What do authors want? Reviews, reviews and more reviews. So, a note like this? Much appreciated and a great confidence builder but please, consider posting those kind words.
Readers have no idea how much posting a review online matters. We authors are a mere molecule in a bucket of a million. There are lots of readers out there but many won’t consider reading a book until fifty reviews pop up under the title. Worse, Amazon, Goodreads, and the like won’t give your book a second look.
So, have a favorite author? Write a review for him or her on Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub or other popular review sites and help them connect with other readers. If that doesn’t encourage you to post a review, here’s another reason: Authors appreciate every word, and most take your views into consideration as they write more stories.
Oh, and another thing, I’m an author and NONE of us expect all five-star reviews. (Well, there may be a narcissist or two out there but most of us realize we aren’t the next Stephen King.) I’m almost afraid to say this, but truth be told, I’ve learned as much about my writing from three-star reviews as five-stars. Authors are thick skinned. Tell us the truth. Couple a compliment with your critique, and we will love your review.
Compliments are important because a novel is a big part of an author’s life (months, years sometimes). Characters are their children. Authors like to hear what you enjoyed about their lives and kids.
Equally, we want to know what you didn’t like. I learned so much from my first readers. Bill Callahan, a friend of mine, suggested in both my novels, The Suicide Gene and Dream Wide Awake, that I create character/family charts. So, I did, for both. Because I like to challenge my readers to think, my novels can be confusing in the early pages. Readers are loving the character keys. Thanks, Bill!
So, please, if you find an author you particularly like, write a review and make them happy. I promise we will read every review, multiple times. We listen. We appreciate. We learn.
How to review on Major Sites
Amazon: if you have purchased the book make sure you post a VERIFIED review. This is important because Amazon sometimes removes reviews but almost never removes reviews posted by verified users.
- go to your Amazon account
- select “orders” in the black ribbon toward the top (next to account), if you purchased through Amazon, otherwise enter the book title in the search box,
- scroll down to the book and on the right side click the “write a product review” box,
- click a star (1-5 stars)
- add a headline (page-turner, couldn’t put down, must read, etc.)
- write a review!
(Give a description. See suggestions below. Amazon is less likely to remove more detailed reviews. If you received the novel free for a review, write: Thank you to the author/publisher for providing a free copy for an honest review. This review is posted voluntarily.)
Goodreads: create an account and review as follows:
- Enter book title in search box (or web address, mine is http://bit.ly/CZDWAg)
- Click dropdown box (arrow) under cover picture on left side
- Select read
- Click number of stars for My Rating:
- Copy and paste your Amazon review into the ‘What did you think?” box or write a review from scratch.
(If you do not see a review box, hover over “read” and “write a review” will appear.)
BookBub: is the simplest. Create an account, then:
- Enter book title in search box,
- Click on book when it appears below box
- Click review
- Select stars
- Check I recommend if you’d like to recommend this book to others
- Write a review
- Click share
(For Barnes & Noble, Rifflebooks, or Kobo see my book club article here.)
Samples of What to Write in Your Review
What was the story about? Ex.: Dream Wide Awake is a thriller based in Erie PA….This thriller, based in a small city,…the storyline is about seers…Mikala Daly was born into a family of seers…Detective Jack Daly attempts to keep his daughter’s dreams secret in this psychic thriller.
Who was your favorite/least favorite character and why?: I liked Mikala Daly…I wasn ‘t fond of Billy’s sarcasm…minor character Andy Mesmer was one of my favorites…I hope to learn more about the chief in a sequel…I wasn’t fond of Lenny…
Did you like/dislike the plot? I enjoy a book with a lot of twists and turns…the plot kept me thinking…I hope a sequel resolves a question I had…
You get the idea, here are some other questions:
- Were characters credible?
- Could you relate to a character?
- Was the story believable? Possible?
- Have you experienced anything similar?
- Did you like the book?
- What was your favorite and/or least favorite part?
- If you could change something, what would it be?
- Would you recommend this book?
- What type of person would like this book?
- Would you like to read a prequel, sequel, or other books by this author?
How to Review CJ Zahner’s Novels
If you’ve read mine, I’d love to see your review on any of the following sites. Click on the name of the site under the book you’ve read and you’l be redirected to my page on that site!
Read and review on!
_________________________________________ Cyndie Zahner is the author of The Suicide Gene and Dream Wide Awake., Listen to her BookCircle Online interview how her 9/11 premonition influenced her writing here, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookBub, LinkedIn, purchase her books on Amazon, or sign up for here semi-annual newsletter here.