Use your review with your fiction book blurb.
It will help to grab the reader’s attention.
Reviews for an author are something that are really important. You’ve written your novel and the best way to grab attention is through a compelling and interesting book cover, an intriguing and enticing fiction book blurb and the reviews that your fans, your readers write about your book.
What others say about your novel is crucial in grabbing attention. People want to know what other’s think. So make it easy for them to find out, include it with your fiction book blurb. If you look at the best selling authors, they all have a quote by another person, in their case it is usually by another best selling, big name author. If you have that option use it. But most of us don’t have that option, so we need to use what we do have access to.
Reviews are a key way to grab attention.
So how do you use reviews with your fiction book blurb to grab attention?
1. Where do you find your reviews?
– if you are new, there are many reviewers who have blogs who will do reviews, there are book tours where you can ask for reviews, you can ask people you know…
– people who have read your novel may post their review on any of the online bookstores – Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Draft2Digital, etc.
– people who read your novel may post their review on sites like Goodreads, Library Thing, Bookstr, etc.
2. What do you use from a review?
Here’s an example of a full review. It’s pretty long so using all of it wouldn’t be practical.
Nothing tastes as good as revenge!
Once I had accustomed myself to Author Maggie Thom’s pacing I settled down for what proved to be a fast-paced and suspense charged thriller of a book!
The author has a marvelous talent for laying out numerous plot lines, and merging them with the skill of a surgeon. Many reviewers have covered the basic story-line and it is a complex one. I enjoyed the characterizations so much that they deserve a strong mention.
Meet, Getty. Sixty-seven years old, newly released from a twenty-year prison stretch, for a murder she did not commit. Oh, make no mistake, she murdered someone alright. Just not the man she was alleged to have killed. Getty is fueled by an overpowering need for revenge, intertwined with a guilt she will never shake.
She is out for blood, no matter who gets in her way. The character development is well handled. Getty is not quite what she appears to be. Or is she? That is just one challenge facing the reader, as Author Maggie Thom leads you deeper into the story.
Meet Kyara … Getty’s grandaughter. Kyara, shattered and damaged from the stigma she’s carried all her young life. Wanting to trust, and not knowing how, without exposing herself to yet more hurt and shame.
The author shows us Kyara’s guilt at her own treatment of a mother she’s ashamed of, and her proud determination to discover just who had been responsible for injuring her. Kyara is a strong character amidst a cast of strong characters. The author has created a character we can identify with, making Kyara human and three-dimensional, so she comes alive on the page.
A Myriad of supporting characters enrich the plot, all of them intensely visual, but it is the ever threatening aura of the characters even when they are not present on the page that makes this book the terrific thriller that it is.
Author Maggie Thom has created memorable characters that will linger long after you close the last page.
There’s a lot of information here, so using the whole review is too much. But there are a lot of really good pieces that can be taken out of all of this explanation.
Choose those things that talk about what a good story you’ve written:
“…a fast-paced and suspense charged thriller!” S. Burke
“…The author has created a character we can identify with… she comes alive on the page…” S. Burke
“…it is the ever threatening aura of the characters even when they are not present on the page that makes this book the terrific thriller that it is…” S. Burke
Choose those points that talk about your talent as an author:
“…The author has a marvelous talent for laying out numerous plot lines, and merging them with the skill of a surgeon…” S. Burke
“…Author Maggie Thom has created memorable characters that will linger long after you close the last page…” S. Burke
So out of one review, there are many snipits that I can take and use. There is some great information here and it gives the reader a clear idea of what someone else thought about the story and the author.
“Using a review with your fiction book blurb, is a great way to showcase what others are saying about your novel and/or you as an author.”
Use your reviews also in your marketing.
A couple of tips for how to write the reviews:
- put the part of the review that you’re using in quotation marks
- if you take from the middle of the fiction book blurb, put (the ellipses) … before the review
- put … at the end of the quote (if the information you are taking is not the very end of the review)
(the … show that it is not all of the review, that you are only taking part of it)
- italicize the words within the quote, it more resembles someone saying it
- put the name or initials of the person who wrote the review
- if you have people who have clout who have given the review, use those and put their titles, if they have shared that.
Where do you put the review snip-it you’re using?
You can use the review segment that you’ve chosen, either above or below your fiction book blurb. Be sure that you have at least one on the back cover jacket. And one with the book description on all online book stores – Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, etc. or anywhere you book is hosted online.
Here’s what it should look like.
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it…
Her life was a lie!
Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.
Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.
“Maggie Thom writes a fast-paced thriller that is laced with romance and keeps the reader interested and on the edge…” InDtale Magazine
“Using what someone else says, will carry a lot more clout and believe-ability than if you tell the reader from your point of view.”
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