Do you love to read books? Is one of your favorite sections of the Sunday paper the book reviews? Would you yourself like to get paid to write book reviews? Well, here is a list of online work at home companies who are willing to pay you to write book reviews. And while there are tons of different freelance writing niches you could potentially specialize in, writing book reviews may be more fun for you if you like reading!
Which Companies Do Pay Their Book Reviewers Cash?
Let me just say here, while there are many companies proposing that they do hire and pay their book reviewers, not all of them pay cash. Some companies only compensate the reader with a free copy of the book.
There are also numerous scams out there where companies claim to hire book reviewers only to find out that they keep the review and use it to their advantage. Sadly these scammers never pay the reviewer for his/her time.
Some of the companies that I have found (and I am sure I don’t have 110% of them) are listed below.
Any Subject Books – While it is a site that pays book reviewers, the pay will vary by the length of the book, the deadline, and the length of the review. At the moment, their site says they do not need more book reviewers, but you may want to keep tabs on the page in case it opens back up.
Book Look Bloggers – This company gives free books to its reviewers, but unfortunately no monetary compensation. In order to receive a copy of a free book, you must write at least a 200-word review of a book and post it on your blog.
There is currently a notice up on Book Look saying applications are on hold until they get their website updated, so check back if this one interests you.
Kirkus – This company is probably the best known for hiring book reviewers. Book reviews must be submitted within two weeks of agreeing to do them, and the review must be about 350 words. The pay will vary based on your experience.
Payment is made by check and mailed 60 days after the review is written and submitted. While the work is enjoyable for most, the work is not dependable and should not be considered a main source of income.
Online Book Club claims to pay and give free books to its book reviewers. You can earn $5 to $60 per review depending upon the book being reviewed. This will be paid to you as well as you will receive a copy of the book for you to keep.
Story Cartel will send you free books in exchange for your honest reviews. They have books available in all sorts of different genres.
The US Review of Books regularly needs freelancers to review books for their publication. You'll need to send a resume, sample work, and at least two professional references in order to be considered as a reviewer. The pay amount for reviews you write is not listed on the website, but it does say you'll get paid monthly with a mailed check.
Wellesly Centers For Women accepts applications for paid book reviewers on an ongoing basis. They pay $100 per review, plus they will provide you with a subscription to their magazine.
There is also a large list of book review websites here, although these do not appear to be advertising for new reviewers. Still, you may be able to get in touch with the owners of these websites to see if they need new reviewers.
Contena – This is a job board for freelance writers where you can occasionally find book review gigs that pay fairly. This is not a free job board to access, but they often do offer discounts on monthly memberships. You can use coupon code “ways2earn” at checkout to get 10% off any membership.
Don't Feel Confident You Can Write a Book Review?
Since most of the above sites are going to want you to actually write a book review after you've read the book, you need to know how to go about it. It's one of those things that sounds easy until you sit down to actually do it! “How to Write a Simple Book Review” is a highly-rated, inexpensive eBook available on Amazon that will walk you through the process to help ensure writer's block doesn't hit when you get ready to do your review.
While this may seem like a discouraging list, it really does not need to be. There are opportunities out there if you are willing to look for and pursue them. While book reviewers do not make a lot of money, they do make money while doing something most of them enjoy.
Many times authors will seek out book reviewers for future testimonials, which can lead to greater exposure for the book and future work for the book reviewers.
Another avenue that you might want to pursue as a book reviewer is to offer book review writing as a paid service in your freelance writing or virtual assistant business. You could charge by the length of the review or by the number of pages in the book.
Again, if you really love to read, what do you have to lose? Maybe a little sleep, but most avid book readers have been missing that for years!
Good luck to all who pursue any of these opportunities.