I again realized the importance of writing book reviews the other day, when I was talking with a new friend. I see book reviews on Amazon all the time. Why are they helpful, and what purpose do they serve?
- They are helpful tools for Independent authors — those who publish their own books, who don’t have a publishing house getting the word out about them.
- We advertise for these authors when we help our friends and family to find good books.
- Writing book reviews is the new “word of mouth” vehicle.
- These authors thrive on a broad audience base — and what better way to find them a good audience?
- Book reviews are not hard to write, and they don’t have to be lengthy. As long as you read the whole book and comment on it truthfully, it is a good review.
- If you wrote a book and wanted your name out there, wouldn’t you want people to help you? If I self-publish my books some day, I know I will be hoping for lots of book reviews written by you. 🙂
- Writing a book is a time-consuming, sometimes very difficult but courageous adventure. Wouldn’t it be nice to give authors an “atta boy!” or “atta girl!” affirmation?
- A book review gives life to a book: instead of seeing just the picture of it on Amazon, a reader can get a much better understanding of it and, if they are like me, would be more likely to pick it up than something with no review.
- WordPress is a community of writers, and many of them publish their own books. Let’s support them as best we can!
This blog has a page of book reviews I wrote about my WordPress friends’ books. I haven’t written a book review lately — but next year I hope to once again spend time in some delicious reading. 🙂 Speaking of which: my new website will offer a space for book reviews that you have written. Let’s build up our community!
- When is a review not a review? (nodamnblog.wordpress.com)
- A Novel Natter: Does a Book Blog Need Reviews? (mynovelopinion.wordpress.com)
- Why I’m Giving My Books Away For Free (juliefarrellbooks.com)
- Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know (reviews.cnet.com)
- 8 Ways to Support Author Buddies on a Budget (kourtneyheintz.wordpress.com)
- An Interesting Question (elletodd.wordpress.com)
- Kindle and Nook readers protest high e-book pricing with angry one-star reviews (reviews.cnet.com)
- ARCS: A way for indie authors to self-promote and get great reviews (halfeatenmind.wordpress.com)
- Write How You Want (robertjrgraham.com)
- The rise of the 99-cent Kindle e-book (reviews.cnet.com)