The point of a book
review is to give enough information
about a particular book, so that others reading the review will be able
decide if that is a book they want to buy and read.
To that end, I have
created the following Submission Guide
for you to use while writing your review.
the full title of the book
the Author’s name
the ISBN number (typically found on the
back cover above the barcode) of the book so that anyone can locate it
Especially since different books can have similar titles!
is the retail price of the book?
can the book be found? Any bookstore?
Specific types of bookstores (Metaphysical/Spiritual)? Don’t forget to
what section of the bookstore to look in.
is the book about? Is it general Wicca, or
traditional Celtic Witchcraft? Is it something different altogether?
writing your review, include information on
specific sections, chapters, pages and passages that really illustrate
liked or disliked the book. Most
will have in their copyright information, the fact that portions of the
can be reproduced for use in reviews.
This means that you can quote parts of the book
are especially suited to showing your point.
details! What was it that caught your
attention? Is the author easy to read and understand? Does the author
ideas and concepts well, or does he or she assume that you know
covered in the book?
should read the book? Who should not
read this book?
you recommend this book, and to whom?
your own words. Write as though you were
talking to a friend. Don’t
impressing people with big words.
people read only at an eighth grade level.
Aim your words at the people who are most
likely to want to read this
to have fun! If you read
a book that you think is truly good, or horribly bad, let others know.
the bullets above to give you
ideas on what to put into your review. They are all optional, except
five. In order for
a review to appear,
have the information contained in the first five bullets.
all the space necessary to
give as much information on the book as possible. Remember, others may
whether to buy a book, based on what you write!
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