The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

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Twilight Times Books, 2008 - Reference - 180 pages
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So you want to be a reviewer? Are you passionate about books? Do you have a talent for easily capturing the essence of a book after having read it? Do you often feel the desire to share your thoughts about a book with readers? If you answered "Yes" to these questions, then book reviewing can be one of the most satisfying, rewarding activities you'll ever undertake. In fact, book reviewing can become addictive. The aim of this book is to offer some guidelines in a clear manner supported with targeted examples of how to write and publish thoughtful, well-written reviews no matter their length, type or genre, and to examine the essence of reviews within a broader spectrum. This book was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody -- be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist -- who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews. So take out pen and paper, a highlighter, and get ready to write great reviews! - Preface.

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If you enjoy sharing your literary opinion on books by writing your own reviews, you'll find this book to be an excellent source of information and advice. You'll learn the ins-and-outs of how to deal with all types of books.
Key points that I was reminded of while reading "The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing" are the following:
* Giving an overly-positive review to a book can sometimes be too much, or raise suspicion the reviewer may just be attempting to be too nice to the author.
"Remember, objectivity and honesty in reviewing are of the utmost importance." -Page 56
* When you have a negative opinion on a book, there is always a tactful way to share your personal thoughts without being rude.
"You can be critical and honest without being unkind." -Page 51
* Always maintain structure, clarity and objectivity in your reviews.
"Each word you use in your review should count and have a purpose." -Page 10
* A book review is definitely different than a book report, a critique, or press release, and should be written accordingly.
The title of this book is aptly named, because the material literally explains about the "slippery art" of reviewing. There are many more beneficial facts found in the book to allow you to improve your own art of reviewing, and much advice is planted throughout the chapters. "The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing" is not just for people (like myself) who post their reviews on personal blogs, or online book stores, but also for people who review books as their full-time job. I'll be returning to this book often as a reliable aid.
 

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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 ... Read full review

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