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Review of my friend Mayra's Book

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on September 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM

     Do you love to read? Do your friends ask you what you thought of a certain book, only to tell you after you share your ideas of it with them that you should write reviews? Did you ever wonder what it takes to be a book reviewer and how to get started? Well, Ms. Calvani and Ms. Edwards provide everything you need to know through their concise and detailed guide on what makes a great review and how to write one that will make others take notice.

     An excellent vehicle, this book supplies both the beginner and seasoned reviewers with tips on how to create a professional and objective review. Different chapters teach how to read critically, distinguish different type of reviews, how to rate the books you are reviewing, and how to write outstanding reviews. Also described are the legalities of reviewing, dealing with ethics, and how to discern the difference between a critique, a review, and a book report. You will learn how to publish reviews on different online sites, create your own review site, and even how to make money writing reviews.

     Actual reviews are analyzed, showing what works and what does not, depicting how a mediocre review can be rewritten to be more professional. Different review genres are discussed as well as differences between reader and reviewer reviews.

      A key ingredient stressed is how a reviewer who writes only positive reviews can kill their credibility. Reviews are the reviewer’s opinion only, and this guide teaches how negative reviews should be handled with decorum and still show respect to the author.

     Reader resources with how and where to post reviews and how to compile a press release are also supplied, answering any question a reviewer could possibly have.

     The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is a valuable resource not only for wannabe reviewers, but also for those who have been penning reviews for a long time. This also is a definite aid to authors, publishers, publicists, booksellers and librarians.

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Reply Connie Arnold
10:04 AM on October 1, 2010 
Wonderful review, Nancy, thanks for sharing!

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