I am very keen to make reviews a prominent feature of the book promotions and encourage readers to review the books that they buy and enjoy, or not as the case may be.
Word of mouth is still the most powerful marketing tool that anyone who is selling a product benefits from. Authors are no different, and our books tend to be judged by the number and quality that they have received.
Part of the problem is that those who are not writers of books or blogs are uncomfortable in offering reviews and feel that what they have to say is not important. Many who do review a book, leave just one line after their star rating, simply saying that the reader enjoyed or disliked a book, but they do not elaborate.
That is obviously very welcome. But whilst a potential reader does not want to read three pages filled with spoilers in a review, they do usually want a little more about what they are going to find before paying good money for a book.
In future any books that I publish are going to include a page immediately following the end.
And it is going to be a request for a review – good or bad, and I will lay out some basic questions that might help develop a review that is constructive.
Thank you for reading my book and it would mean a great deal to me if you could give me your opinion. Not only will this let me know what you feel about my writing in general, but potential readers will also value your feedback.
If you have bought this book from Amazon you will already have an account that will enable you to review books that you have bought, or have been given as a gift. If you have not bought the book yourself please mention that at the front end of the review so that it will be published. https://www.amazon.com
Goodreads is an excellent site for readers and you can sign in with facebook or sign up with an email address. This gives you access to thousands of books, enables you to connect with readers of the genres you enjoy and leave reviews on any books that you have read and feel you would like to offer constructive comments. https://www.goodreads.com/
Finally I would be delighted to hear from you by email firstname.lastname@example.org about the book.
What will really help me in my future writing is to know some of the following in your review.
- What did you like or dislike about the style of writing?
- What did you enjoy about the plots of the stories or of the novel?
- How did you feel about the main characters and were they believable?
- Was there a particular story in a collection or episode in the novel that you specifically enjoyed.
- What were your feelings when you finished the book? Were you satisfied, wanted more or unsatisfied?
- Is there anything else that you feel it is important to mention for the benefit of other readers
- Did you like the cover and how the book was laid out inside? Was it easy to read?
- Would you recommend the book to others?
N.B. I appreciate that you may not feel comfortable in leaving your own name on a review, especially if you need to offer constructive criticism. I suggest that if you read a lot of books that you create your own pen name for your reviews. It can be as simple as Avid Reader or a fictional name. That way your identity is private.
Thank you very much for taking the time to let me know your opinion. Best wishes Sally Cronin
I believe that all authors should put some version of the above at the end of their books. It gives the reader permission to offer their opinion and also shows them how to do so constructively.
I am sure that there will be some reviews that we have encouraged that may not be all positive, but I want to become a better writer and I can only do that if I have honest reviews.
I do hope that if a reader is very disappointed they will email me to let me know first but I also think that it might just encourage hesitant readers to come forward and help us sell more books.
In the meantime I am going to add a note to my author’s page on Amazon requesting reviews for my current books and adding a link to this post.. Who knows!
Your views of course are equally important and look forward to hearing them. thanks Sally