I got the chance to read blogging friend J Lenni Dorner’s new book. Amazing! Read on to learn all you need to know.
Book publish date: MARCH 26 2019
Book’s genre: Reference – Craft of Writing
Brief description of the book:
This book aims to provide inspiration to encourage people to write more book reviews. It is written for authors, though any reader can benefit.
“Tweetable” length description of the book:
“Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier” is a #BookReview literary criticism and critique reference book for #writers by #author @JLenniDorner
Bio of J Lenni Dorner:
Please, call him J.
Debut Author Spotlight organizer at Operation Awesome (@OpAwesome6). April Blogging from A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge co-host. Author of the urban fantasy “Fractions of Existence” and the writer’s reference books “Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters” and “Writing Book Reviews As An Author.”
This speculative fiction and reference author is happily married and living in Pennsylvania (USA) on the original lands of the Lenni-Lenape people. When not reading or writing, J enjoys finding funny Internet cats, being in the forest, or watching action movies.
J aims to write fiction mixed with lore to unhinge your mind because of a belief that all books, even fictional ones, can change the world by increasing culture. The author longs to share the wisdom and knowledge passed on by stories because that’s the goal of this soul. Entertaining readers honors his life’s purpose.
What other books do you have available?
Fractions of Existence An urban fantasy. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters (available on smashwords too)
What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
What motivates you to write book reviews? (Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?)
Connect with J:
- Twitter handle: @JLenniDorner
- Amazon author page
- Goodreads author profile
- Bookbub author page
- Smashwords author page
- NaNoWriMo participant page
- All Author page
- Other link
- Another link
My review of J’s book:
“Therefore, even a negative review might turn out to be not so bad. Just keep it respectful.” That is an important line from the Introduction IMO. I regularly do negative reviews about books that others wouldn’t do for fear of insulting an author, but you know what: if something doesn’t resonate with you, say so. Respectfully. That flows nicely with:
“Not every author is going to be grateful for every review. Write the reviews anyway. Write your review knowing you meant each word. Be courteous and honest, because your integrity matters. Remember that a real human wrote what you read and had hoped it would impact you. Authors work hard and pour their souls onto the pages. No one knows that better than a fellow writer. Not everyone will share the opinions in your reviews, but if you mention how you arrived at your conclusion, and present it with respect, your reviews will hold more weight for others.”
If nothing else, this made me feel good about the how’s and why’s of my own review process.
The different approaches to reviewing has helped me to clear up my own process: sometimes I do the simple approach, sometimes I do the more “yes, this is great and you should read it for the following reasons” and sometimes I go a little crazy and tell you exactly what bothered me about the book – and that you can read about the good stuff in raving 5 star reviews. Maybe I’ll take a bit more time to get things in order in my head before putting it on page with this author’s easy techniques for writing each type of review.
I’ve read fiction from this author on several occasions and loved it! (So go check that out, too, if you like speculative fiction that keeps you on the edge of your seat.)
This is a great resource to have and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to write reviews, has to write reviews and/or are curious about the basic framework of writing reviews.
Did I mention how much I like the cover? Well, now I have.
*Note, I got an ARC from the author and this is my honest opinion.
You can also check it out on Goodreads.
What do you think? Will you start writing reviews? Are you going to get J’s book (you totally should!). Any questions for J?