This book was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but also 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. Foreword by James A. Cox, Editor ...
This book was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but also 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. Foreword by James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review Winner, ForeWord Magazine 2008 Book of the Year Award in the category of Writing
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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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