Update, 22nd September – We now have enough reviewers for posting on this site, but if you have the right qualifications and can offer reviews to authors for posting on another review site, please use the contact form to let me know. I would love to add your contact to our reviewers page and have you suggest books for inclusion in the site. Authors would contact you directly.
Most authors will tell you that it is difficult to get book bloggers to review their books. Such bloggers tend to have so many authors requesting reviews that they are overloaded. (Personally, I presently have few books in my Indie pile so you’re an Indie author wanting a review please check my review policy, and if you think I’ll like your book, fill in the form. )
Even harder though, is to find reviewers who write well thought out, comprehensive reviews, and that’s where the Awesome Indies site comes in. Here, we do. Here we are committed to excellence in publishing, and our reviews are an important way to support authors who reach professional standards. This site is an important moderator of Indie and self-published books in the market place, but there are a lot of books out there needing reviews and not enough people reviewing to the level we require.
The Awesome Indies needs reviewers who can write comprehensive reviews.
The reading public needs such reviews. Authors need such reviews.
Who writes or can write such reviews?
They could be authors (published or unpublished), editors, people with degrees in or studying English Literature or Creative Writing, or just readers who read widely and know enough about the craft of writing to be able to evaluate the following
- the plot is well structured, well paced and engaging
- the characters are well developed and their dialogue and interactions with others are believable.
- the book is not excessively wordy, particularly, no rambling descriptions, dumps of information, unnecessary repetition or irrelevant scenes.
- changes in the point of view of the writing are clear, specifically no confusing quick jumps from the thoughts of one character to another and back again. (head-hopping).
- the writing is immediate and engaging. This means that the story is generally shown rather than told, and the writing is active rather than passive, eg doesn’t overuse forms of the verb, ‘to be’.
- the grammar, spelling and punctuation are consistent and correct for the author’s country of origin.
If you have this understanding and are committed to keeping the standards of writing high in this new world where anyone can publish so anyone does, please consider writing reviews for us.
If you’re interested send me a message using the form on the About page. If you’re not sure if you can write the kind of review we are looking for or not, just write one and I’ll have a look at it.
A note to authors
I know that a lot of you don’t write reviews for fear of reprisals from disgruntled authors, but Indie published authors need you to do so if they are to stand alongside the traditionally published on equal terms.
You don’t have to publish negative reviews, and if you write a polite, well considered reviews where your personal likes are separated somewhat from your evaluation of the author’s level of skill in writing, there is nothing an author can complain about. Should anyone do so here, they would simply be showing their lack of professionalism. So take the challenge. I have learned a lot and my writing has improved immensely from writing reviews of others books.
I would like this blog to be publishing a post a day. To do that, I need your help.
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