My previous post on book reviews was based on my long-held belief that someone actually read a book before reviewing it. Not so. I am currently reading Book Publishing 101 by Martha Maeda. In her book, Maeda makes the distinction between a book critic and a book reviewer. Her definition of a book critic as someone who reads the entire book and discusses the contents in depth is the meaning I had always held of a professional book reviewer. However, as Maeda points out, professional reviewers “might do 15 reviews a week and do not have time to read a book completely.” She indicates reviews are often based on the book cover copy and press release information and stresses the importance of both.
I am not going to do an in-depth review of Maeda’s book here, but it does contain a wealth of information for writers, whether they are looking to publish traditionally or self-publish.