Ranting, Raving, Reviews!
Readers, do you leave reviews for the books you read?
There’s no way around it; your reviews can make or break the success of an independent author’s novel. Getting reviews is a major hurdle for a new novel.
I don’t believe readers realize how important they are in a novel’s fate. All the advertising in the world, even expensive reviews by professionals, cannot replace the value of good reviews by the readers themselves.
So readers, get busy and support your favorite reads!
Where to leave reviews:
Amazon, Smashwords, or any site where the book is sold. They all have places to leave a review. Goodreads is an excellent place to leave a review, as are any of the many sites that promote books.
Don’t know what to say?
1. You don’t have to write an entire synopsis of the story. A few sentences say it all: How much you enjoyed the book, the characters, the ending.
2. Don’t worry about being or not being a wordsmith. Say it simply, and in your own words as if telling a friend about the book.
3. Be careful not to reveal too much of the story line. If you absolutely hated the ending, don’t explain why! But if you find you have to talk about the storyline or ending, I've just learned that some reviewers add a large "SPOILER ALERT" notice above the review. Something to keep in mind when reviewing, especially if your reviews tend to be lengthy.
4. If there was something you didn’t like, explain why. Not everyone has problems with the same things, e.g. endings that close with a question.
Reviews are precious gems to authors. If you get in the habit of leaving them, you will be making authors very happy, which will encourage them to write more books for you. Keep reading!
Have a happy and healthy week,