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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Taking the Pain Out of Writing Book Reviews, While Adding a Touch of Glory

Taking the Pain Out of Writing Book Reviews, 
While Adding a Touch of Glory

by Lois W. Stern
Review Acquisition Coordinator for TheNewBookReview 


* Don't forget to include a byline or tag line as part of your review. For example, I end each Amazon review I post with the words: Lois W. Stern, Creator of Tales2Inspire®.

* In the body of your review, try to add something personal about yourself, something that helped you relate to this book. For example, a physical therapist might include a few words about how and why they related to the book's karate champion because of their understanding and appreciation of the relationship between strengthening the body and both physical and mental health. 

* As an author, you can probably think of a way to express your admiration for the book you are reviewing by saying something about how your personal experiences as an author make you keenly aware of (something about the craft of writing). For example a reviewer of  Tales2Inspire ~ The Garnet Collection (Stories in Feathers and Friends), wrote that because of his own writings ("scientific treatises of animal consciousness, my appreciation for the stories in this book runs deeply . . . and have been a pleasure to have read.") This reviewer appears to be from Peru, so his language wasn't perfect, but nonetheless his thoughts ran true.

I have included a page titled, "Book Club Discussion Question to Spark Your Creativity"  at the end of each of my Tales2inspire® books. Even if it is too late to add such questions to the end of your book, you might try writing questions specific to your book to include as a helpful guide to future reviewers.

* For those of you who have bought into our "Authors Helping Authors" project and are ready to write a review for another of TheNewBookReview listed authors, you might find the following questions helpful stimulants to reviewing a book of most every genre.


1.What did you like best about this book?

2. Did this book remind you of any other books you have read? If so, how did it compare with that other book?


3. Were there any characters in the book that particularly appealed fro you? If so, why? Did any of them remind you of people you actually know? 

5. Were there any characters you felt were superfluous or could have been developed better? If so, explain.

6. Do you think this book could be made into a popular movie or TV series? If so, why? Whom could you picture cast in the leading roles?

7. Can you think of one particular quote from this book that stood out for you? If so, which one and why did you select it?

9. Would you want to read another book by this author? Why or why not?

10. What feelings did this book evoke for you?

11. What did you think of the book’s length? If too long, what would you cut? If too short, what would you add?

12. Does this book make you think of the lyrics of any song or poem? If so, please share and tell why.

13. If you got the chance to ask the author one question, what would it be?

14. Are there one or two characters in the book that you would most like to meet? If so, who and why?

15. Did the characters seem believable to you? 

16. Did these characters remind you of anyone you actually know, read or heard about? If so, who and why?

17. How did you react to the setting of this book? Did it make you think of a place you would like to visit? A place you would want to avoid? Why?

18. What do you think of the book’s title? 

19. How well do you think the author built the plot of this book?

20. What did you think of the pace of this book? Did it seem too fast? too slow? just right?



Lois is a multi award winning author whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Newsday, Long Island Press, Barnard Magazine, on Local Access TV and in live presentations in many varied venues. She has now published ten Tales2Inspire® treasured anthologies of her contest winners' stories. Fans of Chicken Soup for the Soul are particularly enamored of Tales2Inspire® books, because aside from their inspirational themes, they are filled with original photos to enhance the power of each story.Lois invites interested readers to get a FREE Tales2Inspire® sampler book at: and to learn more about entering the next Tales2Inspire contest at: Guess what? It’s free - No entrance fees!

Visit Lois at these Media Marketing sites to learn more about her and her Tales2Inspire® Authors Helping Authors project/contest at: 


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More About #TheNewBookReview Blog The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. Authors, readers, publishers, and reviewers may republish their favorite reviews of books they want to share with others. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read and love. Please see submission guidelines in a tab at the top of this blog's home page or go directly to the submission guidelines at or to the guideline tab at the top of the home page of this blog. Authors and publishers who do not yet have reviews or want more may use Lois W. Stern's "Authors Helping Authors" service for requesting reviews. Find her guidelines in a tab at the top of the home page, too. Carolyn Wilhelm is our IT expert, an award-winning author, a veteran educator and also contributes reviews and posts on other topics related to books. Reviews, interviews, and articles on this blog are indexed by genre, reviewers' names, and review sites so #TheNewBookReview may be used as a resource for most anyone in the publishing industry. As an example, writers will find this blog's search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor. #TheFrugalbookPromoter, #CarolynHowardJohnson, #TheNewBookReview, #TheFrugalEditor, #SharingwithWriters, #reading #BookReviews #GreatBkReviews #BookMarketing

1 comment:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I wish we could find a way to get every visitor, ever subscriber, every new author, every experience author to read this. Even if an author knows this, a nudge like this could to thousands could be a boost for the entire industry during this 2021 holiday season and beyond.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
#TheNewBookReview blogger