Apr 19 2019

Quote #AtoZChallenge Writing #BookReviews as an #Author and #IndieAuthor

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 Q
is for Quote

Is there a short quote, excerpt, or passage you especially enjoyed? Or one you especially hated? Copyright laws have a gray area on how much you can include in a review. The current rule of thumb is to keep it at under 100 words per review (often less for books under 300 pages). Check the book’s copyright page for any specific guidelines set by the publisher.


Find a quote you REALLY love? Keep it short, make it a meme, and share it. Some authors are willing to do this themselves. Others are waiting and hoping for a fan to do it. “Pay it forward” by being that fan when you find something worthwhile. Share it on Pinterest, Twitter, and other such sites.

Do a search to see if others have created memes of your favorite books. (Memes are sharable images, usually with words included, passed between people online. They may be funny, culturally relevant, or just interesting.) Like and share those. Grow the online book and writing community, especially for Indie Authors!

Speaking of which… do you know it’s #IndieApril? My local writing group shared this Tweet about it:

My books are indie. Here are two memes you can share:

#quote #excerpt #book #title After reading the book, did the title make sense? Some readers enjoy finding the title inside the book. The “ah-ha” moment of figuring out where the title comes from can be very meaningful. Does the book live up to the title? Writing Book Reviews as an Author @JLenniDorner #IndieApril morning teary eyed call quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #IndieApril

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Question: Have you ever seen an intresting quote from a book on social media?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge

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  1. Oh I didn’t know it’s indiiApril! Good to know. That’s a useful tip about how many words of the book review you’re allowed to include in your review without breaking copyright laws.
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    1. I just found out about the hashtag myself.
      That’s US copyright. I honestly don’t know the rules of other places. Though I imagine most authors and publishers would just be glad someone is spreading the word!
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  2. Great post. I should really work on creating memes for my books.

    Ronel visiting with the A-Z Challenge music and writing: Only one that fits the Q
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  3. Great tip, good to know 😉
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  4. Stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip! What a great post. I took your advice and quoted your post on a tweet
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    • Rob Z Tobor on May 31, 2019 at 3:36 PM
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    Just passing on this Road Trip thing although I am not actually doing the Road Trip . . . . One should never take the conventional route when there is a different one (as the old Chinese Proverb goes). I do not do a lot of reading, but I do make up old Chinese Proverbs sometimes. Although I never tell folk they are made up. OK yes I am on this occasion, but I wont next time honest.

    So stuff like MMmmmmm

    While the man eats his lunch the squirrel climbs his trees . . .

    Well it sounds like a plausible Chinese Proverb that might have some sort of greater meaning.

    I have probably ruined the world of Chinese Proverbs over the years.

    Rob Z Tobor

  5. Stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip – even though I’ve already been dipping in and out of your blog during the challenge itself. However, I think I missed this post – great tips. I enjoy reading interesting book quotes in reviews.
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  6. This seems so right while writing a review. Stopping by from #AtoZChallengeRoadTrip.
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