The Biggest Favor for an author is a review

The best way to thank an author is to write a review

The best way to thank an author is to leave a review.

If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll notice that one of my regular features is the Blogger Salute–it’s my way of saying thanks to the countless book bloggers who spend time not only reading the books, but also writing thought-provoking reviews.

However, and this is a big however, I sometimes forget to thank the hundreds and hundreds of readers who without any reward of their own take time to post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Goodreads. This is my official THANK YOU!  Those reviews are often how new readers decide whether or not to chance a book by a heretofore unknown author. I can’t begin to tell you how important these reviews are. Not only do they influence other readers, but the frequency with which they show up also influences some of the retailer algorithms which in turn means that my book pops up when someone is looking for a book in that genre.

What is a review? In short, it’s nothing more than your thoughts on the the book. It can be as short as a sentence or two saying that you enjoyed it or didn’t, that it kept you turning the pages or not – or – it can be paragraphs detailing what you liked or didn’t like about the book. More often than not it’s just a few sentences saying something like I enjoyed this book because the characters touched my heart. It doesn’t have to be fancy or eloquent, it simply has to be true.

The next time you get an e-mail from Amazon or one of the other retailers asking if you’d like to review the book you’ve just read, please click yes! It’s an awesome way to share your thoughts with other readers and I know I will wholeheartedly thank you for doing it.

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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