Do you know the best way to sell books? Word of mouth recommendations. Book reviews are one way to love your favourite authors.
I’ve been a fan of certain author’s book since I was in primary school and devoured Enid Blyton and Narnia. In those days I simply told my friends about the books and pushed the book their direction. Nowadays things are done differently.
Many authors struggle to continue writing because writing can be a lonely task. Many times I’ve wanted to give up. Your encouragement can make a huge difference. In these two posts I’m going to share some practical ways you can love your favourite authors.
Practical ways to love your favourite authors
I am going to share one way in the this post and two ways in the next.
In the past, people looked at covers and the blurb on the back cover. Now I notice that when I am selling books, people immediately check out the reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. People rely on this mysterious thing called ‘social proof’ which is a kind of popularity rating. The more people are reading something the more they want to read it too. A new kind of peer pressure.
But I don’t know how to write a review
It’s as simple as as a few do’s and don’t’s.
- Tell us what you liked about the book – writing style, setting, description …
- Recommend what kind of people might like this book e.g. those who love X book might love this … or who like X genre/theme/setting
- Let us know the book impacted your life. This could include your emotional response to it and what you will change in your life because of the book. As a writer of Christian books this is my favourite part of any book review. I write to make an impact on you and it delights me to hear about it. Often these comments will keep me going when I feel like giving up.
- Feel free to copy and paste the same review to multiple sites (remembering your own Facebook … page
- Let people know it wasn’t your style – if that is the main reason for a low rating.
- Summarise the story – people want to read it for themselves
- Talk about the author and how you met them somewhere – a review is about the book.
- Give spoilers – the author goes to a great deal of trouble to keep the suspense in a book, they don’t want you spoiling it for other readers.
Where to post your review
It depends a little on where you live.
- Amazon is first priority BUT you have to be a regular customer to leave a review. Try and see if you can.
- Goodreads – this is free to join and allows you to keep track of your reading. It is easy to leave a rating BUT a review is much better. This 1 minute video shows you how, as many people have found it tricky.
- BookBub – free to join and this is the place that I put my 4-5 star (best) recommendations. You can follow authors and if you do so BB will alert you if there is a new release or sale/free book from that author.
- Koorong books – Australians it would be helpful if you could review here. Koorong rewards reviews by giving you points (4 written reviews or 2 video reviews = $10 voucher)
- Kobo books, Nook … anywhere you buy books.
And if you still doubt the importance of your review, please read this article.