By Mike Haaren – Rat Race Rebellion Co-Founder – Oct. 2, 2019
Work from Home Jobs & Extra Cash — Book Reviewers
If you love books, as I do, getting paid to read and review them — and adding the free reviewer’s copy to your bookshelf or Kindle — isn’t a bad deal. Plus, you can earn up to $100 for the review. And if you can read and write quickly, companies like Kirkus can be a good option, as I’ll explain.
Kirkus — I was a reviewer for Kirkus in my spare time, mostly just to keep in touch with the lit world. I reviewed about 10 books in all, in their busy Indie line — books submitted for review by self-published authors. (It’s a booming trend — more than one million books were self-published in 2017 alone.)
Kirkus paid $50 per 350-word review, and as far as I know, they still do. You don’t get a byline (your review is anonymous), but the editors were easy to work with — friendly and responsive. I always got paid on time, too, monthly by direct deposit to my checking account.
There were plenty of books to review. Almost as soon as I turned in a review, another book would be available. (As with many Book Reviewer gigs, you keep your free review copy.) And after you’ve been reviewing for awhile — say after 8-10 reviews — you can ask for a raise. If you’ve been hitting your deadlines — reviews are due two weeks after assignment — and the indie title flow is good, and your reviews don’t need a lot of editing, you may get it. For examples of Indie book reviews, click here.
If you have some experience reviewing books, you can find the Kirkus job here.
Online Book Club — The OBC advertises a range of $5-$60 per review (400 word minimum). You don’t need a particular background, just a love of books and the willingness to write honest reviews. “The first review you do will not be paid [though you will get the book for free]. This acts as a trial run to make sure you can write a review that adheres to the Review Team Guidelines…” Details here.
US Review of Books — This site publishes reviews in 75+ genres, including Romance, Women’s Fiction, Parenting/Families, Horror, Erotica, Humor and many more. Book titles are posted for potential reviewers to choose. Reviews typically run 250-300 words, and are due 2-3 weeks after the book is assigned. The amount of pay isn’t specified, but per the site, “Reviewers are paid monthly for every review completed during the previous month. Checks are sent by the 5th day of each month.” For more, click here.
Publishers Weekly — PW, the Big Daddy of book media, occasionally lists new openings for book reviewers. If you see an opening (link below), apply or share quickly if interested — these often fill quickly. They pay an honorarium per review. (It used to be $25, but not sure now. We’ll post more info if/when we hear.)
“Book enthusiasts with an education and a background in specific areas preferred, although newcomers are always welcome,” they add. You can also set up job alerts on their jobs page. Click here for more.
Page Chaser — This site — part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing — pays in free ebooks (you keep the one you reviewed, though as I’ve said that’s not an unusual arrangement). Categories include Fiction, Non-Fiction, Bibles and Children’s Books/Gift Books. “We ask that your reviews be 200 words or more. We do recommend you don’t get too long though. This word count allows you to be informative without being too informative. We want your reviews to be read and most people tend to shy away from long reviews. Here is our recommendation for the structure of each review…”
Women’s Review of Books — Once you get some experience, there’s the Women’s Review of Books. A part of Wellesley College’s Wellesley Centers for Women, the WRB pays $100 per review. “Please note that most WRB writers are experienced reviewers, academics, or journalists and that we do not assign book reviews to friends, relatives, enemies, colleagues, or blurbers of the book’s author.” Click here for more. Click here for more.
NetGalley — Another option for reviews is NetGalley. There’s no payment, but the galleys (a pre-publication book format) are free, and you can also strike up relationships with publishers — never a bad thing for reviewers. “We help readers of influence discover and recommend new books to their audiences. If you are a librarian, bookseller, educator, reviewer, blogger or in the media, get started right now by signing in or joining for free…” For more, click here.
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