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If you’re a sucker for a good book like I am, you’re gonna love these eight sites I’m about to tell you about.
Sites where you can get paid to do what you love – read!
Take a look at 8 sites that’ll pay you to read books.
Any Subject Books hires people to review on a freelance basis, but it’s also a full-suite self-publishing service. That’s where the books you’ll review are coming from.
They’re looking for in-depth, honest, and objective reviews so try to avoid the fluff.
The best part is you can choose what genre you want to read and you won’t be expected to review books you simply aren’t interested in.
Any Subject Books isn’t open to new freelancers at the moment, but keep checking back (and keep reading for more options!).
2. Kirkus Media
Kirkus Media also hires people on a freelance basis to write book reviews. It’s probably one of the most respected sources of book reviews in the country.
You might see Kirkus book blurbs on Amazon on your favorite book’s page.
Kirkus Media has an open application for book reviewers. They’re also looking for people to review books in both English and Spanish.
Reviews are expected to be at least 350 words.
To apply, send your resume and writing samples.
Online Book Club pays about $5 to $60 for book reviews, so don’t expect to get rich (or even leave your FT job) off the money you’ll make doing this. It’s better to look at it as supplemental income.
Read through the guidelines to see what they’re looking for. I read through their guidelines and it all seems pretty straightforward.
I was accepted as a book reviewer at Online Book Club, but I haven’t reviewed a book yet. I’ll update this post once I do with my experience.
To begin the signup process, click here.
4. Book Browse
Book Browse is another place you can get paid to review books online. They pay on a freelance basis and you can review both adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as books for young adults.
You may also be required to write a “beyond the book” article for each book you review.
It’s not clear how much is paid per review. Their reviewers, according to their site, write about one review a month and receive a byline and modest payment.
Book Browse is open to reviewers from the USA and overseas.
For more info, click here.
Women’s Review of Books pays $100 per review and it’s well-respected print publication that’s part of Wellesley Centers for Women.
The magazine has been published for 36 years and they’re looking for people to join their team of book reviewers.
Thinking of applying? Keep in mind that most of its writers are also journalists, academics, or book reviewers with a few years of experience under their belts.
If you think you’ve got what it takes, pitch them a review by sending a quick email proposal.
Publisher’s Weekly is another well-known publication that publishes book reviews on its site. Its focus is international book publishing.
The company regularly publishes book reviews for both traditionally published books and self-published books.
Currently, they don’t appear to be taking on any more reviewers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep checking their Job Page periodically in case something opens up.
Scribd is an eBook and audiobook subscription service that has more than one million titles and more than 60 millions documents overall on their publishing platform.
Self-published authors can get their books on Scribd through almost any self-publishing platform.
You can find Scribd proofreading job offers in which you’d essentially be getting paid to read books.
GoodReads is famous for book reviews. If you read books and haven’t heard of GoodReads, you need to get acquainted with it. It’s a massive user-generated book review site that’ll tell you if any book is worth reading.
GoodReads also has proofreading groups where thousands of writers get paid to read books. It’s a great place to start if you want to get into writing book reviews for money.
Get into a couple of the groups and start networking. You may just find your next great book reviewing opportunity.
Writing book reviews for BookYap means you’ll have to be comfortable writing reviews about self-help books, since the site specializes in self-help books.
Some of the categories include Marketing and Management, Self-Improvement, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate and Investments, and Economics and Finance.
If you want to be a book reviewer for BookYap, apply via the “contact” section of the website.
You’ll have to ask about payment directly.
There isn’t a ton of information on becoming a reviewer for Wattpad, but I found this link to a page on their website.
It appears to be a feed that you can read to get all of your questions answered about becoming a book reviewer.
Click here to read the guide.
11. Your Own Website
You can also use your own website to write book reviews. Once you have a few good reviews up on your site and you’ve published a few glowing reviews, you can start promoting your services.
You might even want to offer a few more services (if you’re qualified – or you can get qualified), such as proofreading, book editing, or manuscript evaluation services.
You can even monetize your book review site via affiliate marketing. Promote books or products related to books on your site and you’ll bring in even more income.
12. On Upwork
Oftentimes, clients will post listings for book reviewers on UpWork.
But you don’t have to sit around and wait for a listing to pop up.
Create your own and attract the clients to you. But don’t be afraid to send out a few proposals to get your first book reviewing job on Upwork. Sometimes, it takes up to five proposals to get a job accepted.
To start creating your UpWork profile, click here.
13. Reedsy Discovery
Reedsy is a a great place to find work as a book reviewer or story reviewer because it’s a site dedicated to collecting the best stories from up and coming writers. The site also hosts short story contests you can enter every week.
Not to mention, it’s also a platform that connects content creators with companies who need that kind of content.
So there are a few ways you can make money on Reedsy. However, book reviewers are paid via “tips” from other users.
U.S. Review of Books is a national organization that pays reviewers on a freelance basis. Reviews are published in a monthly newsletter.
When writing for U.S. Review of Books, you’ll have to write between 250 and 300 words. They look for professionalism and conciseness. So don’t ramble on and on about a particular part of the book you liked. Keep it short and sweet.
To apply, submit your resume, some writing samples, and two professional references via email. For the best results, it can help to get familiar with how their reviews typically look and sound.
15. New Pages
New Pages allows you to write flash book reviews (reviews under 300 words) for quick flash books.
At New Pages, they’re looking for short book reviews about any recent literary magazine or book you’ve read.
New Pages typically has books from smaller presses or unknown magazines.
Check out their site to see if their reviews align with what you’re willing to write.
Booklist Publications pays between $12.50 and $15 per book review.
If you’re not familiar with Booklist, it’s a highly-respected review journal for librarians. The company regularly assigns freelance book reviews.
To be successful at this, you’ll need to become familiar with Booklist’s outlets, such as Booklist Magazine, the quarterly Book Links, and the Booklist Reader blog). You should also get familiar with the site’s writing style.
Reviews are usually no more than 175 words.
To read more of the guidelines, click here.
Instaread pays $100 per book review and you don’t have to worry about writing the honest truth about the books you’re reading.
The site is looking for 1,000 to 1,500-word book reviews.
All you have to do, according to the site, is write the “key insights of new and classic nonfiction.”
Make sure to read the recommended style guide before you get started.
Net Galley connects book reviewers to publishers and authors. While they don’t pay cash, this could still be a good opportunity to get some experience with book reviewing before you take on paid projects.
Instead of payment, NetGalley gives free ARCs.
Publishers generally put digital review copies onto the site and then the site’s members can
19. Get Abstract
GetAbstract, according to their website, seeks to hire only the best talent.
If you want to apply to write book summaries on a freelance basis, click here.
As part of your application, you’ll have to submit a summary (50 to 150 words) of an article on the application submission page. You can increase your chances of success by getting to know their summaries and getting familiar with their style.
20. Writerful Books
According to their site, Writerful is currently looking for book reviewers. They’re looking for “passionate readers who read a wide range of different genres but prefer contemporary fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, realistic fiction, speculative fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoirs.”
Submit your application here and make sure to link to your social media accounts and any place you have previously published reviews.
Now that you’ve got some options, find a book reviewer position that you think you’d be happy with.
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