You may not know this, but authors work tirelessly to get the reviews on their books on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads. It’s tough work, because most readers don’t know that reviews are important to a book’s future appeal, even “bad” ones. Don’t believe me? How do you look at an ebook that has ONLY 4 and 5 star reviews? Kinda suspicious, isn’t it? There’s no such thing as a book that makes every reader happy, not even the Bible accomplishes that, so how could a fiction book?
Author needs aside, did you know that reviews help YOU, the reader?
Today’s ebook sites and reading communities use the information YOU put in your reviews to tailor your book suggestions. Think of writing a review as having a little conversation with your personal book selection assistant every time you finish a book. The more conversations you have with your book selection assistant, the better the virtual service gets at finding books you’re going to LOVE!
I don’t get the star rankings, though!
Reviews are subjective. A 5-star book might be one that you’d read again, or maybe that’s a 4-star book to you, either way, it doesn’t matter. As long as you are reviewing with your own tastes in mind, eventually the algorithms the sites use will figure it out.
But, I feel bad leaving a 1-star review…
One-star reviews are tough. I won’t lie and say they don’t hurt an author’s feelings, but what even authors don’t always know is that 1-star reviews DO SELL BOOKS. I’ve purchased many books because what a reader complained about in a 1-star review, “there’s too much sex!” was exactly why I bought the book! If you really don’t want to leave a 1-star review, you can find an existing 1-star review that is similar to what you would write and simple agree with it or like it depending on the site you’re on. Both of those actions are seen by the site as your opinion, but it’s not as public or damaging to the book’s overall ranking.
What do I write about in the review part?
There’s no reason to get complex when you write a review. Stick with two sentences if you need to: I liked/loved _________________ about the book. I didn’t like/hated _______________ in the book. There you go! Feel free to add a statement about what kinds of readers you think would like or not like the book. And you’re done!
Now, most of these sites have the ability for people to reply to reviews. My suggestion: ignore them. Don’t go back and comment on your reviews or respond to other readers. It’s the equivalent of worrying what the complete stranger sitting next you thinks about what you’re reading on your Kindle or Nook. You don’t sit at a cafe and ask the person next to you about your book do you? No. So don’t do that online, either.
Bottom line: write ebook reviews to make your shopping experiences better. We share ebook deals here everyday, but we can’t possibly recommend the perfect book for each reader. The more you write book reviews either through your ereader site or through another site, like Goodreads, the better your book recommendations will be. And, as new releases come out that fit the criteria of a book you’d like, you’ll be the first to know!
If you like writing reviews….
We have an ARC (advanced reader copy) program where authors give our readers free copies of their novels in exchange for a fair review. We also draw one name per book to receive a $10 gift certificate to the ebook store of their choice. If you’re interested, just join our mailing list here: JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
I will send out another email on Thursday of this week with all of the links to the books for August, that must be downloaded by August 21, 2013 and reviewed by August 31, 2013. There are 9 books to choose from. And when September’s books are available, you’ll get that email too!