By Mike Haaren – Rat Race Rebellion Co-Founder – March 29, 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 $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, 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. 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, just listed new openings for book reviewers. Apply or share quickly if interested — these may 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.)
For now, they want reviews in the following categories. If none suits, check back on their job board (you can also set up an email alert there) because their lists change.
Science Fiction/Fantasy reviewers familiar with Asian and/or Eastern European literature
“Book enthusiasts with an education and a background in specific areas preferred, although newcomers are always welcome,” they add.
More Book Reviewer options below. And for more side gig ideas, here are 10 Online Side Gigs You Can Do Now.
BookLook Bloggers — This site — part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing — 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…)…” Details here.
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. “NetGalley is an innovative and easy-to-use online service and connection point for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators. NetGalley delivers digital galleys, often called advance reading copies, or ARCs, to professional readers and helps promote new and upcoming titles. Professional readers — reviewers, media, journalists, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and educators — can join and use NetGalley at no cost.” For more, click here.
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