Let’s Talk About Book Reviews by Rosie Amber [Reblogged]

Rosie Amber has written an excellent blog about writing book reviews. I highly recommend it for readers and writers!

 

Readers reviewers

I’m involved with helping to spread the news that August is write a book review on Amazon month, this week I’m going to post some themed book reviewing posts to encourage more people to leave those all important reviews.

Readers reviewers

I truly believe that book sales have changed as people browse virtual book stores to buy their books. This is where the book reviews really help sell a book in a market place full of millions and millions of books. If I had a £1 for every-time someone said to me, “Since I starting writing my book I’ve come to realise how important book reviews are”, well, I’d be well on the way to spending that money stocking up on books!

1) Where do I post my book reviews as well as this blog?
I choose to regularly post my book reviews to Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. I also write for 2 local magazines and post 5 selected book reviews to each magazine per month. The magazines go out to over 7000 readers in my local area.
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2) What type of books will I consider for review?
I enjoy romance, paranormal, humour, murder mystery, mild thrillers, spiritual and YA/NA books. I will read both non-fiction and fiction. Book reviewing has also widened my preferred reading genres and I do touch on sci-fi, historical fiction and many sub-genres of all those mentioned.
3) What format do I like books to be in for review?
I still enjoy paperback books, but my Kindle is now heavily used. I do understand the cost of sending books to reviewers, so I accept books in Mobi which I can upload to my kindle. Authors can also gift me books or send me a voucher to cover the cost of buying their book.
4) What’s the first thing I do when beginning a book review?
I have a note book with me when I read books and I write down the title and author, the day I begin the book and I start noting character names and places, jobs, relationships etc as I go through the book.
5) How do I proceed after that?
Then I’ll note down specific events from the book, or small phrases or even things I don’t understand which may become clearer later in the book. I usually fill an A5 sized sheet with notes per book. Occasionally I’ll write more.
6) Is there an average time I spend reading a book?
I would say 2 days per book.
7) When I’ve finished a book do I write the review immediately? Or wait a while?
I always try to write the book review straight away while it is fresh in my mind. However if a book has troubled me and left me doubtful about certain points or areas, I might skim read a few reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and see if others agree with me or not. Although this isn’t always helpful if a book has received a handful of only glowing 5* reviews and nothing else. Glowing 5* reviews from family and friends stick out like sore thumbs and can put off new reviewers who would genuinely like to leave a review but feel intimidated. Much better and more genuine for an author to have a range of star rated reviews for their work.

 

Continue reading here: Source: Let’s Talk About #Bookreviews Day 1 #MondayBlogs | Rosie Amber

Tip: How to Reblog Self Hosted WordPress Site Articles…

I have enjoyed so many great blog posts in the past but couldn’t figure out how to reblog on my self-hosted WordPress site. Today I finally figured it out, thanks to this article….

TIP: HOW TO REBLOG SELF HOSTED WORDPRESS SITE ARTICLES & PAGES AND MORE!

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I decided to write this post which is related more to blogging but also relates to the arts and/or photography, especially if you see an awesome art/photography article online that you would like to reblog on your wordpress.com hosted site.

I scour the net on a daily basis for interesting articles for Windlight Magazine’s website. It is quite easily to reblog content that is hosted on a WordPress.com blog, as these blogs have a simple reblog feature. Of course it is not easy to reblog content from self hosted WordPress.org blogs. I have found a few work around’s so that you can reblog content from just about anywhere on the web, without having to do much copying and pasting!

Reblogging Content from WordPress.com Blogs:

This is really easy as if you are a WordPress.com blogger or writer with a blog on WordPress.com, you simply can use the reblog tools. See this link for more information: https://en.support.wordpress.com/reblogs/

Reblogging Content From WordPress.org Self Hosted Blogs if you are a WordPress.com User:

This one is a little tricky but still easy. You simply use the press this feature. Press this be added to your internet browser and as long as you are logged into WordPress.com, you can “press” an article onto your chosen WordPress.com blog, even WordPress.org self hosted blogs. This link has more information about press this: https://en.support.wordpress.com/press-this/

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