Writing Book Reviews As An Author
Inspiration To Make It Easier
By: J Lenni Dorner
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Was the editing done well? If not, provide up to a dozen examples of failure types, mentioning the locations in the book.
There are three good reasons to include editing information in a review.
- Readers want to know if a book is well-edited before they buy it. Your review can be a quality assurance.
- The author might notice the errors mentioned in your review and then go fix those issues. (You might also try to contact the author directly for major errors, especially historical or factual inaccuracies of which you have proof.)
- You might be wrong. This gives editors a reason to check. Also, you’re an author, and authors have always been the ones to craft and reshape languages. So you may spark a conversation that results in you becoming right.
Why only note up to a dozen errors? https://www.denisecowleeditorial.com/blog/why-the-grammar-police-arent-cool This article covers the reasoning. It’s a quality control check by you, a reader. The purpose isn’t to bully or belittle. Nor are you being paid to find these issues, and as such there’s no need to correct everything.
On the more positive side of editing notes:
Has the author crafted the language with a zeugma, or with a poem that changes meaning when read from bottom to top or every other line? Has the author mastered showing rather than telling, with adjectives not being used to tell readers how to feel but rather making the readers feel descriptions? (This is about language mastery and use. That falls apart if not edited properly.)
— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge
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