Reviewing Books In A New World
Reviewing Books In A New World

“Thank you for your application to be a *** reviewer. Unfortunately, although you are an excellent writer, there are places in your writing that do not read like a native English speaker. Although this does not diminish the quality of your writing, it is something that will cause a problem with our authors. As a result, we are unable to offer you a position at this time. Again we thank you for your interest and wish you the best of luck in your writing career”.

The above quote is an email I received, several years ago, from a website where you can join. Not only joining but, you also offer your time to review books… for free.

I smiled when I read those words. I will explain later why I smiled.

While this smile arose on my face, a new idea came into my mind.

I will write an article:

  • about reading books,
  • about being a reviewer and
  • about being an author who needs reviews.

From the beginning, I want to state that I respect the opinions of the website that sent me this email. My article is not at all a replica; not at all. The only reason for writing this article is my desire to write about a New World; a world in which we will not need a specific language to communicate to one another.

I am an empathetic person. I have this gift, and I am using it in many areas. For this reason, I smiled with all my heart when I saw the reply some days ago.

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It happened to find out about this website that is offering authors reviews for their books.

Being an author, you always depend on the reader’s opinion.

If the reader likes what you wrote, you can build your personal brand and sell your work.

Of course… this is one of the reasons for which you are a writer: to build a brand through your work. There could be multiple reasons for wanting this, but I don’t intend to talk about them now.

Now, don’t tell me that you are doing this only for fun or because you have to put your heart into words. You have your own reasons and believe me it’s not a crime to have them.

But, let’s not talk now about reasons and let’s come back to the main point here: to write a book review.

We already stated that an author depends on the reader; because this author needs to touch the reader’s heart.

What is even more important here is the fact that the reader depends even more on the author.

This is because the reader has an internal hunger and thirst that only a real writer can solace.

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It is similar to the affirmation “Without a creation, the Creator doesn’t exist”; it’s similar but not identical, because in our case the creation is the book.

So until now we have a Creator, a creation, and a beneficiary of what was created. The symbiotic relation in nature can happen instantly, and both parties seem to need only one another. But… sometimes to maintain the relation we need a binder; the glue to bond both sides together.

Since we are talking about a book and its glue, here comes the reviewer. He is the one person who can tell the author what the reader wants, and at the same time he can tell the reader if the author’s creation is worth the read.

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To do this, the reviewer has to read the book, and based on his knowledge make a review; meaning a report about the book. If the report is favorable than the reader will know that in his hands has just arrived a treasure for his soul; so the hunger and the thirst which invaded his being will be calmed down for a while. Instead, if the report is not favorable, the author will know what he has to modify in the future in order to be able to touch the reader’s heart.

To do this report, the reviewer needs two things; on the one hand he needs to know how to express in words his ideas and on the other hand he needs to make an objective analysis.

Until now I talked directly to your brain so that the logic will be satisfied with the role played by each involved person. From now on I will address both, your brain and to your heart. I am doing this because, in this New World of which I am talking about, the best communication is made through the heart. Yes, I am dreaming of a World like this.

I mentioned at the beginning that I smiled when I received the rejection email. Not because I am somehow feeling superior or anything like that but because as I said I am empathetic. And this gift instantly told me that even if the email reply was sent by a real person, it was not a result of his own thinking.

To better explain what I mean, I will say that the website is giving this kind of answers to anyone who lives in a country outside their own interest. This is not the only field of work in which people ask for communication skills.

Inquiring about good communication skills is not a wrong thing, and it’s normal for the world that we live in. But… I am talking about another kind of world, better than the one in which we are using the average five senses. I am talking about a world in which we can communicate to one another through our hearts most of the time.

In this world, a book reviewer will not need to be an expert in a specific language, but will need only to sense the author’s heart and to express in words all that his interior is hiding. Doing this… and only doing this… can a review be objective. When the reviewer connects to the author’s mind and heart, all analyzing done by him will be very good, perhaps even his best subjective comments.

I am pleading here for the glue which is represented by the reviewer.

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Being an engineer, also, I’ve become an expert in several areas, one of which is welding. You heard it well; welding technology. Everyone has heard about this field of work but maybe not everyone knows that welding is a complex process; it is a science in itself.

There are different types of welding technologies, but almost all of them are based on three necessary elements; the existence of two materials which must be connected and one filler which most of the times is called a welding electrode.

Can you guess which of the three elements above is the most important in laying down a successful weld? You probably know it, but I will still mention it; the most important one here is the electrode element.

In case that you are wondering why, I will tell you; the reason is that it has to contain elements which can be found in the two basic materials. If this filler which I like to call it glue, doesn’t have the chemical composition found in both involved pieces, then the weld will practically destroy the parts which must be connected; and more than this, even if the chemical composition is good, in the event that the intensity, the position, the speed and a few other elements are not very well handled, what result can’t even be called a weld anymore. The incredible high heat developed by the welding arc is practically burning the materials needing to be connected and finally no connection can be made; instead we will obtain a deep and “fascinating” destruction.

Has this been boring until now? For some of you maybe yes, for others maybe not.

Then let’s go back to our theme: the author and the reader who must be connected and the filler called a reviewer. As I already said, this reviewer has to convince the reader that it is worth his time to read the book and to explain to the author what he needs to do in the future to attract the reader.

Until now it’s been so simple! But… I add here a big “But”.

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If the reviewer is not a good reader, he will never know what a reader wants from a book and for sure he will never convince a reader to open the covers of a book.

And if the reviewer is not a writer also, he will never know what a writer’s heart contains.

