As an author, reader reviews are extremely important to me because I write for ‘real’ readers–real women–not critics and I want to know what real readers think. Besides the obvious perks of word-of-mouth, I love seeing positive reviews from fans on sites like Amazon and Barnes&Noble.com. Readers always have favorite books, and some books will be more loved than others, but I appreciate every review, especially when readers can share their experience with another reader. For one, it makes me feel like I’m part of the reading community, and for another, it makes my work all the more worthwhile.
So I’m curious. Do you “reader review”?
If so, are you an avid or occasional reviewer? What are your favorite bookseller sites to post and read reviews? Amazon.com? BarnesandNoble.com? Is there a different one you like? Are they easy to use? Do you give reader reviews much weight? I really want to hear what you think! I’m doing a shortie contest just for this impromptu “study” with the prize being a $10 B+N gift card and tons of my fun JP goodies. Enter to win by posting a comment about reader reviews: Do you do them? Do you read them? What do you think of them? Your comment enters you in the drawing. Contest closes Friday night midnight PST and I’ll announce the winner Saturday morning.
PS If you’ve never posted book reviews, but you want to, my fellow author Hope Tarr has a wonderful guide on how to get started. Check it out.