Four Things to Include in Your Reviews

As writers, we are well aware of how necessary reviews are to our success. That’s why it’s important that we don’t just ask for them, but we write them every time we get to THE END.

There are four main things to know about writing reviews: 

  1. Make them short and to the point. Too long or wordy and people won’t read them.
  2. Be honest, but not hurtful. Some people only write reviews for books they like. This doesn’t help the writer to improve and it isn’t helpful to the potential reader when they are looking for an enjoyable book to purchase.
  3. People read fiction, first and foremost, to hear the stories of characters, so be sure to say if you felt the characters were engaging, intriguing, real, etc.
  4. Make your comments genre-specific. If the book you are reviewing is a Romance Novel, give some indication as to whether it actually was romantic, or perhaps erotic. (Yikes!) If it is a Mystery, share whether it had you on the edge of your seat and so on.

Don’t forget to use your own good writing skills. You never know when someone will read your review and “GOOGLE” you!!!

Submit Your Writing Online

There are quite a few websites that take online submissions AND pay you for your efforts. Here is a sampling by category:

I. Short Stories

A. Story– Fiction and Non-fiction. Pay you $10. Per printed page.

B. Flash Fiction Online– Submit up to 1,000 words. Pay is $60. Per story.

C. Ideomancer– Looking for “out-of-the-box” writing. Pay is three cents per word, with a max of $40. Per story.

D. Shimmer– Speculative fiction (if you don’t know what this is, see one of my archived blogs on this subject) of 7500 words. Pay is 5 cents per word, with a $50 max.

E. One Story- They pay $500 BUT they choose only one short story to publish each month.

F. Crazyhorse– Looking for the “wacky and strange.” Pay is $20 per page, with a $200 max.

G. The Sun Magazine- They will consider ALL submissions. Pay is $300 to $2500 for Non-fiction; $300 to $1500 for Fiction.

H. Brevity- 750 words or less. Pay is $45.

II.  Personal Essays

A. The Awl- Pay is between $30-$250.

B. Good Old Days– Seeking nostalgia. Pay is between $15-75.

C. Literal Latte– Hold five contests per year. (three have $1000 prizes).

III. Articles

A. Travelicious- A Travel Guide website. Pay is $40 per 1,000 words.

B. Writer Naked– Resource for writers. Exemplary pieces can be paid as much as $200.

C. Technopedia– Anything about technology. Pays $50-$150.

D. Howlround– Dedicated to arts and the theatre. Pays $50 for 750-1000 words.

E. Gameskinny– Looking for lists, guides, etc. Pays $0.50 per 1,000 views.