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“The reviewer’s duty is to the reader first."

By Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards
Twilight Times Books

I have been a book reviewer for 15+ years. I have reviewed books for Publisher’s Weekly, the Author’s Guild, Dorchester Publishing and Somos Padres/We are Parents (a now defunct local Queens bilingual newspaper). I still review for Romantic Times and now The Latina Book Club.

When I started reviewing, all I had was a love of reading, a need to share my opinion of books and a hot pen. There were no reference guides like THE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING. Often, the editor would just hand me an old review and ask me to duplicate the format. After a few years, a couple of the publications settled on a preferred style and I got a notice asking me to change to the new format. I learned by trial and error.

Book reviewers today can be better prepared if they study THE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards before they enter the business. Both ladies are professional reviewers, editors and authors. Their book is easy-to-read and easy-to-follow, and it is overflowing with information, resources and excellent advice. It’s no wonder it won the 2008 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Magazine in the category of writing.

 THE SLIPPERY ART OF REVIEWING covers every topic imaginable:

  • How to read critically
  • How to write a book review
  • How to review audio books, graphic novels and works in translations
  • The different types of reviews
  • How to deal with authors, editors, publicists
  • What to do with the books afterwards
  • The Reviewers vs. Bloggers controversy
  • Plus, pages and pages of resources on where to get started, review publications, genre review magazines, etc.

Reading this book is like a taking a course at the Learning Annex from the comfort of your arm chair, or in my case, a hammock. Please note that THE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING is not just for newbies; established reviewers – like me – can definitely pick up a few tips from these ladies.♥


 Mayra Calvani is a reviewer, freelance journalist and the author of 10 books for children and adults. She is a regular contributor to several magazines, including the Latino Books Examiner for Mayra and Anne Edwards also co-edit the ezine, Voice in the Dark. For more information on Mayra, visit her at and

Anne E. Edwards writes mysteries. Her second book DEATH ON DELIVERY is the first in the Hannah Clare series. Anne and Mayra co-edit the ezine, Voice in the Dark. For more information on Anne, visit her at

This book was provided by the authors.

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Mayra Calvani said…
Thank you so much for having taken the time to review my book, Maria!