Can you say free books? Here’s a list of 13 publishers who accept applications for book reviewers.
Becoming a book reviewer is a not only a fabulous way to grow your personal library, but it’s also an amazing opportunity to be introduced to authors.
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If you’re a Christian blogger who loves to read, consider applying to one of the following programs for book reviewers.
The requirements for each program will differ, but publishers generally ask that you read the book and post a review of at least 75 words or more on at least two retail websites (such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble) within 60 days of receipt.
Book Reviewers Wanted
Here are links to 13 Christian publishers with programs for book reviewers:
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After you’ve received and read the book of your choice, be bold and ask the author’s publicist for a video interview. I’ve been so surprised by how many authors have accepted my invitation to join me on a video interview that I later published on my website and social media profiles.
Tips for Writing Book Reviews
Join book launch teams for books you’re interested in. Be an active participant in the group by sharing quotes and graphics on social media. Tag the author so he or she knows you’re promoting and engaging with their work. Think about what kind of response and participation you would appreciate if the tables were turned and you were in the author’s shoes.
Carolina Cisneros does a great job promoting and interacting with grace and enthusiasm. Don’t miss the five benefits of writing book reviews that she lists over here.
Have you been on a launch team before? Do you currently review books? What has your experience been like so far? What other tips could you share, or pitfalls to avoid?
Do you know of other Christian publishers accepting book reviewers who are not on this list?
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Thanks for this list, Kate!! Just FYI, the Crossway link doesn’t work. I’m excited to give this a try. Free books make me happy. 🙂
Thanks for letting me know about the Crossway link, Denise! I think I fixed it now, so go ahead and try again. 🙂 I hope you find some review programs you love!
The first book launch I was part of was for Sarah Bessey’s book, Out of Sorts. It was a wonderful experience and I honestly loved the book.
That made me jump in when I saw another author and popular blogger having a book launch. This book left me lacking. I never connected with it so I became silent in the launch group. I still follow the author on social media but I learned that won’t always mean I’ll connect with a book.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Debby! That is a good lesson to learn.
Kate! I cannot begin to thank you for your wonderful posts. Ever since you started this exclusive site, the articles have been really great and focused on writing 🙂 Thank you so much for this list. I’ve only done Blogging for books in the past. Can’t wait to explore the other options.
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Great advice about thinking if the shoe was on the other foot. How would you want someone to respond and help promote your work. Yes!! Iron sharpens iron. <3 xoxo
🙂 I use NetGalley.com to get books–that way I only have to review the ones I really like on my website (the others I just review on their website). I also get to choose the titles, and the books are all electronic, so I don’t have to buy more bookshelves!
Thanks so much for this list of companies. Just to let you know, Blogging for Books is closing their site and not allowing any more bloggers.
On a sad note Tyndale House is closing it’s review program.
Great list, thanks!
You’re welcome, Sally!
Thanks for the list! The Brazos Press link doesn’t work.