Get a Review of Your Book on Amazon and GoodReads

“Get a Review of Your Book on Amazon and GoodReads” by Joan Y. Edwards

Ask people to review your book on Amazon and/or GoodReads. When you ask, people know you really want their opinion.

Laws prohibit giving people more than a copy of the book in return for doing a review.  I hope that people enjoy reading your books and mine so much that they want to tell everyone about them. A good way to tell everyone about a book is to write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Another way is to put that review and a guest interview with the author on a blog.

Ways to Invest in Yourself as a Writer

  1. Confidence

  2. Faith and belief that your stories will be self-published or published by traditional publishers

  3. Invest time, talent, and/or money to educate, write, critique, and revise

  4. Obtain materials to write: pencil/pen and paper, computer and backup protection, writing software

  5. Gain life experiences to notice emotional impact in yourself and others

  6. Read best-selling books in their genre

  7. Study books and/or expert blog posts on the craft of writing; take workshops online or in person

  8. Study the pitches of best-selling books and movies

  9. Study possible markets

  10. Submit work often

What Writers Love to Give and Receive

  1. Encouragement

  2. Support

  3. Education

  4. Critique

  5. Hope

  6. Publication

  7. Book Review on Amazon

  8. Book Review on GoodReads

I read that an author needs 25 book reviews on Amazon to influence buyers. 

If you are a member of GoodReads (, most members diligently read the reviews. You can post free giveaways.

If you’d like for me to do a review of your book on Amazon and/or GoodReads for you, let me know. I’ll send you my snail mail address so you can send me a copy of your book.

Below are many resources with information about reviews, how to write them, why are they important, and where to get them. Be sure to get permission to use the review in your marketing materials: book blurbs, brochures, blog posts, podcasts, webinars, etc.


  1. Amber in Blunderland. “Do Book Bloggers Sell Books?”

  2. Book List Online. American Library Association.

  3. Christian Children’s Book Review. Review of “Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle

  4. Dana Lynn Smith. The Savvy Book Marketer.

  5. Dana Lynn Smith. BookBuzzr.  “7 Reasons Why Reviews Sell Books:”

  6. Darcy Pattison. “How Many Reviews?”

  7. Evan Morrison. “Why Social Media Isn’t the Magic Bullet – Don’t Tweet, Just Write:

  8. Gwen. “Why Write Amazon Reviews:”

  9. Library Thing. “How do you decide how many stars to award?”

  10. Morris Rosenthal  “Do Book Reviews Sell Self Published Books?”

  11. M. Louisa Locke. “Categories, Key Words, and Tags, Oh My: Why should an Author Care?”

  12. Patrick. “Goodreads Stats Show Which Media Outlets Really Sell Books:”

  13. Patrick. “How do books get discovered? A guide for publishers and authors who want their books to find an audience:”

  14. Rachel Toor. Chronicle of Higher Education.”Why Bother Writing Book Reviews?”

  15. Ruth Harris “Amazon Reader Reviews: 12 Things Everybody and His Grandmother Needs to Know”

  16. Writing Center. University of North Carolina. “Book Reviews:”

Never Give Up

Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

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4 thoughts on “Get a Review of Your Book on Amazon and GoodReads”

    1. Dear Linda,
      Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. It is fun to give and receive reviews. Thank you for the reviews you did for Flip Flap Floodle.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  1. A good idea is to have someone else proof the ms. Your own mind tends to read words even when they are not there.

    1. Dear Maureen,
      Thanks for writing. You’re right, it is a great idea to have someone else proof the manuscript. Your own mind does tend to read words the way you want them to be, even if it’s not what is actually there. Your mind wants you to be right. It tries to protect you.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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