PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Help a starving author – leave reviews for the books you read today!
There’s a lot of talk these days about shopping local with the goal of supporting actual people instead of massive corporations. Well, you can’t get much more small, local, and actual than author. Reviews really do help authors. It’s through reviews that their books percolate through the great Google and Amazon algorithms and get recommended to other readers. And new readers means new buyers, which translates directly to an author’s pocket book.
That being said, I don’t often leave reviews for books. An author, I know that harsh reviews can be devastating to writers. I also think that after working on the craft of writing for more than a few years, that I’m pickier than the average reader and that can make for some rather negative reviews. But since I truly value an honest review I have adopted a “If I can’t say anything nice, then I don’t say anything at all” policy when it comes to reviews. Which means that my reviews on Goodreads are further a part as my life becomes busier with less time for reading, and I find it harder to find a book that I love with the same passion I did when I was younger. Hopefully, that means that if you see a review from me, you’ll know that I truly enjoyed the book.
So keep on leaving reviews, try not to be too mean, and definitely, definitely keep on reading.
Bethany Maines is the author of the Carrie Mae Mystery series and Tales from the City of Destiny. You can also view the Carrie Mae youtube video or catch up with her on Twitter and Facebook.