Writing a review 

Leaving a review on Oodlebooks is a great help to the author as this is one of the most useful things you can do to promote a book you love.

This is why:

  • Potential readers will use the number of hearts you have allocated to create a quick decision as to whether the book is worth a read.
  • They will be interested in your comments about the book.
  • Surveys have proved that a large percentage of readers purchase a book based on online reviews.

Here at Oodlebooks, we are champions of the self-published writer who often do not get the media exposure that the more mainstream authors have access to.  You are now part of our team, and we look forward to hearing your reviews.

If this is the first time you have left a review, then there is no pressure at all to create the perfect review as just giving the book its ‘heart-rating’ and a simple ‘Great read’ is enough to get you started on the path to becoming a Super Reviewer.

If you want to flex your review writing muscles on Oodlebooks then here are some tips to help you…

Lead the review with your most important thoughts. People’s attention span has shortened with the advent of computers and social media and often stop reading after the first sentence – so make your first sentence the most important.

Be Specific.  It’s not enough to just say you like or didn’t like anything. Let the reader of your review know who it made you feel if something was interesting or well-written – then why was it in you’re your opinion? What did you think of the characters in the book – could you relate to them?  How believable were they and did the plot make sense or did it fall short and why? 

No spoilers! Please, please, PLEASE don’t give away key plot elements. Readers will be disappointed (and annoyed) if you ruin the fun of plot twists. I’d err on the side of not even mentioning, “You’ll never see the big surprise ending coming!” because that alerts readers that it’s there.

What if you really didn’t like a book? It is still good to focus on the positives as there will be some merit. Clearly, it’s ok to criticise but be constructive and helpful someone has taken time and put their heart and soul into this book. But, the author should be able to take good criticism on board as well as it will only help improve them as writers in the future.

Also, if the book wasn’t right for you, it may well be right for someone else. Often these things are subjective, and it maybe best in some cases to not leave a review.