Review The Book You’re Reading

If you are reading this post, you’ve read a book. Have you ever written a review? You don’t have to be a writer to express your opinion. You can always enter a “star” review and not even write a word. Your reviews are powerful. Your reviews can make or break an author.


What does writing a review mean to an author?

Reviews have multiple layers of benefit to most authors. We all love to see the number of reviews climbing as we check out our books on the popular websites. Reviews mean that people have read the book. Reviews mean that the book was meaningful enough to people who read it to make a comment. Great reviews make us pat ourselves on the back while poorer reviews give us insight into how to improve our writing. When you purchase a book, you are making a difference to the author, when you write a review you are making the author better.


How do you go about reviewing a book?

The process begins with planning to review the book from the beginning, before you even read it. As you read the book, enjoy it but also think about the characters. Did the author make them real? Can you feel the emotions of the characters? Does the plot make sense? Is there a good flow to the book? Consider at least mentally taking few notes as you find things that bother you or make you smile. If you buy books on Amazon, you can write customer reviews. If you love to read you may want to subscribe to reader websites like Goodreads.com where you can write reviews on any book you read. You may also read reviews here and find other books you may love.

When you write your review you are telling the world what you thought about a book. If it kept your interest, say so. If you found it full of errors, its okay to mention but be kind. Let your stars speak for you to a certain extent. Always be careful not to give away important details such as solutions to mysteries and plots. Your review might spoil the reading by someone else if you do.

What’s in the stars?

Most of all, give the best star rating you can honestly give to the book. A “one star” rating sends a clear message that you didn’t like the book. A “five star” rating tells everyone that they should take a look. The more reviews a book receives, the more likely other people will read it. Book sales have a snowball effect. If no one reviews the book, it is hard to see if anyone likes it or has even read it. One good review may lead to more and more. Do you like the author and the book? Let the world know. Let others enjoy the same journey you’ve made.

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About smcpherson58

Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and, so far, has published two novels. Scott has many varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for nearly thirty-five years as a family physician, a pass-time that gives him great pleasure and pays the bills. He has five daughters and dotes upon three grandchildren. Recently married, he really loves life. Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. His career in the active Air Force was brief, but he has been a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard since just before 9/11 in 2001. The aftermath of that great disaster changed the face of the Guard and led to missions in far-away lands. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Scott has no personal experience with violent death or murder, but has gained knowledge from experts. In his first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death,” his character, Jack Sharp MD, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. First as suspect, then as amateur sleuth, Jack tries to make a difference. He finds himself right in the middle of an investigation well beyond the scope of a local murder. A man of faith, Scott traveled to Africa with his small family in the 1980s and served as a medical missionary in Zaire (known as Congo today) with a church organization. The vast difference in what it takes to exist in such an environment served as a basis for much of his second novel, a thriller, “Congo Mission.” His character, Jack, is twenty years younger than in the first novel. In “Congo Mission” Jack serves as a physician in a missionary hospital in the jungles of northwestern Zaire. There he is not only captivated by a young woman visiting the region, but falls victim to his nemesis Jacques Levant. His motivations and faith are tested and his resolve to do God’s work gets pushed to the limit. When he is not writing Scott enjoys walking, a practice that actually led to his first attempt at writing a novel. He began making notes and writing prose about the mundane things around him. He tried to make the details sound interesting, even though it was just for his own pleasure. Eventually he found that he could expand his prose to “what if?” “What if I just kept walking?” “What if I, or my character, found a dead body in the ditch along the side of the path?” That was the premise for the first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death.” Scott McPherson is an avid trombone player and has played since he was nine years old. He marched in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska and now takes advantage of one free football game a year by playing in the half-time show with the UNL Alumni Marching Band. He plays in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and a community band from the nearby town of Waverly, Nebraska. Scott loves to sing as well, though his range seems to have diminished in recent years. He has sung in college and church choirs and remembers performing parts of Handel’s Messiah as a highlight of his singing experience. One little-known fact about Scott is that he once sang soprano in a boys choir. Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and others show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers or readers about what has become a passion in his life. Reviews are always welcome as are questions and comments.
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