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#21 mrballa23


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Posted 10 August 2011 - 09:38 AM

This is good I want to know how can I get my book reviewed ?

#22 Kell


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Posted 10 August 2011 - 10:02 AM

Go to our BCF Reviews Blog and use the contact form there to submit a request to the team. :)

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 04:04 PM

I've never written a review before - but I hope to soon.
This is really helpful - thank you for sharing.

#24 Andie P

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

This is a great guide, will be using it in future.

Thank you.

Andie x

#25 MisterBus


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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:51 PM

I was going to vote a resounding 'no' to this advice but, thinking about it some more, I can see some value to having advice about structure when you first start to write a review. But the idea that reviews should be so regimented appals me. I was reminded of the scene in Dead Poets Society where pupils read in a text book how to evaluate mathematically whether poetry is good or bad. The advice suggested is all mechanical but with no emotion. When I read a review I want to learn as much about the reviewer and his or her views on life, as I do about the book itself. A review strikes me as a good excuse to initiate a discussion - not a way of coldly and clinically dissecting a book. I only narrowly concede that this advice - like the pages of the text book in Dead Poets Society - shouldn't be torn up into shreds and burnt! Read it once as a crutch with which to write your first review - then throw it away and write from the heart.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:24 AM

I'm not sure where you got the idea that we are saying reviews should be regimented. The original poster labelled it a 'rough guide', and proceeded herself to say she doesn't really follow any set structure for writing reviews. The entire point of her posting it, as is made obvious by the above, and by what everyone else who has commented in this thread chose to take from it - is to in fact aid people looking for a little help with structuring their reviews. Nobody is evaluating anybody's ability to write reviews, it was a simple offer of advice for people to take or leave as they wish - and according to the poll 43 people happily took something from it!

It is, as you say, a crutch for people wanting to work on the technical side of their review writing, IF they choose to use it; I don't know where you got the idea that it's anything more than that.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:08 AM

As Noll says, it was just a rough guide I found online and posted in response to people asking how to go about writing a review. Telling someone who's never written a review and doesn't know where to start just to "go with the flow" isn't exactly helpful. And there are some useful tips in there to remember even when going with the flow, as I've read countless reviews where the reviewer neglects yo mention the author's name even once (and if there are multiple books with the same or similar titles, that can be problematic), or in some cases, even the title of the book! If either of those things are missing and then they don't even bother to mention the themes and only include what they thought of it, then you're going ot struggle to find out what the book is!

Writing reviews gets easier with practice. As I mentioned very early on in the thread, at school we were given a rough template for our book reviews which most of the kids found very helpful and although I tend to go with the flow with my own reviews, I always ensire I include certain elements with the factual information (title, author's name, and even the ISBN of the copy I read) clearly at the beginning so everyone knows exaclty which book I'm reviewing. So you see, even when "going with the flow" we fall into a pattern of ease when we review in order to include all the useful general information as well as our personal thoughts on the book in question.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

I also think there are different types of reviews - most are to give a potential reader an idea about what to expect, so they can make an informed decision as to whether they will read it. If I go to amazon, for example, I'm really not interested in long rambling reviews, and I really don't care about the reviewers personality - I simply want to know what the book is about, it's style, any negatives to be aware of etc.

I don't see reviews as being there to spark discussion - a forum such as this is much better for that! :D

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:17 AM

The guidelines are good one i will follow those for my next reviews posting

#30 abcdemerli


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:35 PM

Always toy with the idea of reviewing, this will definitely help! Thanks!

#31 The Book Wheel

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:32 AM

This is a great list. It's also important to find the redeeming qualities of a book you may not like. I've read and reviewed a lot of books that I didn't particularly care for but knew that other would appreciate it. Balance is key! 

#32 Signor Finzione

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 05:02 PM

I've very recently decided to venture into the world of blogging/reviewing and these suggestions are much appreciated.


I, for one, am glad they weren't torn up into shreds and burnt. Everyone has to start somewhere.


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:21 PM

Thanks for this guide. This will definitely help me when I am finally able to start a book-related blog.

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 08:06 PM

This guide helped in my latest review and allowed me to flourish from set points instead of writing a confusing cluster. Thank you for sharing, Kell; bookmarked in the browser.

#35 sky29


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Posted 20 June 2016 - 03:31 PM

Thanks for the guide and tips.

#36 theultimateredemption


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Posted 21 February 2017 - 06:31 PM

Thank you for that simple and easy to follow guide!

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