Becoming a Reviewer for BookBrowse

Becoming a Reviewer for BookBrowse

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Before submitting your application, please read the notes below and read some of our reviews to ascertain if your writing style and BookBrowse are a good fit for each other. Our reviewers write reviews of about 600 words for each book they cover. You can see samples in the Editor's Choice block on our homepage and in this sample issue (click on Reviews and Beyond the Book in the vertical menu). If after reading some of these reviews you feel we're a good fit for you, complete the form.

Our reviewers also write a "beyond the book" article for each book they review. You can see samples of these from the links above. Don't worry if you have not written such a piece before - if your style of reviewing is right for us, it's likely that you'll find the beyond the book articles a relative breeze!

If it looks like we're made for each other, complete the form below. We may not be in need of additional reviewers at the time you apply but, if your reviews 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.)

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.

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 beyond the book articles written for BookBrowse become the property of BookBrowse and cannot be reproduced elsewhere without prior written agreement.

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.

Can I review for you if I'm not based in the USA?
Most of our reviewers are USA based, as is BookBrowse. But we are open to reviewers overseas. However, because we work exclusively with American publishers, it is rare that the publishers can send print copies to addresses outside of the USA. So if you live elsewhere only apply if you have the ability to read ebooks and are comfortable doing so.

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Please paste, don't link. Applications that link to reviews elsewhere will be ignored. Your submitted reviews do not have to have been published professionally. Reviews you've written for pleasure are fine but, as noted above, please read some of our reviews before submitting and send us the two pieces that best meet BookBrowse's style (hint: our reviews are personable and engaging, and focus on analysis not summarizing the plot!)
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