You Have The Power To Change Lives!
Whether you buy your books on Smashwords, Amazon, or anywhere else, please please please share and review! An author's day is made when they see a mostly positive review, and their YEAR is made for a glowing review. Plus it truly does sell books!
You don't have to write a full book report and don't need to worry about sounding perfect. Simply post to social media a few sentences about what you really liked about the book and anything you wish was better (if applicable), and then copy and paste that into a review on Amazon and/or wherever you bought it.
This helps your friends and random strangers find new things to read, and it really does help authors. They get more sales, they learn what readers do and don't like, and they are inspired to keep writing. Getting enough reviews can make or break a book and therefore a career. A significant number of my sales are because of G+ friends posting that they enjoyed the book.
Just be kind, please, especially if you're giving a negative review. Remember that a human being wrote that and will see what you wrote. You don't have to give 5 stars to something that doesn't deserve it, but you can be constructive in your criticism if giving 3 or less stars.
The truth is, having too many 5 star reviews actually makes a book look bad, because the assumption is it's just the author's friends posting a bunch of ego-boosting crap. So don't shy away from posting a review of 4 stars if you liked a book but didn't think it was perfect. Chances are whatever constructive criticism you post is something the author already knows about themselves.
If you want to post a review of my currently available books, you can do so at these links:
Finding Gaia - $4.99https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180554http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008K82BWE/
Sorrows of Adoration - Freehttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/318173
(This one shows why you do need to be careful...someone wrote a really kind review but then gave it one star, presumably in error, and because that was the first review it knocked it down to the bottom of lists and search results until two other folks came along with more stars to up the average.)
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