Do you write book reviews?
If there is one thing I have learned as a reader it is that authors LOVE reviews. Even the negative ones. Okay, well, maybe they don’t LOVE those, but sometimes carefully constructed criticism can help an author out. When I first thought about writing a review, all I could think of was the book reports I had to do growing up in school. Ugh. I hated those.
I am not a naturally gifted writer, nor do I aspire to be one, so writing reviews always scared me. When a friend of mine published her first book, though, I knew I had to write a review of it because I wanted to tell people all about it. Boy was it was hard! I had no idea how to write a review. I didn’t know if there was a right or wrong way. I actually had not read many either so I was lost.
I started reading reviews on blogs and retail websites to find out which ones were of most interest to me. I tend to enjoy the more personal ones than I do the professional ones. The reviews where the reader really uses his or her own expressive words and feelings show me the emotions they experienced while reading the book. That’s what I wanted to do, too.
When Magical Musings put out a call for reviewers, I jumped at the opportunity. Michelle Diener made it so easy. She told us reviewers to use the official book summary (so we didn’t have to summarize it ourselves – hate that part) and then just write our thoughts on the book. It was then that I realized I could do this review writing thing. I don’t think my reviews will win any awards (if they had awards for review writing), but I hope they will help someone else decide to buy that book. That is the ultimate goal after all, right?
What I am trying to say in all this (see? not a writer), is if I can write reviews, anyone can. Whether it is just a few sentences or a few paragraphs, authors will appreciative it! They love the feedback. I encourage you all to give it a shot if you haven’t in the past. Who knows? You may love it. One of these days I am going to try a video review.
Authors, what are some of your favorite types of reviews? Readers, if you write reviews on a regular basis, what are some words advice you would offer new reviewers?