I’ve recently started writing book reviews for OnlineBookClub.org. So far, it’s been a great experience. I thought I’d share some thoughts on the process with my book-loving friends. The books are free as long as you write an honest review. And once you’ve been doing it for a while, you even have the chance to make some cash.
The site is a little intimidating at first thanks to some confusing navigation, but it’s totally worth it once you get the hang of it.
I started by filling out this easy form. Next, I followed the link in my email and selected a book from their shelves to review. It’s slim pickings at first — as a new reviewer, you are only eligible for a handful of books. Once my review was approved by the site manager, it was published. My first review was over the children’s book Puffy and the Formidable Foe by Marie Lepkowski and Ann Marie Hannon. Because I was a new reviewer, this post is listed as a “volunteer” review, and I wasn’t paid.
In the meantime, I worked to complete my profile and started interacting on the forums. Once you’re approved as a reviewer, you can start checking your reviewer score. This score is impacted by how active you are on the forums and in book-of-the-day and book-of-the-month discussions, and it in turn impacts how much money you will be paid per review.
I wrote my second review over a lengthy nonfiction piece called Health Tips, Tricks, & Myths. Again, I wasn’t paid (except with the free book). But the review took me about 15–20 minutes to write, and I’m enjoying the opportunity to brush up on my reviewer skills & connect with other readers via their forums.