People get started reviewing books in numerous ways.
Many authors begin by swapping books and writing reviews for each other as a
way of mutually supporting their fellow authors. You might want to begin by
writing reviews and posting them at Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s websites, or
any of the reader/book lover sites such as LibraryThing. You might even decide
to set up your own blog or website where you can post your book reviews. Today,
many bloggers are their own independent book reviewers. If you don’t want to
run your own blog, you might connect with bloggers to be their guest book
reviewer. Don’t overlook the possibilities of reviewing online or in
print-potential homes for your book reviews are endless.
If you really want to learn the ropes of book reviewing, you may want to start
out by writing reviews for an established book review service or publication.
While print publications are phasing out book reviews, many magazines and
newspapers still carry reviews. Some of these publications have an established
book reviewer or book review team while others solicit reviews. Send a query to
the publication and ask whether it would be interested in a review of a
specific book, or whether you can write reviews for them-many of them receive
books in the mail that they might be willing to send you. Online review services,
including Reader Views, Review the Book, and Feathered Quill Reviews also have
book review teams. Many of these services are set up so readers can choose the
books they want to review. Some of these services offer monetary compensation
for reviewing books while others offer only a copy of the book to be reviewed
as compensation. In either case, it’s a great way to get started earning your
book reviewer credentials.
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