don’t get carried away with details, you have very little space.
you don’t have to read EVERY WORD.
Reviews pay lousy. they pay $30.00-$40.00 each. Sometimes they’re worth it!
Strike a balance.
Previous relationships are important on reviews. Example if you did one for Quill and Pen, that will give you an in to do another one especially if you did a terrific review. Read he magazines you write for. If you want to write for National Geographic, read it! If you want to write for Charisma, read it- etc.
Query the magazine on what to say- what are they looking for? Will they want a favorable write- up or will they want your opinion? What kind of material do they cover? For example, if you’re Catholic and the magazine is Pentecostal, you better have a knowledge of what their spiritual teachings are.
Look to see who does reviews.
Comment notice of reviews or whatever you want to write.
Magazines want reviews a few months ahead of time.
reviews- Filler/sidebar- Not exactly. It depends on the magazine.
Overall purpose? e.g., Charisma Magazine Lee Vor Assistant editor. Main editor Lee Grady