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Write Book Reviews: How to Get Paid to be a Professional Reviewer

Updated on March 13, 2012

So you what to be a professional book reviewer...

The world of reviewing has become increasingly popular as the internet grows. Book reviews, electronic reviews, academic reviews, product reviews. There is no shortage of things to review anymore!

Once a person realizes this - warms up their inner-reviewer - and finds out that they have a knack for this review writing thing, it only takes a moment before that person begins to ponder their potential future as a professional reviewer.

So if you think you have what it takes to be a professional book reviewer, then read on!

Build Your Portfolio

First and foremost, in this world, if you don't have an easily accessible portfolio of your work, then you're just not going to get very far. With the internet making everything to instantly gratifying, your future employers are going to want instant access to previous work.

You can easily begin to build a strong portfolio on any of the article writing sites (such as hubpages!) and then use your profile to show off your expertise.

Depending on how quickly and skillfully you can churn out high quality book reviews, you could have a decent sized portfolio within a few months. If you're still writing, or just having trouble finding books to read that you'd like to review, then it will obviously take longer. Still though, it is an easy road and one that will take you far.

So start building that portfolio now!

Research Your Competition

If you truly want to become a successful book reviewer, you're going to want to make sure you are at least at par with other highly valued book reviewers. The only way to reach this goal, is to read, read, read!

Google famous book reviewers and look in your local news papers for book reviews. Find every way that you can to get to know your competition. Eventually you are going to want to be able to surpass their reviews, so continue to do this step even after you've become successful. It will keep your work fresh and competitive.

Check For Niches

Just as books have niches, so to do book reviewers.

Now, it's definitely not a requirement, though I highly suggest figuring out which niche you will reviewing for the most. It could be fictional sci-fi, crytozoology or technical manuals. Anything will do.

The reason I suggest to pick a niche for your book review writing, is because it will help you hone your skills, keep your focus and attract interest employers sooner. Think about it. It couldn't hurt.

Promote, Network, Contact, Repeat

Once you've built your profile and considered some niches, it's time to get out there and show the world what you can do.

Promote your work on every social network you can and get yourself a blog roll started. Shout it out to the world!

Once you start to do this, you can build a following and start to make connections to both readers and potential employers. This will take some persistence and patience to do, but will pay off the most in the end. Potential employers are way more likely to want to hire you, if they see you already have a strong reader base and good reviews about your reviews.

Once you get yourself going on this process, you'll find yourself swamped in connections before you know it. From there, it's just a matter of time before you see your success right under your nose.

Contact Them!

After you've followed the above steps, you can begin to contact employers that you've had your eye on. Whether it's newspapers, online journals or book sellers - is up to you. You can contact as many or as few business as possible.

Just make sure to do them in small groups, otherwise you might end up with more employment that you can handle!


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      Sruti Nayani 4 years ago

      Interesting. Thank you. You might like my review site too. Please do check it out, and comment. :)

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      Laura Ginn 5 years ago from UK

      Great article! The importance of building up a portfolio should not be underestimated. Sites like and Good Reads are good for this and you can even get paid on some sites like whilst building up your portfolio at the same time :)

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      Voted up and useful also. Thank you.

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 6 years ago from Southern California

      Great information! I've been wondering how to break into this area. Thanks! Voted up and useful.

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      Sarah 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great information, thanks :)