Apr 02 2019

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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter B
B is for — Beneficial or detrimental to society?

When reviewing a non-fiction or reference book, determine if the book is beneficial or detrimental to society and in what way.

I hope that Writing Book Reviews As An Author is beneficial because writers need book reviews. That’s how we are valued. It’s our “commission.” Even if you only leave a few words, it matters. It matters because authors work hard to get reviews.

It matters because the number of reviews is currently a large consideration of the algorithm that decides which books are going to get more attention from the automated systems that are used to determine who floats and who sinks. Not the words in them, just the quantity.

Leaving book reviews for books in your genre gives you authority, or credit, especially among readers who share your opinion. It also encourages your fellow authors to read and review your work. That’s how Writing Book Reviews As An Author is meant to benefit readers and writers alike.

What non-fiction or reference books might be detrimental to society? An alternate version of history? Could extremists use a misleading book to make their plans seem legitimate? What about an advice book that offers tips which not only do not work but can be illegal in some situations? A book review highlighting this is the best defense for consumers. It’s why buyers of non-fiction and reference books are more likely to read negative reviews before purchases.

And why a positive review there greatly increases the odds of a sale. So be proud of the non-fiction and reference books you’ve read. Be grateful for the knowledge those authors pass on to you. And show that thanks with a review.

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Question: Do you think Writing Book Reviews As An Author is beneficial or detrimental, and in what way?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge


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  1. I will often give the most credence to the middle reviewers: 2, 3, and 4-star reviews. They will likely give a balanced review and talk about some of the things they liked and some of the things they weren’t crazy about.
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    1. You’re gonna like my letter S post. 😉
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    2. my thoughts exactly, Heather. And even though I review books fairly I seem to find myself skeptical of five star reviews by other reviews. LOL.
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      1. “Skeptical” is the letter S title.
        (If this book were fiction, I’d have to flag you for a spoiler alert! 😉 Ha ha. )
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  2. I always aim to give a very short but balanced review on books I’ve read – fiction and non-fiction – and post to my own blog, Goodreads and Amazon. As an author, I know how much I value the ‘hard to come by’ reviews so I don’t review if I can’t give at least a 3 star review, at which point I’d be adding what might have made it a 4 star for me, or a 5.
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    1. First off- Yay for you!!! Great job writing reviews! “You go, girl!” (Or whatever the current slang is to mean that.) Check out the “P” post to learn how you can take what you’re doing to the next level for your own benefit.
      The book touches on lower scoring reviews, as will the S and Z posts. E post mentions stars.
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  3. So very true. Readers often don’t realise how importnat and what great help reviews can be to authors.
    I always try to give my own opinion, choosing my words carefully. There are so many reviews out there that are so glaring fake. The mere choice of words reveals it. So yes, taking a few minutes to write owr oun review for an author we love is the best way to show our appreciation and help them write more.
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    1. Amazon makes a big effort to kill the spam reviews. And while that seems great, they also kill a lot of real ones. My cousin-in-law and I, for example, have learned we can’t review the same book because they’ll always delete hers and sometimes take down mine as well. Because we have the same last name? Because we’ve bought things for each other? I don’t know.
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  4. I understand that reviews feed the algorithm, but personally, as a buyer, I tend to ignore both the extreme end reviewers. I am suspicious of glowing reviews and more so of the abysmal ones.

    1. You’ll probably love the S post. It talks about exactly this.
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  5. I have bought several books based off of book reviews on blogs I enjoy, but to be honest, I tend to ignore the Amazon reviews. So many of them are obviously fake I just can’t be bothered trawling through them all to find the genuine ones.

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    1. That’s why cross-posting reviews in multiple places is so important. Never know who will look where. Great comment!
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  6. I never really review books because I think that since I am not an author, my opinion won’t matter much but you’ve shown me ways that it does so I’ll try to do more of that from now on.

    1. That’s so interesting because, back when I started researching this book, I found that a lot of authors think their opinions matter less. “I’m known as a writer, not a reader, why would anyone care what I have to say?”

      Maybe my subtitle should have been “Inspiration to give reviewers more confidence and security.”

      I’d be interested in your reviews because I know you as a blogger and consider you intelligent, creative, and friendly. Maybe we’d have the same tastes, maybe not. But I’d be more inclined to look at a book you’d tweet about than one I just saw promoted by a stranger.
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  7. Maybe a book that teaches kids dangerous tricks, like how to make a flame thrower with a lit candle and a can of Pledge…?
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    1. Yeah. I can see why someone might write that down. (Zombies could happen.) But is it for children?
      If it is, then this is not a society, it’s a savage apocalypse in need of saving.

      Excuse me, I feel a coughing fit coming on…
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  8. I think this would also work for fiction writers. I really appreciate the point you’re making here with the non-fiction, in it having a chance to be dangerous. I hadn’t thought of it like that. Great post! Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting.
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    1. The way the book is broken up, there are additional points whenever non-fiction and reference aren’t adequately served by the prompt. So it is also for fiction books, but in a different way. On the fiction side, the suggestion is about “holding a mirror up to society.”

      This is why I wrote it as inspiration though. So everyone can use the suggestions in their own way to best express their own thoughts. That’s what book reviews are for. 🙂 Thanks for the comment.
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  9. I think your book will be beneficial since you’re anything but a scam artist and are sharing useful information. Too many how to books out there are just after dollars.
    Tasha
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    1. Uggh, I know the kind of books you mean. I’ve even seen the books that are about writing those books. I had one taken down because it was just plagiarism (the author stole each chapter from a different book, and I figured it out because I’d read three of those reference books).

      Yeah, I wouldn’t do that. I won’t write a reference book if I don’t think the information is both valuable and hasn’t been presented in the way I’m planning to offer it. There are some other books on writing reviews. Mine is from the point of view of authors, who have a slightly different insight and reason for reviewing, and who have more to gain from writing reviews. I didn’t see any books where someone else talks about that, so here we are. 🙂
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  10. You already know I much I like this book, so no point in stating how beneficial I found it, again 🙂

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    1. I wish my comment reply box had emojis so I could just put a high-five here.
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