Writing Book Reviews As An Author
Inspiration To Make It Easier
By: J Lenni Dorner
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.
— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge
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