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Do you rate or review books once you've read them?

I've been chatting to some friends about whether they ever leave book reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, and I was quite surprised to learn...

Saturday, February 26, 2022

An intro to my first author - Liz Treacher

The Unravelling - Liz Treacher 

I'm getting quite excited because I'll be posting my first book review in early March 🥳🎉 I'm in the middle of reading The Unravelling and I have to admit to being completely absorbed (what do you mean, I have to go to work?!!!). I can't wait to share it with you 😁📚

If you and your friends don't know Liz, here's a tiny taster about her: 

I’m a writer and an art photographer and a love of images inspires my writing. I think in pictures! I live in the Scottish Highlands beside heather-covered hills and a sea loch full of seals.

The super cool part is that the tiny taster is tweet sized, so I've converted it into a tweetable link for you. All you have to do is press the link at the end of this sentence to watch the magic unfold before you: Tweet this  

(Please see the Guide tab if you'd like more information about doing this)

In the meantime, please take a look at her website or you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Do you rate or review books once you've read them?

I've been chatting to some friends about whether they ever leave book reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, and I was quite surprised to learn that most of them don't 🤯 The top three reasons seemed to be:

  • It didn't occur to me
  • I'm not a writer, so I'd have no idea what to write
  • I got it from the library, so I'm not sure if I can (and yes, you can!)

I found this really interesting because what I've learnt in recent years is that authors really need our feedback. With self-publishing making book releases more common, there are so many new titles being published every day. That's wonderful for us readers, but not so good for the writers, as it means their titles can get lost in the pile. But the good news is, we can help them rise to the top 🥰

There are two main ways of giving feedback. 

The first is just giving it a star rating, which tends to range from ⭐ (oh dear, this didn't work for me!) through to ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (you have to read this!). The great news is that this alone can help raise the profile of the book 🎉 but rather than just rating it, how about reviewing as well?

Judging by my friends' faces when I suggested this, you might also have pure horror etched on yours right now but honestly, it's not difficult, so please bear with me a little longer!

There are two really good reasons for doing it. 

The first is that we all like honest reviews, it makes us feel informed and then we can 'risk' buying an unknown title or author (and book sales = happy writers!). 

The second is that most authors want feedback on their work so that they can improve their craft. I'll be asking all the writers in this blog about whether they read their reviews, so you'll be able to see their reactions for yourself - what fun! 

So what things should you put in there?

The good news is, it doesn't have to be ten thousand words, or using the latest buzz words, or anything technical or complicated. It just needs to reflect what you felt about the book - think of it as what you would tell your friends. You've probably read reviews in the past so you know what you like - that's what you should write. 

You can include a quick synopsis of the plot if you like but I'm always wary of putting in plot spoilers. If you absolutely must mention something key to the plot, then make sure it's clearly marked well in advance, so that the reader can leave beforehand. 

My own reviews tend to focus on whether it's a page-turner, whether I liked the main characters, did I find it a satisfying ending, do I want to read more by this author now, how I felt when I'd finished it, that type of thing. And then you get to deliver your verdict - would you recommend this book?

I think the best part of writing a review is that potential readers can understand why you gave it the stars you did. If it was only one star, be brave and say why. As long as it's honest and constructive, that's a great review. The same for a five-star - why did you love it so much? If your reason resonates with me, I should have the same response.

It really is the power of community - if enough of us do it, we could really make a difference and help great authors rise to the top of the bookshelf! Isn't it amazing to think that you can help guide all of us into making great buying decisions. It's exciting!

So if you've never done it before, give it a go. And if you're an avid review writer, give yourself a pat on the back 👏 You're already helping.

If you want, pop a comment below and let me know if you do review books or the reasons why you don't. I'm really interested 😃📚 (please see my note on posting comments on the Guide tab)


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Thursday, February 17, 2022

TWEETABLE QUOTE FROM THE UNRAVELLING

 


 

I'm honoured to share Liz's tweetable synopsis of her book - please feel free to share by clicking here: Tweet this

A sinister encounter on platform 3 changes everything for Ella Aldridge. Forced to question her life by a shadowy ticket inspector, she spirals into a mysterious world, embarking on an extraordinary journey that touches everyone around her. 

I know I can't be the only person to be excited by this idea! Let me know what you think 😀

 

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SNEAKY PREVIEW - THE UNRAVELLING

 

I thought you might like to see the first book that will be featured on my blog! 

Can I contain my excitement? Barely, so I have to share it with you 😄  


Why not take a visit to Liz's website to see what it's about?

The book review and author interview will be online in March - I can't wait 😁  


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Saturday, February 12, 2022

BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION


 Hello and welcome to Tweetables!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

My name is Jane and I'm working hard on my new blog. I hope to have it up and running in March 🤞

In the meantime, please come and say hi to me on TwitterI'd love to meet you 👋
 
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