I, Barbara Edwards, am an author and a reader, not a reviewer. Writing a review is a separate skill and I don’t have time to learn one more thing. At least that’s what I said last month.
Reviews are a part of the writing business. I like to get a great review. It warms my heart to read that another person liked my work enough to write and publish it.
When I like a book my response is to say ‘wow’ and add the author to my mental list of books to look for.
So why do I hesitate to actually write a review?
- It’s hard to condense a book into a few sentences.
- I want to say nice things, and some books, give me a little space here, are not worth reading. Sigh.
- The review should mean something to the person reading it. Does she like cowboys or vampires? Chicago or Egypt? Sweet romance or spicy sex?
- The best reviews are about three paragraphs long. A brief description and a brief summary without revealing the end. And why the reviewer thinks the work is worth reading.
- Writing a review takes time from writing my next book.
So here I am. I wrote a review last week. I read a nice book and wanted to share it. If you follow my personal blog, then you read the review.
I was surprised at the response. People are hungry to hear about a good book. I had a ton of likes and several comments, plus a very nice thanks from the author.
Posting the review to Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari and LibraryThing takes time but it’s a learning curve. My name might not be on that book, but it’s out there with a tiny note to check my work. Maybe if enough people respect my review, they’ll read my books.
I plan to do a couple more reviews because I like the books. I just need to add several hours to the twenty-four already in my day.
On my website are tidbits and urls to reviews for my books.
Author Website: http://barbaraedwards.net
Blog Site: http://barbaraedwardscomments.wordpress.com
Ancient Blood http://on.fb.me/naHRY5
Authors Den: http://authorsden.com/barbaraedwards
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbaraedwards