Happy Thursday! Thanks for checking back in—I’m happy you stopped by. :)
This month, we’ve been talking about ways to be a better friend to the author in your life, to show them you support them in what they’re doing, and really, to be a better friend in general. It’s something I think we could all stand to learn from (me included), which is why I really wanted to take August to talk about it.
At this point, we’ve bought the book, read the book, and told our other friends about the book… but there’s something we’re missing.
#4 Review the Book
You read the book, didn’t you? So why haven’t you reviewed it? Sure, Amazon takes issue to friends posting reviews of their friend’s books, but that doesn’t mean you can't post a review on Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or somewhere else online. There are plenty of places where you could be posting reviews, and reviews honestly help authors get more readers.
Well, how often do you check the reviews before you buy something?
All the time?
That’s also how readers decide what book they’re going to read next. A lot of readers go to Amazon, BN, or Goodreads before they’ll so much as pick up a book and look at it. Your positive review could mean the world to your reader friend—and in more ways than one.
See, for one thing, it proves to your author friend that you did indeed read the book. I don’t know why, but many of us think our friends are lying when they say they’ve read our books. Maybe it’s experience, or maybe it’s just this general fear that our friends won’t actually like what we’ve written, but without evidence via reviews, we all tend to think you didn’t actually read the book. We’re really sorry about that too, but if we’ve published more than one book, we’ve learned that not everyone who says they’re going to read it actually will. It's life.
But, more than that, posting a review is just another way you can support your author friend. It’s another way you can tell them they’re doing a good job, that they’re really in the right field by pursuing their writing—all this, by you reviewing the book.
Three stars and up, we’re thrilled. Stoked. We’ll probably even do a little happy dance.
You could do that for us. You could be the one to plant a massive smile on our faces. All you have to do is go online and submit a review.
How hard is that?
I’ll tell you: it isn’t. ;-)
Have a great weekend, everyone!