How To Write A Great Review

Writing a great review is a lot simpler than you might think, and ironically has quite a lot in common with writing a great novel.

Consider the last new book you loved reading. I’ll bet one of the things you enjoyed most was its uniqueness. Remember saying: “Wow! I’ve never read ANYTHING like this before!”

In the very best reviews, the information presented is found nowhere else. Oft reused phrases like: “It kept me on the edge of my seat," or "I couldn’t put it down,” do those make a review worth reading to you? No? So how do you make your review different than anyone else’s and express what you were really feeling when you read this work of art?

The one most overlooked source of inspiration is the book itself!

That author likely spent days, perhaps years rewriting, refining, his or her prose until they were the smoothest, most emotional, perfect words he or she could come up with to express the tension, the conflict. Why not use that resource? The author certainly won’t mind. Take a look at the copyright notice. The phrase in nearly every one is: “. . . electronic sharing is prohibited, EXCEPT for REVIEW purposes . . .” That’s how mine are written, take a look: "Look Inside" -- click or tap the book cover, then scroll up a little. We WANT you to quote us! It’s a tremendous compliment!

Next time you write a review, think back through the story. Take a second to do a quick search on your ereader and find that paragraph you really loved -- and quote it! Then, point out to the person who’s going to read your review why it got to you so much! I guarantee you’ll be absolutely unique. Watch your reviews climb in the standings. And where it asks "Was this review helpful?” people will click: YES.

Happy Reviewing, Miles