So here’s an interesting thing I’ve learned: Amazon reviews for new authors are Super-Important. (See, I even gave it capital letters, there.)
Rumor has it that the number of reviews is what determines how many Amazon algorithms you get into, and results in the number of “recommended buy lists” you get on (like the “…if you like this book, you might like this one…” variety).
So it’s Super-Important. (There are those caps again.)
And it’s especially important for newbies like me, because … well, we’re newbies, and we don’t have a whole lot of fans yet! So no one is buying our books. (Except you fine, good-taste people!)
So, if you want to help me out (and other newbie authors), and get an author you like out there for the world to see, once you read a book you like – whether you buy the book on Amazon or not – please leave three or four sentences about it and however many stars you want.
Here’s how to write an Amazon book review, if you’ve never done one before:
- Go to the book’s page on Amazon.
- There should be a square, gray “Write a Customer Review” button at the bottom of the existing reviews.
- Click on that, and you’ll be brought to the review page. You can create a “reviewer name” in the top right corner. (You can review under a name other than yours. On Amazon, my reviewer name is “Readermama.”) Then type in your review and the number of stars.
- Stars go from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), so:
- 1 Star – This book is horrible.
- 2 Stars – This book is bad.
- 3 Stars – This book is okay.
- 4 Stars – This book is good.
- 5 Stars – This book is excellent.
- Possible things to write about – remember, you only need three or four sentences minimum. (Of course, if you like writing, you’re welcome to write much more.) Here are some things people like to read in reviews to help them decide if they should get the book or not:
- Was it a page-turner? Did it keep you up at night to finish?
- Did you like any of the characters in particular? Why?
- Did you have any favorite lines? (You can share them.)
- Did you like the setting? Did the author transport you there?
- Did any part make you laugh/cry/relate?
- Did you recommend or buy the book for anyone else?
So that’s it! If you write one for me, I thank you for helping me out!