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Guidelines for Reviewers

Every book is different and there can be no set formula for a review, but please bear the following points in mind:

Ideally online reviews should be about 400 - 600 words long: shorter is better — it's more likely to be read. If you quote the book, please keep the quotes fairly brief and always give the page number.

  • Try to summarise what the book's about. If you can do this in one soundbite sentence, even better!
  • Assess whether or not the book achieves what it's aiming for: try to identify strengths and weaknesses — what, if anything, is missing?
  • Is it well written? Does the language flow or is it too dense or stilted to be readable?
  • Keep the genre in mind: if it's fiction, for example, don't give away the plot!
  • Offer constructive criticism: imagine yourself at the receiving end of your review — how would you take it if someone said that about your life's work? Engage with the author, if it's atrocious, say so, but be gracious about it. There's a fine line between critiquing an author's work and personally attacking an author: please tread carefully.
  • Find fault by all means — but that's not your aim: your aim is a fair and honest appraisal that will help prospective readers decide whether or not this a book they want to read.
  • Try to include a sentence or two, ideally towards the end, to identify the target readership — something along the lines of "If you're concerned about/enjoy/ready for... blah blah... then this is the book for you/essential reading" — or one to avoid, as the case may be!
  • Please use inclusive language throughout your review unless a comment is intentionally gender-specific. For some discussion of why this is important, please refer to this Author—Reviewer Dialogue.

Finally, remember that a review is your opinion: by all means be objective, but don't be indifferent — make it personal: say what the book does, or fails to do, for you.

Your First Review?
If you're submitting your first review, please include a sentence or two about yourself to help readers understand where you're coming from; this will be included at the end of your review and in the Reviewers Index, where you can see the sort of information included about other reviewers.

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