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Can I use satirical fake reviews attributed to major publications to promote non-satirical, but humorous writing?

In the same vein as when SNL attributes fake reviews by major publications to promote fake movies and books in taped skits. For example, if I say "New York Times calls it 'the poor man's Old Man ...
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Which website is the best for finding critics and feedback on my stories? [duplicate]

I want to post somewhere the pilot chapter of my planned book, to earn feedback and tips what should I improve. Kinda when a TV orders a pilot and then reviews it, if it will attract people. Could you ...
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Where and how to look for people who can review and critic my book properly?

I just finished a short story, and I wanted someone to review it. I wanted someone to answer "How is my book?" with accurate critics and suggestions, not someone who only said the good ...
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How can I write compelling blog posts?

I maintain a blog on which I give anime reviews. Academically my English is really good, but whenever I am writing a blog post, I am not able to express exactly what I want to say and sometimes I feel ...
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Constructing a standardized form for a collection of technical manuals

I've been reading several articles about the use of voice within technical writing (both passive and active) and would like feedback and guidance on the proposed content structure. Use Case I plan on ...
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Including incidental personal traits in a review

When you write an online review (for instance, of a restaurant) is it appropriate to include information about the hosts that isn't directly related to the service provided? Recently I bought a ...
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What type of writing do reviews fall under?

I want to improve my ability to not only write better but to be more objective and be better able to analyze something that I am reviewing. Plenty of practice is helping and also reading over reviews ...
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Who has copyright of Amazon reviews?

If a user posts a review on Amazon, does (s)he have copyright on that review? Is there anything in the terms and conditions where (s)he transfers his/her ownership of the IP to Amazon? If not, how ...
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How do I indicate a superfan review vs a social-criticism essay?

I occasionally write short essays about classic films, and have been thinking about converting them into video essay for YouTube. What I observe are 2 very different types of essay – I'm not sure ...
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Writing a book review

I just came across a question that related to the topic of book reviews. I wish to know, how can I start as a reviewer and where can I find sample reviews of some non-technical books or novels? In ...
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Is there a crowd-sourced site for reviews and critique?

Do you know of a crowdsourced site dedicated to critique and review for beginners? This question is a result of my discovery that critique is not provided on writing.SE; which completely ...
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How do we write a good feedback as a beta-reader? [closed]

If someone asks me to be a beta-reviewer for a book and I had to write a feedback for it, how should I organize the text, what do I need to do to not offend the author and give constructive feedback ...
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As a new poet, where can I find help from a professional to judge my work? [duplicate]

I often write short poems and quotes here: https://www.mirakee.com/atd, but I really want to hear from someone professional to give their valuable feedback on my work, so that I know where exactly I ...
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How to research publishers by subject

I'm trying to find a place that not only lists publishers by subject (I know that publishersglobal.com does that) but where I may also find author reviews of the publishers. I am writing a book on a ...
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What is the difference between literature and review study?

I had submitted a review article few days before and I have received a comment from an editor of a journal. The comment is " Is it literature or review study"? I am wondering that I had submitted a ...
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How to write and promote my film blog more effectively?

I am using Blogger currently. I have paid for a domain name, but my hosting is free and to be honest I don't really want to pay (being a student). I am a self-proclaimed cinema buff and I love writing ...
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Is the website allpoetry.com beneficial for poets and writers?

I've found this website and could see huge number of poets and poetesses in it. Does anybody know about it? I would like to know more about this website.
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What, if anything, can I do about Amazon reviews being one-sidedly censored?

The Seraphinians is a writeup and attempt to document issues with a movement within the Orthodox Church. They are the people who say you have to believe in Protestant fundamentalism's Young Earth ...
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Is my book interesting and my writing eloquent enough? [closed]

I'm young and this is my first attempt at a book. Comment here or on the document itself, it doesn't matter to me. https://docs.google.com/document/d/16MXV41o324ZYMPjvRQqjQ5XsuK_0IT7qJypJFf-8_8A/edit?...
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Is using NetGalley as valuable as it promises?

NetGalley charges for a listing of any book to get it out to institutional buyers. I understand that you can offer advance reviewer copies but you'll end up with less than 5% ultimately giving a valid ...
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Is it allowed to write a review on every chapter of a book?

It is difficult to summarize an entire book only in a single book review, when I want to have the ability of navigating through it later in my life, as a way of revising/going back for the data I took ...
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How to prepare a manuscript for submission?

