Writing Book Reviews As An Author
Inspiration To Make It Easier
By: J Lenni Dorner
is for skeptical and sweet
Today’s post will discuss one reason why a less-than-five-stars review isn’t the worst thing. (Next week, for Z, there will be a post about 1 and 2 stars reviews.)
What if disliking a book is what stops you from reviewing it? Consider that it’s possible that what you don’t like will be the very thing that someone else is looking for in a book. (Perhaps you found it too sad, but someone else is looking for books that will give them a good cry. Or the romance is too sweet for your jaded tastes, but perfect for others.)
The number of reviews, including the bad ones, makes a difference. Why? Because a book with two hundred five-stars glowing reviews, and nothing ranked lower, makes people skeptical. There’s no book that every reader thinks is perfect. Therefore, even a negative review might turn out to be not so bad. Just keep it respectful.
Consider this marketing psychology: “Four out of five dentists recommend this brand.” Why does that sell better and appeal more than saying most dentists, all dentists, or even just dentists? Because people are skeptical. When the word “most” comes up, people question how many. With the word “all,” people doubt it’s true. If there’s no number or amount at all, people consider that only two dentists are needed to make the word plural. That’s how it is with book reviews. People expect there’s going to be at least one reader who found some reason not to like the book. When it comes to writing book reviews, sweet honesty is best.
Reviews are life preservers thrown to indie and traditional published authors alike. It is, after all, one thing to sell a book, but quite another to get someone to read it and then provide feedback. Not to mention, there are some promotional sites for authors that will only accept a book with a certain number of reviews. Getting the first twenty or fifty reviews has never been more important. That’s why leaving a review is such a sweet act.
— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge
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