Monday, March 11, 2024

The Value of Book Reviews and How to Get Them


You can kill a book quicker by your silence than by a bad review.

E.A. Bucchianeri 

Book reviews, you take the good with the bad.

These small paragraphs of critique will, at the end of the day, help sell a book.  Even a really bad one.

Let's take a look at why writers need book reviews to market their books:

A Highly Valuable Tool for Readers

Any book, fiction or nonfiction alike, takes time and thought to read through.  It's a totally different experience to switching on your TV and watching a movie or listening to your favourite piece of music.  People need to know that what they're about to read is worth it.

A really good review of a book will give you an idea of how the person felt when they were reading it, but also the quality and tone.  

Reviews are an essential part of purchasing the book for the customer, and a nugget of information from someone who really enjoyed reading the book.  On the other hand, a review can be the opposite, and feel more like a complaint about the story or content.

Important and Free Publicity for the Author

Every book you write you'll always have your fair share of critics that really don't like your writing.  

Obviously your aim as an author is to give your reader the best experience possible by writing a quality book. 

You can look upon reviews as a form of free publicity that can be used on your front cover, back cover or description.  You'll notice this more with well-known authors who use reviews from prominent magazines or newspapers to boost their sales.

A Book Review Sets the Standard

It's critical to any writer that their book gets good reviews at the outset, and too many bad reviews can really pull down a book.  That's why it's vital that your best work should be put out there.

Stay Away From Paid Reviews

Organic reviews or always the best way to gain your reviews, and not by paying people to do it for you.  A tarnished brand may never be the same again.

Never Acknowledge a Bad Review

As tempting as it is to fire back at someone for giving you a bad review, it's not worth it.  A lot of bad reviews are given by people who haven't even read the book the whole way through.  I

Simple Tips to Get Reviews

  • Make your book free on KDP
  • Pitch your book to book bloggers
  • Include a CTA (call-to-action) at the end of your book

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