By Mike Haaren – Co-Founder – Aug. 14, 2017
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 $60 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 last year, 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; over 625,000 indie books were published in 2015 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. (Scroll down for the listing.) You may also want to read Confessions of a Kirkus Reviewer. It’s dated now, but still informative.
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. To be eligible, register at their site and make five posts in their forums. 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.
Any Subject Books — ASB has a Book Reviewers Wanted notice here. Currently they aren’t hiring, and the site looks a bit quiet, though the copyright notice is current. But it’s probably worth bookmarking the page and checking back later. Rates aren’t disclosed, though they’re described as “generous.” Per the site, “We prefer to pay on a specific book basis as it depends on a number of factors including word count (it’d be unfair to pay someone the same rate for reading a 10-page short story as 500-page blockbuster).”
BookLook Bloggers — This site pays in free books (you keep the one you reviewed, though as I’ve said that’s not an unusual arrangement). “Read the book and craft a 200+ word review. The review can be positive or negative, it just needs to be based on the entire book. Post your review on your blog [you’ll need a blog with at least 30 followers] and any consumer retail website (Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com…)…” Right now, BookLook has a “website being updated” notice that tells visitors to check back when summer’s over, so bookmark and set your calendar. Details here.
Blogging for Books — If you’ve got a blog, no matter how much traffic it gets, this site — run by the publishing giant Crown Publishing Group — will pay you in free books for your reviews. (For extra cash, you can always sell the book.) Both hard copy and eBooks are offered for review. Reviews should be roughly three paragraphs and are due within 90 days of receipt of the book. Granted, a free book isn’t as good as cash, but you can build your cred at BFB and move up to paying sites. For details, click here.
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