Why Leaving Reviews Is Very Important

Why Leaving Reviews Is Very Important

You know that friend who’s always pleading harassing  asking you to leave them a book review on Amazon? The one whose book you read? Possibly you even got the book for free? Okay, so ME for some of you.

This is just a little tutorial/explanation of why it is so important and how to do it. One more encouragement to get you over there, leave the review, and drop the guilt. 🙂

First of all, is one…

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Why Leaving Reviews Is Very Important

You know that friend who’s always pleading harassing  asking you to leave them a book review on Amazon? The one whose book you read? Possibly you even got the book for free? Okay, so ME for some of you.

This is just a little tutorial/explanation of why it is so important and how to do it. One more encouragement to get you over there, leave the review, and drop the guilt. 🙂

First of all, is one more review really important? YES! Unless the book has over 100 reviews, it’s important. And the author checks every day on occasion to see if there is a new review. And it really makes the author’s day to see a new review (unless it is 2 stars or less and then they feel kind of bummed).

I. WHY REVIEWS ARE IMPORTANT

1) When a potential buyer goes to an author’s book’s Amazon page, one of the first things he or she does is look at the star rating and the number next to it (number of reviews). The higher the number, the more likely the trust in taking a chance on a new book he/she hasn’t heard much about. Social proof.

2) Most advertising sites that authors turn to require that a certain amount of reviews be posted before they will even accept the book for advertising. BookBub, the mother of all book advertisers, is very hard to get a listing on, even at over $200 for a listing. They actually will REFUSE TO TAKE YOUR MONEY if they don’t see enough reviews posted.

3) Reviews keep your authors going in times of despair. 🙂

II. WHY PEOPLE PUT OFF LEAVING REVIEWS

1) We are all just human (well, except for the aliens among us); we procrastinate. It’s our nature. We are busy. There is always so much else to do. Is it really that important?  *see section one above

2) We’ve never left a review on Amazon before and don’t know how to do it. *see sections three and four below

3) We are not writers! We cannot leave reviews! We hated book reports in school and blast it if we are going to write one now! *see sections one and three

4) We read the book too long ago and can’t remember enough now to write a decent review. *section three

5) We don’t want to leave our real name out there on the internet! (You don’t have to; *section four :))

III. TIPS TO GET THOSE REVIEWS WRITTEN AND MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY!

The first thing you should do is realize that your review does not have to be the be-all and end-all of reviews. Chances are the author has already contacted several book bloggers and there are numerous lengthy reviews complete with synopses already posted. And remember, your 7th-grade teacher will not be grading your review and neither will the author. TWO OR THREE SENTENCES ARE FINE!  TIP: Look over the reviews already posted; you will see that people focus on different things. It’s all good. (well, unless people are nasty; don’t be nasty)

What kind of things can you say if you liked the book?

You can say what your favorite part is. Did you like the plot? A particular character? The themes of the book. Did you think it was well-written? If you feel like you read it too long ago, just think back and if you remember you liked it, try to remember the general feeling. Did you read it all at once? Did it make you cry or laugh? When you were finished, did you want to read more? Who else might enjoy the book?

If you read the book, but it wasn’t really your cup of tea, can you at least give the book 3 stars? You may certainly leave bad reviews, but remember to leave fair and constructive reviews if you go this route. If you dislike a book because that’s not the kind of book you enjoy, but it was well-written and you think a different audience might enjoy it, say that. “This book wasn’t that appealing to me, but it was well-written and ________ would probably enjoy it.” If the book is full of spelling errors, but the story is good, say both.

 Take Away: Just two sentences is fine if that’s all you can think of or have time forEvery time the number goes up, it helps the book and the author. *section one above

IV. ACTUAL STEPS IN LEAVING A REVIEW ON AMAZON

1. (Make sure you are logged into your Amazon account.) Scroll down to the bottom of the reviews. You will see a gray box that says “Write A Customer Review.” Click the box.

2. For those of you who want a secret identity (don’t we all?), the first thing to do on the new page is look in the upper right-hand corner. Here is where you can change your public name to something other than your real name.

3. Next, you fill out the star rating. Click on the number of stars you wish to give the book.

4. Then make a short headline for your review, such as “Love This Book,” or “Good Book for Kids and Adults,” whatever, be creative or not. See what others have done.

5. Now it’s time for your review. There are even some little questions in the box to help you if you can’t think of what to write. Remember, you can keep it short and sweet. “I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written and interesting. It made me feel like eating a big, fresh tomato from my garden.” Seriously, that’s enough. The author will be grateful.  *see section one

6. Click the submit button and you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?  🙂

*Originally posted here.

The Healer

Revealing her secrets may be a fulfillment of a prophecy gone wrong.

Revealing her secrets may be a fulfillment of a prophecy gone wrong.

Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this free digital edition for an honest review!

Hope is a normal teenager in a normal school with a normal best friend, so she thinks. She, on the other hand is the furthest thing from normal. She is a a person that can heal others by connecting to their “life forces” and

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The Healer by C.J. Anaya

Revealing her secrets may be a fulfillment of a prophecy gone wrong.
Revealing her secrets may be a fulfillment of a prophecy gone wrong.

Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this free digital edition for an honest review!

Hope is a normal teenager in a normal school with a normal best friend, so she thinks. She, on the other hand, is the furthest thing from normal. She is a person that can heal others by connecting to their “life forces” and

showing their cell what needs to be done to heal themselves. She is in hiding with her father, who is a doctor at the local hospital. She finds it difficult to be around others that are hurting without helping them. Her father struggles to keep her reigned in because of his overwhelming fears of being found out for her abilities. But even with everything he has done to keep them off the grid, she is sought out and discovered.

This was a really great story and a very quick read. It was one of those, that every time I thought I was at a stopping point, it drew me back in with a “No, don’t go” moment. I loved the characters. They were totally believable in a fantastical fictional way. Even though it is obviously fiction, I liked that literary mythology was inserted. The descriptions used are tangible. I could really see the black cherry blossom and the colors of Hope’s dress bleeding from black to red in Hope’s flashbacks with Musubi-no-kami.  I enjoy reading things that make me want to look it up and see if it’s on track.  I learned about Japanese mythological characters including Nekomata and the Japanese Deities. I felt so many emotions radiating throughout the whole story. I felt true pain for the sadness and feelings of defeat Hope deals with when it comes to Kirby. I felt the excitement with the underlying fear of meeting Tie and Victor. I felt how overwhelmed Hope must feel at the knowledge of her true heritage. I connected with Tie and felt strong where he should be in Hope’s life. I see Victor as very stiff which makes perfect sense when it is revealed who he is in the ultimate scheme of thing. I think Angela is amazing and I find it interesting that after the accident she experiences when they are young, she becomes withdrawn at times and as Hope details, a “germaphobe.”

There are many instances in the book that I would pull up a note and say, “who is this person in the bigger picture.” I would go back and forth from what I was reading to what I had read and have aha or how did I miss that moments. I stayed intrigued and involved throughout the whole book.  Great Job!

Hint to those reading this, you will not get all of the answers you want. The questions are left to be followed up in the series. It does not come all tied up with a pretty bow, but it is worth it!

For information on how to get a copy of this novel head here…

http://www.amazon.com/Healer-C-J-Anaya-ebook/dp/B00KPI7HX0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443450715&sr=1-1&keywords=the+healer+cj+anaya

If you would like to read this novel contact this author at http://www.authorcjanaya.com/

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March to November

BYDDI LEE

I received a copy of this book from the author and http://afterdarkreadingnook.wordpress.com/ in return for a fair and honest review. Thank you for this opportunity.

March to November is about love and loss, betrayal and trust, happiness and despair and the cycles of grief. It details the events of Tracey Duggan and her friends and family lives during the months of…

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March To November by Byddi Lee

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March to November

BYDDI LEE

I received a copy of this book from the author and http://afterdarkreadingnook.wordpress.com/ in return for a fair and honest review. Thank you for this opportunity.

March to November is about love and loss, betrayal and trust, happiness and despair and the cycles of grief. It details the events of Tracey Duggan and her friends and family lives during the months of March to November, hence the title. The book is set in modern-day Belfast, Ireland. There are 4 predominate characters in this novel. Tracey Duggan, Molly Duggan, Dermot Duggan and Tommy O’Brian. It deals with the doomed marriage of Molly and Dermot, Tracey’s best friend and brother. Molly must accept that her love and obsession has left her for another woman and their impending “love child.” It details past abusive relationships and the terror that comes back to haunt Tracey in her budding relationship with Tommy. The author does an excellent job getting the reader to fall into the lives of these characters and make you feel like you are a fly on the wall watching or as a friend. I fell into despair with Molly at first and in love with Tommy as if I were Tracey. I had a love hate relationship with Dermot because I understood the betrayal Tracey felt but the lingering hope she had in this messed up situation they were in.

I never really fell for Sheila, Dermot’s new girlfriend. She seemed as cold as her apartment, all white and clean lines. She seemed distant and reserved yet at times showed her humanity when she thought of losing Dermot. She never seemed to connect with the pregnancy so the twist at the end was accepted as real.

Molly’s heartache was so real until it became almost too much. Her obsession with Dermot and her demented revenge set the pace for the downward spiral that her life took. I was so happy to see her get to the stage of acceptance and was hurt by the twist that spiraled to a bombshell for everyone to deal with near the end. I was happy to see the growth in Tommy and Dermot by the end of the book.

Out of the minor characters, Orla is probably my favorite. I love her no nonsense “grab life by the balls and hold on tight” personality. I laughed at so many of her comments. She really brought out the Irish setting with her way of saying things such as

F*** off! No way did I lead him on. He was drunk as a skunk.”

Fury pummeled Molly.

Well, he’d have to be. Look at you!” she screamed and jabbed her forefinger at Orla.

That slut always threw herself at men, Dermot couldn’t help it!

Jesus Christ, that’s a bit low. I might not be Scarlett Johansson,

but that randy f***er would poke a hole in the wall if the wall let

him.”

I would recommend this to anyone looking for bit of romanticism with a twist.