3 steps to a lazy review

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It’s nice to leave a review. There’s lots of discussion about how effective reviews are for authors. Some claim that it can just be the sheer numbers of reviews that can help influence a buying decision. I don’t know it that’s true, but what I do know, is that writing reviews for the first time can be a bit daunting. With that in mind, here’s my suggestions to take some of the pain away.

  1. Write a sentence telling us what the book was about. Perhaps not even that important, as if the author has done a semi-competent job, there should be plenty of book description in the main listing. Tell you what, let’s skip this one and move to number 2. (or the new number 1 as I’m going to call it.)
Start again….
  1. Tell us what you liked about the book. There must have been something. Did the character act in a believable way? Did the action rip along so fast that you stayed up extra late to finish the book? Was it a nice cheap book (are you a cheapskate? perhaps you didn’t mind paying 69p for that book, OK say so.)
  2. Anything you didn’t like. I’m not talking about trying to remember the rules of grammar you learnt in high school, but was it written in decent English (or the language of your choice)? Full of typos, say so. Characters dull as ditchwater? Rip-offs from the latest blockbuster. Tell us.
  3. Would you buy anything from this author again? Yes or no. Easy.
Probably only take you 5 mins. 3 mins if you type fast and ugly. So, hardly any effort…but it makes a big difference to the author. Yes, I guess even a bad review as it helps to remind us that we’ve still got room to grow.
Here endeth the sermon. Go forth and share your review love.