Tips For Writing Reviews For Writers


Have you been asked to write a review for an author? Are you unsure of how to proceed? I thought this might be an appropriate time for us to talk about the process of reviewing a writer’s book. It seems like a daunting task to share your thoughts about a writer’s work—especially if the writer is a friend, or relative. It can also seem impossible to share any negative feelings you have about the book. This blog article is my attempt to try and share some advice about the process of writing reviews. I hope you enjoy it.

Any review that you write should be constructive, whether it’s positive or critical of the book. Try to balance what you liked… and what you didn’t like to give a fair argument.

Try to be authentic and share your unique opinion with the reader through your reviews. Your followers and publishers want to hear what you think of the book, and in your own voice. Treat this as if you’re talking with a friend, or stating your case at your book club.

Try to avoid being hurtful in your constructive criticism–authors are people too! Being unkind is not the kind of criticism anyone needs.

Try to not include spoilers in your review. This can irritate readers who are looking forward to sitting down to read the book.

Keep in mind that some review copies have not gone through their final stages of editing, so you may spot some grammar or spelling mistakes – but those will likely be corrected before the book goes on sale.

Remember to proofread your review for grammar, spelling mistakes, typos, etc. before publishing it.

Ask yourself these very important questions…

Do you want people to read this book?

Do you think this is a book your readers should skip?

Do you want your readers to become a loyal follower of this author or publisher?

Have You Tried These Book Review Sites?

writerAs authors, we are all looking for places to get our books reviewed. I thought it might be a good idea to put together some of the more promising places to get your book reviewed. If you are looking to get your book reviewed—why don’t you try some of these?

Kirkus Reviews

This site is the perfect place to find hidden gems, up-and-coming authors and debut novels that are worth their weight in gold. Get involved with the reviews and enjoy the book club feel of Kirkus today.

Book Reviews For Mums

This blog not only provides a darn delightful read, but also acts as a support network for those mums and dads who are taking their first tentative steps in the world of parenting. Mums and dads share their informed thoughts on children’s books, parenting books and books that stress the importance of well-being for the whole family.

Love Reading

An absolute must-read for all lovers of books, this website has a seemingly endless collection of fascinating book reviews covering works that are suitable for children and adults of all ages. A book review site such as this one could well become a staple read for lovers of good books, if it hasn’t already.

Katy Moran’s Book Review Blog

For bookworms and budding authors alike, Katy Moran provides an enjoyable read in terms of her take on a wide range of books, as well as tips and hints on getting a novel published and the process of creating a novel, ‘from paper to printed book’.

What are your favorite book review sites? Leave your suggestions below!


Spotlight Review: The Dragon Children: Prophecy

“The Dragon Children: The Prophecy” from Hannah Byrnes keeps the reader hooked, and puts many other books in this genre to shame…. Seriously… This is good stuff!

Okay, I admit it, first off; I do love reading this genre. When I saw “The Dragon Children” I knew I wanted to give it a chance. I read about one book a week… so I can judge whether or not a book is an easy read. What made this book an easy read for me was that the story is so well developed. It really is a joy to read something that drives itself along. You don’t have to force yourself to keep reading.

However… what led me to really become a huge fan of “The Dragon Children” was something many authors overlook. It was the characters. This is a book with extremely well-developed characters and that makes this book a delightful read… a fantastic read.

Kai was my favorite character. You will love him too.

So… what do we have here? We have a book with a great concept, the story unfolds well, her dialogue is great. She pulls it off.

Need I say more?

Okay… I made it clear that I really like this book? You’re not convinced? Magic? Dragons? Prophecies?

You must be hooked by now…

My suggestion is if you want to read this book, and you certainly should, prepare yourself for a journey that will become rather addictive. You will become involved with the characters, and the story. You won’t find your mind wandering away from the story. This is the kind-of book that lingers with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

No…. I won’t tell you about the story. I’m not going to give you any spoilers this week. Okay… okay… I’ll put more information about the story below….

The Dragon Children:

The Prophecy

Hannah Byrnes




Decades ago, a war raged in Dragonsreach. The Iron King’s giant machines destroyed a whole flight of dragons. Now only two dragons and their nest of eggs remain.

Kai is the shy, studious son of a TV Astrologer. Pony-loving Bridget hates maths and wants to be a Knight. They are the Dragon Children, destined to restore man’s faith in magic. Their arrival means that an age-old prophecy may be fulfilled, and dragons will rule the skies again.

After a legion of iron birds attack, the dragon eggs are lost and Bridget and Kai are separated. Each sets out on an perilous quest leading to dragon hordes, mysterious wizards, invisible temples and ancient magic before facing a deadly foe who is not what it seems.