Profile of a Book Reviewer

ffffA book-reviewing process starts with reading the book by the one who will write the review. The review itself is a summary or a specific view of the book written on purpose to be able to sell the book better.

If you look on you will experience an enormous number of book reviewers, the top reviewer has reviewed – and therefore read – 13,998 books. This sheds some light on the productivity behind reviewing which is most of all “pure-production.” A review requires new text to be produced by the reviewer. The reviewer may use some terms, on-liners or perhaps certain passages of the books, but should add something of its own to the review; a summary, something about the plot, about the characters, about the style of the book, about other books of the same author or about other books of different authors but on the same topic…

The review serves the sales process of the book and this is achieved by offering a subjective opinion from the reviewer. A review can never be really objective, simply because the reviewer’s view on the book is based on his or her experience on the subject and experience with possible other books from the author.

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The Trouble With Book Reviews

jTo judge by a flyer from the just-inaugurated New York Center for Independent Publishing, book reviewers are in trouble. “SAVE OUR BOOK REVIEWS!” pleads its headline. “Over the past five years, one by one, newspapers have begun to forsake books and their readers. At dozens of papers, book coverage has been cut back or slashed altogether, puffed up with wire copy, or generally treated as expendable. The Board of the National Book Critics Circle has launched a campaign to try to combat these changes.”

Assuming that the freefall needs to be stopped – what should be done?

When any industry is hit by a malaise, it helps to do three things. First of all, just to stave off precipitous decline, it makes sense to assure investors of the overall viability of the enterprise, and ask them to advance additional funds to help restore its profitability. Book reviews being hardly a strong profit earner, it would be less then realistic to put much hope into this step.

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How to Write a Book Review

wwOne of my favorite pastimes is reading. I literally devour books, up to 6 per month. As I am reading, I often realize that what the author is sharing is a profound truth that needs to be realized, and implemented, by more people in our world.

I do not have enough reading friends (to tell about the book) to feel satisfied that I played my part in spreading this truth. The solution? I write reviews online.

When you write a book review online, you are spreading the news about it. You are creating awareness, and promoting the book. As people see and read your review, they will most probably be enticed to read the book (if it’s a good review) and the message of the book is spread further and wider.

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Isn’t It Easy To Become a Book Reviewer?

wwwwYou think it is easy to become a book reviewer? Think again. You are right when you say that anyone with a pen can become a book reviewer, but it doesn’t matter if no one reads what you write. And if you are writing on your own blog it is going to feel like you are writing to absolutely no one for a very long time unless you have some idea of the proper way to become a book reviewer. You need to think of four things: a place, to read, to write, and to promote.

Find an Outlet

Where are you going to write that it matters? Or even if it doesn’t matter, where people will read it. Nothing is more frustrating than writing perfectly entertaining reviews than to have not one person read them. You need to find the best place to share your info.

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Using Twitter to Get Book Reviews

rrOne of writers biggest challenges is to get book reviews, whether good or bad. Not that we want bad reviews, but, we do need book reviews in order to sell more books. It is like the chicken and egg puzzle, you can’t sell books without reviews, and you can’t get reviews without selling books.

Yes, you can get friends and family to do a review, although you do need to be careful here as Amazon can detect an invalid review or a review from a family member. Those reviews that are detected as too close to the writer are not generally published. I think they want to discourage writers from pulling in family members to do a review and actually have you go out and get third party reviews which, in turn, will give more legitimacy to the review.

So what can you do about it? I know for me, those reviews are all important, and the more I have the more likely I am to sell a book.

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