Apr 18 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 P
is for Propagate

Propagate! Meaning to wildly spread and promote the review you write! Don’t hide your thoughts in the shadows. Be proud that you are literate, that you were able to read and comprehend a book well enough to write a review of it. Post your review in as many places as possible. Places like your blog, Goodreads, BookBub, and various book clubs that allow it. Retail sites such as Amazon and Smashwords often allow reviews too. (Though Amazon doesn’t allow reviews during the pre-order phase.)
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Putting hashtags in the title of your blog post, and in links to your review using social media, is a great way to get it noticed. Think about what might draw you in. What genre was the book you reviewed? Was it diverse? Is it a new release, or by a debut author? People are looking to read certain books. They search those hashtags looking for recommendations. You can help other readers find a book to love. It might net you a “like,” a word of thanks, or even a new follower. But keep your hashtags limited to three or four. (People tend to ignore posts with five or more.)

The more people who discover your review, the more who will read it. The more who read it, the more who will be interested in what you said. 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.

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Question: Have you ever discovered a book because of a review or hashtag? ( #BookReview #FridayReads #Bookstagram etc)

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge


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  1. Reviews, yes. Hashtags, no. I probably should start looking at hashtags more…
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    1. I enjoy them. Found a LOT of Debut Authors that way.
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  2. I used to be a lot more active with writing Amazon reviews. It’d take a long time, but it might be a good idea to cross-post them all to Goodreads all these years later. Unfortunately, Amazon no longer lets people write reviews if they haven’t bought at least $50 each year. That’s really unfair to people who’d love to review books but don’t have that kind of money, or have bought their books through other websites.
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    1. It’s especially unfair because of how they rank books by reviews, and then place restrictions on writers getting those.
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  3. Reviews yes, especially on the A to Z trail. Hashtags not so much but I’m going to get more into that for sure since it is a way for me to propagate my craft work too! Nice series, J.

    1. That’s very true! The #DIY one is huge.
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    • JOY on April 18, 2019 at 4:14 PM
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    yep! i have. i think i was specifically looking for a jane austen book and thanks to the hashtag #janeausten i found a great fanfiction. 🙂

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    1. Yes, that’s a big one!
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  4. Propagate!! I like it. I’ve become so lazy about writing book reviews – I must do it again. I’ve discovered some excellent books through book reviews. Not so much through hashtags.
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    1. Glad reviews have helped you!
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  5. I hope my comment didn’t get.lost in the ether. I’ve discovered a number of excellent books through book reviews.
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    1. Only lost for a moment. Not sure why it flagged you.
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      1. Comments this year and their appearance and disappearance are one of the great mysteries of life : D
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        1. It did it again! Even though you have several approved comments. That’s just odd.
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