If you’re an avid reader, you’ve probably recommended lots of books to family and friends, or maybe even contacted the author directly to let them know how much you enjoyed their novel. All this is excellent and always makes an author smile, but the best way to thank an author is by leaving a book review. Book reviews are important to authors and here are a few reasons why:
A review is a good way to let an author know what you enjoyed about their work so that they can keep on writing books that you love.
Increases visibility & exposure
It’s said that after 25 reviews, regardless of how many stars awarded, Amazon will highlight the novel under the ‘Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought’ and ‘You might also like’ section on a page. The fate of a good novel lies in exposure, the more it’s seen and talked about, the greater the chances of its success.
After 50 reviews, again regardless of stars awarded, Amazon will give the book a bit more limelight on their website; more hype and visibility means more sales for the author!
Helps other readers
A lot of people do buy books based on good, honest reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, so you’ll be helping other readers with your informed review.
Lifts the author’s morale
It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to write a book – first draft to publication can be a long and arduous process. A reader can make an author’s day with a bright, sunny, and encouraging review.
So, the next time you read a book you really enjoy, please consider logging into your Amazon or Goodreads account and leaving a short review. You’ll be helping the author a lot more than you think.
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