How to Write a Book Review

1. Decide where you want to post your review.

Usually this will be the place you bought it (or, if you received a copy for free or bought it at the CoeWriting Shop, a place you could have bought it), such as:

You can search for the book you want to review on the website or, if you’re reviewing one of mine, you can choose the book from this page and then select the retailer link you want.

You can also post your review on a site dedicated to readers and reviews, such as Goodreads, or you can post it on your own website or blog if you have one.

You’re also not limited to posting your review in just one place. Lots of people post their reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads, or post shorter reviews on other sites and long, detailed reviews on their own blogs. It’s up to you.

2. Write your review.

Reviews help other readers decide whether a book is for them or not. Think about the reviews that you have found helpful in the past and consider how you can provide the same service to your fellow readers. Here are some key tips to keep in mind:

As an added bonus, it’s always helpful to other readers to throw in a comparison that they might recognize. Do you know that readers who enjoyed a certain book or other author’s work would love this one? Say so. Do you think that fans of this movie or that TV show would really like to read this book? Then mention that.

Like I said before, your review is key in helping other readers decide if this book is for them or not. Be honest and be helpful.

3. Publish your review.

Post your review on one site or several. Share your review with friends, family members, and followers on social media.

Thanks for your review!

Reviews are critical for helping independent authors achieve the sales they need to keep producing the books you love to read. Your reviews enable us to keep on writing. Thanks!