A friend writes a book and asks you to leave an honest review. Or, you’ve just read a wonderful book and you want someone to benefit from the reading too. How do you write a review that (1) gets read, and (2) helps the person you’re trying to help.
Here are my…
5 Quick Tips for Writing Reviews
1. Don’t Indicate Personal Acquaintance
Don’t use the first name of the author/illustrator, or comment on the character of the author—“She’s such a good person,” or “He’s always nice to me.” You are reviewing the book, not the character of the author. If Amazon senses that you just want to help your friend, they’ll strike the review.
2. Complement Specifically
If you give praise to the author, tell why you feel this way. Empty platitudes only make the reader suspicious that you’re trying to please the author, not review the book for them.
3. Give It an Eye-Catching Title
Give a catchy title to your review. Some people only read the title of the review. Make sure it gives a good summary of your feeling about the book.
4. Give an Example
Mention something specific about the book that you enjoyed. Don’t give away any spoilers to the story, but personal preferences are always impactful.
5. Write to the reader, not the author.
As in all writing, consider your audience. Tell the readers what they can expect when they read it for themselves.