So one of the challenges I have as an independent author is getting reviews of my work on the various sites, such as Amazon, where my book is mainly sold and on Goodreads, a great place to find new reads, but I admit I’ve been a little lax on writing up reviews myself. (Actually more than lax)
Well, I’m going to try to fix that on my end, not only by sometimes highlighting some good writing on here, but also on line. I tend to not like to blast other writers only because, after so many years of writing, I’ve come to understand that things that bug me about a work are the things that someone else adores and takes solace in. So I’m not into stepping on someone else’s enjoyment. I’d hate to be the person who banged out a scathing, though humorous review of a work that turned someone off from it when it’s something they would have enjoyed.
To that end, I’ll follow my mom’s advice, if you don’t have anything positive to say, compliment the decor.
As for the detail and the length of the review, as a writer, I don’t care how long a review is — I’m just thrilled you: 1. Read my book 2. Took even a moment to say something about it. So any length of comment is like a gold coin to me. It could be as simple as, “I liked it,” or even, as my son might say, “Good.” If you spend more time on the review, that’s awesome too.
Anyway, I hope you’ll join Chalk Creek in this movement: If you read something, write something. It does actually open worlds to new readers and for the authors out there.
As always, keep writing, keep running.