|When and How to Leave a Review.|
Book reviews are an author’s lifeline. To sell books, positive reviews are required. The reviews also need to appear in a variety of venues and sales platforms such as Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.
Do you know that there are bookstagrammers on Instagram stirring up goodwill for authors these days? And even Pinterest boards are a great way to share a book review!
My book sales flourish in direct relation to the number of reviews others have posted for each title.
I am an avid book reviewer on Goodreads, and although I’m sure that somewhere there are specific instructions for writing a book review, my personal perspective on reviews are as follows:
1. I write reviews for genres that I enjoy or because of information gained. It isn’t fair to write a biased review based on a genre that might not be a favorite of mine.
2. I also don’t write reviews on books that I read out of necessity but might be about topics that I don’t particularly enjoy.
3. I don’t include criticisms in a book review that are outside the scope of the story. Authors often don’t have control over font size, book covers, chapter heading designs, etc.
4. I also pay attention to a book synopsis before reading the material. If a book overview gives direction about the story, I don’t want to complain about something that I knew upfront.
5. If I have a criticism about book content, I research and do my best to make sure that my input is valid.
6. Some books are agenda driven. If I know that in advance, I don’t believe that I should use a book review as a platform to debate a personal agenda.
7. Authors have no control over book orders and shipping. If I order a book and there is a shipping problem, I don’t penalize the author by writing a negative review.
8. I am diligent about sharing just enough information about the story but not too much information that might spoil the book’s story for the next reader.
MOST IMPORTANTLY – I enjoying reading and sharing feedback freely and appropriately.
As an author, I welcome reviews. The positive reviews warm my heart, and the not so positive reviews challenge me to grow in my writing.