In these days of Goodreads and book blogs, it might seem like the business of writing book reviews for hire is on the wane, but reviewing is still one of the easiest ways to acquire clips with established publications — and often make a little money, too. It can also help you get a foot in the door for other kinds of freelance assignments. Reviewing is more than sharing your opinion. A solid review must be honest, informative, and entertaining, while also being scrupulously fair to the book. In this two-hour class, we’ll cover the basics of effective and ethical criticism, discuss how it differs from blogging and rating books online, and survey some potential reviewing outlets and how to pitch them.
Maria Browning is the editor of Chapter16.org, a daily online publication focused on the literary life of Tennessee. The site's book reviews, author interviews, and feature stories are regularly reprinted in media markets across the state. Maria has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 20 years. Her work has appeared in Guernica, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
Maria is a returning instructor to The Porch. Welcome back!