So, you want to write a book review…

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Authors of traditional and digital formatted books yearn for book reviews. Unfortunately, readers who actually take the time to post a review are few in number compared to the number of customers who buy the book. And one guess is that many readers are afraid that they will write a good review, poorly. Strange, huh?

 The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill to the rescue: Common features of book reviews:

  • First, a review gives the reader a concise summary of the content. This includes a relevant description of the topic as well as its overall perspective, argument, or purpose.
  • Second, and more importantly, a review offers a critical assessment of the content. This involves your reactions to the work under review: what strikes you as noteworthy, whether or not it was effective or persuasive, and how it enhanced your understanding of the issues at hand.
  • Finally, in addition to analyzing the work, a review often suggests whether or not the audience would appreciate it.

Okay? There you have it. Feel free to share this information. There’s no reason for anybody to NOT leave a review for the next book they read.

 ~Help an author; leave a review.


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