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Reviewing

To get published, a really key thing is to get to know people in the book business. The more people you know in the field, the more your chances increase at finding an agent, a publisher, or a line to get your foot in the door. I have a found that reviewing books is a really good way at meeting editors. The important point here is that all book editors read book reviews, especially of the books they have edited. If you review, and if possibly give favourable reviews, those reviews will be read by the editors you are hoping to meet. They will read your byline, and get a sense that you can write. Just about anyone can write reviews, and it’s pretty easy to pitch to reviewers, partly because they don’t pay well normally, so they want text. And they love it if you are an ‘expert’ in the field of the book. You can also review books on your blogs online. An author will often get sent links to such blogs, and it’s a good way to communicate with writers. If you tell me that you tried to break in to book reviewing and failed, then it’s simple – you didn’t try hard enough.



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