Why Readers Aren’t Reviewing Your Books – Written By Sandra Beckwith

Why do you think readers are’t reviewing our books? Sandra Beckwith on Build Book Buzz knows the reason. Read here about it. Thank you for your hard work Sandra.

When my first book was published in the dark ages – the 1990s – I didn’t have to think about online reader reviews.

Amazon was only starting to sell books when WHY CAN’T A MAN BE MORE LIKE A WOMAN? was released in the spring of 1995; Barnes and Noble was still a strictly bricks and mortar business.

That meant that reader reviews came in the form of good, old-fashioned, word-of-mouth recommendations among friends. If you liked a book, you told someone: “You will love this book.”

It was a pretty simple process.

Reader reviews have power

In today’s publishing environment where the Internet lets us recommend books to anyone, online reader reviews have become powerful and influential. In fact, most readers rely on them to make purchasing decisions.

Whether they should or shouldn’t doesn’t matter. The fact is that they do.

This can be frustrating. Unless you’re at the same level as authors who are household names — think John Grisham, Jodi Piccoult, Carl Bernstein — you probably struggle to get reviews.

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Why You Should Still Be Going To Bookstores

Author Charlotte Harter published a great post about bookstores. Honestly: I’ve never been in a bookstore I didn’t like. How about you?


Ah, yes. Bookstores. Remember those? They were great. But does anyone actually go to them anymore? In an age where everything is digital, it’s hard to keep the bookstores alive. But guess what? We have to. And here’s why.

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Me and my book blurb


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As a beginner, I tried to get to know more about book blurbs since I needed to write my own. To make sure it will be appropriate and professional, I did some research, asked some experienced writers and found an amazing article, written by Author Traci Sanders, “Taking the fear out of book blurbs,” which I had re-published on my blog End of June 2016.

Out of fear to give out too much information, I wrote it apparently too vague, and it wasn’t intriguing enough. I asked several more writers and got interesting information and an enormous help. One of them, Author Jim Spencer, asked me to send him a quick synopsis, and he then took the time and wrote an entire blurb on my novella, showing me how he would do it. I will be forever grateful for the time and efforts he sacrificed to my helpless self!

In the end, it was me who was not entirely happy with it. Until a fellow blogger and cover designer, Chris, The Story Reading Ape, supported me with his opinion as a reader.

Who would have thought to ask a reader, instead of a writer?

The way this all happened, of course, prompted me to consider the question, whether I, as a reader, am already “too much” thinking like a writer who has to sell the book? Instead of writing what would have intrigued me, as a reader, did I just try to imagine how “the general reader” would like it?

Is the future marketing of the book already clouding my vision?

It seems there are three different ways of thinking a writer has to adopt:

  1. Thinking as a writer
  2. Thinking as a reader
  3. Thinking as a marketing specialist

These three ways apparently can be combined but should at times be separated either, accustomed to the respective situation.

Apparently, I have not yet been able to do so and at this moment it worries me.

Wouldn’t the difficulty be to know when to switch thinking? There are many helpful resources online to cover this topic. But searching for them will need me some more efforts once again.

I would say, there’s so much to learn and so little time…


Author Spotlight – Rachel Poli



Please introduce yourself.

During the day, I’m a teacher’s aide in a special education preschool classroom. I babysit for multiple families throughout each week and I’m also the director of my church’s Sunday school program. In the early hours of the morning and at night, I’m a writer working on my mystery novel or various short stories. I’m also busy juggling two blogs and planning more.

When I’m not working or writing, I’m usually found reading a book, playing video games, drinking coffee, or soaking up the sun.


  1. When did you start writing? 

I was ten-years-old when I began writing. My older sister discovered a website called FanFiction and created a story based off of one of our favorite video games. I thought it was cool and wanted to be a part of it as well. I created a fan fiction story based off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I wrote fan fiction for a few years before I began to get my own original ideas. Writing has stuck with me ever since.


  1. What motivates you to write? 

What motivates me to keep writing is the hope that I will someday be an inspiration to someone else. I find inspiration all around me no matter who I’m with, where I am, or what I’m doing. Reading books especially can take you somewhere you never dreamed possible. With so much hate going on in the world today, I can only hope my writing will have a lasting effect for someone. Something witty or something humorous, but something they’ll never forget and take to heart.


  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I write in many genres mostly because I like to explore them and see what I can come up with. But I love mystery and the main novel I’ve been working on since 2013 is a mystery. I have a whole series mapped out for those characters and I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with them. I hope that will be my debut novel in the near future. I also write the occasional children’s book here and there.


  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I hope to have a few novels published. I have so many stories I want to share with the world and I can’t imagine doing anything else but writing. I’ve also given some thought to pursuing an editor career or maybe teaching creative writing at a college level. Who knows where writing may lead me?


  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

I’m working on too many projects to suffer from writer’s block. I alternate projects monthly to make sure I don’t get writer’s block. But there are certainly some days when I don’t feel motivated to write. When that happens, I read a book, write in my journal, or start a brand new writing prompt just to get my brain pumped with exciting new thoughts. Or I take a day off. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day off here and there.


  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Keep doing you. If you have a passion for writing and you have dreams of writing, then do it. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you or put any doubt in your mind. I’ve had my fair share of doubts throughout the years since I started, but you just have to push those thoughts and keep doing you. Also, remember that this doesn’t happen overnight. Hard work, patience, and determination really pay off. It’s hard not to get discouraged at times, but remember that rejection is your friend. Every mistake is a lesson learned. Every next attempt will be better than the last. It’s a learning curve and most of us are still learning.


  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

I’m currently working on the first book of my mystery series with a working title of George Florence. The premise is as follows:

Can a fired detective and college student work together to solve a murder?

Lilah Williams, an English major at the local community college, tracks down Detective George Florence when she needs help with a robbery case. George’s private-eye agency is going under and is willing to take just about any case he can get his hands on. Since Lilah is giving him a case, she asks for something in return: information on her father, the late Detective Joseph Williams. George reluctantly agrees since Joseph was his mentor back in the day, but only on the condition that Lilah goes home after one day.

But when Lilah sticks around longer than intended and a body emerges during the robbery investigation, Lilah feels as though she has to help George as they uncover the truth—about the current murder and her father’s death.

I’m still in the editing stages of this novel, but I hope to begin the query process by the end of the year.


Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

Thank you for having me! It was an honor and a pleasure being here.


Contact Rachel:

RachelPoli.com (writing blog)

DoublexJump.wordpress.com (video game blog)