When my book is ready to give to some volunteer readers/reviewers: Suppose some of the reviewers want a hard copy. What's the best way to prepare the hard copy for them? Is this the same as the ...
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When to ask for feedback of novel?

At what stage in writing do you ask for feedback on your new story? After writing a plot outline? After the first draft? After the second draft? After you polish it for the public? What kind of ...
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What are elements to consider when writing a review for a videogame?

I will soon start with writing reviews and guides for games and I am divided between simple raging of a game or in-depth rating, like considering few different elements in game. The simple rating ...
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How to view all book reviews in one place?

Is there a way/resource whereby I can see reviews left for all of my books across various outlets without having to check them all individually? For example, I have three books available on ...
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Recommendations for reputable writing critique site for non-native English speaker?

I am non-native English speaker, living in US for 25 years. I have a long professional career, and, therefore, I am pretty comfortable with my business writing skills. However, about a year ago, I ...
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What is a productive response to a negative review?

I see basically three possible responses: (a) Write a rebuttal ranting that this person is a jerk and his criticisms are totally unfair and that he isn't worthy to be spit upon by a great author like ...
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How to improve quality of this answer? [closed]

Someone asked on Quora I want to write my autobiography. How do I start? I have given following answer, You must be remembering lots of things when you were young. Just try to list them as you ...
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How can I better promote my film review blog?

I've been running a film reviewing blog (hosted on Blogger.com) for around 4 months now, as the sole author. I would like to increase the amount of people reading my reviews if possible, and as such I ...
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How to make the first lines of my novel attractive and hooking?

I am currently writing a fiction/fantasy/horror novel, and I have only written some pages. I have published the first part of the novel especially for this question. How can I make my first lines ...
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Is it considered ethical to accept payment from a business for reviewing a product or service?

Let's say that you operate a popular blog that routinely dispenses your personal opinions and expert advice on various topics. A business believes that your audience contains many potential customers ...
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What are good guidelines to follow when writing app reviews?

I want to start reviewing apps and games on my personal blog for a change, but I've never reviewed an app before. I usually write whatever comes to mind when I blog, but I have been browsing around, ...
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What is the best way forward for a first time author with little cash?

I am working on my first novel which is a collaboration with a friend. We both have no experience and no contacts within the industry, so we are realistic about the prospects for the first novel and ...
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Publisher field in Book Review when the book is obtained for free from the internet

I'm writing a book review as part of my English Holiday Homework. The book (or rather, prolegomenon) that I'm reviewing is Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift. Due to obvious reasons for my ...
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My Reviews for Free Books?

I would like to provide reviews in exchange for a free copy of the book. I have a great blog website with excellent SEO and social media following. I'm happy to provide the review on my website with a ...
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Getting a Manuscript Reviewed

I've had a few friends review my unpublished manuscript, and they were in my target market and quite knowledgeable in English. What are some good ways to get some more reviews, of a decent level in ...
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How can I get my non-fiction book reviewed by professional reviewers?

I had my book reviewed by people who are interested in the topic of the book. Now I am interested in reviews by professional book reviewers. What is the appropriate way - directly approaching ...
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Would a paid-for review from Kirkus give me real insight into quality of my manuscript?

As an amateur writer who has just finished my first manuscript, I want a qualified, non-biased, and thorough opinion on whether what I've written is any good. I recently heard about a service offered ...
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Site for free author reviews [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others? What are some good sites to have your written works reviewed? I'm not necessarily talking about ...
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What are the ingredients for a good book review?

I've recently started writing book reviews. I am doing this for numerous reasons, most importantly perhaps is to be able to express in a clear and concise manner. English is not my first language and ...
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Help write a book review, please

Edited to incorporate @Craig Sefton's suggestions. About a book that I admire, I wrote in an SE computer-programming group: The material seems old -- well, it is old -- because it's been around ...
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Do authors get paid for quotes and attributions used on book covers?

I think I know the answer to this, and my guess is "No", but I don't have a definitive reason what that guess is. When you see on the cover of a book, not from a newspaper or reviewer, but ...
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How to write great movie review?

What should we write in a movie review?
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What book review sites allow authors to send a copy of their books for reviews?

Since I'm published with smaller publications, getting reviews is often one of the best ways to make sales. But what professional book review sites out there will write a review in exchange for a copy ...
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