For those of you who don't know, I recently had a book signing in Los Angeles for my latest book, Chapter 30: How To Make Less Regretful Decisions In Your 20s. I know, shameless plug. But seriously, I am trying to make my mark as an author and I need the help of my readers and supporters to actually make a living with my words. I know I've mentioned in previous posts and periscope videos that I will continue to write even if people don't support me. While that's true, a girl can still have goals, right?!
I know what it's like to support people in spirit and not in action because you're not sure if your small act of kindness will make a difference. Well, let me tell you firsthand that something as simple as leaving an Amazon Book Review for an author can help tremendously in that author's writing career. How, you ask? Let me inform you by giving 3 reasons why you should write an Amazon Book Review:
1. It Encourages Writers to Hone in on Their Craft
Whether it's a positive or negative review, there's still a lesson that can be learned from another person's opinion. A book review can confirm the literary genre that best fits the author's writing style, or can highlight a writing style that doesn't best fit an author. Personal testimony, a book review for my first book made me aware of the grammar mistakes that were made in my work. Although it was embarrassing, it was necessary for my writing growth. I didn't wanna be known as THAT writer. (We all know what "that" means.)
2. It Boosts Authors' Rankings a.k.a. Street Cred (as I like to call it)
NOTE: once a book has 10 reviews, it's eligible to be included in the "also bought" listing, as well as the "you might like" recommendations. these listings, in turn, add to the number of sales the book is likely to receive.
3. It Helps Future Supporters Make Wise Decisions
When readers and supporters look for books online, we read the reviews to gauge whether or not our money will be well spent. At least I do. :)
That being said, I urge all of my current (and future) supporters who have purchased my latest book to take a few minutes to leave me an Amazon Book Review. It's as simple as (1) logging into amazon.com, (2) typing my book title, "Chapter 30: How To Make Less Regretful Decisions In Your 20s" in the search box, and (3) clicking on the yellow button that says, WRITE A CUSTOMER REVIEW. To make life even easier, you can simply click on the link which will take you directly to my book on Amazon: bit.ly/nharvbooks.