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I’ve recently done a survey to ask my readers for feedback on various author junk. One of the questions I’d asked was if they left reviews, and, if not, why not?

Out of over 700 responses, 92% of them said they didn’t know what to write. Some further stated that they see other people’s reviews and are intimidated by the depth that the other reviews had gone into while reviewing. To that end, I decided to write up a little “how-to” for folks who want to write reviews but just don’t know what to say! 😀

Before getting into the how, let me give a couple of reasons why reviews are so important to authors:

  • More reviews can help authors to get advertising that they couldn’t otherwise land. For example, if I try to submit a book to a place such as bookbub.com and I only have 20 reviews, I’m not likely to get accepted. However, if I had 200 reviews, my chances go up a lot.
  • Over the last few years, I’ve received countless emails from readers who said that they weren’t sure if they were going to give my stuff a try, but after reading the reviews, they decided to give my stuff a shot? Fortunately, those folks they are fans.
  • Other publishing opportunities may arise for me due to reviews. Due to reviews and advertising, I am now in contract with a UK Audiobook team who are handlin getting all of my books in audio format. The ads got them to my book page and the reviews swayed them to try and read a few.

Hopefully you can see how important it is for me to get your reviews. Now, I’m going to try and make writing them easy for you! Here are the main points in simplifying your thinking for this:

  1. Your review does not need to be clever or witty.
  2. Your review does not need to show your name on Amazon. Actually, you can go to your Amazon profile, click on the “profile page settings” and change your name to whatever you want!
  3. You do not need to write a book report. Some folks do write like reviews, and that’s great, but not everyone needs to do this. Actually, when I’m searching for books (yes, I read as well as write … don’t be so surprised!), I tend to read a couple of lengthy reviews and then a bunch of shorter ones.

Now, here are some examples for you regarding reviews that would be perfectly fine. Obviously I’m not going to write up any negative examples. Haha! Also, these aren’t intended to be cut-n-paste reviews. They’re just to give you some inspiration and examples for how easy it should be to write one up.

“The book was fun and I would recommend it to anyone seeking comedy.”

“I read this over a weekend and laughed out loud more than once!”

“The characters were hilarious and the story was a light, fun adventure. Definitely recommended!”

“I enjoyed the writing style and found this fun to read.”

“Bob the Zombie was an enjoyable story from the land of Ononokin. I would recommend this to my friends.”

“Warped Conduit was over-the-top and silly, but I have to admit that I laughed the whole way through.”

“I just finished reading this book and was sorry to see it end. So much fun!”

“Good fun. Enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book in the series.”

“I haven’t read this book yet, but I just checked out the author’s page and he’s cute!”

…okay, maybe not that last one. ::cough::

Right, so, as you can hopefully see, you don’t need to write lengthy reviews for your review to count. Just act like you’re giving a quick answer to a friend who has asked what you thought of the book.

I hope that helps. If so, would you please consider leaving me a review on any (or all) the books of mine that you’ve enjoyed? It really does help me out a lot!

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Thank you very much for your support. Remember that I’m ever working on bringing you new stories to enjoy!

-John

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