Writing Book Reviews As An Author
Inspiration To Make It Easier
By: J Lenni Dorner
D is for — Devotee
Are you a devotee, supporter, shipper, or fan for any authors? The big-name best-sellers get a lot of support from fans. That’s great! But did you know that lesser-known writers become big-name best-sellers if enough fans support them? You can make a difference!
When writing a book review, it’s important to note how you now feel about the author. Would you read something from this author again? Are you now a supporter, or a fan, of this writer? Have you read books by this author before? If so, how did this one hold up to those?
What’s in it for you? Well, if you suggest a book that becomes someone’s favorite, they’re going to like you more. The same is true if you end up hating the same book for the same reason. You’re not only supporting the writing community, but you’re also connecting with fellow readers. #Networking!
Suppose I suggest “Cat Knot Stooges” as a great book. You read it and love it too, and for the same reasons. Will you feel closer to me? Might you wonder what else I’ve read? What if, upon searching for that information, you figure out I’ve written a book. Are you more inclined to look up that book?
That is a real scenario that actually happened to me. And the author? She had the same prior experience. It isn’t hypothetical. Book reviews really can help you make new friends and new fans. You have to drive traffic to the review first though. That’s why part of shipping an author is sharing your review. Tweet links to it. Create a pin. Put your five favorite books, ones you’ve reviewed, on a pile and #bookstagram it!
— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge
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