When my first book was published in the dark ages – the 1990s – I didn’t have to think about online reader reviews.
Amazon was only starting to sell books when WHY CAN’T A MAN BE MORE LIKE A WOMAN? was released in the spring of 1995; Barnes and Noble was still a strictly bricks and mortar business.
That meant that reader reviews came in the form of good, old-fashioned, word-of-mouth recommendations among friends. If you liked a book, you told someone: “You will love this book.”
It was a pretty simple process.
Reader reviews have power
In today’s publishing environment where the Internet lets us recommend books to anyone, online reader reviews have become powerful and influential. In fact, most readers rely on them to make purchasing decisions.
Whether they should or shouldn’t doesn’t matter. The fact is that they do.
This can be frustrating. Unless you’re at the same level as authors who are household names — think John Grisham, Jodi Piccoult, Carl Bernstein — you probably struggle to get reviews.
No matter what you do, and no matter how popular your book seems to be, getting reviews from fans can be a real challenge.
Is that your fault?
Are you doing something wrong?
But maybe not.
2 main reasons readers don’t write reviews
There can be so many reasons why people don’t review the books they read.
I wanted to know what they are, especially because even award-winning authors struggle to get readers to write reviews. So I did a little digging.
I asked readers why they don’t review books.
Here’s what they said:
- The process is intimidating. They don’t know how or where to start, or what they should even share in a review.
- They think writing a review will take too much time.
Can you blame them?
The “missing link” for reader reviews
It’s up to you as an author to help them get over those two significant obstacles to reviewing your book.
And now you can.
The “missing link” for reader reviews is a resource that helps them write something meaningful in just minutes — something that removes those barriers.
I’ve created that resource — well, make that two resources — one for fiction, another for nonfiction. Both use a simple process for writing a short, meaningful, and honest book review in just minutes.
I’ve reader-tested them, and readers love them! They told me that they will review more books now because they know how to do it quickly and easily.
Get more reader reviews
My unique new Reader Book Review Form for Fiction and Reader Book Review Form for Nonfiction, available for the first time this week, have the potential to significantly increase the number of reader reviews you receive.
Each is a fill-in-the-blanks PDF form that asks readers key questions about the book they just read (the questions for fiction and nonfiction differ so there’s a form for each category). The forms follow the steps used by Amazon, starting with the rating and ending with the review title.
The questions help readers focus on precisely what other book lovers want to know about the book they’re reviewing.
Whether readers type their answers into the form or print it and hand write their thoughts and opinions, the result is a short, pithy review they can post on any site that accepts reader reviews. And it all happens in just minutes.
Help readers discover great books
And, as you might expect if you’ve been hanging out here with me for awhile, I’m giving you more than a form with your low purchase price of just $29. You also get:
- A list of ways to use and distribute your groundbreaking form
- A social media image that encourages readers to write reviews plus suggested text to post when you share the image on Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks
- A sample blog post outline that educates readers on how their reviews help other book lovers
I hope you’ll join me in giving this form to readers. Buy it once for just $29 — share it as many times as you want!
It could be the one thing that finally gets you the online reviews your book deserves.
Once you purchase your form, come back here and tell us how you’re using it!
Tip of the Month
In keeping with today’s post topic, reviews, this month’s tip is the Book Reviewers Yellow Pages.
Use the search box under the big blue image on the website to search 2,411 book bloggers by genre and category.
It definitely skews toward fiction — with the exception of memoir and biography — which makes sense. Nonfiction authors should be looking for bloggers that write about their topic.
As always, be sure to visit each site before requesting a review. You want to know as much as you can about the blogger you’re contacting.
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