You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?


If not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it made me more aware about –


and just express your feelings about it

take a look at MY reviews – no lengthy literalistic tomes, no divulging the story endings or highlights (these are called spoilers), you’ll get to them by clicking on the Amazon sites mentioned at the top of the Find Me At list to the right of this article, or even my Goodreads page further down the same list (when at Goodreads, check under my Chris’s Bookshelves and select Books Reviewed).

But all the other reviews are great long one’s. Everybody will laugh at mine

Let them laugh, you won’t be there to see them. Anyway, if they laugh AT you instead of WITH you, it demonstrates what kind of people THEY are.

In any case, an author will not laugh AT you I can assure you. They can see the difference between an honest comment and one that is professionally presented.

Honest reviews tell them an awful lot more and they pay more attention to them.

But what if I really, REALLY HATED the story.

As long as it was the story and not the author, then instead of posting a review comment, you can contact the author directly by email (usually found on their websites) and tell them why you really, REALLY hated the story.

If it was the AUTHOR you didn’t like, my advice is to keep it to yourself and avoid their books in future. Both of you will lead happier lives for it.

I can’t write to an author, they’re all too big and far above my status

You’d be surprised, authors come in all shapes, sizes and stations in life. The only difference between them and you is that they wrote a story and actually published it.

Why do authors need reviews anyway? They can write whatever they want and besides, they all make a lot of money so they don’t need ME doing reviews.

Only partly true.

Authors write whatever story is inside them that they feel needs to be told

However, not all authors are rolling in money, if it were that easy YOU’d be an author yourself wouldn’t you?

Authors are storytellers

Storytellers NEED an audience

YOU are part of that audience

They cannot SEE how you react to the story

They cannot see your tears, hear your laughter or feel your emotions in response to the story they are telling – it is not like they are on a stage in a live show.

THAT is why they need your review comments, they need you to tell them about your reactions, so they can work on improving the existing and future stories they are writing, thereby improving your enjoyment of them.

So, if I leave review comments about a story I’ve read, I’ll be helping them get better at telling them?


MMMM but I don’t have time –

Please refer to the top of the page and read it as many times as necessary until the message finally gets through – thank you!






221 thoughts on “You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?

  1. Sadly Chris, you cannot force people to read. Niether can you make them write a review. You can ask them until you are blue in the face. But unless they want to do either, your words will fall on deaf ears… 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on deborahjay and commented:
    A topic we authors must always make their readers aware of. I know I have done before, as have many of you, but there are always new readers who don’t know, so repeat often, and don’t feel embarrassed to do so.

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  3. Thanks for this! Friends tell me all the time how much they enjoyed reading my book, but then don’t leave a comment. It’s frustrating, really, and a bit hampering since Amazon’s advertising process depends on reviews.

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  4. I agree…readers must speak up! It makes a lot of difference to those who have poured hours and hours into putting that book before them. The best compliment to an author is to write a review of his/her book. Thanks for the shout out Chris.

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  5. This is great. I need to leave it as a link on my post How to Write a Top Book Review. I’d also like to publish it on Always Write on a Thursday, giving you full credit as a guest blogger, if you don’t mind. Let me know. Thanks so much, Chris. You are such a consistent and amazing blogger. 🙂

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  6. Chris, I miss you! I’m still not getting your posts like I used to. You are still posting everyday or so, aren’t you?
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: 😉

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  7. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    As Chris says, the best way to thank us, authors, for writing a book is a short 2-3 sentence review. Preferably on Amazon & Goodreads, as well as any place you deem appropriate.
    Thanks in advance for your help in this important matter! 😉 ❤
    Peace, love & great books for all,
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
    Or you can see it on YouTube: 😉

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  8. Great advice, Chris. I’m going to be reading 15 children’s books between now and May for our Tulare County Reading Contest for Kids. I do post lots of reviews, and spend a lot of time doing it, but I love this simple way to share. Thanks for the encouragement. I’m going to make a resolution to be more simple from now on – at least sometimes. Thanks again for all you do. 🙂

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    • May I interest you in reading another children’s book? This one is about a happy little girl who lives in a cabin in the woods, working and playing with her forest friends . . . until a not-so-busy bee entices her to neglect her work! Compassion, forgiveness, restoration, and a forever friendship ensue. Marie uses a wheelchair, which is clear from the pictures. However, there is only one reference to the chair in the text–when she wheels the ailing Mr. Bee back to her cabin after his expulsion from the hive. Some people appreciate the fact that the disability is present without being the focus. Others are pleased to see someone with a disability in the role of rescuer. Please e-mail margaretwelwood@gmail(dot)cam if you would be interested in seeing the 24-page pdf.

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  9. Such an important post. A lot of people forget that when a person produces a product for the market it took many hours of labour, skill and time. Producers shape and change our society, that costs time which is not infinite for a person. If people want production, and those who are producing to continue, they need to let the makers know what they thought about their work. The greatest pleasure for authors is knowing that someone felt something when reading their work, or that it changed their view on something, their life in some way. Its about impact, and hopefully leaving a mark inside someone heart and mind.

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