The Importance of Reviews
I was talking to my sister over the weekend, the number one self professed fan of my books, and I casually asked her; “Have you reviewed it yet?”
“Oops, no! Where and how do I do that?”
I know a lot of readers who use Goodreads and refer Goodreads friends to books they’ve read and enjoyed. I do it myself, I like to know what’s out there that’s in the same field of interest I have and whether or not they enjoyed a new author.
And I do something you are probably guilty of too.
I don’t review all the author’s books I’ve read.
Which isn’t a bad thing, I don’t know about you but I’m an avid reader and I don’t always jump up and down about every book I read. It may be OK, or a new favourite that I’ll buy the next in the series when I get paid. Or maybe the pay after this one.
Now I get to be on the other end of the spectrum and I can tell you how I felt after I got my first five star review. Over the moon! I couldn’t have been more excited, I wanted to leap through the computer and hug some random stranger who liked my book that much. I got more reviews from friends and family I recognised, and more from strangers.
In a way I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t got a bad review yet, but I don’t expect everyone to like my book so I know that it is coming, and I’m going to try very hard to stay away from the scorpion pit when it happens.
Like my book or not, if you have read it please review it, but not just me, any author you’ve loved, liked, obsessed with, didn’t like even, it’s important to review it. There were so many books now that I have been to review and found a host of one star ratings and people unhappy with it, even though others like myself loved it. We are all different people with different likes and dislikes and opinions. And that’s completely OK.
If you love an author’s work, write a review.
You never know when you are making their day.