Understanding keywords.

Keywords in reviews. Pin by Lizzie Chantree

Like most authors, I am learning new things about the publishing industry every day and try to share what I learn here, in the hope it helps other writers, book lovers and bloggers.

This week, my post is about keywords in reviews. There are so many great ways to use keywords, including in online book reviews!

For example:

Review 1:

A lovely read. I enjoyed the characters immensely and the way the author used description really drew me in. This is a book I would recommend to friends as I couldn’t wait to get back to my kindle to read the next chapter!

(Reviews literally take 5 minutes to write and 2 sentences is plenty, although a detailed description is wonderful too. They are sometimes the first place readers look to discover a new read and are really helpful to both author and reader.)

Review 2: A review from one of my readers about my contemporary romance novel Babe Driven. This made me smile for days.

I was recommended this book by a friend… Initially I was a little unsure as I am very loyal to Freya NorthLisa Jewell… I’m a bit of chick lit fan!!!
By the end of the first chapter I was completely gripped…
This is a really compulsive read and not easy to put down; but quite light hearted.
The characters are really fun, engaging and believable.
I am really looking forward to the authors next novel… Give it a go!!!!

I’m have no idea if the reviewer knew how helpful this was and I certainly didn’t until much later, but the words in colour are keywords as they relate to popular authors and genres. I have seen that some books put best selling author’s names in their blurb, but I have read this is not advised as online retailers don’t like it, (the authors probably don’t either!)

Review 3:

I loved this mystery novel as it involved romanceintrigue and travel. The characters were so well written that I couldn’t wait to turn the next page! I usually enjoy reading books by LJ Ross and Blake Pierce, but the vivid descriptions and excellent dialogue have turned me into a (authors name) fan!

I hope this helps. I am an avid reader of lots of genres and I always leave reviews, unless I don’t like the book! I love to find books by authors I’ve never heard of before, as reading their work is an adventure. Most authors spend so many hours perfecting their stories, that if I read, enjoy and become a fan of their work, I like the idea that my review can support them on their journey.



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13 thoughts on “Understanding keywords.

  1. I am a book blogger, and I have to include keywords in my post. But till now I had always thought the author’s name and book name were the keywords, I had no idea description of genre were also keyords. Thanks a lot for sharing these tips. 🙂

  2. I only keep reading if I like the book. Time is too short to do otherwise for me. You give good examples what to write.

    • Me too. No point wasting time when there are so many more books waiting on my bookshelf or kindle!

  3. I always write reviews, good or bad. If the author doesn’t have a thick skin, they shouldn’t put their work out to the world. 🙂 Thanks for the tips on the keywords, Lizzie!

    • Hi Jan. It’s good to hear your views. We all have different ideas about what is good or not, but I think constructive and not overly critical reviews can be helpful and not hurtful. You are an amazing reviewer and so supportive of the writing community.

  4. Yes, like you, Lizzie, i only write a review if I like a book…I would never hurt an authors feelings by saying something negative. I had never thought of key words before but will now try to include them where possible.

    • That’s great news Lynn. Writers work so hard and publishing a book is a real accomplishment. Keywords in reviews really help.

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