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Help the author and reader

Submitted: October 19, 2017

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In this day and age of electronics, book reading is not as important to some as it used to be. We get infatuated with video games and television.

Authors, however, continue to be diligent in their endeavor to promote literacy. They continue to write in hopes that they are providing their readers with some relaxation time, while at the same time trying to peak their interest with the story. Authors do not write to become rich. That’s just not going to happen.

Many of us that do read will finish the novel and set it aside for a different one. Instead, let’s take a couple minutes and lend our opinion.

If you are a member of Goodreads, for example, you can let your friends and other readers know what book you are reading, where you are at in the book and when finished, leave a rating and a review. You can also check to see if the author is on Goodreads and accepting questions. He or she isn’t required to answer, but if they’re accepting, they usually will. If you ask their phone number or address, you probably won’t get an answer, but if you have a question about the book or a particular character, they usually will.

Ratings and reviews are important to the author and the reader, the rating more so.

Ratings, whether on Goodreads, Amazon, the publisher’s site, or any other outlet, tells the author and reader how well the book is being received. It is a star rating. One star being that you didn’t care for it and five stars means that you loved it.

Never leave the star rating blank. It disrupts the average. One is poor, five is excellent. If you don’t want to post a review, that’s okay. Or even say “I didn’t care for it”, or “I loved it.” It doesn’t have to be extensive, but the star rating needs to be checked. Your opinion is important to the author and to potential readers. Just reading the book and moving on to the next doesn’t tell the author or reader what you thought.

Feel free to leave the rating on multiple sites. Not everyone will get their books at the same place. Some buy from Amazon, some from Barnes and Noble, some directly from the publisher, etc.

Lend your voice. It can be fun and if you know someone that reads a lot, encourage them to do the same. Even if the only author you read is King, or Koontz, or Patterson, the individual book rating is still important. Other readers looking for a new read need your input. Try to avoid spoilers on the reviews.

It can also help you when you’re ready for your next book. Search it for a rating, first. Maybe check out a couple reviews. Keep in mind, though, that some may have left the star rating blank, skewing the numbers, Look up one of your favorite books and you’ll see what I mean. You know there is no way anyone could have disliked that book , but when you look it up the star rating is only 50 or 60 percent. Yet when you read the reviews, they’re all positive.

Lend your voice!


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