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message 1: by Noor (new)

Noor Al-Shanti | 104 comments I'm wondering if anyone here has used the "review by author" function on goodreads for anything? It feels weird to rate or review your own book, obviously, but I recently had an idea that this could be used as a place to tell the readers a little about it. What you were thinking when you wrote it. What's it's inspired by. Why you like this particular one of your stories and what makes it unique over others in a less formal spot than the book blurb/synopsis.

Sort of like an "authors react" ... reaction videos are big now on youtube, and I always thought the trend was strange... reacting to your own video? Why? ... but it can be used to give tidbits and insights so it might be cool to do a similar thing with the author reviews here on goodreads. What do you think?

Do you think it would be a nice addition to a book's page or not? Has anyone ever tried it? Or have you tried something similar?


message 2: by Jay (new)

Jay (Jay_Brown) | 7 comments I think it would be a good idea to use like you said, it could offer readers something more than just a marketing blurb and instead present a more intimate look into the book from the author's point of view.


message 3: by John (new)

John Moore (embrellon1) | 6 comments I agree, and I've used it. Was and is weird, however, you know your book better than anyone, point out the highlights and leave off trying to sell it. Talk the high points of why it's a good read


message 4: by Marie Silk (new)

Marie Silk | 715 comments I use the review spot either to summarize the book in a few sentences or mention elements that I think readers might find interesting about it. I don't rate it though. There is also a field on Author Central where you can enter something to appear on the product page in "From the Author".


message 5: by C.L. (new)

C.L. Lynch (cllynchauthor) | 319 comments I gave my own book three stars and it got SO many likes as well as fans arguing with me. Highly recommend :-D


message 6: by Kat (last edited Jul 12, 2017 06:43AM) (new)

Kat An author I like uses it to update fans on upcoming projects and release dates and sequels. He doesn't give any stars, as he doesn't rate his own books, but it's a cool way for fans to find out about current things.

I do not like to subscribe to author's mailing lists, and I don't read blogs much, but these "review updates" showing up on my homepage are a good way to stay informed.


message 7: by Noor (new)

Noor Al-Shanti | 104 comments Ooooh, thanks for all the replies and examples! It's great to know how others have used it and what everyone else thinks! :)

I never thought about the idea of it being easier to follow than blogs, mailing lists, etc, but that makes so much sense!

And LOL C.L. love it!


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