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Help an Author – Write a review

Tips on how to write a good, short review and what NOT to do

So, you’ve read a great book, but leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook etc just seems like a time-consuming waste of effort right? Wrong!

No-one reads them after all, right? Wrong!

Writing a review doesn’t have to be long, hard or complicated. These few tips will help you to write a quick, easy review to support your favourite authors.

This is especially important for self-published/Indie authors who don’t have the backing of  a huge mainstream following, or big publishing companies to help them get recognition for their work.

Any author is always very happy to receive a review, and it’s the little personal ones that actually mean more than a big blog post. Reviews help authors learn what about their writing works well, and what doesn’t, it helps us to develop and improve our writing as we learn from our successes and mistakes.

So, how can you help?

First what not to do…

  1. Not write a review at all.
  2. Don’t write a bad review if you never write good ones, for example you’ve read the first two books in a series and loved them, but didn’t leave a review, but you read the third and don’t like it so you write a review saying as much – bad form, don’t do this – for more on this subject check out this post by author Leanne Marshall  she explains it perfectly. That’s not to say you can never write a bad review, it may well be justified but think hard about whether it really needs to be said publicly before you do something like this!

What to do:

If you are doing a review on Amazon/Goodreads/Facebook/Twitter etc – a few sentences will be enough, you don’t need to add the blurb/synopsis, leave that to those writing bigger reviews on blogs etc, what you need to do here is keep it short and to the point –

  • Did you enjoy the book? e.g. I really enjoyed this, I couldn’t put it down!
  • What did you like/love most? e.g. I loved the main character, I felt I was in her head.
  • Who would you recommend this to? e.g. Anyone who wants a quick lunch time read.
  • Give it a star rating – 5 stars I loved it, 4 I liked it, 3 It’s okay, 2 I didn’t like it, 1 not for me

It’s that simple and only takes a few minutes 🙂

If you have a blog you could do a bigger review, give more detail about what you liked and why, take notes as you read, and include some/all of following items:

*Book name
*Book cover
*Author name
*Number of Pages
*Publication Date
*Author links
*Amazon Links
*Book Blurb

So, now all you need to do is get out there and write your reviews! 😉

Thanks to Wendy Clarke of The Fiction Cafe   blog and groups on Facebook for allowing me to use some of her content in writing this post.



Self-published author whose first book Coffee Break Companion, a collection of short stories and poems is now available on Amazon. S.L.Grigg lives in Bromsgrove with her family. Working in the NHS and enjoying reading, Pilates and travel, amongst other things when she isn't too busy writing.

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