Review Guidelines & Submission
We welcome book reviews from both members and friends of the Order. You
may choose to review any book you want, but we are mainly interested in
the following topics: religion/spirituality, archeology & history,
magick & ritual, myths & legends, spiritual practices (shamanism,
healing, yoga, tarot, meditation etc.), qabalah, alternative medicine,
and fiction (mysteries, romance, science fiction, poetry etc.).
You may submit a word attachment or email text to our webmaster/editor:
cut and paste into the form below. (Please note: We reserve the right
to make grammatical and factual changes to any submission. Please refer
to our submissions guidelines
for more info on formatting.)
Submissions must include the following:
- Book Title
- Author(s) and/or editor(s)
- Date of publication
- Edition (if beyond the first)
- The review (minimum of 300 words)
Tips to Writing a Review
- Begin with basic information: what type of book it is (fiction,
non-fiction, textbook, etc.), genre (mystery, biography, adventure,
etc.), field of interest, and the author's central subject matter,
purpose, or thesis.
- Add some details. For fiction, describe the setting, main characters,
and basic plot. For non-fiction, describe the primary concepts, context,
areas covered, and methods of communicating ideas.
- Provide a review rather than a synopsis of the plot. Giving insight
to its pacing, level of intricacy, character development, etc. Please,
don’t give away major plot points.
- Give your opinion of the work. Point out strengths and weaknesses.
How did the book affect you? What did you like or dislike? Did you
learn anything new? How is the book related to your own course or
personal agenda? How does this book compare to others in the same
genre? Describe who might be interested in reading this book—beginners,
scholars, historians, etc. What did you think of the author's writing
style (engaging, dense, accessible, funny, etc.)? Include quotes from
the book to illustrate your opinions.
- Finish the review with your final opinion – is it worth reading?
Readers want to know if the book is worth their time and money.
Writing Negative Reviews
We will publish negative reviews when the review is insightful, informative,
and intelligent. No one wants to invest time or money on a book that
is poorly written, factually flawed, or fails to fulfill its objective.
Clear examples of flaws and errors, alternative books that are well
written on the subject, and good reasons as to why you did not like
the book are essential to creating a negative book review that educates
rather than just slamming an author. Personal dislike is fine, but you
must clarify the reasons the book let you down (style, tone, nothing
new covered, etc.).
Submission Form for Book & Music Reviews