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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    If you enjoy sharing your literary opinion on books by writing y

    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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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    An Enjoyable Read

    Reviewed By~JoAnne
    Review Copy Provided By~Bewitching Book Tour

    I am a volunteer book reviewer and also write reviews for books I read for pleasure on book websites. I didn't realize there is a book reviews industry and I personally had "on the job" training if you will. Much of what was in this book about reviews - how to write them, who owns them, where you can post them, etc. are what I've been doing but really didn't know the logic behind. The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing gave support to why who I write volunteer reviews for has us write our reviews the way we do, including number of books we can have out, assignments, where we can post reviews, etc.

    This book is a how to book on the do's and don'ts of being a book reviewer. Some of the areas covered are how to write a positive review, how to write a positive negative review when you have to write a negative one, what to include and the format needed. It also gave several samples after the discussions to show you how to write reviews given different scenarios. It also delves into the importance of reviewers to publishers, authors and readers.

    A second section dealt with the book review sites and how to start your own. It was extremely detailed in explaining how best to do so with lots of pros and cons especially as it relates to ebooks and reviews posted on the internet. It had a lot of information but was really geared to the owners or webmasters of the book reviewer sites. It also touched on how to obtain volunteer reviewers - what to look for, how to see if they would be a good fit, how to enforce their deadlines, and make sure they write a quality review.

    The last part of the book dealt with resources was 20 pages long almost all of it giving website and contact information for where you can possibly post your reviews. This section is really for independent reviewers and those either having a book review site or setting one up. It wasn't for the average reader or reviewer so I was able to skim through most of it but glancing at the titles of the suggested websites.

    As a person who loves to read and who is enjoying being a volunteer reviewer this was an enjoyable although technical read. I would recommend it to anyone who sees writing reviews in their future.

    Favorite Quote: Remember that the books are being sent to you in exchange for a review. Accepting books and not writing the reviews is, in one word: STEALING. You'd be surprised at the number of reviewers' who, after having requested several books, suddenly 'disappear.' These people are not legitimate, they're crooks, plain and simple. Integrity is part of the code of honor of a legitimate reviewer.

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