I have to admit this is an unusual post for me. It’s not about you.  It’s about me.  Or more precisely — my book, “Hiring Greatness: How to Recruit Your Dream Team  and Crush the Competition”.

More than  a few people have asked me lately how to write a review for my book on Amazon, so today I’m going to walk you through the steps.

The mechanics for posting a review are the same for ANY book you read on Amazon.

As an author I’m telling you that there’s nothing more gratifying than seeing a 5-Star book review on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, or where ever.  It means I’ve connected and helped you and that puts a huge smile on face!

So without further delay… here’s what Amazon readers are looking for in terms of information and commentary to help them decide if a particular book suits their interests. ( i.e. they actually read and get value from your recommended books).

How to write an amazon book review

  • 1st a few suggestions on what to write to get you thinking
  • 2nd understand the mechanics for writing a review

Suggestions on what to write in a non-fiction book review

Think about the person reading your review.   Take “Hiring Greatness” for example; the person reflecting on your review is very likely:

  • Looking to hire an executive;
  • Looking for information for a search committee; and/or
  • A professional recruiter or HR executive who’s adding to their library of best practices.

The potential reader likely wants to discover a better way to recruit an executive and get the ‘fit’ right so they hire a strong contributor who’ll not only can do the job BUT excels in the role and stays.

In short, they’re seeking an edge.

So with that in mind the first question you have to ask yourself is, “what where the “take-aways?” or the “Ah-Ha” moments in the book for you personally.  What did you learn?  What made you uncomfortable BUT you tried it anyway and were successful?  Next, would you recommend the book to your best friend if they had a similar need?

Now, you just tell the reader.

Here are some possible ideas to start you off:

  • Did you like the book?  — I liked this book because…
  • Was it written in a style you liked?  — I liked the way the author writes…
  • If it was highly technical were there examples?  Were they good examples?  Were there references or links to additional information?
  • Is the author credible?  Did they know the subject matter?  Did they bring anything new to the discussion or body of knowledge?


For example, if you wanted to write a book review for “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0”, here are some questions which you might reflect on in order to help you write a review which will be meaningful to those people who will read the review:

  1. What was your personal situation?
  2. Did the ideas in the book accelerate your progress?
  3. Did the ideas help you hire the right people?
  4. Did you find a job? How quickly?
  5. Think about the type of role you were looking for – which of the strategies and/or tactics worked best for you?
  6. Did it force/challenge you to change old habits?
  7. What was your favorite part of the book or what was the most useful section for you?
  8. Did the book spark your creativity and led you to develop fresh ideas on your own?
  9. How did the book affect you?
  10. Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this book?
  11. How well has the book achieved its goal?
  12. How did you originally hear about the book: friend, colleague, counselor?

Another  suggestion

I suggest you write a first draft in your word processor and then when you’re comfortable with it, cut and paste it in to the text box

[step 5 below] BUT mostly I suggest you write it from the heart and not just your logical mind.

The mechanics for writing an amazon book review

To create a book review please follow these exact steps:

  1. First and most importantly, you have to have bought the book and read it. Don’t write a review for a book you haven’t read.  It does no good for anyone.
  2. Find the book you want to review on Amazon and find the “Product Details” section.   This is the section that details how many pages the book has, who the publisher is and the average customer review.[For example – Hiring Greatness ]
  3. Click on the “Write customer a review” link located right next to the “Average Customer Review” information – the area with all the stars and the rating chart.
  4. Rate the book on a scale from 1 to 5 stars, with 1 being worst and 5 being best.
  5. Enter a title for your review.  Some people use there overall impression of the book for the tile of the review.
  6. Enter the full text of your review in the provided text box.  There are no length requirements or restrictions.
  7. NOTE: If you’re a friend of the author say so.  If you received the book from the author to review it – say so, for example as an ARC (author review copy).  People don’t mind those types of reviews but you need to tell the reader or your review has no credibility which destroys the review process Amazon has set up.
  8. Certify that you are over the age of 13 (and thereby allowed to contribute a review) by checking the appropriate box.

That’s it.  If you followed these steps your review will appear within 24 hours on Amazon.

David Perry

PS A lot of headhunters read Amazon reviews looking for possible candidates to recruit.  This is especially true for highly technical books that are written for a very focused audience for example in engineering, medicine or leadership.  Take advantage of that fact and also review books that will get you found by headhunters in your industry.