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The Rites of Word

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Selecting books for review – what do we look for?

Selecting books for review – what do we look for?

Selecting books - the unknown and arcane Probably what a lot of authors and publicists want to know is: just how does a book reviewer go about selecting books? Well, we can't answer for all book reviewers. Some people (lucky sods) can read pretty much full...

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Spread the reviews

Spread the reviews

Man-spreading is annoying. Why do I want to spread the reviews? There's safety in redundancy. Amazon has tweaked its algorithms again, and every breed of author has noticed reviews taken down, even 'verified' ones, which are supposed to be proof against...

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2017 at By Rite of Word – it’s a wrap!

2017 at By Rite of Word – it’s a wrap!

2017 - it's a wrap! By Rite of Word started up in March 2016, so 2017 is our first full year up and reviewing. (We're a little bit excited about this.) We've had a lot of awesome indie and trad-pub books come in for review, which makes the first order of...

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Why ‘it’s complicated’ isn’t a bad thing

Why ‘it’s complicated’ isn’t a bad thing

Or, why thinking is good for you Complicated books, oh my. We've been seeing a lot of reviews in various spots on the Interwebz recently, saying that a book was complicated, or used UK English (gasp) instead of US English, or used words the reader didn't...

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Reviewing Myths

Reviewing Myths

Here's the first of the reviewing myths that needs busting: there's a surprising number of people out there who think that a review needs to be a complex essay, analysing every aspect of the author's writing and which classical authors impacted their style. Not so....

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Final copies

Final copies

Final copies - the importance of being finished Or, as the late Terry Pratchett eloquently put it, 'Life is like a sewer; what you get out depends on what you put in.' Because, you know what? We read A LOT of books here are By Rite of Word. Something like ten a month....

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What do we review and how do we rate? Read all about it!

What do we review and how do we rate? Read all about it!

By Rite of Word - what do we review and how do we rate? A little while ago, we passed our 6-month anniversary here at By Rite of Word. I didn't actually noticed until I counted fingers: I was probably reading. Or writing. Or wondering if there was any way I could do...

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Blurb in reviews – why add it?

Blurb in reviews – why add it?

Blurb in reviews The blurb, the jacket copy, back-cover copy ... call it what you will, most authors have heard of it, and a lot of authors hate having to write it. However, experience with the book writing world indicates it's an important factor in getting a...

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