Isn’t It Easy To Become a Book Reviewer?

You 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.

There are hundreds of places to share your info. The easiest are the free blogging sites like: blogger.com, WordPress.com, Tumblr.com, and many more. These are great for beginners, but you aren’t going to be great with these.

You need your own platform. I always recommend WordPress.org (not WordPress.com, they are different). This requires some investment, but lets you create a custom site that is exactly what you need. You can work with SEO on the site and have it ready to make some awesome content that is easy to share. It also lets you own the URL giving you control. Don’t let someone else control your writing since it belongs in your hands (even if you accidentally delete it).

Otherwise, you can ask other blogs to be part of their site to contribute. I think it is better to have a place all to your own though.

Read

Read the books you love and read only the ones you want. Be picky, be a jerk, be what you want. Don’t just take anything people throw at you. Discriminate so you can write better. Choose what you want. It is so important to be passionate about the book you chose even if you hate it after. Good writing starts with a good book or terrible book you expected to be good.

Write

Write well and write interesting. Nothing is worse than a point by point style of a review (sometimes it is nice to see at the bottom as a summary though). You need to engage the reader with your words and make them see your point. Not only understand it, but feel your feelings. You have to realize you are affecting their buying decision and you want to convince them. Not only is convincing them what you set out to do when you become a book reviewer, but it is what they expect. If you don’t try to convince them to buy or not to buy they will be disappointed. And you will be disappointed by the lack of people reading you blog.

Promote

To become a book reviewer you need readers. So you need to promote your blog. Don’t worry too much, but do it every day. A little everyday goes farther than anything else. Once promotional effort a day is better than nothing.

Twitter: Do it once a day. Use hash tags, for example: #bookreviews #fiction #fantasyreview @author’s name

Facebook: Write something about books every day. Tell your friends, share a review with a specific friend, start a Facebook page.

Other Blogs: Write comments on the same book you reviewed, build a relationship, argue, ask for a link from their site.

SEO: Learn about SEO and ensure your reviews adhere to it since it will help at some point in the future.

What Do Book Reviewers Do?

Book reviewers are those that read books and review them, either on an amateur basis or as a professional. There are plenty of professional book reviewers that read books for a living and then write articles about these books, either recommending them or not recommending them. Book reviewers will read the book and then give a prospective reading a quick synopsis of the book without giving away any spoilers.

The book reviewers will usually tell the reader that they either liked the book or did not like the book within the first few paragraphs. The reader of the review will also be privy to why the reviewer did not like the book, without any many secrets or twists to the plot.

Because of the internet, there are amateur book reviewers all over the place. Anyone can review a book online. If you are looking for a start in this career, you can do so by reviewing books online. Although you will not get paid for this, you can use your reviews as clippings if you are looking for a job as a reviewer.

Book reviewers do not have the most glamorous of professions but it is steady work. Many book reviewers go on to write their own books, eventually, If you are considering writing your own book, one of the best ways to get started is by reading other books in the genre. If you become somewhat of an expert on the genre, you can then become one of the many book reviewers to whom others turn when they consider purchasing a book. Just as movie reviewers can have somewhat of an influence over the movie industry, you can have somewhat of an influence if you begin to publish your book reviews in places like The New Yorker or the New York times, both of which feature the top book reviewers.

If you have a book that you want reviewed, you can ask others who read in this genre to give your book a review. Some writers will have several book reviewers that they will use to tell them if they need changes in a story such as the plotline is too thin or the characters too one dimensional. Book reviewers also work as readers in large publishing houses to determine whether to recommend them to the publisher.

Writing Business Book Reviews – Simple Instructions From an English Class Dropout to You

A business book review is a great way for any consultant, sales professional or thought leader in the business arena to demonstrate expertise and pre-sell products and services. This is particularly true when your business book review is syndicated online and gives the readers of your reviews an easy way to connect to a targeted landing page or business presence online.

If you are an independent consultant, salesperson or consultative entrepreneur, you can use business book reviews as a promotional vehicle by offering them to targeted local community publications or even trade specialty publications.

5 Simple Steps to a Great Business Book Review

If you’ve never written a book review, here’s a template for writing useful business book reviews even if you flunked (or stumbled through) all your high school writing classes.

1. Attention-grabbing Introduction section

One of the realities of using book reviews in the ways that I describe above is that they must be at least slightly entertaining or engaging by themselves. As a matter of fact, they must be engaging first before they inform. That’s how you will get your book reviews consistently read.

2. Background (or context)

A book review is incomplete if you don’t help your reader understand the context surrounding the book. For instance, the author of the book might also be the head of an organization that sells services related to the theme of the book, or may be an outcast in the community of his expertise (which may give the reader critical “extra information” that helps them judge what they read).

One excellent reviewer I came across even differentiates between the “background” and the “deep background” of the books in this excellent business book reviews.

3. The Book

In this section you break down the main components of the book. These break downs could be according to the parts or the chapters of the book. You may also ignore the structure of the content and just deliver the main points of the book in your own words and sequences.

A great way to do this is to identify the author’s stated goals for the book and share your opinion as to whether the author fell short, met, or exceeded their goal and why you think so. Don’t be afraid to use this area to illustrate some of the key concepts communicated by the author.

4. What You Liked

Immediately following your summary of the book’s key concepts, you can share what you liked or were impressed by (if anything). You’ll generally have a broad selection of areas to choose from:

Author tone, authority or approach
Key concepts
Communication format of those concepts
Use of examples, quotes, case studies
Sequencing of ideas
Assessments, tools and extras

Any one of these areas can give you all the substance you need to engagingly communicate your impressions while giving your reader a strong sense of what the book is about and how it tries to accomplish its purpose.

5. Dislikes or Holes in the book

For both personal and promotional reasons, I like to find something I dislike, or at least find a deficiency within every business book I read. Even with books that I am overwhelmingly impressed by, I look for “holes” in the scope of the book…if only as an exercise in intellectual acuity and critical thinking.