Rachel Jacks

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Every book reviewer must start out small.  The best way to kick-start your path to becoming a "career" book reviewer is to introduce yourself to the book reviewing community.  My introduction to this community was through  It is free to create an account and you are rewarded for participating in the forums.  

The overall feel of the website is a typical forum website.  People can elect to start a forum about anything they want and other members are free to comment and reply to the posts.  The page is very organized and easy to navigate.  Once you create a free account you are able to start replying to posts and building your name as a reviewer.  

They offer tons of free ebooks for members to review, the catch is you have to earn the right to review them!  Each member is given a score based on how active they are in the forums and how popular they are with other members (based on replies and other activity on their posts).  As a member builds their score (and their name in the community) they are given more opportunities to review books as well as work their way up to receiving compensation for reviewing books.  It is not easy to build your score, so if you really want to make a career out of reviewing books, this website does a great job training you to work hard and be active to get there.

Another great aspect of this website is that each member can add books to their bookshelf.  You are able to rate each book that you have read on a 4-point scale as well as denote books that you are not interested in or that you want to read.  Part of your score as a reviewer is based on how many books you have on your shelf (although there is a cap on how many points you can earn).  All of your posts/replies in the forums provides a link to allow other members to check out your profile and bookshelves as well as a link to your most recent book review.  Another great way to build your name in the community!

If you treat your replies as professional, reviewer responses and take time to write meaningful and honest reviews to the books you read you can work your way up in the team and draw attention to yourself as a strong reviewer.  Don't waste your time with unprofessional "social" replies in the forums.  Short posts don't help boost your scores!  If you are looking for a place to start as a book reviewer.  I strongly recommend OnlineBookClub.Org.