Apr 10 2019

Identify Genre #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author

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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 I
is for identify genre.

Has the book’s genre been properly identified?

(IMPORTANT NOTE: This is largely beyond the control of the author. While incorrect category listings should be identified and mentioned, it would be improper to deduct “star” ratings for that which the author could not control.) Published books often include correct categories on the copyright page.

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Has this book’s genre been properly identified? Above is a screenshot compilation from Amazon, Goodreads, and Smashwords.

Look for these:

  • Reference > Writing Skills
  • Nonfiction > Literary Criticism
  • Literature, rhetoric & criticism
  • Literary Philosophy & theory (including techniques and principles of criticism)
  • Nonfiction > Self-Help > Creativity
  • Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Writing Skills

Okay, so why is it important to identify the genre in your review? Because some readers select books based on genre. If a reader loves horror, but a book is listed as high fantasy, that reader might not find that book. As websites become less reliable sources of determining genres, reviewers have gained importance and value. If someone wants to know the genre of the book, and your review is where they find that information, odds are they’ll give your review a “like,” “heart,” or “thumbs-up.”

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  1. Although I have mentioned the book’s genre in some reviews, I never looked at its usefulness in this way before. Thanks.
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    1. Happy to help!
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  2. I’m always amazed at how Amazon categorizes books, especially mine. But then again, Amazon loves doing it’s own thing.

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    1. I fully agree.
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  3. Great point. Now if only Goodreads will allow us to add genres…
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    1. Ah, if only. You can add it to lists, that’s as close as it comes. Amazon likes to change your “genre suggestions” too. My book is listed as a fairy tale, probably because of the chapter “fairies aren’t real” which doesn’t contain any fairies.
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