The Five-minute Book Review and Why You Should Write One

The five-minute book review and why you should write one.

Why should you write a five-minute review? Why am I asking you to write one?

Because you liked the story. Because it helps the author. Because it might lead to the author having another story out which you might like as well or better. Because if you don’t you may not find another book by this author. Or a book similar to this one, in the same genre or writing style. Authors sometimes switch to other types of stories and low reviews and low sales are one reason why.

Reviews are getting harder and harder to get. I am hearing this from traditionally published authors as well as Indies and hybrid authors like myself.

Have you ever had a favorite food, brand, or store? Maybe it was one of your favorite things but suddenly the store no longer carries the food or brand or the store is no longer in business. I’ve had this happen to me. It left me wondering what happened when I liked it so much.

This can happen to books and their authors as well. Books need reviews. Fewer reviews mean fewer sales. That hurts authors. It hurts their books. And it hurts you, the reader, because that author you like, that book you like, and they may not stay around long if you don’t support them.

Can you speak up for the things you like? And I do not mean clicking like on your face book feed. I mean taking five minutes out of your day to write a short review, which basically says hey I liked this book. A few sentences. One paragraph.

So you’re not a “book reviewer”. Well neither am I. But each of us can say in simple language hey, I liked this book. Or hey I liked it but I wish it had more of this thing. Or I am not sure what to think of this book. Or even this was not my cup of tea but it was well written. Or even I didn’t care for this book and this is why. Just the honest truth of what you think of the book. That’s all. One simple review. A few sentences. Five minutes.

One sentence. I liked this book.

Two sentences. I enjoyed this book. I hope to read more by this author.

See how easy that is? Simple. Might take you less than five minutes.

Five minutes. You can do it. I bet you can even write a better review than one of my examples.

And if you do write a short review, I thank you for it. On behalf of every author and every book you review I thank you for it. We need you. We love you. We appreciate you.

Earth Angels and Their Gifts

Angels walk the earth. Some of them seen and some of them unseen.

You may have heard me say this before, because I believe in earth angels. What and who are earth angels? To me these are people like you or me who listen to the whispers of angels and who follow those whisperings, nudges and heart yearnings. The spread love in the world. The one thing they always do is spread love.

One of them is Barb Wright.

Barb is one of my reader friends on Facebook. She makes the most beautiful quilts and gifts them to authors and others she feels led to bless with these gifts. Not long ago she made me a beautiful lap quilt to keep me warm in winter when I am writing away. You may have remembered the blog post I made about the quilt. Here is a picture of it.

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This week Barb sent me this beautiful padded notebook cover for the notebooks I use when planning and working on my books.

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Isn’t it lovely? These are gifts of the heart, made with love.

Now what Barb doesn’t know is, the fabric she selected for my book cover goes perfectly with the books in my home. I have two sectional bookcases passed down to me from my grandfather Maxwell. They hold leather bound books which were also his. I treasure them greatly. As you can see, the material is very much like those much beloved books in my home.

This is just one more reason why I believe Barb has angels whispering in her ear. She couldn’t have known about the bookcases and the books. But the angels know. They know and they whisper and she listens.

Thank you Barb! I know just the story to start writing next. Your timing is perfect.

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