Friday, 11 May 2018

How To Become A Book Review Blogger #2

How To Become A Book Review Blogger

Book Reviews allow you to share your opinion of a book you've read, and other readers can read that review to make an informed decision about whether or not to read that same book or not.

How To Become A Book Review Blogger

As a successful Book Review Blogger, you can wield a lot of power, and even become an influencer. 

Coming back to the nitty, gritty of blogging - when you post insightful, honest book reviews on your dedicated Book Review Blog and start to attract readers, your blog will start to create a passive income for you. (see my previous blog post)

In the beginning, your income will be slow but if you continue blogging and post regularly, every penny adds up.


How to write a Book Review?


In order to write a book review, you need to read the book first. I would suggest you do not add a submission page to your blog, and to rather read books you pick yourself, books you know you'll love and books you really want to read. You don't want reading to become a chore.


Take notes. Gather details you’ll write about in your review: the good, the bad and the ugly. Also, take note of quotes you like.


Take a photo of yourself with the book, or download the book cover image from the internet, or even add GIFs. Your review will be enhanced by imagery.


Determine what you want to say about the story. Will this be a positive or a negative review? What will you focus on? You might want to pick out a particular theme and write your review around it.


Be honest in your review. Don’t stretch the truth or exaggerate. HOWEVER - Give a fair review. You may have had a terrible experience reading the story, but balance your review with what the author did right. People find reviews more credible if they showcase the good and the bad together.


Suggestion: Add the Book Title and Author Name in the POST HEADING

Create a banner for your blog, which you can post at the top of every blog post. This will appear in your social media posts when you share the post link and serve as advertising for your Book Review Blog.


In 1-2 sentences, briefly describe the story you’re reviewing. Do not summarize the entire plot.

♥ Give the reader of your review an idea of what you experienced whilst reading the story.  
♥ Relate your review directly to your personal experience - people visiting your blog will want to know about your experience. 
♥ Choose descriptive words. 
♥ Your review needs to flow and should be consistent 
♥ Write in complete sentences. 
Think about where this story fits among similar stories - make comparisons with other books (without saying one is better than the other). 
♥ Leave hints about the plot readers can only find the answers to when they read the book themselves. 
♥ Make your review clear and concise. Don’t overdo the review with over-the-top praise or criticism. Always review the story, never the author.

BLOG POST SETTINGS (right-hand side of your screen):


book review blog, best book review blog, blog book reviews by >YOUR NAME<, book review blog >YOUR COUNTRY<, book review blog literary fiction, book review blog sites, book review for blog, book review on blog, fiction book review blog, book review blog >GENRE<

SUGGESTION: Add the author's name. Most authors have Google Alerts, so when/if they see your review, they will love it (truth be told - authors just like to know someone's read it) and share it - happy days 😀


If you read fast or are posting all your reviews once a month, then schedule them rather than making them all go live on the same day.


You can create custom links here.


If you want to, you can add your GENERAL location. Don't post your exact address for anyone to see.


Suggestion: Create something you can add to each blog post to remain consistent. This will appear in the post you share on social media.


Another book shelved in my quest to read a thousand books in my lifetime. See my review.


Another page turned in my quest to read a thousand books in my lifetime. See my review.

DON'T MESS WITH OPTIONS & CUSTOM ROBOT TAGS - unless you know what you're doing.


Take some time to read through your review carefully, checking for proper grammar and spelling. People will discount your review if it’s full of grammatical errors that make it hard to read. Grammarly can help you with this.


Click submit

The best reviews hook the reader and draw them in. 
Write in a way that is imaginative and captures 
the essence of the story you’re reviewing.