For those of you who follow authors on social media, you oftentimes see them writing about the importance of posted book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. While it may seem a mystery to those who read books but don’t write any themselves, the situation really isn’t as complicated as some perceive it to be.
Only verified readers can post reviews
Fact: You don’t have to buy the book from Amazon to leave a book review on Amazon or Goodreads. All that’s needed is for the reviewer to have read the book and felt compelled to leave a review regardless of whether it’s a one-star review or a five-star review or any star review between the two.
Reviews get deleted on Amazon
Fact: Sometimes a review is deleted when it’s either not an actual review of the book or if it’s determined that the review is a paid review. As long as the review doesn’t fall into either of those two categories, the review will stand.
Reviews need to be perfect
Fact: Spelling and grammar aren’t prerequisites for reviewing a book. They are prerequisites for being an author or writer. But reviewers aren’t taken to task for making spelling mistakes or for using incorrect grammar.
Reviews have to be long and detailed
Fact: A review has to be a review. It can be as long or as short as the reviewer wants it to be. Again, it all goes back to the basics: Have you read the book? Is this your honest opinion of the book?
The impact of reviews
Fact: Amazon, like Facebook, relies on algorithms to determine what rises in the ranks. The more reviews a book has, the higher the book will be in the ranks. Fifty reviews for a book guarantees a lot of exposure. Fewer than fifty reviews relegates the book to the pack when it comes to exposure.
Whether there are fifty reviews or two reviews or two million reviews is a matter of business. What authors really want is feedback from readers about how their book was received.
Honest reviews help authors to hone their storytelling talents. Honest reviews let authors know where they’ve gone right and where they’ve gone wrong. Honest reviews result in more high quality stories being offered to fans and followers.
And lastly, authors appreciate honest reviews regardless of how many (or few) stars reviews bring with them. Why? Because authors appreciate readers, and your reviews are one of many ways readers show their appreciation for what authors do.