Feedback of any kind, whether you are an author, crafter, baker or therapist is a lifeline to continued success. We all crave that positive remark or pat on the back when someone enjoys our products.
I have always tried my best to leave feedback wherever possible. Sometimes that might be a Facebook review for a company or service I’ve used or a quick comment on a blog post I enjoyed reading. I’ll always try to log on to a restaurant website to thank them for a wonderful meal and service, or leave feedback after a hotel stay.
As a consumer, I study the comments left by other people and hope that they can assist my decision on whether to buy a product, eat in a restaurant, visit an exhibition, or read a book.
Having published nine books so far in the self-help and young adult fantasy categories, I also understand the importance of receiving reviews for your products and how it can shape your sales, rankings and even your ability to advertise with certain companies.
Did you know that most advertising and marketing groups require a book to have at least ten reviews before they accept an advertising request?
I’ve reviewed many books via Amazon and Goodreads. The reviews weren’t literary marvels, in fact, when I’ve been tight on time a simple ‘loved it, would highly recommend’ was all I could manage
When I attend events and sell my books via mind/body/spirit shows or craft fairs, I always enjoy chatting with the customers, and I often ask them to get in touch when they’ve finished the book to let me know what they thought. I also add that I’m happy to receive feedback whether they like it or not.
Putting aside the enormous influence book reviews have on our sales and visibility in a crowded market, they are also how we learn what our readers want, how we hone our craft and improve the experience for the book buying public.
For those of you who follow my reviews, here’s my rating system (this may differ between reviewers):
5 stars: The book was amazing, I couldn’t put it down, and I want everyone to know about it.
4 stars: The book was great, and you should check it out.
3 stars: The book was good, it was entertaining enough to keep me reading.
2 stars: It was okay but I didn’t really enjoy reading this book.
1 star: I couldn’t finish the book due to the editing or the writing.
If you purchase your paperbacks from Amazon then you’ll receive a quick email a few weeks later asking if you enjoyed it and prompting you to leave a review – next time you get one of these emails, don’t hit delete, instead, click through to your Amazon account and leave a few words. The author will thank you for it – trust me!
If you prefer an eBook, then Amazon make it even easier for you. When you get to the end of your book you will automatically arrive at the book review page. Highlight the number of stars you would award and write a few words about why you enjoyed reading the novel while it’s still fresh in your mind.
Still unsure about what to write? Try using these questions as a guide:
- Who was your favourite character? Why?
- Did you like the pace of the story? Was it fast and had you turning the pages, or was it slow in parts?
- Would you read other books by the author?
Here is a review for humourous novel, Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge:
A fun story, ideal for a holiday read, or to escape from reality on a miserable day.
Pippa is a likeable character, and I was in her corner when she stood up to fight for the rights of her friends, she has a caring heart. I didn’t warm to Henrik at all!
I love the humour and wit that is sprinkled throughout the book. If you are looking for a light-hearted, and warming read then grab a copy.
So, the next time you read a book that made you laugh or a novel that stirred an emotion, take a couple of minutes to leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Your words may inspire another reader and be the introduction that person needs to discover a new favourite author, or to try an alternative genre than their usual choice. Those words will also bring a smile to the author who may have locked themselves away for twelve months and poured their heart and soul into creating something just for you.
Feed an author – leave a review!
You can find all my reviews HERE
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