The benefits for YOU when you start giving reviews


One of my top pet peeves is readers thinking 99 cents or 1.99 for a book from an unknown Author is too much money, but I will leave that for another day.

The main thing I keep preaching, is the importance of leaving a review.

First, don’t be intimidated by leaving a review, especially on Amazon. Give it the number of stars you choose, and leave a few sentences. You do not have to go into paragraphs of why you liked or disliked the book.

I feel like I am beating people over the head with this, with very little success, so let me tell you how leaving reviews can start benefiting YOU the READER. (Consumer)

Did you know you can still leave a review on Amazon, even if you purchased the book or item somewhere else?

In fact, writing, “I found this cheaper at Target”, is exactly the type of information people are looking for, and I’ve noticed if enough people comment they found it cheaper off Amazon, the Amazon Seller will lower the price on certain items.

Did you know that after you start leaving reviews regularly on Amazon, sometimes Authors will give you a book for free since they see they can depend on you to leave a review?

I review every Amazon purchase on Amazon which is mostly books, but now I am starting to get offers for free or steeply discounted items.

So far, I have gotten 2 dresses and a Winter coat at deep discount for my review, and the total for those three items was $4.00.  The Winter coat was listed for $99 and is very nice.

And this has nothing to do with my blog. It is all through my Amazon reviews.

It is typically young companies trying to get the word out about the quality of their products.

I also receive several magazine subscriptions for free, and all they ask is I leave an Amazon review.

I’m talking magazines that are specific to my personal taste, such as Seattle Magazine and Western Horseman.

Although I do  leave reviews for all of my purchases from Amazon, I do not leave reviews for all of my outside purchases. I mean honestly, you can review salt and pepper on Amazon if you wish, but who wants to review all of their groceries? 😉

I have, however, reviewed a coffee maker and microwave purchased at a brick and mortar store.

It doesn’t take much time or effort and the benefits are amazing.

So please please pretty please, start leaving reviews for the Authors who work hard to bring you a great read!

You might be surprised at the things that come your way, simply by leaving Amazon reviews.

Thank you,




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