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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks Professional vs. Personal Reviews

Today I’m back to drinking black coffee with cream… Too many mochas in the holiday season. What are you drinking?

So I recently got accepted to be a professional reviewer for InD’tale magazine. Who knew there was a difference between professional and personal reviews. Let me enlighten you. The difference is there is compensation involved and it is written in the third person. So it’s a different rhythm writing a professional review over a personal one.

I see the ups and downs for both. In personal review, you get more self-expression without¬†having to worry about speaking in first person. A professional review is done in third person so it’s harder to adjust. There is compensation which I suspect would demand a higher quality of review.

Both reviews get the author’s work exposure and that’s what is most important. I am excited to keep doing my personal reviews while adding to my professional portfolio. Which is another similarity that both types of review have. Being successful in writing reviews looks good on your resume no matter what side you are coming from!

Do you write reviews? Would you ever consider going professional?

Just a quick shout out to my beloved because it’s his birthday. Happy birthday babe…

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  • trish @ Between My Lines January 22, 2016, 7:41 am

    I write reviews just because I enjoy it and I like having the record of my book thoughts just for myself. And I don’t really want the pressure of HAVING to write them but each to their own. It’s interesting to hear that they are in 3rd person, I didn’t realise that.
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    • Jessica January 23, 2016, 5:18 pm

      To each their own indeed. I never knew there was such a difference! I never knew there was such a thing as professional review!

  • Lola January 24, 2016, 6:54 am

    I never realized what exactly the difference was between personal and professional reviews, so thanks for explaining that. I never knew professional reviews had to be written in third person point of view.

    I have no intention of ever doing professional reviews at this point, I am quite happy to just write my reviews for my own blog and read books whenever I want. I don’t do as well with deadlines before when I have to read and review a book, so I don’t accept as many books with deadlines.
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    • Jessica January 24, 2016, 1:30 pm

      I had no idea there existed such a thing. I am enjoying it so far. You get less choice in what you get to read which I’m finding I don’t like but I am glad to do it all the same.

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