And no, I’m not just talking about my books.
It’s my hope that after reading this, you’ll be more open to sharing a few kind words about the books you read. And yes, I know there are times when kind words aren’t appropriate. But if you must write a negative review, for God’s sake don’t use this thoughtfully-written blog post to do it. Go find another post.
Okay. You’ve just finished reading a book. You’ve got a big ol’ smile on your face as those last few sentences float through your brain. What’s next?
You should write a review. And why should you do that?
It’ll make you feel good.
No one’s going to bookstores right now. They can’t peruse bookshelves and marvel at all the pretty covers. Everyone’s shopping online, and the best they get is a tiny little thumbnail, a short description, and those sweet, sweet reviews. And it’s those reviews that’re gonna sway potential readers to buy.
So when you leave a review, you’ll be helping that author get noticed and sell more books. Reviews and ratings will also help a book’s standings in Amazon’s search and display algorithms (allegedly). For a lot of authors, a couple of reviews more or less won’t make much of a difference. But for some of us, it could be huge.
And remember: this is our jobs. We get paid by selling books. As long as we’re selling books, we can keep writing them. Now wouldn’t that feel good, to be partially responsible for future works of literature? You’re like a steward of the arts!
It’ll make me feel good.
I mean, it’ll make me feel good if it’s my books you’re reviewing. But I’m guessing any author whose books you’ve rated would appreciate it, and in a deeper, more meaningful way than you can imagine. Yes, it’s always nice to sell books. But no matter what my royalty statements say, they’ll never bring me as much joy as knowing someone has read my book. Writing is hard. Reviews are one way to let writers know their hard work is being enjoyed (and you did enjoy it, right?).
But make sure you still buy those books first. No piracy, jerkwads.
It’s really freakin’ easy.
We’ve all got stuff we need to do. Some of it is difficult and time-consuming. Leaving reviews is quick and easy. So reviewing the books you buy can help you to feel accomplished. And we could all use more of that in our lives, couldn’t we? That sense of accomplishment? Wouldn’t that be nice?
Here’s a post on how to leave reviews on Amazon. Rating and reviewing books on Goodreads is even easier. As to what you should write, well, you don’t have go nuts. Just a couple of sentences will do. Tell people why you liked the book. There’s no need to write up a whole synopsis of the book’s story, the way some reviewers do. Just be honest about what the book did for you. Did you laugh? Did you cry? Did you hurl? Let people know. But be kind, if you can.
So how about it? Ready to do some good? Got a few minutes to spare?