Goodreads is simply one website for you to post a personalized book review. It is one of the few websites that permit a review to be posted prior to the release of an upcoming book. In theory the positive reviews help increase preorders and create new readers to the book author.
Goodreads lets you make friends and see what books they are reading. Track the books you’re reading, have read, and want to read. Explore a fun section of book trivia, quizzes and quotes. Author blogs, book group, browse books by genres and so much more.
Back to readers book review, I fully understand the importance of the reader taking the time to post a review and please don’t stop! I went through a period recently where I was unable to focus on reading little lone write an intelligent review. On my road to catch up I took notice to the amount of reader book reviews, their lengths and what the content stated. One author in particular had a six book series with 24, 340 reviews. Who really reads them all? I found the majority were undeniably too long that I did not want to tackle reading them and most of the others were retelling the author’s story. (Which I am guilty of too!)
I diligently perused the reviews and their corresponding star ratings. One title had 5 out of 430 book reviews that were extremely brief, descriptive and enthusiastic with 4 helpful checks by others. Sadly those book reviews were buried 40 pages back and dated the week of the books' original release.
After spending so much time researching book reviews, I know I want to be a positive force-a voice that draws the reader to the author and his story. For me personally I want to get it right.
What expectations do you as an author expect in a book review?
Short or long?
Is there a format for the perfect book review?
Do you as an author read your reviews? Does your editor or publicist read the reviews?