And even if he is a reader and a writer at the same time, until the reviewer connects directly to the author’s mind and heart, to dig, to feel, to understand what is behind the writer’s words, he will never succeed to make an objective analysis.

And not being able to do this, he will influence the two involved pieces and will succeed to burn one or another, or in the worst case both of them at the same time.

Now… tell me something please… do you somehow think that the language used in this process matters? Yes, it matters because you can’t convince a Chinese person to read a Greek book if the only language spoken by the Chinese is Dutch (this is somehow a joke… don’t take it literally 🙂 ).

Of course, the language matters as a basic necessity.

But I am asking you as a reader... if you read a review in which somehow the language is not perfect but the substance touches your heart, will you start to read the reviewed book?

And I am asking you as an author… if you receive a review in which you really see that your heart was read in all its hidden corners, but the expressed language has some lacks due to the reviewer’s mind first thinks in his native language, will you follow his advice?

The End

Wait… I mean… the end of the old world and the start of the new one to come. 🙂


  1. Avatar Of Lee Kelso
    March 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Lee Kelso


    Your article is interesting MC, and many thoughts and ideas come to mind as I read and reread it.

    First, the words, reports and reviews, jumped out at me. I saw, the writer, as a port, meaning they, as all people have, a point of entry and a point of departure, and we could call it many different things, but in short, it means, we are information gathering creatures, through our five senses, and then based on, ones ability to express, effectively, their perspective, about a topic and they, “RE-PORT,” the information (facts, figures etc.) that they first received or experienced.

    At the point, the reviewer is brought in on the project, they will now “RE-PORT” the first “RE-PORTING,” and thus will use their own, perspective in “RE-VIEWING” the authors work.

    It is here that I more fully, grasp what you are saying, regarding a reviewer, in this current world, of reviewing books, which I do not have a full understanding of this process, but see how the thinking of a reviewer and especially, in their native langue, can miss so much of what the author has labored to present.

    To not have an ability to connect with the heart of the writer, and be abel to connect, to the readers innate, DRD4 gene, meaning its hungry, and thirst for a deeper understanding.

    This DRD4 neurotransmitter referred to as the curiosity gene that science has discovered controls the dispensing of dopamine, also there has been the discovery of what is called the God gene and geneticist have put forth that we are hardwired to religion and spirituality and even mysticism.

    I would add here that if there is a science that studies the natural sciences, where all persons who desire to participate in a discussion regarding the natural sciences that it would be reasonable and logical and thus natural, that there would be a science mirroring the natural sciences that allows all to come to the table to participate in a discussion about non-material matters or spiritual matters.

    One additional thought that connects with “your view on the future of reviewing books,” I wrote a comment to an article Foreign Retirement Havens on FB but I decided, not to post it as I thought it might be ahead of its time and would take much energy to write and engineer the thoughts.

    First, I will say, it was a similar thought to yours, meaning I was proposing, how retirement, might look in the future and well my perspective was not so congruent with current economic models as it was more about sharing skill sets and learning to build a diverse environment where all could flourish.

    Currently, living in what is considered to be a foreign country, is mainly only for those who can afford to do this and that would mean the majority of society, the world over could not do this participate and learn. We could also put forth that land and nature are not foreign, but spoken language, customs along with the methods and or laws of a place, may be different, but at the lowest common denominator, a society, thrives by how much it is given, by those connected to it.

    MC, concluding with an attempt to answer those last two questions. of yours, personally, I do not always read the reviews of a book, and this has not been a conscious thought of mine so much, but thinking here now the thought comes to me, that I would not want the reviewer’s perspective to spoil my read. I just jump into the book and go for a swim and see if the water is likable to me or not. Sometimes it is and sometimes it is not. Maybe I come back to the waterhole another time, but in general I can relate to what you are sharing as it is about connecting to the heart of the author and not so much just facts in the head.

    1. Avatar Of M.c. Simon
      March 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      M.C. Simon


      What you say, it makes perfect sense to me, Lee. Many times, I also buy books when the title seems to be reliable for my passions, or, if I already know the author.
      Still, a reviewer will always be needed for the marketing side. You can’t promote and sell the book if you don’t say anything about what it contains. And a professional reviewer represents the objective point of view. There are many aspects to be told about reviewing books, but the main fact I already said it. From my point of view, a good reviewer is only that one who can connect to the author’s thought and same time to the reader’s heart.

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    March 18, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Morton Carol


    I am already an international published poet. My publisher is out of business & I’m thrown back into the beginning of my career. Working on a poetry, other books as well. Not quite sure this is poetry site, but, for now, that is what I’m into. Write a poem & it’s published & called: “The Magic of Christmas. Wrote many poems on different things & won awards for all of them. I’m on books & on tapes. Won an award for the best international poet for the month of Dec. 2006. I write on different subjects, but mainly for the broken hearted & inspirational writings. I’m taking on a pen name, which is the name I’m now using.

    1. Avatar Of M.c. Simon
      March 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      M.C. Simon


      Thank you for stopping by, Carol. I am sorry for what happened with your publisher. When you say that you’re thrown back into the beginning of your career, do you mean that the publisher didn’t give you back the full author’s rights? If they did give back the rights than all is fine. You can become a self published author.
      On our website we welcome all the writers, no matter if they write prose or poetry. So, dear Carol, you are more than welcome!
      From what I see until now, it seems that you don’t have your own website to promote. Therefore, we can offer your own FREE space on our website and promotion for what you want to send us.
      Or, if you prefer, we can help you develop your own website.
      You just have to tell us how you want to proceed and we will be happy to help.

      Contact me directly at:

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