4 Quick Ways To Write A #BookReview And Overcome Your Fears #MondayBlogs


Authors WANT  Reviews

Make an Author's Day

Simple! How many times have you read pleas on social media for readers to write reviews? – Probably Loads.

Does the thought of writing a book review send you racing to the hills? – I can see plenty of you nodding in agreement.

WHAT holds you back?

Reading Soft edge

6 common replies:

I can’t write.

I can’t write paragraphs about a book.

I don’t know what to write.

I’m afraid of what people will think of my review.

I’m an author and don’t want a backlash on my own books.

I don’t have the time.

Let’s turn this around

I can’t write – I bet if you can read, you can write.

I can’t write paragraphs about a book – Good News, Amazon accepts one sentence reviews now as do many other sites.

I don’t know what to write – Ah! Quick Question – Why did you like or Dislike the book? Got an answer? Then you have a starting place.

I’m afraid of what people will think of my review – Facing fears is part of life, it is hard, but I bet you’ve faced much harder challenges. Authors LOVE reviews, other readers also like to read them to see if they agree or disagree. Every reader will get something different from their experience. An honest review from someone who genuinely read the book IS REALLY APPRECIATED.

I’m an author and don’t want a backlash on my own books – This one STOPS TOO MANY AUTHORS from writing book reviews and it shouldn’t. In fact if you are an author, one way to hone your writing skills is to READ, READ, READ and from this you will be noting what works, what doesn’t and you will have all the skill sets to write a review. IF YOU WRITE WITH HONESTY AND COMPASSION I can’t see an author would want revenge or to be labelled a TROLL, these are far and few amongst the millions of authors who GENUINELY WANT A REVIEW.

I don’t have the time – time is what you make of it and those who have this as their reply probably won’t have time to read this post, so we’ll say no more.

So BE BRAVE – make a promise that the next book you read you will write a review.

Not sure which star rating to use? Read more here

Goodreads Ratings                                                                                                                                                          


Amazon Ratings

4 Quick Ways to Write a Review

  1. Go to Goodreads or your Amazon account. Start with a one liner. Can you include the genre? The lead characters? The setting? Say “I really enjoyed this book” or “The book didn’t work for me”.
  2. As above, this time write 4 sentences. Keep them honest and make them about your own thoughts from the book.
  3. If you wrote your review for Goodreads, copy and paste it to your Amazon account. Or vice-versa.
  4. Really, really stuck for something to say? Read some of the other reviews for the book, they might jog your memory about a point, but still make your own review honest and genuine.

Finding yourself in a loop of reviewing friend’s books, just so they review yours? Review swaps are never a good idea, they become shallow and very obvious to other readers and you will only end up feeling guilty if you can’t be honest. Draw a line, perhaps explain that you don’t wish to review books for friends and you won’t ask them to review yours in turn unless either party truly wishes to read the book. But that no one should feel obliged to review as a swap. You can still support them by buying a copy of their work, this way their reviews will be from REAL readers who have found and bought their books and in the long term will be the reading audience of tomorrow.

Check out my simple book review templates, written to encourage those NEW to reviewing who need to boost their confidence.

There is NO SELL BY Date on writing a review – read a book a while a go that you ALWAYS MEANT TO WRITE A REVIEW FOR? Feeling guilty that you didn’t write a review at the time? No Problemo! Write this in the opening line “I read this book a while ago.” An author will be SO pleased to get an honest review that they won’t mind if there was a time delay on your side.

Minstrel Loveheart

Go. Go forth and review.

123 thoughts on “4 Quick Ways To Write A #BookReview And Overcome Your Fears #MondayBlogs

  1. Hi Rosie – really encouraging … it’s my goal to always write a review – unless I positively dislike it – then I’ll stay quiet … cheers Hilary


    • Thank you Terry, I thought it might help people who don’t review because they feel they are too late, but there is never a too late to write a review.


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  3. An excellent post and for me, timely! I’ve just been asked to review a book (first time since University). Alas, the author is my own daughter and it is her first book…


    • Thank you Lea, Ah! Could you purchase a copy of the book, offer honest thoughts about the positive bits privately, but explain that posting a review from such a close relative is likely to be removed, especially by Amazon?

