To most, reading a book is just a delightful time, hopefully from an author they enjoy that can take them to places and times they might not visit any other way. Have you considered leaving them a little word letting them and others know how much you enjoyed their work, their idea, their creation? It’s certainly not mandatory but it is polite. Even a bad review now and then can be taken by most authors and put to good use. We are all human and need some of this feedback to know that we are ‘doing a good job’ and that our readers appreciate us. It also helps the next person who might not know this author but the topic sounds good, lets go read the reviews and see what others are saying. No reviews, no feedback, and they might pass on what would have been a good fit for what they were looking for.
Now I wouldn’t BEG for a review, if you hated what I or others wrote certainly pass on this invitation but if you truly liked the book, think of the work and time the author put into it. I know I have a loyal following of readers, I frequently chat with them on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. They tell me they love my latest offering and let’s face it, I’m human, I’m stoked that they appreciate it. I frequently ask that they go back and write a review. Some are shy about it, I get that, it’s not like you are going to be tested on what you say. A simple ‘I liked it’ or ‘I loved it’ or even a ‘I would recommend this’ and maybe why would help the next reader enormously.
Another thing that it does do, depending on where the review is left is the ranking that an author gets. This is important to get more readers, fans, and eventually money. Believe me when I say if you went into writing for the money, you were deluded. I do it because I have stories in my head to share and fortunately people want to READ said stories. The awards I get are rewards, monetarily are nice, but the accolades, the reviews, the emails, the ‘atta girls’ are what does it for me. Knowing I took you out of time or place and you enjoyed it, that does it for me. So if you’ve got a spare minute after you have read mine or other’s stories, think about giving them a pat on the back to let them and future readers know, it was worth the read!
K’Anne Meinel www.kannemeinel.com