Books about the art of book reviewing are few and far between. THE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING attempts to fill the void. As a reviewer myself I was curious to see what insight was offered to me as well as those just getting started. It was with a great deal of anticipation that I opened my copy.
Most people are anxious to express their opinions; readers are no exception. The internet has made it easier than ever. But it's not easy to communicate those opinions in an organized credible manner. Criticism should be backed up with fact and examples. Thoughts should be presented in a way that's informative and entertaining at the same time. The authors address all that and more.
Anne K. Edwards is a writer and editor of “Voice in the Dark, " a free monthly ezine. Mayra Calvani is a writer, reviewer and co-editor of “Voice in the Dark. " Both women rely on their own personal experience and that of other reviewers. They cover all aspects of book reviewing from “What is a book review?" right through to “How to Start Your Own Book Review Site. "
Along the way you'll learn how to read critically, what to do if the book is terrible and what to avoid so you're not singled out as an amateur. There are numerous examples of reviews, long and short, positive and not so positive.
Want to get started? There's an extensive list of publications at the end; a treasure trove of print media and online sites that provide reviews. Everything is presented in clear concise language and organized in an easy to use format. I found the book to be a valuable resource for the professional as well as the novice. Authors, publishers and readers will find it interesting as well.
This reviewer learned a lot along the way - two thumbs up ladies.
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Gail Pruszkowski reviews for “Romantic Times BOOKreviews" magazine and her work has been published in the “Cup of Comfort" Anthologies.