Informally and without pay, one aspect I do is I review. I usually review because I feel that it can improve my writing, and as a consumer and information professional, I feel it is a responsibility to actually be able to recommend works for anyone who would be seeking a variety of resources.
Reviewing is a topic that can be broken down under the umbrella of two sides. One as a consumer/bibliophile, and another as an information professional.
As a bibliophile, reviewing is actually a way I can, for saving money on materials I usually spend a lot of money on. Not everyone can be paid like Ebert, or any professional reviewers, but it would certainly help if a consumer would have a say in the validity of a purchase. I usually see this on Amazon.com product reviews.
As an information professional though, it helps with developing contacts with publishers, or authors. It is usually a win/win situation, since reviewers can usually provide for writers, and publishers a source of advertisement. Also I can vouch, from the many print publications I consult, there is a demand for librarians or educators to continue to consult reviews to view if it is purchasable or not.
Advantages of Reviewing
- It leads the reviewer to be more well-rounded in seeing what publication are currently out.
- You can try to as a reviewer see what will interest or appeal to you.
Disadvantages of Reviewing
- Getting burnt out, quite easily.
- Your voice will probably be lost, but try to think of areas where there is good and bad spots. What would interest potential readers/consumers?
- Can get monotonous, if you’re consistently writing with a formula.
How to probably alleviate disadvantages.
- Take time between reviewing.
- Set a quota/deadline to try and make reviews.
- Continue to read a variety of reviews.
- Seek out a group of fellow reviewers.
At this point, I usually keep an eye on some aspects of Twitter, and is happy to have met other reviewers. While I don’t know if other reviewers feel the same as I do, I usually like the informal/informative atmosphere that there is.
In the variety of conferences, and conventions I have attended. There has been a underlying tone of people writing, and so the premises of this entry, is to just continue writing. What else would you imagine to reviewing? Also do take a look at these other entries.
Reflections of a Rookie Reviewer by Ed Sizemore
Happy Reviewing if I do say so myself.