How to Write an online Review
In addition to buying one of your favorite author’s books, one of the nicest things you could do for him/her is to write a review. If you love me or at least my books, would you please consider writing a review? Writing a review isn’t that hard. Amazon for one makes it easy. Whenever you finish reading a kindle book, Amazon almost always has a pop-up asking for you to review the book you just finished reading. Also within a day or so of you finishing reading that same book, Amazon will ask you in an email to review that same book.
Don’t think of a book review like those boring book reports that you wrote in school. Although the structure of a book report and a review of a book online are similar, an online review of a book is more informal and geared toward helping a reader decide whether or not he or she wants to read the book.
A book review should begin with a short summary of the contents of the book (50-100 words) and then (if you wish) you can describe the book’ s quality by further discussing what the reader thought of the book in as many as a thousand words. This review can examine in depth what the reader believes author was trying to communicate.
Write a lead sentence that attracts readers’ attentions. In my nonfiction books (Simply Vegetable Gardening, Using DE, or Help from Kelp) take a comment from the book and discuss why or why you agree or disagree with the author’s point of view. With one of the novels from the Locket Saga, articulate what you found interesting in the storyline and how it was similar or different from other books you’ve read in that genre.
Next identify the author and describe the story line. Explain whether you felt that the author told the story well or if (in the case of nonfiction) the author understood his or her topic.
In subsequent paragraphs create supporting arguments. Do the characters seem real? Is the plot coherent and well organized? Do plot holes exist or are their questions that have been left unanswered that should have been answered more accurately by the book’s conclusion?
End your review by restating your general impression of the book and point out whether you endorse or reject the book and why you give the book the score (if any) that you gave it. Also are you likely to read other books by this author?
Places to write Book Reviews
If you haven’t already, go to Amazon and write a quick review of any of my books that you have read. Here’s the link to my author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007SM23IK Click on the book you read, click on customer review link, then click on write a customer review button.
Amazon, however, is not the only place to place book reviews. If you have a blog, include your book review there for you own readers. (Be sure to send me a link so that I can promote your blog as well.)
Post a review on Goodreads. Here’s a link to my author profile on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6448849.Cygnet_Brown
Where to Post Your Book Review
Once you have written your review, post it on your social media page. Let your friends know what you thought of the book. Tag me in your status or in the comment section.
Here’s how your FB or twitter status may appear:
Just finished reading Cygnet Brown’s Book-A Coward’s Solace. (or one of Cygnet Brown’s other books) Loved it so much I wrote a review! (then provide a link to where you wrote your review.)
Goal 2000 Contest
And remember to let me know when you have written a review so that I can include it in the Goal 2000 contest. First prize is autographed copies of Cygnet Brown’s (my pen name) first four books of Locket Saga Series in paperback. Second prize is an autographed copy of my soon to be released: Sailing Under the Black Flag.
Get Paid to Write Reviews!
Did you know that it is possible to make money writing reviews? Here’s a link to an article that I found online that tells how to get paid for writing reviews. http://hellboundbloggers.com/2009/12/sites-that-pay-to-write-reviews-4396/
Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church 1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga