Last post, I wrote about the type of reviews I like to read, and my rules I follow when I compose them. Before I go much further, I now endeavor to write a review for every book I read, and post it to any forum where the book is located (always on Goodreads). The picture below spells out why you should. I figured it was time to give a little background on why I've started writing public reviews - again.
I had a blog once upon a time. It was much larger and covered more topics I am interested in. It was difficult to write a complete review. I had other topic pages to cover so one-two short sentences was the norm on my book reviews. This also applied to Goodreads at the time. It's a review but not very helpful if you think about it. I didn't consider my blog 'public' as I didn't advertise, not on any search engines - you had to know me to find me. I took down the blog as it became too much to manage across too many topics and moderate comments. Vacation from blogging ensued.
Fast forward to this year. I was introduced to Sawyer Bennett's books (Amazon Author Page) by my Recommended to You. At the end of the Confession of a Legation God, there was a link to her web page. At the web page was an invitation to join her Street Team. I didn't know what a Street Team was as this concept came about after I stopped blogging. I learned what I needed to do and dove right in. I loved her writing and talked it up to all my friends. So this was easy for me to transition my actions to other platforms. Shortly after, a member of the Street Team recommended we assist our fellow readers by commenting and liking reviews when appropriate. Well, it never occurred to me to:
1) Like another review if I felt is helped others with honest summary of the books qualities
2) To write a review in the first place for the general public to read
Hummmm....Okay, I can do this. Next Sawyer Bennett book I read is With A Twist. Once I finished, I posted to Amazon. And there you go. My "Go public with my Reviews" cherry was popped. Now, I put my opinion out there for praise and criticism. I realize not everyone will like what I say and that's okay. One person might appreciate my views to give the story a try. That's what makes taking the time to saw a few words nice or constructive for the authors is worth it.
Previous post was tips to write a review. This post is all about being brave to put yourself out their for your own brand of scrutiny.
- Are you brave enough? Ready to pop your public cherry? Or
- Do you review already? Do you feel effective in your message to others?
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