There has been a lot of chatter on various blogs lately about writing reviews, reviews being sold and purchased through Fiverr, authors stipulating only positive reviews in exchange for their ARCs, etc. To add to those threads I thought this was a timely article posted in The Globe and Mail on October 21, 2015.
Written by novelist Russell Smith, it addresses some of these issues from the perspective of an author. He also discusses the value of reviews posted in traditional newspapers, these becoming more rare as economics lessen the space for them as well as one author's creative answer to his book, despite being nominated for several awards, was virtually ignored by the press.
ABOUT RUSSEL SMITH
Russell Smith is one of Canada’s funniest and nastiest writers. His previous novels, including How Insensitive and Girl Crazy, are records of urban frenzy and exciting underworlds. He writes a provocative weekly column on the arts in the national Globe and Mail, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Guelph. He hates folk music.
How Insensitive (1994)
Young Men (1999)
The Princess and the Whiskheads (2002)
Diana: A Diary in the Second Person (2003)
Muriella Pent (2004)
Men’s Style: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress (2005)
Girl Crazy (2010)
Blindsided: How Twenty Years of Writing About Booze, Drugs and Sex Ended in the Blink of an Eye (2013)