Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Write Book Reviews: The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing Workshop with Mayra Calvani

Why do you want to become a reviewer? This question is one you must know the answer to before trying to become a reviewer or you will be wasting your time.

Is your nose always stuck in a book? Do you enjoy sharing your ideas about books with readers? Become a book reviewer.
Learn the secrets of book reviewing from Mayra Calvani, co-author of the ForeWord Best Book of the Year award-winning title and Global eBooks Award in the Reference Non-fiction category, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing. From the key elements of a good reviewer, to what makes a good review, to how to write a thoughtful, intelligent review, to the different types of reviews, to how to deal with the most common reviewing problems, to how to build an online platform, this workshop will teach you, in a nutshell, all you need to know to get started as a professional book reviewer.

Want to test the waters first? Opt-in today at and receive the first lesson of Calvani’s book reviewing workshop, as well as her free eBook, Reviewers Talk About Their Craft!

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing Workshop, Lesson 1:

Why do you want to become a reviewer?

Benefits and rewards of reviewing for both aspiring and experienced authors

Assignment questions
After completing lesson one and you decide book reviewing is indeed for you, visit: to sign up for the complete nine lessons of The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing Workshop.
What attendees are saying…

"When you take Mayra Calvani's 'The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing' you'll gain confidence in how you cull the book's purpose, themes, and story for your readers. She breaks down a writing form--the review--that is intimidating for many writers, but can become an art form and a vehicle for greater access into the larger literary world. I also enjoyed learning many practical tips such as posting your book review guidelines on your website and how to tactfully tell someone you won't be able to review their book. As a book reviewer for over five years, I very much appreciate Mayra's guidance since I have found few resources on how to effectively write book reviews."- Alice Osborn, M.A., reviewer for Pedestal Magazine
“The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is a great course for any novice or seasoned veteran. Calvani offers valid tips on writing reviews and addressing issues in this business. A breath of fresh air Calvani delivers this course with diversity and experience.” - Mirta Espinola, PR/Editor,
About Mayra Calvani:

Award-winning multi-genre author Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She reviews for, The NY Journal of Books and Blogcritics Magazine. She's had over 300 articles, reviews, interviews and stories published online. Visit her website at

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.


  1. Thanks for posting this, Donna!

    Warm regards,

  2. Hello, how are you. I Loved that article and I would like to feature you and it on Mommies Point of View if you would allow me to. Thanks, Glenda


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