Share Your Opinions: Why Book Reviews Matter and How You Can Help

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Share Your Opinions:

Why Book Reviews Matter and How You Can Help

 

Whether you’re an author or not, one of the kindest gifts you can give to any writer is a constructive honest review. It doesn’t have to be long or literary or quote specific passages unless you’re writing for a site that expects that.

Not only will your comments please the author, but your words might help her see her work in a whole new way. You’ll be helping readers who depend on reviews make a choice.  In addition your review could be a springboard for new writing for either of you. That’s good for everyone and a lot to get out of a few minutes of reacting to a story that grabbed you and/or made you think.

Quick, short reviews can be very effective—especially on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. Simply tell why you recommend the book in one or two sentences. If you want to add plot summary, analysis of writing style, or who the ideal audience is, feel free. It’s nice but not necessary.

Never Too Late is an honest, insightful look at one of life’s greatest mysteries: the ever changing and ever challenging relationship between a man and a woman. This book is one you won’t want to miss!” —Mary Eileen Williams, Host of Feisty Side of Fifty, author of Land the Job You Love!: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50

If you decide to write a more detailed review, start with the themes an author explores and then talk about how and why the story sheds new light on a familiar subject or opens your insights.  Often I start by articulating the questions that the author is exploring:

  • What if you have a gift that no one can accept?

  • Ever been puzzled by a partner’s behavior?

  • Ever wonder how others handle the costs of their bad decisions?

  • What happens when family and ambition compete?

  • What does it take to survive?

 

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Another approach is to tell people what the book intends to convey and how well it does its job. This works for a two-sentence review or a longer one.

I usually include a brief summary and identify the author’s strengths. If something bothers me I’ll mention it briefly as long as it’s not a story spoiler. If I can’t write something good and make the review at least 80% positive, I move on to the next book.

If you look at the reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads, you’ll see that lengths vary. I’ve written one-sentence reviews and I’ve posted reviews of 350 words or more. Generally, less is more. Many people have short attention spans.

Once you’re satisfied with your review, it’s easy to cut and paste into Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

  • Go to the site where you want to place your review.

  • Find the search box.

  • Type the book title and/or author and hit return.

  • When the correct page comes up, scroll down to the box that says, “Write a Customer Review” or “Add a Review.”

  • Click on the box. Amazon asks some questions to guide you. Barnes & Noble doesn’t. You can simply rate the book and paste in your review, because you are prepared.

Often the sites will notify the author when a review is posted. Not always. It’s all controlled by algorithms beyond our control. Here’s what’s within your control:

  • You can write a review.

  • You can read other reviews as samples.

  • You can post a review.

You can practice on the last book you read. Or the one you’re just finishing. The authors will love you for it.

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Another way to help authors is to recommend their books to your friends, writing peers, and book groups. Word of mouth is excellent publicity. Paying it forward matters. Right or wrong, the number of reviews you have on Amazon also matters, so the important thing is to write honestly and share your thoughts. They’re just as valuable as anyone else’s. You never know where a review might lead. Doing book reviews is a great way for writers to build community.

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Not sure where to start? Not even reading a book right now? I’d be delighted to have you review my memoir about love, acceptance, and much more. It’s called Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62

It’s a quick, easy read, and I’m perfectly happy with either a short or long review, as long as it’s honest. You can post it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or all three.

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The Story I Promised A Week Ago

B. Lynn Goodwin

Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62

I was only going to New Orleans for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards if I won. I thought I had, but I had won the National Indie Excellence Awards in the category of Relationships, not the NGIBA.

Confused? I was.

On the other hand, finalists are considered award winners. They just aren’t first place. If I count everything up I was a WINNER in Relationships at the National Indie Excellence Awards and a finalist in Aging. I was a finalist in both Relationships and Women’s Issues at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. 

And this morning, I learned that because I had a five-star review from Reader’s Favorite Book Awards, I’m entered in their contest too. 

My glass is half full. 🙏✍️

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#WorldBookDay

April 23, 2018

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  1. What are you reading? 

