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?