Do you post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters.Indigo or Goodreads? If you’re an author, the answer is probably “yes.” That’s because, as an author, you know the value of a review. But what if you’re “just” a reader? (I should clarify that there is really is no “just” about it—without readers, there isn’t much point in writing anything—including this post).
The thing is, reviews mean a lot to authors. More than a lot, if we’re being honest (and you know me…honest to a fault). This isn’t just ego-boosting—though the thrill of seeing a 5-star review never gets old, at least to this author—it’s that reviews help to sell a book. Think about it. A friend tells you that “You have to read this book.” You look on Amazon or Goodreads and it has two reviews. Are you as keen to plunk down your hard-earned money as you might have been if there had been 15? What about 50? 100? The reality is, reviews matter.
Of course, the hope is that every review will be a great review, but that’s unrealistic. Even bestselling novels like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn had a few 1-star reviews (“Worst ending ever,” “Sorry I wasted my money,” “I want my money back.”)
So this post, and poll, is all about reviews. Why you leave them and why you don’t. I’ll share the results on Friday, October 28th after 12:00 noon EST.
Thanks for participating…and for all of you who post reviews, THANK YOU! Your opinion really does matter.