As some of you might know, apart of contributing to this blog and having my own blog, where I share reviews and other things, I’m also part of another group of reviewers, Rosie’s Book Review Team and one of the other members of the group, Terry Tyler, has had a fabulous idea to encourage people to post reviews. Below is the post! (And don’t forget to check both blogs, especially if you are interested in new books and enjoy reading reviews. And if you’re an author, you can also submit your book to Rosie’s site, here). And if you’re bloggers, don’t forget to spread the word and the love.
On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry Tyler is starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.
The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!). You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time. The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’ tag on it; however, if you download all your books via Kindle Unlimited, as many do these days, they don’t show the VP tag, anyway.
Remember, this isn’t the Times Literary Supplement, it’s Amazon, where ordinary people go to choose their next £1.99 Kindle book. No one expects you to write a thousand word, in-depth critique; I don’t know about you, but I’m more likely to read one short paragraph or a couple of lines saying what an average reader thought of a book, than a long-winded essay about the pros and cons of the various literary techniques used. Yes, those are welcome too (!), but no more so than a few words saying “I loved this book, I was up reading it until 3am”, or “I loved Jim and Vivien and the dialogue was so realistic”, or whatever!
Why should you write a review?
They help book buyers make decisions. Don’t you read the reviews on Trip Advisor before deciding on a hotel, or any site from which you might buy an item for practical use? Book reviews are no different.
If the book is by a self-published author, or published by an independent press, the writers have to do all their promotion and marketing themselves ~ reviews from the reading public is their one free helping hand.
The amount of reviews on Amazon helps a book’s visibility (allegedly). If you love a writer’s work and want others to do so, too, this is the best possible way of making this happen.
It’s your good deed for the day, and will only take five minutes!
Off we go, then! A few more pointers:
If you need any help with writing your review, do click on Rosie’s post, above.
A review can be as short as one word. The shortest one I have is just two 🙂
You don’t have to put your name to the review, as your Amazon ‘handle’ can be anything you like.
No writer expects all their reviews to be 5* and say the book is the best thing ever written; there is a star rating guide on Rosie’s post.
Would you like to tell the Twittersphere about your review? If so, tweet the link to it with the hashtag #AugustReviews ~ and thank you! I will do one blog post a week featuring these links: The #AugustReviews Hall of Fame (thank you, Barb!).
If you have a blog and would like to spread the word about #AugustReviews, please feel free to copy and paste this blog post, provide the link to it, re-blog it, or whatever ~ many thanks, and I hope you will join in to make this idea a success 🙂
Thanks for reading and please, share, like, comment, CLICK and REVIEW! Ah, and remember, share your Amazon review (as we want to make sure people know you don’t need to be a blogger or share your reviews in a blog to write a review!)
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Reblogged this on Linda G. Hill and commented:
Help an author: write a review on Amazon! Check out this post and join in! It’s a worthwhile cause for the authors we love. 😀
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Terry Tyler, has had a fabulous idea to encourage people to post reviews. Here is the post! There’s no link there…
Very many thanks, Linda and Olga! x
Thanks Terry. A great idea! Fingers crossed!
When I wrote “Here is the post” I meant below that comment, rather than a link (the rest of the post I published is a copy of the original post). You’re right. I didn’t explain it properly. Now I’ve changed it to BELOW is the post. I’m very good at confusing people and myself! Thanks for letting me know and for sharing, Linda!
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Thanks for the campaign shout out Olga.
Thanks, Rosie! A pleasure. I hope it goes great!
Reblogged this on mystaycheeky and commented:
Thanks very much!
This is a marvelous post, Olga! Thanks for all the tips and info. Mega hugs!
Thanks, Teagan. Let’s hope August becomes the month of the reviews. And all the months after!
Great idea. I write reviews for all the books I read. I know how important it is for the author and if I’m not mistaken I recently saw that Amazon is starting to rank books not just by sales but also reviews. Thank you.
Thanks Paulette. People will happily talk about the books they like but writing a review scares a lot of people. Let’s hope it helps. 🙂
Reblogged this on Wendy Unsworth and commented:
In a previous post , the first that I hope will be of many, I confessed that I had written just 6 reviews in 2016, though I have read 40+ books. The year has not, so far, been a good writing one for me.
So I was delighted to read about the initiative below, just what I need to hustle me into action! I have set myself a little personal goal in August of at least ten books reviewed, posted to Amazon and other sites and tweeted with the hashtag #augustreviews. Thanks to Terry Tyler and co for coming up with such a great and useful idea!
Thanks, Wendy. Great news! The beauty of the initiative is that the review don’t have to be for books you’ve just read this month. I’m better now and every so often I try to catch up with some of the books I read a while back that I never reviewed, but it’s great to have a reminder. Good luck with your goal!
I shall hold myself responsible to report back – just so that I don’t let the idea slip!