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  4. That’s also true for photographers. It’s the tribute we have to pay for the facebook generation. even clicking on the like button on WP blog posts is too much efford for many readers. Thus, I try to make it easy, to get at least a click on like from the visitors. I see it on myself, too. I click on like more easily if it is directly below a post, but skip liking, when I have to open a seperate post. The same is true for a blogbost with a break line. It makes me break up reading and I’ll skip to the next blog.
    I guess, you’re right with your assumptations. For me as a not native speaker it’s even harder to give a feedback or a review. I don’t know all the necesssary terms for a balanced and neutral review. Ans, am I able to criticize a native speaker? One, who leant english with mothers milk? I might say somethinig about the content,, the sory or the over-all quality. But, I’m not able to decide well between i.e. different levels of language styles. (maybe I also use inappropriate pharses here, too – sorry for that) But, that’s not all. In my opinion it’s also the system of how these review mechanisms work (at least at amazon). In a 5 star category my prime vote is 4. Why? That’s, because I want to spare the 5 stars for the absolute overwhelming super-duper product/book/…. And I also want a 0 vote for the worst ever experience. So, what happens, when giving a 4-star vote? I’ll get mail from the product owner / dealer, insulting me for giving a bad review and how much this influences futurre sales. Sorry, Rosie, although I really like reding reviews on my own before buying something, I probably won’t write any more reviews 😦

    btw. I came to this post by the reblog from Léa at https://poetryphotosandmusingsohmy.wordpress.com/

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  5. Before I became a Book Reviewer I was an author. With my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel under my belt since December 2012, I, like countless authors waited to see the fruits of my labor appear, it alas didn’t. By August of 2014 I had 2 WIPs waiting for the day I could type that elusive final period,
    It was then I decided to slow down my efforts trying to complete them and slowly moved towards doing something I hadn’t done since my college days – – – read a book for my own enjoyment.
    I already had accounts on Amazon and GoodReads, so I wrote my first review, and then my second, then my third for the books I’ve decide to read just to fill the time since retiring doing something other watch television while my dear OH was at work, Once authors found out I review books, I got approached and asked to write a review for their books, FREE BOOKS, why not; but at a price which meant I now had to write a review for their books. The worst thing for any reviewer has to do is to write a review for a book they’re not interested in reading; so I posted an entry on my blogs saying I only review those books I’ve won through giveaways or had gotten myself.
    In March 2015 disaster happen and OH wound up in a hospital, writing was out of the question as my and my only refuge became reading/reviewing books. Along the way my Dear broke a hip and I needed assistance from a home aide to help me with the daily routines of a normal life. This ended at the beginning of this month when our need of the home attendant ended and a sense of normalcy began to return to our daily lives.
    Why have I babbled on so much?
    It was because when I finally decided to return to writing my 2 WIPs, not only did I have a new set of eyes as I read/edited what I hadn’t looked at for about 17 months, I also had the knowledge of how scores of other authors [especially romance] write and I found that my own sense of writing has improved TREMENDOUSLY.
    I never could have imagined when I began reviewing books I would so adept at writing them. It’s a wonderful feeling when I receive a response back from the author after advising them my review has been posted for their book telling me how they appreciated the review, etc, Some of these authors I now have an on-going on-line relationship with, It’s a wonderful feeling to be told that I’ve been the first person to get what they wanted their readers to get as well,
    As your mother must have told you as a child, “If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing,” So NEVER write a negative review.
    Who knew when I wrote my first review that today [7/25/16] I would have written 357 reviews and have an Amazon Review Ranking of 4,358.

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  6. Thank you. I’m going to share this. I’m not usually afraid of writing a review; I now know how important it is now for the authors, although I’m more likely to post a review for a lesser-known author.


  7. Reblogged this on Eric Lahti and commented:
    I know I’ve said it before, but reviews are good things. Leaving a quick review that consists of nothing more than “Cool book” can make an author’s day.


  8. Unfortunately, I am still afraid. This is really helpful on some of the ways to do it though, I will continue to work on the fear.
    (Thank you for writing and to Eric for reblogging!)


  9. Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Have you ever wanted to write a review for a book you’ve enjoyed but didn’t know where to begin? Check out fellow blogger Rosie Amber’s guide to writing a review.


  10. It’s frustrating to receive personal emails from readers who liked a book but shy away from writing reviews. Contrarily, readers who don’t like a book are never “shy” about posting reviews! Still, no reader should feel forced to write a review if he/she is uneasy doing so.

    As an author, I’m grateful that anyone buys and reads my novels. If someone enjoyed one of my stories and wants to leave a review, wonderful. If the person is not comfortable writing a review, I accept that.

    Thanks for the helpful article, Rosie. Pinned & shared. 🙂

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    • Thanks, I want to start working with book clubs and have been chatting to friends who belong to them, I may start a virtual one for those who don’t have a local club. With lots of access to authors, I can link book clubs to the real writer behind the book for question time.


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  16. Reblogged this on Journal of my Creative Life and commented:
    In this post reviewer Rosie Amber does a solid for authors by encouraging readers to leave book reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. She gives some helpful tips to make the process easier. All of us authors rely on feedback from readers, not just to help sell books but to let us know where we get it right and where we fall short.


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