Book reviews are an author's lifeblood! They tell people what to expect when reading your book, and gives them an idea of just how much/little other readers enjoyed the story. They may not "make or break" your success, but they certainly play a vital role in it. Which means people who write reviews have a lot more "power" than they'd expect. Your feedback could enhance the author's sales, warn potential readers to stay away from a bad product, or share something in the book that spoke to you. If you're going to write a review, write it right! I sat down with a couple of my fellow authors and book reviewers to discuss the art of writing a good book review. I asked questions like:
- What do you include in a good book review?
- How much detail is too much?
- How can you give enough detail while avoiding spoilers?
- Can you review as JUST a reader, or does your author side come out?