Writing Book Reviews As An Author
Inspiration To Make It Easier
By: J Lenni Dorner
is for Fundamentals
If you referenced the book title and author’s name in your review, did you spell them correctly?
Do not assume the gender of the author. If the person didn’t use a pronoun in the “about the author” section, then you shouldn’t either. Better to call someone “the author” than to change someone’s gender. Likewise, it is better to check if an author references any sort of diversity rather than assume it.
Check out that image search. I’m none of the four people shown. (Three women and one guy, all who I know.) I did blog tours and guest posts, and I interview authors. A search engine like Google will bring you a bunch of images. This is one reason you can’t assume anything about an author. Use only what you know for certain to be true.
Also, when reviewing on your blog, mention the title of the book so people know what you’re reviewing. And be sure your review in other locations is for the right thing. What do I mean? This:
Don't fret about your Amazon reviews. I just got a three-star review because my novel isn't a 36-count package of Jimmy Dean sausages. pic.twitter.com/ZFNXFDTUfB
— Marko Kloos (@markokloos) February 28, 2017
If you’re going to include a summary, keep it at one or two sentences and leave out any spoilers. Summaries should describe the purpose or reason for the book, and any major viewpoints asserted. It should show you know what the book questioned or defended.
— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge
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