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Join Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards as they tour the blogosphere this November!


November 4th – Donna McDine’s Write What Inspires You – Guest Post by Mayra Calvani

November 6th – Book Pleasures– Interview with Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards

November 8th – Mary Cunningham’s Cynthia’s Attic Blog – Guest Post

November 10th – Char’s Book Reviews and Writing Tips – Review

November 12th – Cheryl Malandrinos’, The Book Connection – Guest Post

November 14th – Morgan Mandel’s, All I Have to Say – Spotlight

November 15th – Internet Radio – Audio Interview with Anne K. Edwards

November 16th – As the Pages Turn – Spotlight

November 17th – Aaron Lazaar, Murder By 4 – Interview

November 17th – Lillie Amman’s A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye– Review

November 20th – UNWRITER Ron Berry – Review

November 23rd – Blogcritics – Interview

November 27 – Helen Ginger’s Straight from Hel – Guest Post

November 27-30 – Books and Authors– Interview, Guest Post, Spotlight

November 28 – Emma Larkins’s Blog – Interview

November 30th – Broad Universe Blog – Interview


The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody-be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist-who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews.


Are you passionate about books? Do you have the desire to share your thoughts about a book with readers, yet are unsure about what makes a good review? Are you curious about the influence reviews have on readers, booksellers, and librarians? If you’re an experienced reviewer, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing will serve as an excellent reference tool and amalgam of resources. If you’re a beginner, this book will show you how to write a well-written, honest, objective and professional book review. It will also teach you:
• How to read critically
• How to differentiate the various types of reviews
• How to rate books
• How to prevent amateurish mistakes
• How to deal with the ethics and legalities of reviewing
• How to tell the difference between a review, a book report, and a critique
• How to start your own review site
• How to publish your reviews on dozens of sites and even make money while you’re at it, and much more

If you’re an author, publisher, publicist, bookseller, librarian, or reader, this book will also bring to light the importance and influence of book reviews within a wider spectrum.

*Currently used as a text book for book writing course in Loyola College, Maryland.

*The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing will be required reading for an English course at Kent State University, Ohio, that begins mid-January 2009.


“There’s not a reviewer out there that wouldn’t benefit from this review of reviewing… this is a great reference book for libraries…”
-Heather Shaw, Editor-in-Chief, ForeWord Magazine

“As an experienced reviewer I learned that I do not know it all and will keep my copy of The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing for reference. It is not a book I will loan out because it won’t be returned…If you want to break into book reviewing, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is a must-have reference. Heed the author’s advice and you can write reviews that will get you and the books you review noticed.”
-Reviewed by Sharon Broom, Armchair Interviews.
“The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is a useful took for both amateur and professional book reviewers, as well as book review editors. There should be no doubt that the good tips, thoughtful perspective and resource information can be of considerable value to anyone wishing to practice this art.”
-Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews.
“The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing should be considered mandatory reading for novice and aspiring book reviewers, as well as having a great deal of enduring value as a reference for even the more experienced reviewer. Additionally, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing will provide to be informed and informative reading about the book review process for authors, publishers, publicists, booksellers, librarians, and the general reading public.”
-Reviewed by James Cox, The Midwest Book Review.
“I do recommend The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing as a must-have resource guide. Calvani and Edwards present a well-written gold-mine to potential reviewers as well as a source of information for experienced reviewers and authors.”
-Reviewed by Irene Watson, Reader Views.
“The Slippery Art… is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in book reviews – writers, reviewers, publishers, publicists, librarians, booksellers and readers.”
– Reviewed by Francine Silverman, editor/publisher of The Book Promotion Newsletter.

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