Reviews – make it or break it
Most people like to know a little about a book before they’ll try it, even if it’s free. I know I’ve looked at a cover and starting thinking “Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about”. Then I read the reviews and they either convince me to click the buy button or encourage me to move on. If I click the button, I read the book and do my best to leave an honest review. Even if I hate the book, I try to be fair. Why? Because even if the book doesn’t match my taste, it doesn’t mean it was a bad book. It could have been a well written book about a subject I just don’t care about.
Honest reviews and ratings can drive up the popularity of books and make it more visible when people are just browsing. Bad reviews and ratings can bury a book, even a great one.
Reviews do more than just help others choose it or move on, it also allows the author to see how the readers are viewing their work. If you’re an avid reader and come across books you think others might like, write a review. It gives you an opportunity to throw in your two cents, helps others make a decision, and helps authors know if they are reaching their audience. If you’ve read any of my books, I would ask you to write a review if the mood strikes you. Whether you loved it, hated it or ended up somewhere in between, it’s doesn’t matter, as long as it’s honest.