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Reviewer Information (Become a Reviewer!)
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer reviewer for the Midwest Book
Review. We accept reviews of books, audiobooks, ebooks, music CDs, movies on DVD, even computer software.
All of our volunteer reviewers are independent individuals who retain complete ownership of their own
reviews, and may have them printed or aired in any other review forums in addition to
our own publications and Internet postings. All reviews done for the Midwest Book
Review are nonexclusive -- a few of our volunteers have landed
their own columns in local papers!
All reviews must be submitted in the body an email. We do not accept attached files.
Please include the word REVIEW in the email's subject line.
We prefer the following guidelines for review submissions
About the book:
Amazon.com is a great resource for ISBN numbers and list price information. If you have searched both Amazon and the publisher's website and cannot find ISBN or list price information, please write "No ISBN" for the ISBN number, or $TBA in place of the price.
- Publisher's address
- 13-digit ISBN number (a 10-digit ISBN is accepted if necessary)
- List Price (a.k.a. "cover price"), in U.S. Dollars if possible. Please do not give a book's discounted price on Amazon or anywhere else, because "sale" prices are subject to frequent change, unlike the cover price.
- Your name
- Your e-mail address (optional, but needed to notify you when your review is run)
Some suggestions for those who are unsure of how to write a review or who would like to
hone their reviewer skills:
- Why did you select this particular book for review? Perhaps it relates to your work, hobby,
avocation, education, a particular area of personal interest, your own expertise, or just for
- How well does the author write, use language, illustrate his/her points, develop characters,
exhibit clarity of instruction, aptness of examples, innovative story line, etc. Use a brief quotation
from the book itself to illustrate your observations, opinions, and comments. When doing poetry
reviews include a poem. Cookbook reviews should always feature a recipe, etc.
- Who is the book for? A scholarly audience, the non-specialist general reader, devotees of the
genre, or other specialized audience? What age range, or economic or political orientation,
- Does the book succeed in what the author is trying to accomplish? Does it entertain, instruct,
persuade, inform, train, teach, alarm, etc.? Do you have suggestions for the author's next time
around in print?
- What is the author's background? What other titles has the author written?
- What other related or relevant titles might interest a reader?
- Length should be as long or as short as you feel is necessary to say what should be said.
- Above all else, have a good time putting your thoughts and opinions down in print. The best
reviews are those that you yourself would like to listen to while driving along in your car or
chatting with a friend over lunch.
So take a book you've read, a video you've watched, a CD whose music you've
enjoyed, an audiobook you've listened to, or software that you've evaluated, and give reviewing a try!
Welcome to our circle of volunteers! I look forward to your review efforts!
James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review