April 2, 2009
Review #6 – The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing – Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards
After reading The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing the reader will definitely come to the realization that there is so much more to book reviewing than simply opening a book, reading it and writing something about it. This book is an excellent introduction to the world of reviewing for those newcomers to the field, like myself, because it not only is well organized with critical sections such as The Art of Reviewing and The Influence of Book Reviews, but this book is also quite useful to the novice reader because it includes a well stocked resource section. The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing includes websites and detailed contact information about publishing companies that may be interested in acquiring book reviewing services, and also supplies a few samples of what good and bad reviews actually look like, which affords the reader a clear understanding of how to properly complete the reviewing task and what to avoid.
The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is also a good reference resource for those who already in the field and are in need of a few refreshers. Specifically such topics, to name a few, as the ethics of selling reviewed books and submitting well written critical but respectful reviews are some of the topics covered that can be glanced over and referenced to at a later date as the reviewers journey progresses. Finally, both seasoned and new reviewers will also be delighted to read quotes and get tips from noted reviewers such as Midwest Book Review.
Both authors, Anne K. Edwards and Mayra Calvani bring their collective knowledge in authoring and book reviewing to enlighten and inform the reader of the critical importance of book reviewing. For more information about this book and the authors or to read reviews, interviews and get their latest news, please go to their Slippery Book Review Blog.