Thursday, May 2, 2013

On the Red Carpet # 1: Author Guest Post by Rebecca Graf

Hey everyone! Welcome to my On the Red Carpet. This is basically an exclusive feature at my blog where I'll be hosting author guest posts, promos and/or interviews. This is not a weekly meme, as I don't plan to host these every week, but I'll be doing it when an author does a guest post, interview or promo on my blog, either as a part of the tour or in general. If you like, you can do the same. Just use the image above (or any other properly accredited image bearing this feature's name), put a link back to this blog and then proceed with your posts.

Today I gladly present to you Rebecca Graf, author of How to Write a Book Review whose post is featured here as a part of her book tour.


Have you wondered what makes a good book review? Have you wondered what you might be missing in writing a book review? You can find out how to write a quality book review in these pages.



Book Reviewing as a Hobby

Stamp collecting can be a hobby. Collecting unique teapots can be a hobby. Did you know that book reviewing can be a very fulfilling hobby?

Book reviewers start off just enjoying the act of devouring books. They love to read and would choose a bookstore over a day at Disney World. When travelling, they pick up books everywhere they go and might even note inside of them where they got them. Books are their hobby. Then why not incorporate book reviewing into that pastime?

It is really easy as most avid readers are already reviewing books whether they realize it or not. Every time you tell a friend about the book you just read, you give a review. Think about it. You tell them what you loved about it and what you didn’t like, and even made a suggestion on whether you think they will like the book or not. You gave a review.

Then why not go that extra step and start publishing those reviews?

You discover so many fun things when book reviewing turns into a hobby of yours. First, you find that there is no shortage of books to read. You probably have tons in your own home that you have read in the past or that you are dying to read right now. This gives you the excuse to read them all over again or pick up a new one and lose yourself in it.

Secondly, you get to meet some really great authors and develop friendships with them. The hobby becomes so much more fun when you get to know the authors and interact with them. You’ll find that many authors will start to approach you and give you free books. You’d be surprised how many you can get in a month’s time.

As you write book reviews, you also begin to look at books in a whole new way. You find new aspects of them and new depths to explore. Writing book reviews is fun as it communicates with other readers and to the author.

Reading is already a hobby. Why not just deepen that love of books into a hobby of writing book reviews?



Rebecca Graf was born in Russellville, Kentucky but grew up in Dothan, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Montevallo with an accounting degree. Given the chance to try her hand at writing, she began writing online articles leading to her first published book, A Gift for a Mouse. From there she ventured into romance, mystery, comedy and drama. The passion of writing was discovered. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children.

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  1. Thank you for having me. :) It was fun.

    1. You're welcome. I really enjoyed being a part of the tour..All the best for the book:)

  2. Nice to know I am not the only one out there who does Review just because I love doing it. Many people ask me why I do it. Instead it is better to write a book. But book reviews are so educative. They are like mirrors to an author soul. I really love knowing what an author things when they present a character in a way, which is only one dimension to a character. Thankyou Rebecca for writing this book. I will surely look into it. And thank you Munira for sharing it with me...:)

    1. Thought you might like this..glad that you do:)

  3. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

  4. Hello! I found your blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! I'm so glad I did! I am following you now. Please visit my blog and follow me back. If you enjoy my post please "Like" or leave a message. I appreciate the support.

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    1. Thanks:) I just followed you on twitter but is there a problem with your networkedblog link? everytime I click the page doesn't load

  5. Hi! I just wanted to thank you for following my blog! I'm now a happy follower of your blog!

    I love your On the Red Carpet idea, and what a fantastic first guest post! Ms. Graf is completely right and has totally opened my eyes to something: EVERY single time I'm done reading a book, I never want to leave the world/characters; by taking the time to write reviews, you actually get to extend your time in the author's world. How cool is that?!

    I'm so new (and downright dorky) with the world of publishing, but getting to know fellow authors and readers is probably the single greatest gift to come from the entire process. <3

    1. You're welcome! Glad that you liked the idea, hope others do as well. I really liked your blog posts:)Thanks for dropping by mine:D


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