If you are already a book reviewer then these tips may be old to you or rather it can enhance your own view of how to properly review a fiction title. If you are a interested in reviewing books a little better, then here are 6 ways (or steps) in creating a book review for your blogs, website, and online retailers.
1. Read at a good pace. This seems like common sense, but reading a book too fast will not only garner a superficial review, but you will not be able to retell it in a glorious fashion. Digesting words and really getting into a book takes patience. This may also mean not accepting or buying books you are not interested in.
2. Blurbs are helpful. Every book should come with a blurb or short summary on the back. In your review you may include this (try to paraphrase it) to start off what the main idea of the book is all about. Include an asterisk (*) to detail where you got the blurb from (will be explained in next article).
3. Be the journalist. Follow the scheme of who, what, when, where, how, and why. In some cases, detailing where the story takes place isn’t needed as most readers and consumers want to know about the story in general. Use these journalistic styles wisely.
4. Does it matter what you think? Yes! As a book reviewer it is critical to include your own viewpoint. This is germane to the book review itself, this is what seals the deal for many potential buyers of a book. If you think it lacked depth, creative characters, or was too long, too short of a novel, be honest! For Christian fiction reviewers, this may also mean explaining how this connects with your faith or commenting on how this book fits in with faith, biblical history or contemporary living.
5. Include book details. At the end of every review, including the book’s details such as title, publisher and year, ISBN, and price helps consumers to more easily find and purchase a book.
6. Be a star, give a star. This is optional for your own blog and website, however rating a book is very popular on Amazon.com and other online retailers like Barnes and Noble.com, and Christianbook.com. Most ask you to rate a book between 1and 5 stars.
The next article will detail sites which give books for reviews, how to format a book review, and other tips to know as a book reviewer.
Want to purchase a book right now or check one out in your hometown, Norfolk? Try these places and get reading!
Barnes and Noble
300 Monticello Ave # 265
Norfolk, VA 23510-2452
109 E. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Have any thoughts concerning Christian fiction and book reviewing? I’d love to hear from you!
Erica J. Smith is a writer for The Norfolk Christian Fiction Examiner and offers free writing tips, reviews and resources on The Write Web.
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