Read. Rate. Review. The Three R’s of books.
Ratings and reviews are the butter on the bread for authors, and we check and hope for them continuously. Preferably good reviews! But honest reviews.
Why? Because, especially for newly published authors like me, ratings and reviews are what get us noticed and read. And getting read is why we publish books. Authors are leaders of sorts, and if an author looks behind and there’s no one following….
When I’m looking for a new book, cruising the Amazon titles, I pay attention to the number of stars in the rating, and then I read the reviews. I also notice how many reviews there are. If there are a small number of reviews, all five-star, I figure that’s family and friends giving the author a boost. But over 50 reviews with a four or five-star average, now I’m interested.
There are so many gazillions of books these days, it’s hard to find new, good ones. But they’re out there. And when we find them, we need to let people know. In my psychotherapy business, personal, word of mouth referrals are the best.
Reviewing is no art, but there’s a way to do it, and a way not to do it. No plot spoilers and no trashing. It’s not hard to be nice. Even if we don’t just love the book, we can say something positive and couch the negative we have to say in a way that doesn’t slash and burn. I like Thumper’s father’s wisdom: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”
A lot of readers don’t rate and review. They’re shy about having their opinions and their names, out there. I understand that, but a reviewer can use just a last initial.
Ratings and reviews can be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble. There are lots of other sites, but those are the main ones that I know of.
Let’s hear your voice!