Do you love to read? Are you interested in getting free books to read (and keep or giveaway)? I am a bookworm – always have been. Over the past few years I have teamed up with many publishers, authors and companies to read and review hundreds of books! If you are already reviewing books, maybe some of these tips will help you find new books. If you are new to this, then welcome to the exciting hobby of Book Reviewer!
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How to be a Book Reviewer
If you are interested in reviewing books, you need a place to post your reviews. That means you have to start another hobby – blogging! But don’t worry, it’s very easy to get started and you can get a blog started for FREE without having to shell out lots of money! Hop over here to see how to start a blog in 2018
Now that you have a blog, you’re ready to get started with the world of reviewing books and become a book reviewer.
Find the Books
- Start with what you already have on your shelf. In order to get started with some companies, you need to prove that you can write reviews. So start by reviewing the book you just finished reading.
- Use your Library. Check out a few new books and review them. Again, you are just proving to the publishers that you will be contacting that you are serious about reading and writing reviews. People love to read about the brand new books on the New York Times Best Seller List. If you need an idea of where to start, hop over and get inspired!
Once you’ve gotten some reviews posted, you are ready to apply to some programs. I currently work with many companies that offer free books in exchange for a fair review and promotion.
Need more resources? Check out these books: How to Write a Review (Explorer Junior Library: How to Write) and The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing available on Amazon.com for print or mobile device.
Christian or Religious Fiction/Non Fiction Books
- Blogging for Books:
Blogging for Books is a program from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. They offer free review copies of books to bloggers in exchange for an honest review. (paper back and ebooks)
- Tyndale Blog Network
- Bethany House
Contact the publisher
Sometimes I find a book that looks really interesting. I look to see who published the book, then google to find out the phone number or email of that publisher. I will contact the publisher and just ask for a review copy. Sometimes this works. But it’s worth a try if you are wanting to read the book.
Contact the author
I have found several books in the last few months, by just simply asking the author if they would be willing to send me a copy of their book for review. I email them my blog address and tell them that I will run a giveaway after I review their book. Then I send my readers to their website and facebook page. This gives the author the opportunity to gain new followers and visibility.
|Updated to include my daughter’s experience:
A few years ago, my daughter discovered a new book series – Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek (Faithgirlz / The Good News Shoes). She fell in love withe book so she decided to contact the author! You can read her interview with author Jill Osborne here.
Recently I contacted a local author and offered to do a review and giveaway on her new release. I saw an article in our local paper, contacted her and offered to read a copy of her book in exchange for helping her promote it with a giveaway.
Tips for a Good Review:
I always try to give a balanced review even if I can’t give a positive review. Each book has something good. There was only 1 book I read in the last 3 years that was absolutely horrible. I couldn’t even find one good thing about it. I contacted that author and told them that I could not honestly give it any kind of positive words. That author and I agreed that I would just keep (or toss) that book and not even post the review. Since it was an ebook, I just deleted the file and moved on.
When I get a book personally from an author, I try to remember that this book is their “brainchild” and they have spent months or years of their life writing this. So before I agree to review any book, I look carefully to see if it is something that looks promising and enjoyable.
Free Book Giveaways on Facebook is a collective page where authors, bloggers and publishers can list free book giveaways are going on. Usually, book giveaways are low entry, so the odds of winning are great.
Want to find even more FREE Books? Check out this article of Where to Find Free Books
What about you? Do you review book? Where do you get them and where do you post your reviews? I’d love to check them out.
Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!