Encouraging words bloom like a rose and last much longer.
The time to pull a book off the shelf or download an eBook can be measured in seconds. But the thinking, plotting, researching, writing, deleting, and revising probably involved years. After investing all this time, making a bestseller list is only a dream for most authors, yet their work may bring joy to many readers. When you’re a satisfied reader, please reward the author.
A few kind words warm the author’s heart, boost her spirit, and inspire. More than that, reviews and comments draw attention to the book and sales help feed the starving author.
I know reviews are hard to write and bring back memories of those high school book reports days. The good news is, you can leave the full-blown reviews to those who love to write them. Your reader comments are extremely valuable. So, I’m offering a quick how-to for any of you who would like to encourage, inspire, and help feed the authors you like.
Think of a one sentence answer to the questions below. Combine a few of those answers to create comments and post them on the book page of online bookstores, your Facebook page, Goodreads, or Twitter.
- Did you love, like, or enjoy the book?
- When did you get into the story? (Hooked on the first page. Or, Ease in, getting to know the characters and becoming comfortable in the setting.)
- Was there a character you’d like to know in person?
- Did a character remind you of someone you know?
- Did one character seem like you?
- Was there a villain you wanted to strangle?
- Did the romantic line make you feel loved?
- Did the hero remind you of the man of your dreams?
- Were you sorry when the story ended?
- Do you want to read another book by this author?
- If this book is not your kind of book, do you know someone else who would love it?
Now, take a few of your answers for inspiration and write three or four lines to show your appreciation to the author and help promote the book. Always mention the author’s name and book title.
A helpful comment might be something like this: Deanne Durrett’s [amazon_link id=”B008VTNT2S” target=”_blank” ]The Rogue Trust (Ordinary Days in Myrtle Hill)[/amazon_link] kept me reading past my bedtime. I shared Becca’s fears and suspicions and couldn’t wait to see how she worked things out. If you ever imagined becoming suddenly wealthy, this book will shed new light on your daydreams.
Your words might inspire the author and her next book might be one of the best you’ll ever read.