Until you know, you don’t know…

I have been an avid reader my entire life. From the time I was a little girl I loved nothing more than to curl up with a good book.  I remember begging my parents to let me stay up just a little bit longer to finish one more chapter.  When I thought they were safely back downstairs or fast asleep I would turn on the light by my bed and read some more.


My love of reading stayed with me as I grew. I still devour books – often reading an entire book in one sitting. But despite my love of reading, I never gave much thought to the process behind getting a book published or selling a book.  That is until I began writing DANGLED CARAT

As I traveled the road to publication I learned so much. But there was one part that shocked me.  Reviews!

I never realized how important reviews were for books.  Sure, I figured that reviews could be a deciding factor in a person’s choice to buy or not buy a book.  But I didn’t realize that reviews help authors get recognition.  Positive reviews are part of the algorithms that book sellers use when rating a book.  Sales are not the only factor. Reviews are equally as important.  Go figure!  Also books that have reviews have a better chance of showing up as recommendations when you search online, thus allowing you to discover new authors and authors new readers.

Reviews are equally important for New York Times bestselling authors as they are for independent authors.  I didn’t realize that either.  I often visited Amazon pages of famous authors, saw reviews in the hundreds, and felt intimidated.  Why would my review matter, I thought.  So I didn’t leave one.  Wow, was I wrong!

Every review counts, even if it is a very short one.

I have since gone back to my blog and cross posted every book review I have done over the years to both Amazon and Goodreads.   I also wrote a few new ones for books I read recently, which were still fresh in my mind.  I vowed that going forward, after I read a book that I enjoy, I am going to help an author out and write a review.

Do you write reviews for books you enjoy? 

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Hilary Grossman

Author of DANGLED CARAT - One girl's attempt to convert the ultimate commitment-phobic man into a doting husband with a lot of help from his family and friends................................... “Fans of Sex and the City - Grossman makes a reference to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big - will enjoy the story, but its real-girl charm should draw an even wider crowd.” - Kirkus Reviews.

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  1. I never really understood the importance of reviews until I started following authors like you and TBM!!!! I try to do at least a short one on Goodreads at the very least now and if it is someone I know or a really great book I try to definitely do an Amazon review, too. It is like a hug to the author, right???? :-)

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Beth Ann – Your reviews are the best!!! and you are right… a review is like giving an author a hug…. we cherish them all so much!

  2. Well, isn’t that interesting! I am a book reviewer but didn’t realize how important doing that was. Blessings on your journey!

  3. I do leave reviews, but at the moment, I’m way behind in doing so. The downside to being a writer is that it leaves precious little time to be a reader!

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Norma – Tell me about it – and I also have a crazy busy FT job… I read a lot more in the summer but I do try to read a little in the winter too – There is nothing better than hanging out with a good book!

  4. I had no idea! I’ll have to start writing reviews for the books that I read.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Meg – I wish you could see the smile that your comment brought to my face… you just made me and do many authors happy!

  5. I took a writing class while I was on my last cruise. I never thought I could be a writer however what I wrote was accepted. I think Acceptance is very important.

  6. Interesting to know. I now know that my writing is as important to others as it is to me. ;)

  7. I’ve left a few reviews for books I’ve really enjoyed, but never realized that they “mattered.” I’ll have to start writing more! :)

  8. I never did before — and I hardly have time to read anything but blogs these days; but I certainly will keep it in mind for the future. I have so many that I am trying to get through right now, and I will for sure post a review when I am done.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      RoryBore- I hear you… I find it hard to make reading time too, which stinks because I have so many books on my to be read list right now

  9. I need to start doing this! I will make it a priority to write a review after every book starting in January. I will also go back and do one for your wonderful book! :)

  10. We have left reviews from time to time but will do more since we understand now.

  11. William Kendall says:

    I’m way behind in leaving reviews… and particularly with one item that’s rather time sensitive for the season.

  12. Oh, I am shamefully bad at keeping up with reviews of the many books I get through. But I WILL do you one, promise … just have to get you off my waiting list and into ‘finished reading’.

  13. I write reviews on my author blog and rate the book on GoodReads. Never posted anything on Amazon, though. A good reminder that I should start doing this.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Traveling cats- I was the same way.. I didn’t realize how much amazon matters. But since I already had them written when I realized it was just a matter of copying and pasting which was a breeze

  14. Reviews — yes indeed, muy importante!

  15. Oh, my gosh, I very, rarely write a review, I think maybe once or twice? I just don’t feel competent. I thought it should be left to professional critics and who would want to read what I thought, just a joe shmoe? And, I read a ton of books. I will say this, I would never, ever write a bad review, that is just mean. Although, I have to admit I have been grateful that some people have written honest reviews and I have agreed with their tough remarks. They weren’t mean but some reviews have been spot on, those people have a knack for writing honest and still seem quite nice but I still wouldn’t do that either :)

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Lucy – i think everyone is just a joe shmoe… It is a weird feeling to leave your first review, but it is rewarding too – especially when you know how much it means to and helps the author… Truth be told the only reviews I wrote were when my blogging friends wrote books or when I reviewed a book on my blog for Blogher. But I have since gone back and written so many more reviews… I agree with the mean / bad reviews. I don’t think I could do that either (although I often agree with the remarks). I feel that so many of them are cruel. I try to live by “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t” but I guess the honest / critical reviews do help people… Maybe if they weren’t worded so hostilely it would be ok. But they never seem to be…

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