5 Reasons Book Reviewers Rock
by Keli Gwyn
Do you post reviews of books you read? If so, you’ve made many an author’s day.
As a debut novelist whose book released last year, I learned what an important role book reviewers play. I know they write reviews. What I didn’t know was how much that entails and how many other things they do.
As I reflected on the many things book reviewers did for me, I came up with five major ways they serve authors.
Book reviewers are promotion pros.
• They shout out news about cover sightings.
• They share blurbs for upcoming releases.
• They share previews and sample chapters.
• They hold online release parties.
• They interview authors so readers can meet them.
• They spread the word on Facebook.
• They post reviews on booksellers’ sites.
• They post reviews on Goodreads.
• They post reviews on their blogs.
• They tweet links to their reviews.
• They hold contests, helping get books in readers’ hands.
Book reviewers are insightful readers.
• They evaluate the plot.
• They assess believability issues.
• They reveal key conflicts.
• They analyze the characters.
• They discuss how well the setting is depicted.
• They scrutinize the historical details of stories taking place in the past.
• They highlight interesting aspects of a story.
• They explore themes and underlying messages.
• They state whether or not a story meets expectations.
• They use labels that help readers, e.g. sweet, gripping, or funny.
• They make comparisons to other books or authors’ styles.
• They offer cautions, as needed.
Book reviewers are encouragers.
Book reviewers are sources of inspiration.
Book reviewers are great friends.
Questions for You
If you’re a book reviewer, what do you find most rewarding about writing a review?
If you’re a reader, what elements do you find most helpful in a review?
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