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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?

I cannot stress this enough. Review. Review. Review. Find out from Chris how and why they are so important to authors.

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If not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it made…

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Pingback: Just A Matter Of Opinion | Finding Myself Through Writing

  2. If I like a book, I always leave a review but not if I don’t like it. When I don’t like a book, it’s not necessarily because it’s bad. Sometimes, it is simply not what I expected or not my style. For example, I don’t enjoy graphic violence or books about sports. That’s not a reflection on the writer; it’s just not my thing. So I can’t honestly leave a good review, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave a bad review either; so I’m silent in those cases.

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