Book reviews are helpful not only to authors, but for readers alike. I wanted to discuss the importance of book reviews today because of how important they are to an author and not for the reason you might think… For those who haven’t written a book review before, or are looking for ideas to improve their review-writing, please read on and I promise I will get to it. 😉
Book reviews are important to authors for a number of reasons. One, I’m not gonna lie, it feels amazing to get a great review, but it’s so much more than that. For instance, it takes ten reviews for Amazon to add your book to the “you might also like” and “also bought” lists that you see when you shop on Amazon. It’s pretty much crucial to at least have ten reviews on Amazon.
Authors who utilize online advertising services may need as many as 100 book reviews on Amazon, just to be considered. When I said earlier that book reviews are important to authors and not for the reason most might think, this is what I’m referring to. In order to stand a chance in this competitive world, you need the visibility that some of the online advertising services offer. No reviews? No chance.
And of course there’s the obvious; reviews help readers make a decision about a purchase. Sadly, most people — in general — are more likely to complain about a book they disliked/a service that was sub-par/a pizza that was cold, etc. than they would praise a book they enjoyed/a service that met expectation/a delicious pizza.
Now imagine if 48 people loved a certain book, but didn’t leave a review, and 2 people hated it, and left scathing reviews. This happens all the time, but here’s what you can do about it to help your favorite authors thrive: you can leave a review!
Writing a book review is easy and will only take a little of your time. Really, only a few lines about how you felt about the book is necessary. You don’t have to summarize the entire book nor provide all the information about genre/page count/publisher if you don’t want to.
But, if you’re a book reviewer with a blog, or someone who enjoys writing book reviews, here’s the ultimate book review cheat sheet!
I’ve used my book as an example. 🙂
1.) Introduce the book by providing the book blurb (back cover information that summarizes the story), and the cover.
If you don’t have a blog and are writing a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, etc., you can skip steps one and two.
When High Priestess Iris Rose-Thorne bets her granddaughter’s womb in a broom flying contest – and loses, Winter wonders where the real danger lies: from the Witch Hunters she fled from the far North or her shady grandmother.
She finds safety with Turmeric of the Wormwood clan. His eagerness to protect her warms her frozen heart. But her love for him defies the Segregation Curse of Old, cast by the Elders to preserve ancient clan bloodlines.
Can they find a way around the Segregation Curse of Old to be together?
2.) Include information about page count, genre, whether or not this book is part of a series, the publisher, and a link to Goodreads. If you received the novel from the publisher or author, per FTC guidelines you are required to mention this in your review.
Page Count: 310
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA, Fantasy
Series: Book One of Season of the Witch
3.) Now it’s time to talk about the book. You may briefly summarize the book, (if you include spoilers, be sure to write WARNING SPOILERS!).
Things to consider in your review:
What did you think of the writing style of the author?
Did you enjoy the plot?
What did you think of the characters?
Did you identify with any of the characters?
What was your favorite part of the book?
What was your overall impression?
Would you recommend this book?
4.) Give it a rating! Most sites use a 5 star rating system, with one being the lowest. In general, this is what the ratings mean:
One Star: Hated it
Two Star: Disliked/ or Not For Me
Three Star: It was ok.
Four Star: I liked it.
Five Star: I loved it.
5.) Next, include the author’s bio, including a head shot and social media links.
6.) Don’t forget to include purchase links! (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or which ever online bookseller you prefer).
7.) Share your review on social media! 🙂
And that’s your book review cheat sheet! Please keep in mind, you do not have to use all these steps to write a great book review. A few lines about the story would be more than appreciated.
If you must write a negative review, be constructive, not critical. Most authors read their reviews and it sucks to get a lousy rating/review. As a book blogger, I personally hate writing negative reviews. As a debut author, I certainly won’t enjoy receiving them.
Happy reading (and reviewing)!
Winter’s Curse is finally live!
Barnes & Noble, Nook
(I just realized B & N categorized my book as both “Occult” and “Fairy Tale”… Can you hear me laughing? Leave it to me to write an “Occult Fairy Tale”.)
Barnes & Noble, Paperback
Please don’t forget to leave a review! 🙂