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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On writing reviews

I'd be the first person to admit I'm terrible at writing book reviews. I had to do very few, if any, book reports as a kid. It didn't stop me from reading everything I could get my hands on.

I do try to post my reactions to books on Goodreads, but that's not the same thing as a formal review. My "reviews" are short comments on why I liked the book, often based more on emotional responses than critical theory. A formal, structured review can be very helpful to an author, especially an independent author who has no recourse to traditional review outlets like newspapers and magazines.

Dactyl Review has excellent guidelines on what constitutes an acceptable review. I'm going to try and discipline myself to learn them.

Meanwhile, if anyone wants to review my book--formally or otherwise--I'd be most appreciative!

2 comments:

Carissa Taylor said...

I'm horrible at writing reviews too! I always just end up writing "recommendations"

kdoyle said...

I'm glad it's not just me.

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