Why Should Readers Write Book Reviews - Guest Post by Ruth J. Hartman

Today I have a guest post by one of my author friends Ruth J. Hartman. I recently asked the question to the authors I know Why should people write reviews on books they have read? Ruth has written a blog post that I am excited to share with you. Thank you Ruth!

Do you write book reviews?

Authors love them. That’s not to say we always jump up and down with glee if it’s a negative one. But even those can grab someone’s attention enough to take a second look at your book on Amazon or Goodreads. If nothing else, it tugs at the reader’s curiosity. And we always appreciate feedback.

Readers are sometimes reluctant to leave reviews. If they didn’t like the book at all, I can understand why they wouldn’t want to. I’ve felt the same way before about something I’ve read. But if they liked it, what better way to thank an author for an enjoyable few hours of entertainment? Authors put days, weeks, months, sometimes, years into researching, writing, editing and promoting their work. See what all you get from their efforts? Especially if the book is only 99 cents. You can’t beat that deal!

Aside from benefiting the author, your review can also help another reader who is trying to decide whether or not to purchase the book. This is especially true if it’s an author they’ve never tried before. It can be a little intimidating to press the Buy Now button if you have no idea whether or not the story might interest you.

The fact is, a review doesn’t have to be elaborate or flowery or in depth. It doesn’t even have to be very long. Even saying you liked it, you identified with the characters, laughed along with the author’s humor or whatever, it doesn’t matter. If something spoke to you, grabbed your attention and left you with a good feeling when you read The End, that’s what the author loves to hear.

That makes writing the book worthwhile.

Because without readers, our stories wouldn’t get past our own imaginations. And believe me, our minds can get really crowded with all those story ideas if we don’t get them written down and out the door to a publisher.

So, thank you for your reviews!

Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats, and her nights spinning sweet romantic tales that make you smile, giggle or laugh out loud. She, her husband, and their three cats, love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats, Maxwell, Roxy and Remmie, sit in the people's recliners. Not that the cats couldn't get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else's. You know how selfish those little furry creatures can be.

Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, Jeep driving, farmhouse-dwelling romance writer uses her goofy sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women and the men who adore them. Ruth's husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her in spite of her penchant for insisting all of her books have at least one cat in them. Or twelve. But hey, who's counting?

Check out Ruth J. Hartman's books on Amazon and pick up her newest one Love Birds at Regent's Park.


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