Use Your Love of Books and Get Paid at The Same Time

Use Your Love of Books and Get Paid at The Same Time

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Finding work that allows you to have complete flexibility is not always easy, but there are many alternatives out there as you can read about on the Royal Holiday Blog. In this case, let’s take a look at a job that will be perfect for those, who not only like to read, but also voice their opinions of what they thought and felt about the books they read. If this describes you, then you might want to consider looking into becoming a book reviewer. Well, here are some practical things to keep in mind if you decide, or even to help you make up your mind, about the skills you need and what being a book reviewer is all about.

Review as much as you can

First thing, that seems quite obvious is read a lot and review a lot. The more you practice and hone in on your voice, or your writing style, the better. It is possible to live as a paid book reviewer and be successful. To get started you could consider posting your reviews on open platforms, and of course, you’ll need the initial investment of buying the books yourself, which if you’re a book lover won’t be such a huge sacrifice. You check out platforms like Goodreads or Amazon which allow anyone to publish their reviews. If you’re interested in taking this approach, you’ll need to stay up to date to the latest releases and publishing reviews based on the platform’s new releases in your genre or area of interest. By publishing on these sites you can also learn. Read others reviews, see how it’s done and start developing your own writing style that people may want to start following. This is how you start to build an audience.

Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, consider opening your own blog, or any other outlet that can be yours. You’ll want to start looking into different pages that offer free books for published reviews like BookLookBloggers.com. This particular outlet can be interesting offering a new platform and way of gaining followers. With pages like BookLook, you’ll be receiving ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) of the books, which are versions that come out for only a specific market of reviewers and publishers before the final version of the book is actually finished. The more you review, and do so on the right outlets, the more chance there is of getting noticed by publishers. Ideally, you’ll be able to create relationships with different publishers and this way get on their email list, giving you access to the latest releases.

Get paid to review

There are many sites that pay their reviewers for their articles like Any Subject, Kirkus, Online Book Club, and Contena. Any one of these can be looked at once you’ve curated many reviews and can even pick through them and choose your best pieces. When looking for a place to share your reviews and get paid, be on the lookout for scams on shady pages, because there are way too many stories out there of people who never get paid. Do your research, and find reliable platforms that respect writers. Like any other job you’ll need to prepare for the interview and get your credentials together. You can also find out general tips for online interviews on the Royal Holiday Jobs Blog, and these will also apply. Although more specifically, you’ll want to start polishing up your resume to highlight your writing experience, especially the one in the reviewing field. You’ll also need to write up a cover letter, which you’ll be tweaking for the different applications focusing on their genre or area needs. When trying to jump into this freelance career, it’s important to be prepared to build up your reputation and have several incomes before you land that stable dream job with a magazine or website. In some cases, this will never come, but you could easily be successful as a freelance book reviewer.

 

Image courtesy of Mehal Shah at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Mehal Shah at Flickr.com

Once you start getting paid, what’s next?

You’ll want to continue growing your online business, at this point, many people start to chase their dreams to be a location independent worker. This is job you could do from anywhere, as long as you have the basics to work online. So, once you’ve landed some paying gigs and you feel ready for something more, you can start pitching to magazines, newspapers, and journals that could be interested in having a new book reviewer. When on the quest to getting more stable income, you have to remember not to fall behind. One of the secrets to the success of a book reviewer is to stay relevant, current and educated. So, once you’ve been able to get some space on magazines, newspapers or journals, you’ll want to consider including some routines in your day that will ensure you stay in the game and have more to offer each time you write a post.

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