Mar 31 2019

Acknowledgments #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author

#AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author Acknowledgements and dedication to Arlee Bird, Zalka Csenge Virág, John Holton, Jayden R Vincente, and Jeremy Hawkins

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter A
A is for — Acknowledgments

The idea for Writing Book Reviews As An Author started when someone asked me to write a guest article for their newsletter. “Something 500 to 700 words.” An hour later, I had over a thousand words. I figured I’d turn it into a blog post. Or a series of blog posts. Three hours later, I knew I had my April posts. There was still more to say on the topic! So I turned it into a book.

If it weren’t for the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I might not have a blog and certainly wouldn’t have a second reference book. That’s why I dedicated the book to my team. Arlee, you gave the blogging community a great gift when you created this blog hop. Thank you so much. It’s an honor to serve on this team. That’s why the team gets the acknowledgments on my book’s dedication page. Thank you Arlee Bird, Zalka Csenge Virág, John Holton, Jayden R Vincente, and Jeremy Hawkins!

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Question: What book review tip do you hope I’ll reveal during the challenge?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge

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  1. I’m honored that you’d include me in the acknowledgements for your book. Thanks!
    John Holton has this post to share The Pre-A to Z Edition of The Week That WasMy Profile
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    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for all the crazy tech stuff you do behind the scenes. You’re awesome and I’m glad to know you.
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  2. I love reviewing books, so this is a topic I am thrilled you are covering. I’m hoping that you will cover the topic of reviewing a book that turns out to be terrible. This is especially touchy when it’s someone you know. Happy A to Z!
    Asking for Help to Avoid Burnout
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    1. In S I’ll tell you why it matters. In Z I’ll touch on writing them.
      In the book itself, there’s an example of a 1-star review. And a discussion about how/why a book that might be worth a certain amount of stars might lean to a higher rating if the reader is connected to the author. That’s somewhat touched on in letter E, which is about earning stars.
      Thanks for stopping in.
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  3. I dropped by after finding your site on the A to Z Blogging Challenge signup list. I really like the idea of writing about book reviews from an author’s perspective. Good luck for the rest of the challenge!
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    1. Thanks for stopping in and liking the idea!
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  4. This is going to be fun! Loved the book :-)Mmm… Great marketing idea here, J. I might have to borrow it some time 😉
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    1. Rumor has it that April comes every year. 😉
      And yeah, while it is marketing, I’m giving away most of the book free in this blog because I didn’t write it for money (oh man, 30 cents a copy, I can buy gum!), I wrote it because it just doesn’t all fit in a blog post. You know how long that first example was, especially with the breakdown.

      Thanks for liking the book. My blog may be a smidge dull for you this month. But at least there are pretty pictures! Ha ha. Luv ya.
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  5. Love your a-z . I love that you got so into the topic of book reviews as an author that you turned it into a book! FUN.
    I took one of my favorite hobbies and made mini Animoto videos. ASTROLOGY, I am at
    Happy APRIL !
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    1. Cool beans!
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    • Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine on April 1, 2019 at 12:14 PM
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    Aww, that is so sweet of you. =)
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    1. 🙂 <3
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  6. I’d like to hear a tip about how to combine synopsis and analysis in a coherent, brief and engaging way. (If the word synalysis has not been coined. I’ve got dibs!)
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    1. Pretty sure I’m going to disappoint you. In the book, I suggest using 1 maybe 2 lines for a synopsis, because that’s not what people who read reviews are looking to find. (Books already have them.)
      Thanks for stopping in and I hope I offer you some other good tips.
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  7. Well I’m a rather busy chap what with one thing and another. I always thought retirement was meant to be a quiet affair but I just have tooooo many little projects in my head. Anyway good luck on your travels to Z. I have decided to take the mad route this year and also hope to get to visit most folk doing the A to Z at least once . . . . . projects permitting. . . .

    1. It’s a lofty but worthy goal. I’m honored to have made the list of people who got a hello!
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  8. A to Z is the gift that keeps giving in many more ways than one. You and the rest of the team have been really great at putting everything together this year. It was amazing.

    I haven’t done a book review in a long time. I’ve been thinking about doing one if I ever read another book. Not gonna happen in April I guess.

    Arlee Bird
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    1. But now you can brag that you have a book dedicated to you. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by. Time to kick April butt!
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  9. I’m honestly lousy at doing reviews, and I really don’t know why.

    I’ll be back to read and learn – this is a great idea for an A-Z!

    I also agree that this is an excellent community and challenge, which is why I do it every year even though I do CampNaNoWriMo at the same time (yup, I’m crazy like that). Last year, this was the place I brought my fresh grief after my husband’s death from a pancreatic cancer that had been diagnosed less than 8 weeks before that.

    This year, I’m using the challenge to help me create a more embracing, tidier home for myself and our two teens….

    In past years, I’ve used it to share fan fiction and work through novel plots, too.

    I’m glad you’re all here, doing what you do. Once my teens are launched into their adult lives (or at least the homeschooling years are done for my youngest, soon to be 15), I may even have the time and mental acuity to volunteer again.

    For now, it’s my honor to visit and follow!


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    1. I came across another blog in the challenge.
      I’m sorry about the loss of your husband. That site looks like it might have some good support.

      I hope I can help you get more comfortable with reviews.
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  10. What lovely acknowledgments. I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas about reviews. It’s something I’d like to get a whole lot more comfortable with.

    1. I certainly hope I can give you that comfort! Feel free to ask questions and bring up any topics not covered. I’ll do my best to help.
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  11. I’m never quite sure where to start with book reviews – I’m hoping to learn all your secrets! 😉
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    1. Filled a whole book with all the secrets. Sharing about 70% of them on this blog this month. The book is more in order, the blog posts are more “gotta fill the letters.” The book has examples, and a breakdown of one example, the blog doesn’t.

      I hope you learn a lot here this month and feel confident in writing more reviews!
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