I’m joining in Rosie Amber ‘ s initiative, which has been widely supported by the book blogging community, authors and reviewers in general, to make August an Amazon Review Month #AugustReviews.
The following post is partly copied from Terry Tyler ‘ s Blog post on 28th July (I couldn’t find the reblog button).
August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month!
On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amberwrote 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, I’m starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers includingRosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.
*Please note* #AugustReviews is not for own book promotion. There are plenty of other opportunities all over the internet for you to market your books; this is not one of them. Please respect this!
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!
- 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!
- 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 theAmazon 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!). Please note, Amazon links only ~ not your blog, or any other site on which the review is posted ~ this initiative is all about encouraging people to write views onAmazon. Thanks!
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.
Here is a summary of the reviews posted on the first five days on #AugustReviews by Terry Tyler:
Happy Reading and Happy Reviewing!