
5. Writing reviews make you a better reader (and person).
Reviews are typically given when things go awry, but if you write something positive those words could go a long way for other readers, the platform you are reviewing on, the author, and humanity.
So now you know why reviews are important, here are a few tips on how to write a good review.
1. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all, except maybe a star rating.
Instead of leaving a hateful review because the book you just finished ruined your life, give the author a lower star rating and move on.
2. Be positive and insightful.
Don’t just say you liked it, explain why you liked it. These explanations can be short and sweet.
3. Keep it short.
You should be able to express yourself in a few sentences, if you have more to write, write a blog post don’t post long, in-depth posts on Amazon or Goodreads.
4. Post it relatively quickly.
Although a review is helpful whenever you read it, try to post shortly after you finish the book.
As with anything you write, spellcheck and grammar check. This will help the review look more credible.