- Is short. It’s a conscious choice, because I’m not looking to write long, AAR-style reviews. Takes too much time for me to write and takes too long for other people to read. I hit the highlights, and that’s it. I think that most people will end up skimming reviews anyway, so why not cut the crap?
- Is not nitpicky. If you wanted me to, I could rip every single book I’ve read to shreds. It’s not hard. In-depth enough analysis will make you realise that every single book you’ve read has flaws. Except that it ruins my reading experience, and I’ve a feeling that if I do that, it means that you’re less likely to buy the book. I might think that you shouldn’t buy the book, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t because you’re not me.
- Happens if people are talking about it, if I loved it, if I hated it, if it was free, if I interviewed the author, I probably will. If your book was in the Readable but not Great category, I won’t review it. In fact, pray that I don’t review it because I review with the book next to me and I’ll start to nitpick and that’s why your grade dropped below C minus.
- Doesn’t have spoilers. Except that your definition of spoilers and mine is probably different. I try to minimise it as much as possible, and if I’ve ever ruined a book for you, or if you’re the author, I’m really sorry. I try to post spoilers in comments because I can’t figure out how to white them out.
- Isn’t too mean, I don’t think. If you’re Roxanne St. Claire, you probably think different because of this review.
- Isn’t an attack on you if I hated the book. I don’t hate Roxanne St. Claire despite the horror of Kill Me Twice. See above. I simply won’t ever read another book by her.
- Is mostly impartial. If I had to write a good review of what I considered was a bad book, it’d be a very very short review indeed. Not that most of my reviews are very long. In fact, if the book’s good, it’s probably short too because I don’t have much to nitpick.
- If my issue with the book was voice, I mention it. I’m terribly nitpicky when it comes to voice. I don’t read Kelley Armstrong, I no longer read Nora Roberts, and some authors I read the first page and quit for this reason. It’s not their fault that their voices don’t ‘click’ for me.
- Will include links to excerpts when I get my act together.
- Almost always link to the author’s site/blog. I know I’ve forgotten a few times. Oops.
Now that’s done.
I’ve a few questions for you.
What do you think of the Amazon Associates program? I know what Doug thinks of it. Have you ever bought a book through it? Or through an Amazon link on a review?
Do you think I should keep to a strict format for every single review?
PS Reviews will come tomorrow and Thursday. I’ve posted enough today.