BOOK REVIEW, WHAT IS IT AND WHY?
BY: PATTY L. FLETCHER
Hello to all.
Since I cannot sleep, I’ve been rummaging round in folders looking for something to post, and to my dismay, I’ve found some submissions which I’m unfortunately going to have to send back.
Between what I found this early morning, and the issue I’ve had of late with someone’s consistently arguing with me over the reasons for my guidelines, I’ve decided I want to write about what a book review is, and why I want what I do along with the review.
First, what is a book review?
A book review is when the reader, writes their opinion on a book they’ve read. The reader should tell what they liked about a book, and what they didn’t. And, they should tell why.
I don’t think people need to be frightened to say, all be it kindly, if they found something they disliked about a book.
If the author’s constant usage of a word drove you nuts say so. If they wrote a beautiful poem right smack in a love scene and it brought you to tears, and made you smile, say so.
What should a review not have?
Other than your including the synopsis, or the book jacket info, it does not need you to write a narrative of what the book was about. You need not write the story. That is not a review. That is you repeating in your paraphrasing way the story of the book, which, if your review gives me reason to I’ll read for myself.
That leads me to my guidelines and why I ask for what I do.
I ask for A the synopsis, or book description from Amazon or where ever you got the book from.
This sets the stage for what you thought of the book.
I ask for the link from where you bought the book, or from where the book can be purchased if you downloaded from a specialized format book site, and if you did download from a specially formatted site, I want that link too.
Synopsis, and links can be easily copied and pasted into your review so adding these things is a snap.
Why do I have these guidelines?
First, one of the main objectives of writing a book review is to make others want to read the book. Your description of what you did or did not like about the book and why is going to help the one reading your review decide if they might like to read the book themselves. It will also help the author of the book being reviewed know what readers did and did not like about their book, thus helping them to improve their writing.
Why do I want the link where the book can be purchased?
Another reason authors like their books reviewed is to help sales. People like to be able to click and buy.
If, they enjoyed the review, and they decide they want to read it, they want to click and buy. If they don’t have the link to do that, they either A must go look for it, or B will simply go onto another book with an available buy link.
OK. That’s straight forward, so, why do I want the link for where you downloaded from a specially formatted site?
First, it’s great publicity for whatever service you got your book from and is a fantastic way to say thanks and show respect for that service, and secondly, it might just help someone learn of a way to read books that they need, and qualify for, that they did not know of before they read your review.
I hope this offering has helped you in some way understand a bit better about what I and other authors wish for when you review books.
Happy Reading everyone, and Blessid be.
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