There are lots of you out there but there aren’t many of you who get round to reviewing a book you’ve enjoyed. Statistics say for every 500 reads, you get one review!
I’ve been wondering, why is that? Other online good get reviews so I’m tempted to blame those reading lessons where, as young readers, we had to write a review after every book we read in class. It was a chore! It had to be set out in a certain way and then we were often told we hadn’t got it right when common sense tell us there is no right way to review a novel.
School is out so now you are free write a review in your own way. That might be an emoji or a star rating and no words at all! It might be a line or two in your own words. In these days of social media, you can share what you’ve enjoyed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever platform you use most. Share the books you love in the way you want to.
There is no right way to review BUT there is one wrong that I should point out. You’ll already know it if it’s ruined a book or film for you – the spoiler! I’m sure you’ll agree that there is nothing more disappointing than to be told about every twist and turn in advance. Think of your review as the trailer not the spoiler.
Why review at all you might ask? The obvious reason is that it can help other readers to choose their next book but did you know that authors love reviews because it gets the word out about a new title and they can use your genuine opinion to attract other buyers? Buyers who are like you and want to know if they’re getting a good read before they press click.
Is it that important? Oh yes! My reviewers help me to sell more than anything else. I’ve pulled out a handful of reviews to show you what they do for my novels and to see if you agree.
“Rose’s choice 4☆ A Compelling, Poignant and Heart Warming Historical Family Saga!
Rose’s Choice is a heart warming and endearing Family Saga, of the struggles of war, it’s a story of survival, discovery, it has a coming of age feel to it.
“Chrissie Bradshaw’s emotionally gripping historical reads have a Catherine Cookson vibe with a modern attitude.”
“A JARFUL OF MOONDREAMS spills over with longing, love and life. The exploration of sibling rivalry will make sisters all over the world laugh and cry.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“The Barn of Buried Dreams. I read the book in two sittings, I didn’t want to put it down… well researched and the storylines so believable. From clutter, bereavement, alcoholism, infidelity, trauma, infertility to Pilates, acting and true love this story is a page turner.”
“ The Unwelcome Angel -A lovely read x ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Set during WWII, this is a lovely heartwarming tale about how diphtheria affected a local mining community. As I read, the similarities to what we’re experiencing today ran through my mind. But it’s not a negative tale, it’s about community and family and how everyone pulls together regardless of social status. A lovely little book x “
Need I say more?
I’m sure you’ve been drawn to one of those stories more than the others – all because of another reader’s description. My readers can sell my novels far better than I ever could!
Not sure how to start?
You can use your favourite social media. You can just tell people. Word of mouth never goes out of style. Next time you’ve enjoyed a book, why not give it a thumbs up or a star rating or write a line of two. Believe me, most authors read every line!
To those 81 special people who left either a star rating or a star rating and review for Rose’s Choice, a big thank you for your time!
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