L.G. O'Connor has had some great luck putting together book reviews, and she was able to narrow down the entire process into a few simple steps that will hopefully help readers and authors alike in generating reviews to post on Amazon and other platforms!
If you follow these easy steps you'll be able to dramatically increase how fast you can post reviews on Amazon.
Writing Book Reviews in Three Minutes or Less
Many people (including me!) are sometimes daunted by leaving book reviews, or don't have time, or just don't like a book enough to make the effort (or hate it so much they feel compelled to leave a bad one, LOL). I totally get it, but for those of you just too intimidated, here are a few easy steps to write a review and support the authors you enjoy.
The secret: they don't need to be long, or talk about the plot - that's what the book description is for. The review can be one or two sentences.
Answer 1 or all 3 of these questions, and you'll have a review:
- Would you recommend the book? If so, who do you think would enjoy it most? (Ex: people who like X author or X type of book)
- Did you like / dislike the characters? Name one or two reasons why.
- Your overall impression of the book in a sentence.
As an author, the reason I write is to share my stories and hope they connect with readers. Reviews aren't for me, they are for you -- the readers. But even though they aren't for me, they are supremely important to me. For instance, without at least 100 reviews, my chance of getting a Bookbub featured deal is slim to none, which impacts my ability to capture new readers. I'm always super grateful and appreciative when someone leaves an honest review, so I invite you to add your voice!
Posting Short Reviews is not a bad thing!
If you don't have time to post out a really long and in-depth review, then posting something can really help an author out! Getting honest reviews is one of the hardest things to do, so getting even short little snippets as reviews can be hugely beneficial.
So, if you have time to post reviews on any books you read, whether you enjoyed them or just wish to warn other readers away, then know that we are all super grateful!