Become a Paid Book Reviewer
Have you just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood or Solar Bones by Mike McCormick and are itching to let others know what you thought about it? You are in luck because we’re in the process of putting together a panel of book reviewers to write interesting and engaging book reviews for us.
The type of books you review is up to you but we prefer contemporary novels from American, Australian, British, Canadian, Irish and New Zealand authors. If those authors have been nominated for book awards such as the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, British Books Awards, Costa Book Awards, Hennessy Book Awards, Indie Book Awards, Irish Book Awards, Man Booker Prize Awards, or the Stella Prize (list of book awards here) all the better.
As an incentive, the top reviewer who has published the most quality reviews on Writerful Books will be rewarded with a $100 Amazon gift voucher. Those book reviews must not have been previously published elsewhere either online on personal blogs and/or websites such as Goodreads or offline such as book reviews in local and/or national newspapers.
We are not just looking for voracious readers but for people who have their finger on the pulse of books in their favourite genre and can write comprehensive and insightful book reviews that add to the conversation. If you become a trusted book reviewer we may consider offering you a job as a paid book reviewer. We pay our trusted book reviewers $10 to $50 depending on how in-depth the review is.
How do I become a book reviewer?
We are seeking passionate readers who read a wide range of different genres but we prefer contemporary fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, realistic fiction, speculative fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoirs. If you think this sounds like you, submit your application below with as much information as possible including links to your social media accounts and other sources where you have previously written reviews.
* Requirements for Book Reviews
i) Reviews must be honest and fair
ii) Reviews must not be libellous
iii) Reviews must add value to readers
iv) Reviews must not plagiarised or published elsewhere
v) Reviews must not infringe on the rights of others
vi) Reviews must not be abusive or offensive in any form
vii) Reviews of certain titles may not be considered
(viii) Reviews must be no shorter than 350 words
(ix) Reviews must not be a synopsis of the book
(x) Reviews must conform to certain conventions and standards
Where to download advance review copies (ARCs), digital galleys and free ebooks?
It is the responsibility of the reviewer to become members of the sites below to download ARCs of titles that interest them. Trusted book reviewers may be sent selected review copies from us or our partners.
Amazon Vine is an invitation-only program where members receive books in exchange for reviews. The best way to be invited to join is to write lots of ‘helpful’ book reviews on Amazon that others up-vote for.
Book Nook is a Hay House review program for book reviewers who read self-help and inspirational books.
Book publishers are happy to send digital copies of books to book reviewers. It is a good idea to let them know where you intend to review the book and to send them the link when the review is complete.
Authors are happy to send review copies of their books to passionate fans of their work. It is always a good idea to let the author in question know which of their previous books you have read and where your review is going to be published. As above, you are expected to send the author a link to the review when it is published.
Edelweiss has an extensive database of catalogues and review books from a wide range of publishers. Members can request to review the latest frontlist titles or can download backlist titles straight away.
First to Read is a destination for readers and those who love to talk about and discover new books published by Penguin Random House. First to Read provides members with the chance to be the first to read the best new books, before they are released to the public.
LibraryThing has a large selection of books. One of the only drawbacks is that there is a limited quantity of each, with lots of potential readers and reviewers and members required to enter drawings for a chance to win review copies.
Netgalley have an extensive selection of digital galleys from major publishing houses as well as a large selection of titles from independent publishers. Anyone can sign up for an account, but individual publishers have to approve you before you can receive galleys from them.
Overdrive is my first port of call for best-selling authors, classics recently published books as well as a massive selection of backlisted titles. My local library usually stocks books that have been nominated for major Australian book awards.
Story Cartel has a list of books from thrillers to romance novels, literary fiction and non-fiction. Their platform boasts 48943 people who have downloaded 101964 books, helping 2009 authors get reviews.
Where should authors send their books?
If you are an author and would like your book reviewed you can send a digital galley to us here or hard copy to the address below. Please be aware that there is no guarantee that your book will be reviewed and also that physical copies of books cannot be returned.
Please submit your application below.
* Terms: Book reviews are counted over a six month period from the first review being published. Book reviewers must have a minimum of six reviews in each six month period to qualify for rewards. Reviews are ranked according to (i) the amount of traffic they get (ii) the amount of social shares (iii) the amount of website visitor engagement. Certain book reviews that are submitted may not be considered for publication. By submitting an application you agree to all terms and conditions. We reserve the right to change terms and conditions at any time without notification.