Lift your summary game by reviewing

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If you are an avid reader and a devoted writer, you can add a third leg to keep your stool from falling over. You can review. There are four kinds of reviews.

Endorsements: Hand-picked readers with a book, or professional chops, review your book in advance. “The Author of” or their job title works as their credential.

Trade Reviews: Companies like Kirkus and Blue Ink Review write about your book for a fee. Up to 85 percent of what they produce is just a summary of your story. But there’s a key two or three sentences written to impress booksellers and librarians.

Editorial Reviews: These come off pages of websites, magazines, or in the show notes of podcasts. You call these reviews Earned Media. Authors with a need for a day job sometimes write editorial reviews.

Reader Reviews: Individuals who bought your book, or got a review copy, post these to the online book sales giants like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Apple. This is where you can polish your skills as a reviewer for books you love, or books written by people you know and love.

One creamy-sweet nougat of writing reviews is that the reviewer gets better at summarizing a story. I use a set of steps to outline how you get a review written. The article How to Write a Decent Review  uses an example of a pro-level review to walk you through the steps that make you a clear-headed and concise reviewer. Tune up on some books you loved from your Amazon or Barnes & Noble reading lists.

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