As mentioned in a recent post, I am now reviewing for a teen literary magazine. While I am very, very grateful for this opportunity that not everyone gets, I am finding that it is HARD to change my review format!
My review format on this blog (Synopsis, Why I Picked It Up, What I Liked…and Didn’t Like, You Should Know, and Who I Would Recommend It To) is certainly not traditional, but it works for me and I have gotten used to using that specific way of reviewing books. I also know that reviewers are supposed to be flexible with their formats, so I am going to start doing practice reviews in the format. Don’t worry, I will still use my format the most.
The most difficult part of all was trying to fit my review into a word limit. My reviews have no word limit, and oftentimes I write long reviews because I don’t want to leave anything out. But reviews for the magazine it is limited to 75 words. In my review for Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend I had 669 words for my review. By the end of that sentence, there were 189 words in this little blurb about reviewing. 75 words seems tiny.
While this is just something I have to deal with if I want to review for the magazine, I would love to start my own magazine where book review bloggers from all over the world got to review books in their own format. And the best part – there would be no word limit. Sure, it would be a little eclectic, and probably very long, but I think that it would be much easier to enjoy writing the reviews that way.
I’m taking a risk by putting this out there, by complaining about a job that I am extremely fortunate to have. But I think this needs to be said. Don’t read this the wrong way – I am no way telling the literary magazine (or ANY literary magazine, for that matter) to change the way they run things. I am not saying that I would be able to run a magazine better. I am simply giving my own opinions and ideas, and saying what I find challenging about my current job.
Hopefully as I get used to the other format, it will be become easier.
What are some of the difficulties you have while reviewing/just reading books?