What’s the one thing that’s worse than reading a terribly dry book? Reading a terribly dry review about a book! Here are some tips by our Senior Editor to help you rise above the noise and catch the attention of book pros.
1. Choose wisely. You don’t have time to read everything, let alone review it. So choose carefully. Unless you're one of the "big voices," it will be nearly impossible to make an impression as one more review about the latest, hottest best seller. But you can make an impression by highlighting quality works by emerging authors. You’ll be the proverbial big voice in a small room instead of the other way around. You can help direct attention to your review by sending a copy to the author, publisher, and/or publicist listed on the author’s website.
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Every author needs a webpage, and yet as gifted as authors are with words, they often find it remarkably difficult to decide what to include on their website. If you find yourself in this group, don't despair. You are most definitely not alone. And we are here to help.
Your website can be as fancy or as simple as you want it to be. But there are a few things that every good author website will have:
A substantial author bio.
Talk about your career as a writer. Do you have a "day" job? Talk about that and how it influences your work. Include some personal details as you feel comfortable, such as family, your hometown, and hobbies. Have certain authors or books influenced your path as a writer? Give them a shout out, too. The point of the author bio is to make you appear approachable. You want readers to connect with you as a person. And remember, you want your bio to be easily quotable, so write it in the third person. It's not as weird as referring to yourself in the third person at the neighborhood cocktail party. We promise.
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