Part One of our basic tutorial on reviewing books!
I have been blessed to become Facebook friends and members of several author’s group pages in the last couple of years, and was really surprised at how the authors have to keep ‘requesting’ their fans to do reviews on the books they publish. I mean, hey, we obviously like their writing, or we would not be a part of their page, right?
But when I questioned a couple of the authors, they mentioned that some readers are intimidated by doing reviews, or afraid they don’t know how, or even where to do a review. This made me sad, and I started brainstorming about how maybe I could help get more readers to leave reviews for the authors we all love so much!
And so, my “tutorial” series was born! I have been a voracious reader since a young girl, but back then there weren’t a lot of ways to review books (at least not that I can recall). In today’s age of Social Media, different readers groups, Twitter, Facebook, and book sellers online, etc., reviews are a really big part of an author’s ability to reach other readers, especially readers who are not familiar with the author.
Book reviews can be seen as a spotlight for writers, and positive reviews can connect an author directly to their intended market of readers who enjoy said author’s genre or style of writing. On bookseller websites, the number of reviews can garner that book a higher visibility when someone is searching for new books to read. Author’s truly take every review a reader leaves for them into consideration! When a reader takes the time to seek out a platform to review a story they read, well, that is like a gift to an author.
I have even heard a few authors mention how they might be having a bad day (hey author’s are people too, lol) and then they see a positive review on one of their books and it lifts up their whole day! Can you imagine that? The very author we adore and love to read has been uplifted by one of our reviews? What an amazing gift of appreciation is that?
Favorable reviews of an author’s book will help generate their respectability. An author’s book can benefit significantly from supportive reviews, in addition help generate new sales and new following. An encouraging review is a testimony for anyone looking to buy an author’s book when they have not yet ever read anything from that writer. The more favorable reviews a book has, the more it is publicized on the book sellers websites. To be frank, it helps sells more books! Let’s face it, our authors need our support to keep them writing – and we certainly want to keep them writing so we can keep reading!
To put it simply, the existence of book reviews can assist in validating the integrity of a book and help create who the book’s fan base is. Then once established, other like-minded people are much more inclined to want to purchase and read that same book that was so popular. I know the many authors I connect with on a daily basis tell me that writing Christian Fiction is their ministry. That’s right, it is how they honor our Lord and spread the Word of God to everyone who reads their books.
To be perfectly honest with you, this is one of the reasons I began this blog – I feel like it is my calling to reach out to anyone I can about these amazing authors! So, how about it, readers – do you want to help support your favorite authors AND introduce them to other fans?
Stay tuned for the next “episode” on HOW to write book reviews!