A fun project for fellow book bloggers or readers to consider!
On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry Tyler is starting an initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson, Alison Williams … and yours truly!
The idea is that, starting August 1st, everyone who wants to participate uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read. Since I have so many finished books I’ve left unreviewed, I’m going to post a review a day (though no one else has to get that crazy).
The book doesn’t have to be read in August: it can be any book you’ve read, any time. Nor does the book have to have been purchased from Amazon. However, if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’ tag on it (which can add legitimacy to your review) – but again, it isn’t necessary. Especially since Kindle Unlimited downloads or Kindle library borrows won’t show the VP tag, either.
Remember, this isn’t the Times Literary Supplement, it’s Amazon, where ordinary people go to choose their next $1.99 Kindle book. No one expects you to write a thousand word, in-depth critique. Just a few words saying “I loved this book, I was up reading it until 3am“, or “I loved Jim and Vivien and the dialogue was so realistic”, or whatever it was that appealed to you about the book is more than enough.
Why should you write a review?
They help book buyers make decisions. Don’t you read the reviews on Trip Advisor before deciding on a hotel, or any site from which you might buy an item for practical use? Book reviews are no different.
If the book is by a self-published author, or published by an independent press, the writers have to do all their promotion and marketing themselves ~ reviews from the reading public is their one free helping hand.
The amount of reviews on Amazon helps a book’s visibility (allegedly). If you love a writer’s work and want others to do so, too, this is the best possible way of making this happen.
Consider it your one good deed for the day, one that will only take five minutes!
A few more pointers:
If you need any help with writing your review, do click on Rosie’s post above or feel free to follow my Goodreads activity.
A review can be as short as one word.
You don’t have to put your name to the review, as your Amazon ‘handle’ can be anything you like.
No writer expects all their reviews to be 5* and say the book is the best thing ever written. Amazon breaks down their star rating, or you can look at the star rating guide on Rosie’s post.
Would you like to tell the Twittersphere about your review? If so, tweet the link to it with the hashtag #AugustReviews ~ and thank you!
Lets make the world a better place for readers and authors alike!