Book Reviews & Literary Coattails: book bafflement, critical VS negative, brilliant allusions-Ep. 12

A 30-minute episode in which we discuss what makes a good book review, learning how to put down books that are not for us, and the literary allusions that drive us nutty.

Welcome to Read.Write.Repeat.

This month we will be giving away an advanced reader copy of The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus. We explain how to enter toward the end of the show notes.

Leaving Reader Reviews

  • We tend to be gentler for debut authors.
  • There is a huge difference between negative reviews and critical reviews.
  • Saying what didn’t work for you can actually open up dialogue on a book and encourage others to read it to see if they agree or disagree.
  • There’s a difference between analyzing specific techniques and just saying you hated something.
  • Talk about the book in terms of your preferences and expectations.
  • I have (guiltily) left a scathing review. I won’t justify it, but here’s the review link, if you are curious: The Primary Law of Writing.

Listeners weigh in:

  • Indie authors, we want to know: is any publicity good publicity? Or would you rather not have negative reviews?

Let us know in the comments section below, or by tagging us on social media! Your response might be featured in an upcoming show!

Lazy Literary Allusions and Book Hype Bafflement:

  • Books that are uber popular and then you read them and wonder why.
  • Books that ride on the coattails of literary greats versus books that use allusions well.

Connect and Win!!

  • Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for August. This month we will be giving away an advanced reader copy of The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus! To enter, rate us and leave a review on Itunes, and then let us know how to get in touch with you if you win on any of our social media platforms. A winner will be drawn at random on September first.
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