"Editing is like killing your story and then very slowly bringing it back to life." -jeanoram.com
In my case, or generally in a reviewer/blogger's case, editing is a must. If you simply just press the "Publish" button the moment after you finish writing your review, I'm wishing you good luck. But there's no need to frown, because I used to do this as well. In this post, I'll be giving my best advice and thoughts to how to successfully finish writing a review and make it awesome!
Post your reviews on other social media websites!
I typically use Goodreads, Twitter and Tumblr to promote my reviews, and I suggest using Goodreads and other platforms that you have an account on. The more, the merrier! You will gain publicity, likes and feel confident! Goodreads actually has different lists that they update every Tuesday (I'm sure of) and best reviewers, top readers and top reviewers are some of the lists that they add people on. You seriously feel spoiled!
Edit, edit, edit!As I mentioned above, editing is a must, though I haven't always done it. And I believe that it's something that someone must do all of the time. It doesn't matter if you're writing a grocery list or a discussion post like this! (Okay, now I'm seriously turning into a grammar nerd!) If it's something really important to me, I even use some free online editors to just try my best and see if the grammar and word choices are good, easy to read and understand. Different posts have different kinds of writing used.
- Reviews need to be easy for readers to read, and not used with the most complex vocabulary and thesaurus out there.
- Discussions should go straight to the point and not overboard. You have something that you're talking about, no? A topic seems the best to focus on, and although it's difficult to think of them, try making a list to organize your thoughts so you won't forget.
- Online editors rule, or even if you prefer having someone look it over for you totally works!
- Make sure you have everything that you'd like to include in a review/post: gifs, quotes, different images, the cover, whatever you usually prefer adding to make a reader's experience of your post better.
This is definitely the most important step to me, and a review wouldn't be as good without editing. Not everything is perfect anyways, but it's good to have that professional feel with a clean base to your writing. Many people will be reading it, after all!
Make sure your post is readable!
It has to be readable and intriguing, right? I used to have such horrible, ugly posts (there, I've said it) with no photos and ugly fonts and all of that. Thanks to some awesome bloggers out there who gave out tips on how to have a gorgeous, fresh blog (Ashley at Nose Graze definitely pitched in a ton), I love playing around with fonts, photoshop and different apps to make the viewing experience nicer! Free fonts rule too, of course!
And for that extra step... look around the blogosphere!
I'm such a blog stalker, I know! Get some ideas from other bloggers on how they write their reviews or they way they format them! Just make sure you don't completely copy their idea, because that's just unprofessional. It's like choosing a blog title: you look around, getting some inspiration, but never choosing the exact same name as someone's blog. Find some nice ideas here and there, and you'll be all set! Make your reviews and posts say you, you know?
You're all set!
You're now at the step where you can finally relax, take a deep breath, schedule your post and add labels, and finally, FINALLY press that "Publish" button. Sure, it takes a lot of work to write a review, but setting it up and making it scream 'you' is even more work. There are thousands of bloggers in the bookish blogosphere, and the best thing is to enjoy and find your place!