If you’ve stopped by this site, you’re probably an avid review reader. But have you ever thought of becoming a reviewer yourself? I’ve been reviewing books for close to four years and for both a writer and reader, it has lots of advantages-
Too many books, not enough time sums my life up perfectly. Since I learned to read I’ve been devouring three books a week. These days, and if you don’t rely on your local library, this addiction can get expensive. If, like me, you’re a book vampire, reviewing them is a way to get your fix and not bust your budget.
Find A New Genre
I have to admit when I buy books I stick to the genres I love the most just in case so I don’t waste money on something I hate. No problem with free review books. You can safely read outside your comfort zone. Best thing is you might find that you’ve been—say-- a Sci-Fi fan and never knew it.
Find a New Author
Ditto to the above. When I’m buying books I usually play it safe and stick with my favorite writers but since I began reviewing I’ve found authors who I wouldn’t have taken a chance on and now I love their work.
Reading Something Naughty
Most review sites send you books in electronic form and if you’ve always wanted to try an erotic romance or even erotica, you don’t have to worry about hiding a book with a racy cover from the rest of your family. So if you’ve been dying to try something spicy, reviewing might be for you.
Hone Your Writing Skills
One way to become a better writer is to read more and not just good books. Yes, you will come across some not-so-great books when you’re a reviewer, but reading bad ones as well as fantastic ones makes you a stronger writer.
Seems new publishers are popping up daily, but which ones are publishing what and would you want to be one of their writers? One way to find out is to read their books and you can do it for free if you’re a reviewer. You also get to see if they publish the sort of stories you write so you don’t submit something to the wrong publisher and waste both their time and yours.
Being Part of a Family
And finally there’s nothing better than being among like minded people. When you become a reviewer you join others like the Long and Short Reviews team who, after a while, feel like part of your extended family.
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