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Blog Hop: What Do You Look For In A Review?


What do you look for in a review?

I love all reviews from my readers. Just supporting me through buying my book is wonderful. My favorite reviews are ones where the reader highlights their favorite parts of the book. Their likes and dislikes (if applicable) are important to me. I could use this input in making decisions in my future novels. If everyone loved the description about Ireland in To Love An Irishman, then I'll try to add more details in my current work in progress.

By all means, if something about the book is not working for you, don't be afraid to tell the author. 
Authors grow with experience.

I'd like to see less references to grammar/spelling and more input catered to content/structure. I've read many reviews where the reader just wanted to let the author know the story contained lots of errors, but said nothing about the story, plot, anything else.

Reviews are very important for authors. They provide unbiased feedback on the piece from someone who is not acquainted with the writer. This input influences future works and can help authors strengthen their voice. 

If you have anything to say about a book, please leave a review for the author on a website where it's available for purchase. (Publisher's site, Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc.)

In lieu of this post, I'm giving away a copy of To Love An Irishman in hopes *crosses fingers* that whoever wins will offer to write a review for me on a website of their choosing. :) (Please leave your email address in a comment to participate. Winners will be announced on Tuesday!)

Thank you so much for reading!
Feel free to visit the other blogs on this hop to show your support! :)

Happy writing!
Diva J.
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The Brunette Librarian said...

Content should be incredibly important. :) Totally agree!

The Brunette Librarian Blog

Diva J. said...

Thanks for the comment. Take care. :)

Donna Brown said...

I think we do get too hung up over little things. I saw a review recently where someone said they'd given up on the book because they found... wait for it... two minor errors. That seemed really sad to me - it could be the best book in the world and you can't overlook a tiny typo? If I can see that great care has been taken with a book's layout, formatting, editing etc, I can forgive a slip. At the end of the day, I'm hoping it's the story I'll remember, not a word capitalised incorrectly!

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate it when reviewers tell me about any typos or formatting issues. I think that a good review needs to have a book cover at a short blurb.

I enjoy author interviews a lot, especially if they are funny or candid. I am following you, thanks!

Adriana said...

I like that you said that authors don't mind knowing where they went wrong or how a reader felt even it is negative. I agree with you while I've noticed a lot of others don't want to write negative reviews but that isn't fair to the readers or writers although I have written one kind of mean review because I found a book that I had big fault with.
Hope you check out my blog hop post as well (:

Your name is awesome btw. I'm sure you know.

Diva J. said...

Wow! Thank you for your comment, Donna. Two minor errors won't make or break a novel for me either. It's hard to find every single error and fix it. I would've loved to hear more about the story...the plot, for example...or even the characters for that matter.

-Diva J.

Diva J. said...

No, thank you for the comment and follow! :)

Diva J. said...

Adriana, I'm very humble. I know there are a lot of other authors out there who can't take any type of rejection, but it's part of our career. I'm sure that review you posted helped that writer realize what they were doing wrong and encourages them to improve their craft. We learn much from opinion.

Thanks for your kind words about my name. It's much appreciated...but complimented on less often than you imagine.

-Diva J.

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