Write a Review (exercise)

In the last two lessons, you learned why reading and reviewing is so important for writers who want to build their platform and create their Cartel.

In this exercise, you’ll put your knowledge to the test by reading a book and writing a review. Then, you’ll publish your review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, your blog, and here in the forums.

Your Assignment

This assignment has three parts:

  1. Read a book by a member in your Cartel. This could be someone in the Story Cartel Course, a writer you’ve met online, or another writer you know. However, you should choose a book by an author you have some kind of relationship with.
  2. Write a review based on the guidelines from this lesson.
  3. Then, help the author in your Cartel by posting your review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and your blog. You can also post it here in the forums.

Once you finish, give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve just finished Rule 4!

  • Marla

    My comment doesn’t really have as much to do with the question above, as it does the blog entry itself, and the concept of thinking.
    One of my favorite quotes as a teacher is Margaret Mead’s “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” In Math, many problems have only one correct answer, but my students learn on the first day of school, that I will never accept an answer without the explanation of their thinking behind it. They get frustrated with me, and roll their eyes in epic junior-high fashion, when they say “The answer is 14,” and the first word out of my mouth is “Why?”
    But in time, they do realize that being able to explain their thinking really does help them learn better. It’s especially fun for me when I ask if anyone solved the problem a different way, and someone explains a different path of thinking that can lead to the same answer. It’s music to my ears to hear a student say “Oh, I never thought of it that way, but that works too.”
    So all that being said, I think I can relate this to Sherlock Holmes because he was able to think of all the possible ways a clue could have come about, and then use the explanation that was most relevant to the case he was trying to solve, filtering out the others.
    In my personal life, I want to be able to understand lots of possible ways to accomplish something, and then be able to narrow it down to the way that is most relevant and logical for me.

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      I love how you dissect the way Sherlock’s brain worked. It helps me understand it better. Thanks for this great comment Marla.

  • http://jesusyoume.blogspot.com/ Andrea Ward

    I think I’m trying to keep too many balls in the air. I want to make sure and remember this prayer request. I want to make sure and pass along those baby clothes. I want to make sure that I remember to play this Facebook game. And in the end, none of those are what really matter.
    What I need to be focusing on are my kids. I need to practice sight words with my son and get his bedtime routine in stone before he starts school in the fall. I need to pay attention to my daughter’s eating habits, so we know when to move her on to solid foods.
    Thanks for this post. I never realized how relevant Sherlock Holmes is to my life. It’s more than just some fun stories.

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      It’s surprising how relevant it is, isn’t it? And yeah, I have WAY too many balls in the air. Good reminder, Andrea. Thanks!

  • Rhonda Walker

    I came up with 8 things without even trying. They included reading every e-mail and everyone’s profiles as I read their posts on the 8 groups I’ve joined. That would be the 2nd thing: I need to prioritize the groups and cut out any that are not specifically helping me with my writing struggles and marketing needs. Another thing is taking too long to plan and decide what I’m wearing each day (not that I dress all that well, but it seems to take a much longer time to make decisions and get dressed now than before,and I usually see no one but the dogs during the day.) Another time expenditure is listening to negative talk radio when I am on the road. I should be taping my story, or thinking about writing my next chapter instead. Or, just listen to good, relaxing music.

  • http://jesusyoume.blogspot.com/ Andrea Ward

    I have been playing Disney Hidden Worlds, a game where you find the hidden pictures. Just like you it is taking up space in my brain that could be better used elsewhere.

  • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

    I don’t understand, Marilyn. What could be better than words with friends? :)

  • Rhonda Walker

    What is Words with Friends? Sounds like a positive thing to me. I love words, in any form or fashion. It helps my memory and maybe the game would keep my brain more active? :)