Don’t you wish you can get paid for reading all day? It’s a possibility I thought would never come true.
I’ve always been a bibliophile. When I was a child, I didn’t care much for reading. With my dropping grades, my parents took my gaming privileges away and urged me to read more. Now, I can’t imagine my life without books. I read anything I find interesting, from bestselling literary fiction to manga.
In 2015, I created a book blog as an excuse to read and write more. Eventually, authors and publishing companies took notice. They wanted me to read their books in exchange for reviews. They were non-paying gigs, of course. Still, it was a level up from what I was used to.
You Can Get Paid for Reading
One day, I thought, “Can I get paid for reading books?” People get paid for talking about movies. Why not book reviews? Professional reviewers work for the New York Times. I know it’s possible!
I started searching the net for paid book reviewer positions. I’ll let you know right now some book review requirements are very particular. They want more than what you may usually write on Amazon or Goodreads. If you don’t follow their review guidelines, they will reject you. No questions asked.
Nowadays, I have a gig where I’m paid over $50 for a 400-word review. Cool, right? I also landed a freelancing gig with a company revolving around books. How can you do the same?
1. Start Writing About Books Online
Whether you like to write about sci-fi books or ketogenic diet cookbooks, start posting your work somewhere online. You can use it later as your book review “portfolio.”
I started posting book reviews on WordPress with Duckie’s Book Nook. I wrote about any book I picked up. Occasionally, I review paranormal books here on Medium. No matter where you are online, just get started. You don’t know where your love of books will lead you.
2. Search for Paid Book Reviewer Jobs
If you want to try your hand at landing some paid book reviewing jobs, you can start at the following:
- Booklist Publication
- Indie Reader (Note: Check their site monthly for openings)
- Kirkus Media
- Online Book Club
- Publisher’s Weekly (Note: Openings come and go)
- Reedsy Discovery (tips based)
- The U.S. Review of Books
3. Find Writing Gigs Connected to Books and Reading Besides Book Reviews
Some companies are looking for people to compose summaries from non-fiction books. If you’re heavily involved in the scriptwriting world, you may offer script coverages for people who don’t have time to read. They’ll pay you big bucks.
Have a knack for editing books as well as reading mountains of them? Type in “book editing jobs” on Google and see what you’ll find. There are plenty of openings out there. Reviewing books is only a drop in the ocean.
One More Thing
Get busy on social media! I’ve noticed that posting about books on social media like Twitter and Instagram has done wonders for me to obtain book-related opportunities. I get tons of feedback when I post about books from the following genres:
- Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga
- New Age/Metaphysics
You can also pay yourself as a book reviewer by becoming an Amazon affiliate and broadcasting your reviews on YouTube (payments may vary).
Hope this helps! Happy reading!
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