Write A Review to Help Authors & Readers

Many people start reading a book, finish it and put it on a bookshelf or archive it on their e-reader without giving it another thought.  What many people don’t realize is that there is one more step authors and other readers hope is taken between finishing it and forgetting about it.  That step is writing an online book review. Ok, no groaning, I know writing reviews for anything is one of everyone’s least favorite things to do. There are two reasons for a review to be written and posted online.  

The first reason is that reviews give feedback to other readers so they know whether the book is worth reading or if people should not waste their time with it.  Of course, everything is personal preference, but reading what others say can help you determine whether or not it’s something you are actually interested in.

The second reason is reviews give feedback to the author letting them know what readers think of their book.  Most people don’t realize how helpful reviews are to authors. If it’s a “good” review, it can work as a marketing tool for the book and help bring in sales from future readers.  If it’s a “bad” review, it can help let the author know what’s not working in the book and gives them an opportunity to revise it or make a change to their approach in future work.

Now, I know you are saying to yourself, “I don’t want to take the time to write a long book review” or “I wouldn't know what to say or how to say it.”  Writing a book review really doesn't need to take more than a couple minutes. And saying what you liked or didn’t like about the book is really all that needs to be written in the review.  You definitely aren’t being asked to write a book about the book.

I recently came across an article on simplewriting.org by Leah McClellan, How to write an online book review, that has great information and advice on writing reviews that I follow myself.  Leah talks about keeping reviews simple and not summarizing the plot.  I think this great advice because I personally don’t like reading reviews that retell the story and give everything away.  As a reader, I simply want to know if it was enjoyable and worth my time for general fiction or if it was helpful for reference material.  As an author, I want to know what people thought of my book and whether or not they would suggest it to other readers.

I am going to make another post on my site with a book review I recently posted on various sites for a book I just finished.  I think it is a good example of what this article is talking about.

So, if you aren’t sure about writing a book review, take a look at this article and follow it’s simple guidelines to write a review to help others out.  As a reader and author, I encourage you to do so. Now you know how much your feedback helps others, get out there and write reviews!! I thank you in advance.

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