While I wait to hear news of Flora’s hard drive (currently in intensive care, with some hopes of resuscitation), I thought I would share this excellent blog post about the reviewing of books. Apparently August 2016 is “Write an Amazon Review Month”, and I wanted to add my own plea to that. Reviews are important in Amazon as they assist with book ranking – i.e. the order in which books are displayed in response to searches – which of course helps the authors of reviewed books. But from my own point of view, with (relatively) few reviews to my name, I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see that a new review has been posted, and to know that someone else has “met” Sam and Martha. Sometimes (often!) writing can feel like a lonely activity, and getting proof that the ultimate goal has been reached – someone has read what you have written – is so very encouraging and energising.
Authors WANT Reviews
Simple! How many times have you read pleas on social media for readers to write reviews? – Probably Loads.
Does the thought of writing a book review send you racing to the hills? – I can see plenty of you nodding in agreement.
WHAT holds you back?
6 common replies:
I can’t write.
I can’t write paragraphs about a book.
I don’t know what to write.
I’m afraid of what people will think of my review.
I’m an author and don’t want a backlash on my own books.
I don’t have the time.
Let’s turn this around
I can’t write – I bet if you can read, you can write.
I can’t write paragraphs about a book – Good News, Amazon accepts one sentence reviews now as do many other sites.
I don’t know what to write – Ah! Quick Question – Why did you like or Dislike…
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