I wanted to share one of my older posts. Of course, I updated it and revamped it a little. Here goes.
Do you take the time to write a review or rate a novel? If you do, thank you so much! If not, I want to encourage you to do so. Did you know a lack of reviews could prevent an author from being entered into awards (like the Inspys), getting automatically promoted by distributors (like Amazon), etc.?
Reviewing a book doesn't have to be difficult. But in case, you've always looked at it as time consuming, I've written a few pointers for you.
1. Rate the novel. It's a simple matter of clicking the stars on retailers websites, such as Amazon, B&N, etc. I know for a fact that Amazon and Barnes&Noble send out emails after they think you are done reading an eBook. Also, Kindle gives you the option to rate a novel as soon as you're finish.
2. A simple review goes a long way. You don't have to be eloquent or an English major to write a review. If you have time to write a five word review then "I really enjoyed this book" works out fine. If you want to go into detail, even better, but not necessary.
3. Tell your friends. Just like recommending a movie, tell your friends to read it. It doesn't matter if they get the book at the library or buy it for themselves. What matters is you took the time to spread the word. Goodreads allows you to recommend the book after you've written a review. Click a few friends and voila.
4. Don't stress. The majority of authors are thankful for the time you take to read a book, let alone review it. If you keep it simple, that's all that matters.
Thank you for taking the time to review, we authors appreciate you and your time!
*Originally posted here.