So you want to know how you can support an author you love? How you can help their book be successful? How you can make your attention help that writer?
I love Goodreads reviews as much as the next gal, but if you REALLY want to help authors you love? Put those reviews on Amazon & B&N too.
— rambleginger (@rambleginger) July 11, 2012
It’s true. I love Goodreads, and it’s an awesome community of readers. And your review means a lot there, it does. You are connecting to people who love books, clearly, and who want to read books, clearly, and who want to know your opinion, CLEARLY.
But it means more on Amazon, or B&N, or Chapters for you Canadian folks. It kinda sucks that it does, but it DOES.
Because reviews on the major online retailers (Amazon in particular) can make or break a casual reader’s plan to buy a book, especially smaller, non-blockbuster books. From my vantage point where I get to look at the backend numbers, I can watch sales decline if there are bad reviews on a book. I can watch sales pick up if a book that previously had no reviews suddenly has some. And I can watch good reviews that overtake bad reviews revive a book’s sales track.
So please, if you love that book? Take your review from Goodreads and put it on a retail site too. Your favorite author will thank you.
(Oh, and if you ever want to pre-order a book, they’ll love you for that one too).
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