The Value of Book Reviews July 8, 2018 So sad. So true. Even the simplest review is gold for Indie writers on Amazon. If you like this, please share it!Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Previous: How old is old enough? A poem Next: Three score years and ten — a poem
11 thoughts on “The Value of Book Reviews”
Thank you so much for the reblog. <3
If even one reader gets to understand this and review a book, that’s a plus.
You’re absolutely right, Rachel. Thank you for helping to spread awareness. <3
You know I have never thought about leaving a “review” at all – somehow it hasn’t crossed my mind…But on saying that I haven’t been reading much of late, or I start something and 6 pages in, it’s back to the library shelves…or taken to the op-shop.
Once a friend of mine on Goodreads recommended a book I should enjoy – well it was one of the “6-page” problems but I thought I must do it justice – so it was in “parts” so I skipped across to Part 3…and I couldn’t put the darn book down, I think I turned off the light at 2 am but still had 30 pages to finish… (I never did read the rest of Pt 1 or 2, though)
I wrote a couple reviews for two people published from writing group we had a few years ago and also noted on my blog. Prior to that I did include within a blog post tribute a review of another self-published book by former person I met in my work. These are exceptions to what my blog is usually about, just as my two most current book/author posts are, too.
You deserve a medal. The amazon reviews in particular are rubies beyond price.
I hate that it’s a system that feels it must be gamed! Don’t you wish the cream would just rise to the top naturally?
I don’t think it’s gaming. I think people need encouragement to be one of the first few reviewers. They are shy. After the first 20 reviews , that’s not an issue. But I am probably naive!
I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have reviews. I should’ve been clearer. That’s not what I meant. But what I mean is, it is sometimes hard for the best writers who are not very commercially minded to succeed. I wish that there was a way that the cream could rise to the top without them having to become master marketers.
Oh wouldn’t that be loverly!! You were clear, Kay, as always. One spinoff: we can help a smidgen by being highly selective about the books we review.
As for the obligation to market, I so agree. I am a disaster. I have to force myself to look at reviews of my own books on Amazon… about once a year!