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Book Reviews & WHY They Matter

As an avid reader, I have spent the last few years reviewing books on my blog and on other websites that help to promote Indy Authors. It has been an honor to read and review over one hundred and forty books in the last couple of years.

There are several reasons why I engaged in the review process:

  1. Writing a review has been my way of saying thank you to the author. Writing a book is a long and detailed process, and as an author, I know how much work I put into my own writing. I can think of no better way to let an author know that I appreciated all the hard work they put into writing a novel other than helping to spread the word of their success.
  2. My reviews contributed to spreading the word to other readers about authors and books that I enjoyed. I have always felt that I was performing a public service to other readers by sharing my thoughts in our blogging community.
  3. I have written reviews in such a way as to not damage the reputation of the author. Even if I did not like the book, I found ways to express my opinion in a nice way. In fact, there have not been many books that I haven’t enjoyed. This just goes to show the quality of authors and material in the Indy community.
  4. Reviews help the author, and those positive rankings play into the Amazon algorithm. More reviews = More sales, which lead to a higher ranking in the Amazon community. The end result is exposure to more people interested in buying books.
  5. I have solicited and received free manuscripts and copies of most of the books I reviewed. If you love to read, this is the best incentive yet, to start reviewing books.

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Check out these links for more information on writing reviews:

Tips for Writing Amazon Reviews

Amazon Community Review Guidelines

So, the next time you are reading a novel, think about leaving a review. Indy authors everywhere will thank you.

I am always looking for reviews of The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. If you’re interested, leave me a reply in the comments section.

ATTENTION AUTHORS & BOOK REVIEWERS

In fact, if you are an author looking for a review, leave a comment with a link to your book. That will enable readers with a way to contact you. HAPPY REVIEWING! ❤

Gotta DASH! Time to write some more reviews!

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Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.

The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.

Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.

When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.

She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.

73 replies

  1. I love reading and sharing books with other readers. Since I started writing and blogging, Blogging has taken over and I spend less time reading. Sigh. Reviews ARE valuable as I used to search them out when choosing a book to read. Maybe some day I’ll get to read more and then happily review. ❤

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  2. Excellent post, Colleen. Reviews are so important to authors. I’d love to find reviewers for my novel set in Afghanistan, No More Mulberries: https://www.amazon.com/No-More-Mulberries-Mary-Smith-ebook/dp/B005RRDZ12/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1489077638&sr=1-1&keywords=no+more+mulberries
    And/or my memoir Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women which is about my work in Afghanistan and soem of the amazing women I met: https://www.amazon.com/Drunk-Chickens-Burnt-Macaroni-Smith-ebook/dp/B009XIL5FY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1489077762&sr=1-1&keywords=drunk+chickens+and+burnt+macaroni

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    1. I would start with people you have met on your blog. There are various Facebook groups where you could solicit some reviewers too. Try: LitworldInterviews.com and LiteraryKornerPublishing.net to start. Ask blog friends for reviews. Don’t be shy. Offer a free copy of your book and go for it. ❤

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      1. You’re welcome. It will be awhile before I get to it though. I’m still closed due my TBR pile but I’m happy to say I’m making a dent. No, I do not use Calibre. I’ve heard of it, is it useful?

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  3. Thank you for the delightful post. I’d love to have you review my novella “It Was Her Eyes” and I will be happy to email the KDP formatted text or text in word to you. I appreciate your kind offer.

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    1. Hello, Russ. I have about 35 books to review right now. My plea was for reviews of my own novel and for anyone else who was looking for reviews. All we can do is support each other as authors. Do you do book reviews?

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        1. I think you might be right. In fact, I have a review to write on your newest novel too! ❤ OH, and today I'm working on my interview questions. I had a pipe burst yesterday and have had a mess to clean up in my living room. (Eye-roll). LOL! ❤

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    1. Hi, Jody. My best advice is to be truthful. I tend to discuss the plot with detail, but not enough to give away the climax. The reader should discover that your themselves. Reading is emotional for me so I like to talk about the emotions the book evoked in me. Go to my menu and click on the book reviews tab. I like the format I use because I give links to the author’s amazon author page, the amazon book page, Goodreads, etc. I have a book I would love to have reviewed. Are you interested? If so, email me at colleenchesebro3@gmail.com. ❤

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  4. This is outstanding. Followed.
    This strikes a chord with me as I’ve just published my first novel and am now looking at the long uphill slog involved in getting someone (anyone!!!) to notice. If you’re interested at all, you can find details at the following link:
    https://joshuagayou.wordpress.com/commune-book-1/
    I’m also ready and willing for some turn about. If you like, I can go track down your work and get cracking or we can see about trading manuscripts via e-mail. I’m up for however you’d like to handle it. Additionally, my wife is a voracious YA reader who loves a good fantasy setting; I’m fairly sure I can rope her in as well 🙂
    You can also get me at joshgayou@gmail.com.
    Best Regards!

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    1. Thanks, Josh. Nice to meet you. This is one of the ways I am drawing attention to my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. The more you write the more folks will want to check out your book. Thanks for stopping by. ❤

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  5. Your post is very true. I just began reviewing books but on my blog. It’s actually great to share your feelings about the book too. I wrote a book and it’s on amazon now. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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