How The Heck Did You Do That?!? Blogger Tips and Tricks #10 Reviews
It's so important to back up your statement when analyzing a character. To simply state you like or dislike a character doesn't really help the reader determine if they will. For example I love snarky, bad-ass, headstrong characters and you may prefer soft spoken, moody, flawed characters. By sharing the why, you enable readers to decide for themselves.
d. is it the main focus or a subplot?
c. was it show or tell?
Was it an information dump, or slowly revealed? Did the author paint the world for you or smother you with details about chairs and wallpaper? Was it believable? Is it the same old troupe or did the author add their own voice to it? What worked? What didn't.
d. point of view (multiple?)
Hmm, how do I know what POV the book is from? Here is a simple guideline:
First Person: told from future, present or past tense, the author uses terms like I climbed the hill, we climbed the hill.
Second Person: generally found in non-fiction, like manuals the author uses terms like you lose or you all lose.
Third Person: this is the easiest to identify as the narrator isn't present in the tale and the author uses terms such as He climbed the hill, she climbed the hill, they climbed the hill.
7. Honest opinion, be trustworthy and state your true assessment.
Honesty is what people crave more than anything. They want to discern your tastes and know how theirs align with yours. Remember not everyone is going to love or loathe the same book, so if you loved it say so. If you wanted to smack it against the wall and scream; tell us why.
6. A recap with no real opinion
Spoiler? A spoiler to me is any information regarding the plot that is not revealed in the synopsis. If you want to talk about something specific by all means do so but either give fair warning or be vague.
A vague example: The author brought up social issues regarding racism and made me reflect on my own opinion.
Readers said after they have read the book they love spoilers, but before they want clear warning if you have them.
6. If you like (insert author or book) then you will like this.
7. Genre and age group
Things Publishers and Authors Like to see:
I emailed a few authors and publishers to find out what they like to see in a review and here are a few items:
1. General book info: cover, title, synopsis, publisher info, release date, genre
2. Honest and spoiler free review
3. author links/publisher links
4. Goodreads button
5. Buy links
6. A review posted within 2 weeks of release date before or after (for ARCS)
Again these are suggestions! Mold your reviews to fit your personality. Find your own voice and format.
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