Most book reviewers are freelance writers who are paid per piece, if they are paid at all. Some simply write book reviews on a volunteer basis, and in exchange, will receive free books to review, sometimes ahead of their publication dates. The most important advice for someone who wants to become a book reviewer is simply to keep writing, and always meet assigned deadlines. Like any other freelance writing career, it can be difficult to get started, but for someone who enjoys reading books and writing about them, it is a great choice.
I used to force myself to finish any book that I had started, because books are an investment at $7.99 a piece, and like it or not, I had to get my money’s worth. A funny thing happens though, when you become a book reviewer. You find yourself in the midst of a mountain of books, most of them free for your reading pleasure, the only condition being that you post an honest review. After a brief “learning period” where I tried in vain to read and review everything that crossed my To Read list, I quickly realized that I had become a quantity reviewer, not a quality one.
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Next, it is impossible to become a book reviewer without sitting down and writing some reviews. Even if they are never published, it is important to have samples to show editors, because most will not hire a reviewer without some sample pieces. It may be easier to get started writing for a university newspaper while still in college, or by writing for a local newspaper or bookstore. Another option is to write reviews for free, and post them in a blog. Once you have a few published pieces, it will be easier to get more assignments.