source : http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/09/16/how-to-write-reviews/
How to write reviews
notes and style guide for reviewers
1. A good review should as a bare minimum be informative, but if it’s good it will also be entertaining. Keep three things in mind whilst writing – your readers, the type of review, and the purpose of the review.
2. Your readers may be beginners – or advanced specialists. You should write reviews in different ways, according to the audience. A general reader will not have detailed technical knowledge. Advanced readers will want specialist information. The type of audience is likely to be determined by the publication – either in print or on the Web.
3. The kind of publication will also determine the type of review that is required. Popular newspapers and magazines have very short reviews – some as short as 100-200 words. Specialist journals might have reviews up to 2,000 words long. Make sure you have a clear idea of the type of review you are writing by getting to know the publication first.
4. The purpose of a review is to give an account of the subject in question (the book, film, play, or event) and offer a reasoned opinion about its qualities. Your main task is to report on the content, the approach, and the scope of the work for the benefit of your readers.
5. Even short reviews will be more successful if they have a firm structure. Here’s a bare-bones plan for a review:
•Description of contents
•Assessment of value
•Comparison with others
6. Unless you are writing for a specialist journal, you should write in an easy reader-friendly manner.
7. Some publications give their reviewers scope for showing off or being controversial. (Pop music, restaurant, and television reviewers seem particularly prone to this.) In general however, you will be doing your readers a favour by putting their interests before your own.
8. If you are writing for the Web (in pages like these) remember to write in shorter sentences and shorter paragraphs than you would for a print publication. Reading extended prose on a computer screen is not easy. You will keep your reader’s attention by ‘chunking’ your information.
9. Apart from professional journalists, most reviewers do not get paid. However, you will get to keep the book, CD, or the object you are reviewing.
Here is the structure of a typical book review from this Mantex web site.
3. One-sentence summary (ten words maximum)
4. Opening paragraph. This should be attention-grabbing, conversational in tone, and it might be slightly provocative. It’s purpose is to introduce the work under review – and to encourage the site visitor to read on. (Fifty words maximum)
5. Body of review. This will be a series of short paragraphs – around fifty words each in length. The total length of the review should be between 500 and 1,000 words – with longer reviews for exceptionally good or interesting works.
6. The review should give some account of the work’s positive qualities.
7. A typical review might take into account any of the following topics:
•What is the intended audience?
•Is it physically well produced?
•Is it pitched at the right level?
•Does it have any unusual features?
•What distinguishes it from similar publications of its type?
8. Concluding paragraph (fifty words maximum). This can summarise the reviewer’s opinion and may offer a personal flourish which echoes the introduction.
9. Full bibliographic details of the work under review – Author(s) – Title and Sub-title – Place of publication – Publisher – Date of publication – Number of pages – Full ISBN
10. The review should be accompanied by a graphic file of the book jacket or the software package design. These can be taken from the publisher’s site, or from Amazon.
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