Book Reviews

Bringing It All Together: Reviewing Short Story Collections
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I love short story collections. They are compulsively easy to read, far more so than novels. I also like to think of them as introductions to authors I haven’t read before. Short stories are a great way to sample a writer’s style. Anthologies of short stories can be tricky to get right. Some are straight forward collections of a single author’s work. I tend to only buy these if I’m already familiar with the author through their other work, whether that be a novel or a separate short story that I read and enjoyed.

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Literary Awards and Book Reviews to Build your Author Platform
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We all know that readers check the reviews before deciding on a book, so no wonder most authors rush out to get book review requests even before the launch of their new title. But are reviews and literary awards relevant to building your author platform and boosting sales?

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Things to Avoid When Writing a Book Review
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This past week, I received feedback from an author on our last editorial, Book Reviews – An Author’s Best Friend (Even When Not-So-Positive), where he shared his “most extreme hostile review.” This author forwarded to us a review of his book which basically comprised of everything reviewers should avoid when reviewing. I decided to address this through today’s editorial for two reasons:

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