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The lack of commas was appalling…


Really? That’s what you want to convey about a book?

I’ve been writing book reviews for many years now . . . and it seems as if I’m always learning something new — and trying harder to make my reviews reflect only the author’s writing . . . the story, plot, characters, setting.

For I know something that others should know, but do not write as if they are aware — that the editors, proofreaders, publishers, printers, and most likely, many others working behind the scene — are responsible for the book cover, title, grammar, punctuation, typos, and other things related to producing and printing a book.

Unfortunately, your words — your review — makes the author look responsible.

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So why should the author be criticized for something they may have no control over?

No. Nope. Not going there.

I may not have known this when I first began writing reviews, but I am perfectly aware of it now. 

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And don’t forget the one thing people always seem to forget . . .

NO ONE IS PERFECT. This includes everyone mentioned in this post. Mistakes are going to happen. Typos happen. I personally can attest that word processing programs can run amock sometimes, messing up documents — and the user has no idea what has happened, or how to fix it.




So join me . . . write your review. Tell the reader if you liked the story — and why. Mention characters you identify with and scenes that touched you. Tell the reader why they will enjoy the book.

And if you didn’t like the book, be gentle. Authors have feelings, too.

Until next time . . . God bless you!



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