Becoming a Reviewer for BookBrowse

Becoming a Reviewer for BookBrowse

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First, please read the notes below. Then, if you think that you would be a good fit for BookBrowse, complete the form.

What kind of books do you review?
BookBrowse reviews both adult fiction and nonfiction, and books for young adults. We look for books that not only are very enjoyable to read, with great characters and storylines, but that also leave you knowing something about the world you didn't before. You can see the sort of books we review by browsing BookBrowse, and you can view typical reviews from the Editor's Choice block on our homepage and in our online magazine, The BookBrowse Review.

How often would I be writing a review?
Our reviewers tend to write about one review a month for us, and receive both payment and byline. Each featured review consists of a review that focuses on analysis and opinion, plus a backstory with additional information relating to the book that usually requires research. The full reviews are available to BookBrowse members at all times (including individual members and patrons of subscribing libraries), and to all visitors for a week to two weeks at time of first publication. At other times non-members can view small parts of the full reviews. Reviewers are free to write for other media, both on and offline; but reviews and backstories of books assigned by BookBrowse become the property of BookBrowse and cannot be reproduced elsewhere.

How are books assigned?
Reviewers choose the books they are interested in from a shortlist provided by BookBrowse. A regularly updated list of available books is sent to one or two reviewers at a time so each reviewer has time to select the book(s) that are of interest before the list moves on to the next reviewer(s). Reviewers always have at least 3 weeks from receiving a book in which to write their review, and are welcome to take time out from reviewing at any time.

Because we have limited review space, we tend to only do feature length reviews of books that we can wholeheartedly recommend - thus, if a book does not live up to expectations the reviewer is expected to contact BookBrowse so that that review can be canceled and a new book assigned.

What are the next steps?
If you are resident in the USA and feel that you have the interest and experience to write for BookBrowse, please complete the form below. We may not be in need of additional reviewers at the specific time you apply but, if your review style looks like a good match for BookBrowse, we will keep your application on file and contact you when reviewer slots open up (and we will, of course, confirm receipt of your application).

Note for interested reviewers outside the USA: While BookBrowse is visited by people worldwide, the books we review come, almost exclusively, from USA publishers. Thus, to date, it has been rare for us to be able to work with reviewers who live outside the USA as the publishers have tended to be reluctant to deal with the paperwork involved in shipping books to reviewers overseas; also the additional time required for books to arrive has caused problems with review deadlines. However, with the increasing number of AREs (advanced reviewer editions) available as ebooks, the logistics of delivering books to non-USA reviewers is lessening. So, if you are resident somewhere other than the USA and are interested in reviewing for BookBrowse, and can review ebooks, please complete the form below.

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