Writing Amazon Reviews

women_reading_booksI just read several posts on Books and Writers from Promocave.com on LinkedIn about getting people to write book reviews on Amazon.

Reviews are a great way to help other readers. First of all, the reviews help people decide whether to buy the book.  Good reviews may alert potential readers to a “new” book on a subject of interest. Reviews may also present a synopsis of the book and emphasize aspects that they liked or disliked.

However, writing reviews can be difficult for readers who want to keep their thoughts private, don’t know where to begin, and don’t want to offend the author/friend.

If you have ever wanted to or been asked to write a review, here are some questions that will help you get started.

  1. What was your favorite part of the book?
  2. Who was your favorite character?
  3. What was the most interesting plot twist?
  4. What happened to the hero that upset you the most?
  5. What did you learn from the book?
  6. Would you want to be the hero’s friend or lover?
  7. Which of the hero’s characteristics did you admire the most or least?
  8. Did the book change your opinion about a person, place, or organization?
  9. Who would you recommend to and why?
  10. What questions were left answered?
  11. What emotions did the book incite?
  12. Would you read another book by the author?

Authors might wish to suggest answers to the questions or prepare a sample review as an example.

boy_reading_bookI hope these ideas might prompt you to post a review on Amazon. You might consider starting with one of mine.

About Allen Mesch

Allen is an author, educator, and historian. He has written six books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days", Preparing for Disunion, and Ebenezer Allen - Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy. He taught classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and given presentations at Civil War Roundtables.
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