If you read a book and you LOVE IT, for goodness sake leave a book review and share the book with your friends, colleagues, and family.
Maybe you've already written hundreds of book reviews. If you have, great--you definitely do not need to be reading this blog post.
If you are brand spanking new to the book review scene, then you're in the right place. Welcome! There is absolutely nothing to worry about. Reviewing a book easy peasy, and I'm going to try to make it even easier.
Here's the low down: authors need book reviews. Reviews give books merit, credence, and show value to potential customers, which allows them to make an informed decision that they can feel proud of before making their purchase. Book reviews can do more than that though. The more reviews a book has, the more persuasive pull it has on potential readers. AND an mammoth amount of reviews can actually get a book in front of WAY more potential readers' eyeballs, which can really help a book launch into orbit.
All in all, your reviews matter and carry an enormous amount of weight. So, while this process is easy, do not take it lightly. Your opinion really does matter.
Okay, let's cut to the chase.
Here are the steps to leaving a book review:
Step 1: Read the book. Yes, I know this is obvious, but please make sure you do it.
Step 2: Write your review in your notes app on your phone or in a doc on your computer. This is the easiest way, I promise.
Things to consider when writing a review:
What parts did you like?
How did it make you feel?
If it's a children's book: What was your child's response to the book? How did you like the book from a parenting perspective?
What were your main takeaways?
Would you recommend the book?
Step 3: Proofread your review. Do a quick check for autocorrect errors, punctuation, and grammar. You don't want any embarrassing autocorrect errors to slip past.
TIP: Read it out loud to yourself. You'll catch any areas that need to be reworked.
Step 4: Choose where you want to leave your book review. Simply choose a site from below, login (if necessary), type in the book title in the search bar, then find the review submission box.
TIP: Leave a review at the sites that you are most apt to shop at or to look up books on. For example, do you shop on Amazon? Do you scroll Goodreads? Or do you like checking out books in store at Indigo, Barnes & Noble or your local bookshop? Leave your review at any or all of those websites. (Copy and paste makes that seamless).
Kristin Pierce loves chai lattes, inspirational quotes, hunting down incredible kids books, and writing in rhyme. She is an award-winning children's book author, self-awareness educator, and momma of two who is on a mission to spread empowering and inspiring messages about following your passion, thinking outside-the-box, and believing in your big dreams. She is the author of Your Inner Compass That Could , Mayva O'Meere, Creationeer, Magnus O'Meere, Mind Pioneer(coming 2019), andHazel Mist, Hypnotist(coming 2020).
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