Let's face it - women read more. Surveys consistently find that women read more books than men, especially fiction. Is it surprising then that many reviewers today are women? Well, we managed to pry a few female reviewers from their books to get their take on reviewing from the female perspective.
We hope you enjoy.
Average 11 books a month
Are all reviews valid?
I cannot speak for other reviewers. My reviews are valid opinions of the books I have read and what I have experienced from the content. I take reviewing books very seriously and believe they are helpful tools for the sale of authors’ books.
What must any good review possess?
In my opinion, a good review should possess an overview of what the reviewer received from the book (meaning what they believed the book was about), it should include why the reviewer gave the rating he or she gave, and include reasons the reviewer would recommend the book to others or the reasons the reviewer would not recommend the book to others (such as any issues with editing, content, timeline, and/or storyline).
What would you like to see less of coming from male/female authors in regards to women?
I would like to see less of women being portrayed as victims. What about our men? Do they always have to be portrayed as the villains?
Do you feel black women are accurately portrayed in literature?
If you feel the portrayal is inaccurate, what would you like to see instead? Please don’t let me get started on that…I believe black women are portrayed accurately in some situations. Black women are portrayed as victims, being insecure, being naïve, having no common sense, no self-esteem or being mentally unstable. Black women are rarely portrayed as strong, independent business women that are educated and are fine with being alone. I would like to see more of these stories instead of the same old abuse, men troubles and women trying to take their fellow black woman’s man.
If you could drive one point across to all authors, what would it be and why?
Please, authors, obtain professional editing. A book with potential or a good storyline can be diminished because of lack of editing. Please do not try to edit your own books; even authors that are professional editors still have a professional editor editing their books. Having your book proofread, grammar and spell checked is not getting your work fully edited.
If you could give an overall rating for AA fiction today, what would be your rating?
I would give a 4-star for an overall rating for AA fiction today. In the last two years I have only read about four books that I felt were 5-star books.
Teresa Beasley is an aspiring author, avid reader and book reviewer who enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is the owner of Got'cha Covered Publishing and PR, a publishing and public relations company that emphasizes and promotes the works of others. Teresa is also the owner of Authors & Readers Book Corner, an informative blog for authors and readers that hosts book tours and reviews. She is a native of Evansville, Indiana, but resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and children. Teresa is currently working on her debut novel, “It Happened to Me.” Her reviews can be found on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, and Barnes & Noble.