We all know that book reviews are important to the author. They are certainly important to the reader who often wants to know a little more about the book other than the blurb from the publisher.
I just read a blog post on Marilyn's Musings about a new book by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards, veteran reviewers. In her post, Marilyn Meredith lists their "Ten Commandments of Book Reviewing" which promote honest, tactful reviews that don't give away too much of the story. They also urge reviewers not to overwhelm themselves with more review copies than they can handle in a timely manner.
Over the past several years, I have written reviews for Reader to Reader. I love reading books, but even with the few reviews that I do I can get overwhelmed. I've always enjoyed books by Diane Chamberlain and am reading her latest book for review right now. As an author, I believe we should attempt to stay in touch with the writing of others as well.
Tomorrow Marilyn Meredith will be guest author on Notes Along the Way. I hope you will stop by and read about the changes she has seen in the publishing world.