Book Review Article Submissions Wanted

As you may be aware, we have a Book-Reviews section under our Shopping & Product Reviews category.

What you might not be aware is that last month, articles in our Book Reviews category received 7 times the amount of traffic per article than articles in the main category of Shopping & Product Reviews and 2 times more than the average of all articles in the same main category.

Therefore, here’s your invitation to submit book review articles this week.

Here are 7 fast tips to help you write a high quality book review:

1) Only review books that you liked. If you didn’t like the book, save your time for writing book review articles for books that ignited your passion rather than put your flame out.

2) Never copy someone else’s book review. Be original and be brief.

3) Put the title of the book you are reviewing in the title if you can along with the words “Book Review.” I’d recommend not putting the name of the author of the book in the title.

4) A good format for the book review includes: A brief synopsis that includes the scope, topic and type of book, what you really liked about the book (respond to the authors opinions, relate the arguments to other books or authors opinions, explore the bigger issues that the authors raises and how they impact you or how you think they impact others), perhaps 1-3 tips that you learned or thought were good ‘take aways’ and then conclude with a list of stats (book title, author, ISBN, publication date or version, etc.)

5) Remember that we don’t accept affiliate links. Please submit your book reviews for traffic attraction or personal expression purposes and not book affiliate revenue purposes. After you submit your book reviews to EzineArticles, if you want to post your book reviews on your own website or blog along with affiliate links, go for it.

6) Write book reviews in sets. Yes, you can write more than one review of a single book. In fact, you can write 10-25+ articles based on a single book by exploring your opinions and insights and reasons for the insights as they relate to the issues presented by the books author.

7) Just write it (and submit it). :-) We look forward to reading your book review articles.

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Great post! As an online book promotion expert, I often advise authors to review other authors’ books. If you’ve written a book yourself, don’t discount the idea of creating book review articles. Readers often buy more than one book on a topic of interest.

By writing a review of another book in your genre, you can attract readers who might also be interested in your book. Developing a strong author bio of your own to run at the end of your book review article can truly create a win-win situation.

Patrice-Anne Rutledge
Author, The Web-Savvy Writer: Book Promotion with a High Tech Twist (http://www.websavvywriter.com)

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 2:09 PM

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stephen writes:

Can we review ebook or the book reviewed must be physical books found in the physical bookstores or online bookstores only?

I read a lot of selfimprovement and business book but a lot of them are in ebook format.

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 8:00 PM

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Nathalie writes:

A great idea to have book reviews. How often do we buy books but never get around to read them… and there are so many good books out there: How do you chose the one you like?
I would love the book reviews to have the format suggested above as it makes it sooo much easier to find them! Thank you!

Comment provided February 8, 2007 at 9:02 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Wow, this is great, as I must have read a few thousand books in my life and yet I see I only have a few book reviews in your Book Review Section? How about Software Reviews? How much do they get?

I just wrote an article; “Microsoft Word 2007 for Creating Online Articles”

If someone is interested is some great books to read let me know, by sending me a Secret Message in the EzineArticles.com confidential network communication system online. No one will ever know.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 12:39 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

One recommendation I have is to go through your library, office and house and make a list of all the books you have. This is good too incase of a disaster. You can download a Template free from Microsoft;

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC010162911033.aspx?pid=CT101172571033

And print it in the size you wish and then start this project. Then take a yellow highlighter and mark the book reviews you wish to do first. Start a word file and put those titles and the authors at the top of the Word Files, one for each;

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Book Review from You

By putting your name after it you insure that there will not be a duplicate title here. Or you can put a catchy 3-word phrase after it too.

Next please make five sentences that summarize what you most got out of the book. Space the sentences out with three spaces. Then go to the next book and do this until you are done with all those highlighted on your list.

Then put a paragraph between each of those sub-titles and an intro-paragraph about the author or a general reason why this book was important to your life, business, writing, family, career or whatever. Thank you, I hope this helps. – Lance

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 12:53 AM

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Jan Verhoeff writes:

Lance that’s an awesome format for a book review.

I’ve used a similar approach.

Title of book – Review by (name)
(catchy phrase about book)

What brought me to read this book.

Points of interest in the book.
1. Point
2. Point
3. Point
4. Point
5. Point

Summary of book – what I got from the book.

Why I would recommend the book to others.

Where the book may be obtained (this is an ideal place to link to your bookstore page with a link to the Amazon Sales Page of the book).

Jan Verhoeff
(ever the marketer)

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 11:16 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Well Jan, I very much like your strategy here. I think it is actually better than mine. Although really they are similar. And I especially like the idea that at the bottom you tell the folks where to get the book and the Publisher too. Because books go out of print and get harder to find.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 6:44 PM

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Stephen,

You can review any physical book or e-book.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 8:13 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Is it true that the time to process non-Plat members is outrageously long? One non-plat member told me that it took nearly a week to get up their book reviews. I met them at a coffee shop traveling and recommended them to your site. Now they have emailed back and were saddened?

Comment provided February 13, 2007 at 3:25 PM

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Hurrah, this sounds fun. Question for Chris and staff. What if someone else (Okay, so my sister!) reviews my eBooks which are only available on my website.

Is that okay?

Judy H. Wright, http://www.ArtichokePress.com

Comment provided February 13, 2007 at 5:12 PM

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Gary Simpson writes:

Hey Lance,

You know what the answer to that is, don’t you?

Platinize.

I reckon you might be able to give them a few hints on how to do that. LOL!

Gary

Comment provided February 13, 2007 at 5:16 PM

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Lance,

Sorry they were disappointed.

There was a time in December when we were a full 2 weeks to review/approve BASIC level members … meanwhile, Platinum members received same or next business day service.

In January, our 2 new full time and 1 part time December editor hires came up to speed and helped us bring it down to 1 week delay for BASIC members… meanwhile, Platinum authors never knew we were backed up.

As of right now, we’re 4-5 days behind on BASIC level member article reviews.

It’s our goal to bring the time gap down and that’s why we just hired (3) MORE full time Associate Editors, 2 of which started yesterday and 1 that will start next Monday.

Judy,

The answer is, sorry, no. Blood relatives can’t be objective.

But, I will say, if she doesn’t have your same last name, our editors may never know the relation.

Comment provided February 13, 2007 at 6:24 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

I explained to them that the issues probably had to do with the fact that EVIL Sploggers (which I also had to define for them) were most likely trying to post garbage on the system and that by hand reviewing the newbies, that EzineArticles could indeed prevent people from doing this. No Splogger would ever write 10 decent articles just to get into the EzineArticles Family Community.

I am not sure if I was correct in this assumption, but figured that was the reason and told them it probably was and to not worry about it. Once they had reached Plat Level those issues would go away. Since I have not been a Sub-plat for over two-years now. I just did not know all this stuff.

Comment provided February 13, 2007 at 7:20 PM

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Thanks to Tirza Wibel, Principal of BrandBloom for her mention:
http://brandbloom.blogspot.com/2007/02/want-to-drive-online-business.html

Excerpt:

“People who buy books read reviews to determine whether they should spend time and money on certain titles. Also, if your review includes relevant keywords, the search engines will find them. That means people who don’t know you will find your review and, if they like what they read, they might end up at your website.”

Comment provided February 17, 2007 at 3:37 PM

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Jackie Paulson writes:

Can we submit book reviews we have already done for Amazon?

Comment provided August 29, 2011 at 4:21 PM

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Jackie,

You can submit reviews that you own exclusive rights to.

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