Remember those days, way back in time, when you were in school and had to do a book report?
Yeah, I was never a fan of those either.
If that's the first thing that comes to mind when I say the words Book Review, then you're probably in the great majority of people who never post them.
I get it. No one wants to have to have to spend all that time after reading a book, writing up a long summation of what they read, why they liked (or disliked it), and then assigning it a grade.
That sounds like work to me. I don't know about you, but that's my least favorite four-letter word.
Books are all about relaxation and escapism, not work!
Of course, if you're of that mindset then it makes sense why you would rather gouge out your left eye rather than write that review your author friend has been begging you for. Seriously... It's been how many weeks?
Where's the review Leboski??
All joking aside, you hear us authors telling everyone how important those reviews are for good reason. A book review is the Consumer Reports of the book world. Your voice is what helps convince or confirm the level of enjoyment a person is going to get out of reading a particular book.
But, did you also know, for the indie authors out there, those reviews also qualify or disqualify books from getting certain promotions or spaces in advertising campaigns? Books must have X number of reviews and a total average of 4.5 stars in many cases to be targeted by algorithms on some sales channels? In other cases if a book is not rated enough times they may not accept an authors request for advertising? In a marketplace that is all about visibility, being disqualified for advertising on the basis of not having enough reviews is a killer.
Your review can literally make or break a book. You hold so much more power than you probably imagined. And we all know that,
With great power comes....
Oh yeah. I'd totally be an evil overlord if ever given enough power. But we're not talking about me here.
We're talking about you, oh mighty and benevolent guardian of the review stars. You, the wisest of all literary consumers. The power you wield is both frightening and awe-inspiring. It is for this reason we authors (*nudge nudge*) prostrate ourselves before you in the hopes you might see fit to pass judgement over our words.
Now, back to the original point I was making. Where were we? Oh yeah. Book Reports.
A review is not a book report.
Say it with me...
A Review is NOT a Book Report.
A review answers two simple questions.
1- Did you enjoy the book?
2- Would you recommend this book to someone else?
That's it! Really!
No need to give away spoilers and twists in the plot. We authors actually hate that.
No need to tell people what the story is about. The synopses usually does a good job of that.
You can write as little or as much as you want. You don't have to make it a laborious task, though. Posting a review takes no more than a few minutes but can make a world of difference. So, please, if you have read a book recently, consider posting a quick review.
The author will thank you!
And with that said. I am opening up my read to review program once more. I opened it up last summer and had some wonderful results, so we're running it again.
Signups are only open for the month of July
Here is the link
Get yourself added to the list now!
The way the program works:
You can read as many books of mine as you like (one at a time, of course), provided you review the one you have requested.
Once you have finished reading it, post your review on: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.
I'm not expecting you to 5-star any of my books. Participating in this program is meant as a way to earn honest feedback. Rate the book as you feel it deserves to be rated.
After your review is posted you will send me the link where I can see your review, and if you'd like to check out another book, you can request it at that time.
In the past I've had reviewers devour my entire collection using this program and I'm happy to share my books with reviewers for that purpose because of how valuable those reviews are. Remember what I said above? You hold so much power!!!
Just remember, the window to sign up is only open during the month of July. Once the month is over I will close the list and only those who are active members will be able to continue checking out books for review.
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