All writers know the importance of book reviews by readers on Amazon. The more reviews an author has the more Amazon are likely to promote that book to new readers. And writers are readers of books themselves so I thought I'd share some tips by Laura Brown Ph.D (She wrote "How to Write Anything") which I came across recently as they best summarise the main issue..
Give your review a title that reflects content of the book, not just the title of the book.
Consider your audience for the book. Is it a specialist audience? or a general one? Or put another way, what kind of reader would get most from reading the book?
Do include some description of the book as well as your opinion of it.
Take a stand and make a recommendation. doesn't have to be 'yes' or 'no'.
Don't go on for too long unless you are writing a review for the New York Times.
Don't summarise the the book.
Don't trash the book just because it wasn't what you expected. It's the reader's responsibility to understand what he/she is buying before buying it.
Don't use SPOILERS when reviewing fiction, i.e.don't give away key developments in the story.
No need to be nasty as a reviewer. Explain why you were disappointed in the book calmly and unemotionally.
I know that some readers(including writers) just won't attempt to review a book that deserves 1/2 stars. They prefer to contact the author directly and explain why they are not doing the review. As a writer I still read massive amounts of books but I only review books that re worth 3-5 stars on Amazon.
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