Guest Blogger: Cynthia Morris
In my previous article, I wrote about why it’s a good idea to write book reviews.
Everyone will have her own book review style. You want to express your personality. Your reviews will be one way you distinguish yourself from others online.
Here are a few suggestions for making your book reviews less onerous and more effective.
Don’t feel pressured to write a critical review.
In the past I struggled with reviewing. I thought I had to deliver a highly articulate and intelligent opinion on the work. This pressure made reviewing miserable.
But when I remembered how much I enjoyed recommending books as a bookseller at Capitol Hill Books, I regained my enthusiasm.
Now, with my video reviews, I simply recommend books. I choose one memorable thing about the book and emphasize that. It’s still an intelligent review, but I don’t have to be complex or long-winded.
Share the learning.
What books helped you grow as an artist? Think of each book as a teacher. What juicy nuggets did you get from each one?
Share those as a list in one post, or break the list into a series of posts.
Keep it short.
A written review could be done in 100-200 words. I try to keep my video reviews, like the one featured here, to one minute.
Don’t feel you have to summarize the whole book. Choose one or two points to share.
Check the facts.
Be sure to spell the author’s name and the title correctly. If you’re doing audio or video reviews, learn how to pronounce the author’s name.
Give accurate information about where to buy the book. Use appropriate tags on Goodreads and Amazon reviews.
Recall a book you recently enjoyed. Write your review within the next week to practice and find your review style.
What helps make reviewing and recommending books easier for you? What’s your signature review style?
Cynthia Morris has been coaching writers at Original Impulse for as long as she’s been writing her novel. Set in Paris 1937, Chasing Sylvia Beach is now available for your summer reading. Find out more.