Book reviews are incredibly valuable for both authors and readers. On this page I’ll cover the benefits of book reviews, how to write them, and links to where you can review my books online.
Reviews are a critical factor in the success of any book. For readers, reviews are a powerful buying tool to help infer how many people have read the book and whether or not they liked it. There are more books available now than ever before, so reviews are an important indicator of both popularity and quality.
For authors, reviews are the main source of reader feedback. Without them, it’s difficult to get an unbiased sense of how your audience responded to your book. Reviews are also important because they boost a book’s visibility in recommendation engines, and thus can help a book reach the widest possible audience.
There are no minimum requirements when it comes to leaving book reviews. Sites like Goodreads let you simply assign the book a star rating (1 to 5 stars). The most useful reviews, however, include some comments about the book. This might be anywhere from 100 to 1,000 words. In general, reviews have three main parts:
- Book information, including title, genre, and author. This may not be necessary when leaving reviews that will post on a book’s product page (e.g. Amazon).
- Story synopsis, which is a high-level overview of the book’s main characters and plot. You don’t want to give away the whole story here, just a summary.
- Overall impression, which is where you give your personal impression of the book.
You can’t go wrong if you follow this structure. For books that already have many reviews, it’s probably best to focus on your personal impressions, since the book information and synopsis will have already been covered.
Discussion Points for Book Reviews
While sharing your personal impression of a book, here are some discussion points that you may want to consider:
- Who was your favorite character, and why?
- What was your favorite part of the book?
- What was your least favorite part of the book?
- If you could change something, what would it be?
- Would you recommend this book?
- Did it remind you of any other books you’ve read?
- What type of reader would enjoy this book?
Even a short review gives a book some added visibility, and encourages other potential readers to take a chance on a new author.
Leaving a book review is easy and doesn’t take a lot of time.
There are many places to write book reviews, but generally speaking there are several options:
- On your own blog or web site. This might be best if you want to establish yourself as a book reviewer, or simply need more content.
- On an existing magazine or blog. Many genre magazines, news sites, and existing book review blogs welcome contributions from guest reviewers. This is best if you don’t plan to review many books and/or want to build your profile in the community.
- At online bookstores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. An account is required, but this option probably offers the highest visibility for a well-written review.
- On a book review site like Goodreads or Shelfari. These are social communities for people who love to read and talk about books.
I’m thrilled that you’d consider leaving a review for my book. Here are direct links to some places where you can do that.
|Title:||The Rogue Retrieval|
|Genre:||Science Fiction, Fantasy|
Reviews can really make a big difference for a debut author like myself. Thank you!