  2. How long since you’ve read a book by someone who is not from your country?

  3. How long since you’ve read a book by someone who is not in your age bracket? 

All of these are important questions to ask on World Book Day. While it’s mostly for students, you just might be a life-long learner. I know I am. 

Real life doesn't have a script.

 

Of course I want you to pick up a copy of Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, but today I also want to encourage you to also read other authors, share their stories, and enjoy the tales they tell.

Even more, I want to encourage you to read whatever appeals. Make time to read and enjoy it. 

What are you reading today? We’d love to know.

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From Wannabe to Wife

This lovely review was posted on https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/2018/02/from-wanabe-to-wife.html. The author is Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed.

Linda, I can’t wait to see you add this to the reviews on Amazon,

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February 16, 2018

Last week I had the honor of hosting B. Lynn Goodwin, author of Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife on this blog as a guest blogger.  She wrote about how compromise and acceptance were important components in relationships. Her wisdom comes straight from the heart, as does her writing.

Lynn fills her memoir with humor, honesty and a growing, mature love that is often found in the lives of older adults. She pulls the reader in with her ability to mix just enough laughs with reality. 

The reality that she met her future husband on Craiglist may cause some to gasp in shock. However, I was nonplussed by the fact that this was the vehicle for their paths to cross. Life has taught me that some of the most wonderful relationships come about through some of the most unusual circumstances. But, what I wanted to know about was how did they make it work. (I soon learned, but no spoilers here…you have to read the book!)

Also, as a minister, I loved the spiritual aspect of the story. Lynn’s talks with God were heartfelt and real. She very eloquently showed her readers that leaps of faith are never easy. (Again…no spoilers. You must read the book to see what happens!)

I highly recommend this book to one and all! Never Too Late is one of those books that you can read cover to cover, because it is just too interesting to put down.

Never Too Late is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. Her  memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62was just released by Koehler Press.  

She’s written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers and Talent, which was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award, won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and was a finalist for a Sarton Women’s Book Award.

Goodwin’s work has appeared in Voices of Caregivers, Hip Mama, Dramatics Magazine, Inspire Me Today, The Sun, Good Housekeeping.com, Purple Clover.com and many other places. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is an editor, writer and manuscript coach at Writer Advice. 

Never Too Late is Launched to the World

 



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Never Too Late

What makes this book launch special?

Truthfully, it’s the characters and their story that make this book special. It’s not about the launch. There’s no big party to celebrate. Our party is an ongoing, everyday life that we live together. Who could ask for anything better than that?

 

Why should you care?

 

Happily ever after is not a fairy tale. But don’t worry. We have plenty of conflict and uncertainty before we arrive at that conclusion. Rejoice with us in a marriage that worked. Pick up a copy today. Never Too Late

 

Richard and Lynn

December 20th Approaches

Never Too Late

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Can you help me get the word out that Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 launches on 12-20-17?

All you need to do is post this on your own blog, share it on Facebook, mention it on Twitter, or post to any Social Media.

Tell us where you posted it and you could win a free 1-hour consultation on a chapter, essay, or article.

We appreciate your help!

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Never Too Late — Pre-orders on 11-15-17

NEVER TOO LATE:

A 62-year-old goes from Wannabe to Wife

by B. Lynn Goodwin

 

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How does a 62-year-old woman who’s never been married find happiness with a two-time widower seeking his third wife on . . . Craigslist!? Does she throw caution to the wind and relinquish her freedom, or should she take a crash course in compromises?

Author B. Lynn Goodwin tells all and more in NEVER TOO LATE. How she was attracted to Richard’s clear expectations, his honesty, and his incredible openness. She’d never met anyone like him.

Would she recognize love if it knocked on her heart? And could an educated woman be happy moving into a blue-collar world?

Whether you’ve been single forever, are trapped in an unhappy marriage, or you’re simply curious, you’ll find secrets to a happy marriage in NEVER TOO LATE.

Summary from Koehler Press