Book then are faced with: acim know who I am and want more of what I write?” One good tool to accomplish this is to use your skill as a writer by reviewing books. People make money doing book reviews. They have acquired a skill and they capitalize on it. Authors can do the same thing except for a different end result.
Where do you start? Learn what makes a good book review. We will review how to do this, but for now, we want to look at the why and what of your purpose in writing review articles. First, if you are an unknown author, you must expand your ability to write. Book reviews is one tool that you can use to do this. This tool must work for you and not against you. We will look at a list of related topics that must be used when you use this avenue of self-promotion. The key and golden rule here is: subtle self-promotion.
The book review that you do must accomplish several goals for you.
It must enhance your standing as an author and writer.
It must showcase your talent for your chosen genre of writing.
It must be with publications that are related to your writing arena, i.e. romance or mystery for fiction or a specific area if non-fiction.
The article review venue must allow you to attach your book title or author website as part of your signature. This is a subtle means of self-promotion and readers will come to associate your name and book titles or website to your writing.
You must be professional with how and what you write in book reviews. Caveat here: if the general tone of many of your book reviews is harsh, negative or critical it will hinder your self-promotion.
Use a balanced approach with writing book reviews and if you see that reviewing a certain book is or will cast a negative shadow; it is your choice to not do a book review. Better left unsaid if it will cause future problems.
If you are given a book to review, don’t just skim it. Do the author and yourself a favor by giving it an honest appraisal. Your aim is to build a positive promotion atmosphere for you as an author along with your books.
This list is not all-inclusive, but a starting point for using book reviews as a means of self-promotion. It will be related to your field of writing and will keep you in the habit of writing. When you hit a dry spell in your writing having a book to read and doing a review can be a kick starter for other writing that you need to do. Just don’t let writing about books become the primary focus of what you write.
In paragraph two above, we hinted at what it takes to do a good book review and what are its component parts. To get us started, a quote by Alyice Edrich, a British author, gives us this definition: “It’s a brief overview or description of a book, along with your personal evaluation or thoughts.” With this definition, we will break down a book review into its basic components. “The best reviews are the ones which help other people make their own decisions.” Says Alyice.