Submission Guidelines: Reviews
Posted by: EditorDate: January 1, 2012
Isotropic Fiction is looking for book, movie, video game, and music reviewers.
If you’re interested, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Length: 400 to 600 words
Unlike a casual opinion, a strong review answers the question “why?” It forces the reviewer to examine his or her subject critically and offer a series of thoughts that go beyond personal taste in an effort to inform an audience.
Despite the stereotypical image of critics cackling as they pan another play, book, movie, etc., most reviews are expected to be positive. While it is important to identify and remark on a work’s weak points, it’s a waste of readers’ time to discuss a work with no redeeming qualities. In other words, if it’s not worth reading/watching/playing/hearing, it’s not worth talking about. If you find that you’ve been assigned a book not worth reading, let your editor know.
With this in mind, Isotropic Fiction asks its reviewers to adhere the following guidelines:
- Write in the third person rather than first. First person shifts the subject to the reviewer (I thought it worked, It took me three chapters to get interested, etc.) and away from the work (Mr. X’s experimental approach to world building may not appeal to all readers). There may be extremely rare occasions where first and second person may be essential. Discuss it with your editor. Avoid cliches like the _____.
- Ditto for passive voice. “He read the book.” is much stronger than “The book was read.” That latter example states the action but omits who did it. When in doubt, remember: who did what to whom.
- Have a strong, interesting lead. A good lead can help build a theme and also be referenced in the closing.
- Don’t open with a question, particularly rhetorical questions.
- Keep the synopsis to one paragraph. While it’s important for readers to know what’s being reviewed, they really want to know what you think.
- If the author has any relevant credentials, be sure to mention them.
- If you have questions, ask. Your editor is under worked.
Please include the following information at either the beginning or end of each review:
- Title: Subtitle (if any)
- Illustrators (if any beyond cover designer)
- Translator (if any)
- Publisher (month year of publication)
- ASIN (found in Amazon’s product details)
- Star Rating out of 5 (e.g. 4 out of 5)
- Reviewer’s Name
Submit your reviews here.