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The review conveys an opinion, supporting it with evidence from the book. Do you know how to write a book review? I blithely assured myself it would simply be a matter of picking up Book Reviews for Dummies, or something to that effect. It's easier to find information on bomb-making than book review writing.
So I did what any other resourceful writer on deadline would do; I panicked. Well, for a moment. Quickly composing myself I scrounged the library and internet for every conceivable source that even hinted at the term "book review. Title - What does it suggest? Preface or Introduction - Provides important information about the author's intentions or the scope of the book.
Can you identify any limitations?
Has the author ignored important aspects of the subject? Table of Contents - Shows how the book's organized -- main ideas, how they're developed chronologically, topically, etc.
Points to ponder as you read the entire book: What's the general field or genre? Does the book fit? From what point of view is the book written?
Do you agree or disagree with the author's point of view? Make notes as you read, passages to quote in your review. Can you follow the author's thesis, "common thread"?
What is the author's style? Suitable for the intended audience? Are concepts well defined? Is the language clear and convincing? Are the ideas developed?
What areas are covered, not covered? How accurate is the information? Is the author's concluding chapter, the summary, convincing? If there are footnotes, do they provide important information? Do they clarify or extend points made in the text? If relevant, make note of the book's format - layout, binding, etc.
Are there maps, illustrations? Is the index accurate? What sources did the author use -- primary, secondary?
Make note of important omissions. What did the book accomplish? Is more work needed? Compare the book to others by this author, or books in this field by other authors.
Use the books listed in the bibliography. Include title, author, place, publisher, publication date, edition, pages, special features maps, etc. Hook the reader with your opening sentence. Set the tone of the review.
Be familiar with the guidelines -- some editors want plot summaries; others don't. Some want you to say outright if you recommend a book, but not others.Write book reviews for local newspapers. If they don't have a book review section, start one. If you have a specialty -- romance, mystery, dark fantasy -- cultivate it, become an expert.
Writing a book review is not the same as writing a book report or a summary. A book review is a critical analysis of a published work that assesses the work's strengths and weaknesses. Many authors strive to have their books reviewed by a professional because a published review (even a negative one) can be a great source of publicity.
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Jan 04, · Reader Approved How to Write a Nonfiction Book. Three Parts: Preparing to Write Researching the Book Writing the Book Community Q&A Many of the same tips and tricks of writing fiction apply to writing nonfiction, from avoiding the passive voice to eliminating cliches%(63).
Reading a book to review it Choose your book carefully. Being interested in a book will help you write a strong review, so take some time to choose a book .