Your Reviews Matter

Posted March 6th, 2015, by Marie C. Collins

Dear Reader:

If you enjoyed A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp and are looking forward to my next book, there are a number of ways you can let me know. Feel free to choose several! But because I am an indie author, one of the best ways to share your enjoyment with me is to write a review on my Amazon book page.

Scre-e-e-ech! Okay, don’t panic! I don’t want that last bit to feel like work. I’m going to explain what I mean by a “review.”

But first, I want to tell you why I am suggesting this. It’s a fact: Your reviews and other word-of-mouth recommendations influence what others choose to read more than anything else does. Did you know that? That’s powerful. Your thoughts matter.

And from my point of view, if good reviews help new readers find my book, it means I can spend more time writing book two, The Quest for Normal. Hopefully, we both see that as a win-win! thumbs-up
Here’s all it takes: On a piece of scrap paper or the computer, jot down a few of the things you liked best about A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp — certain characters? the camp? part of the story? something else? Next, jot down how you felt while you were reading — were you curious? tense? did you feel like you were there (or wanted to be)? There are no right answers here.

Now imagine you want to tell a friend what you liked. Using your notes, write your thoughts into the sentences you would use. Voilà! The heavy lifting is DONE — if you want it to be, that is. There are no limits on what you can include in a review. You can write as little or as much as you like. But the more you expect from yourself, the more it may begin to feel like “work,” and the harder it may be to finish.

If you’re a young reader, you may need parental help or approval to post your review. This is the drill:

  1. Log in to Amazon and go to my book page.
  2. Scroll down to the end of the last review and click “Write a customer review.”
  3. Click a star rating for the book (it’s like a grade), then type or paste your review into the box.
  4. Review your review. Since you’re writing for people you don’t know, think about whether you included enough details for a stranger to understand your thoughts. Make any changes you think are needed.
  5. If your review reveals something other readers might prefer to find out while reading, put *Spoilers!* at the beginning to help them decide whether or not to read it.
  6. Give your review a title that captures how you feel about the book.
  7. Click Submit.

That’s it! Pat yourself on the back for doing a good deed for an indie author.

And here’s a great big Thank you! from me:

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