Misscsolo started out like many other book reviewers probably did, I am an avid reader who has been reading consistently since middle school. I first started out reading Reader’s Digest and from there went on to Harlequin’s Romance. I had boxes of books at my Grandmother’s in her attic and in her basement. I wouldn’t bother anyone, I would just sit in the comfort and quiet of the cool basement and read for hours at a time. I didn’t have a particular author or style that I liked, I just wanted to read! As I got into my 20’s, I started to hear about and pay attention to author’s names like Stephen King, Nora Roberts and V.C. Andrews. But it was Stephen King that was interesting me at the time because his books were being made into movies and they were SCARY! As I came into my 30’s, I was hanging out at the library more learning about African American authors. That’s when I started to come across names like Kimberla Lawson Roby, Eric Jerome Dickey, Victoria Christopher Murray, Pat G’Orge-Walker, Terri McMillian, Mary Monroe, Francis Ray, Iyanla Vanzant, E. Lynn Harris and the such and my world was transformed! So I started talking to my family and friends and found out that I was on the late show, they had been reading these authors and others for years! Then I was introduced to Amazon.com where I could find pretty much any book that I was looking for. They had a section where after you made your purchases they would ask you to “review” your buying experience with them. I would always say” great job, quick service”. Then I was told how important it is to authors for customers to leave reviews of their books so that others would see it and possibly make a decision to purchase their books. So I figured, “I can do that” and that is how I started book reviewing. In 2010, author The1Essence gave me the opportunity to publish my reviews online through a page on her website, The1Essence.com and that brings us to who and where I am today.
Being a book reviewer is very fulfilling for me but at the same time you have to remember it is very much MY opinion. What makes a good book reviewer is your reputation. I am associated with many authors both nationally known and independent authors along with book clubs like ARC Book Club Inc. What keeps you afloat as a good reviewer is being consistent and fair. All reviews might not be favorable but they are not meant to be malicious. An author should learn from a review whether favorable or not, it is all a learning and growing process to become better in YOUR craft.
If you are an author and are looking to have your book reviewed, please contact me for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.