Apr 04 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 D
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!

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Question: Why do you think readers should write book reviews?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge


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  1. It’s very true that reading experiences forge friendships – real and online. Great word – devotee.

  2. Good point well made. I wish more people remembered it when writing reviews.
    Tasha
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  3. Interesting as I have just begun helping to promote a new author I met through blogging. I have hesitated before because I don’t consider myself a writer and so I didn’t think that my opinions would be beneficial. That may have been an incorrect assumption.

    1. Indeed it is. You matter!
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    • joy on April 4, 2019 at 12:25 PM
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    thanks for the instagram tip! never heard of that hashtag (gasp).

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  4. I had never thought of this. I am working on my third book, but it never occurred to me to write reviews on my own blog. If I started reviewing other authors maybe they would do the same for me also.

    I am at Transformed Nonconformist. I usually write humor pieces, but I am getting serious this month. I’m writing about people who have deeply impacted my life.
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  5. I’ve done tweets and pins, now I’m going to try bookstagram 🙂

    Ronel visiting from the A-Z Challenge with Music and Writing: Something Different
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    1. Are we following each other there? If not, friend me! 🙂 <3
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