garima597 wrote: ↑
14 Jul 2018, 01:38
This topic discussion has been very helpful to me as i am going to write my first review. If you have any suggestions for me please reply to this post. Thank you.
Although I only have a couple of reviews under my belt, I have learned a few invaluable lessons. The most important one being...Do not skimp on the proofreading.
I proofread multiple times. Once when I first finish. Then, each time I make a change, no matter how small, I start proofreading again from the top. I continue this process until I can read through the whole review without making any adjustments. At that point it may seem perfect, but then put it away overnight, and then read it one more time before posting it.
Once you copy/paste the review to the Private Review Team Forum, be sure to use the option to "Preview" before "Submitting". Not only is that where you will italicize the title, but it gives you one last chance to read through the review before it's too late to make any changes.
Mistakes I've made: While in the Preview mode, I made a last minute change. Thinking that the one little thing I did wouldn't make much of a difference, I Submitted the Review without doing another read-thru. It was only one sentence that I added. BIG mistake. The sentence included the name of the book, and I got one word wrong. Of all places, in the title. I laugh about it now, but at the time it was devastating.
Also, in a different review, I used it's instead of its. Spell check will not catch this one as a misspelling, as both are spelled correctly. Another example: Using worn instead of warn. Two different meanings, similar sounds.
Both times, I didn't do that final proofread before submitting the review. That's why I know how important it is.
When you first start doing reviews, don't rush yourself. Take your time. Remember, you will become faster over time. The more reviews you do, the easier it will get and the sharper your skills will become.
I hope my tips will help. Remember, proofread, proofread, proofread, and when you think it's perfect... Sleep on it and proofread again.
Have fun with it. If you're not having fun, it's just not worth it.