Grab a book, any book and the story behind it is the same as any other out there. An author somewhere took the time to bleed his or her emotions on paper, or for those techies out there, on Word document. The bleeding did not take mere hours, but months, years even. However, it only takes a reader a few hours to scan through the work of the author and form an opinion.
Attention Readers: Your opinions matter. Not a little, but a great deal.
Sharing your thoughts about a book to a friend or two doesn't do them justice. Allow your views to be read by the masses. Post that bad-boy on sites that give you the freedom to comment on your latest read. Goodreads and Amazon are great places to start.
Your comments will not only help the author to produce a better book come next time, it also gives other readers insight of what to expect before they click the Purchase Now button.
If you want to get into the review business here is a few tips to get you started:
1. Reading just the summary at the back is CHEATING. Read the darn book. And I mean ALL of it. Beginning to end, before you gag meaningless words on Amazon, Goodreads and your book blog.
2. Be honest. That's the whole point of reviewing. If you are a habitual liar...maybe you should try something else that requires little to no honesty.
3. Be gentle. Guess what? Authors are people too. Well, that's what biology says. So with science on their side, it means they have feelings.
4. Your opinion of a book should not be influenced by money. Stand for integrity.
5. Whatever you write should not come across as if you are personally attacking the writer. Seriously what has the writer ever done to you? And so what if you do have a personal issue with an author, the whole world doesn't need to know. Keep that to yourself and stick to your views of the BOOK. ONLY WRITE ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK.
Have I missed anything? Leave your own tips in the comment section below.