A lot of readers don’t realize just how important the reviews they leave on retail sites are for authors. Reviews are GOLD. Why? Because your opinion matters to other readers. But a lot of readers are put off by the prospect because they think it’s going to take them a lot of time or they’re going to have to write a lengthy synopsis of everything that happened in the book. The fact is that leaving a review is easy as pie and won’t take you more than a minute or two!
Listen, it’s great when folks write in-depth reviews, but leaving just a short blurb is great, too. Think of it this way: if you got on an elevator with someone you know and only had a quick ride between floors to tell them about this book you loved, what would you say? That’s what you’d write in your review. Short, sweet, and from the heart works just fine.
In addition, most retail sites want you to leave a star rating. How many stars you leave is entirely up to you, and everyone has their own way to do it.
On top of that, Amazon has other things you can do to help a book that you like be more visible to other potential readers: liking, sharing, and tagging. Again, that sounds like it’ll take you foreveerrrrrr to do, but it’s really only a couple clicks on the book’s catalog page.
To show you just how easy it is, I made this quick video, using Amazon as an example. Check it out, then go leave some reviews!