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Write for Us at Independent Book Review

We are looking for a few dedicated individuals to review small press and self-published books, write original guest posts, and beta read unpublished manuscripts. Continue reading for more information on each position.

Become an IBR Editorial Book Reviewer

In addition to writing book reviews for free, we also help small press and self-published authors obtain pull-quotes for their marketing material with editorial book reviews. When an author or publisher purchases an editorial review, an IBR editorial book reviewers agrees to write a 400-750 word book review within four weeks. This review is originally unpublished and sent to the author/publisher’s email, but if the reviewer likes the book and would recommend it to IBR’s audience, we will publish the review on the website. This is a paid freelance position for reviewers who are willing to read across a variety of genres and guarantee a book review within 10 days (expedited) or four weeks (regular).

Are you interested in this position? Please fill out the form below. If we like your sample, we will be in touch to discuss the position and see if we’d be a good fit.

Become an IBR Book Reviewer

We are currently at full-capacity for our team of free reviewers. If you would like to submit a single book review for potential publication on our website, please fill out the contact box below with the necessary information, and we’ll get in touch with you soon.

Become an IBR Group Beta Reader

A beta reader is a person who reads an unpublished manuscript and tells the author which big-picture aspects of the book worked for them and which didn’t. They don’t sound like editors; they sound like readers.

At Independent Book Review, we want to make the beta-reader search easier on authors. That’s why we started offering a service called group beta reading, which guarantees honest feedback from 3-5 separate readers on the author’s manuscript.

This freelance position would require you to read a fiction or nonfiction manuscript and compose a beta letter of over 650 words within four weeks. You will be paid an agreed-upon fee (depending on manuscript size & turnaround time) upon completion of your beta letter.

If you are a reader, industry professional, or author who gives clear critical feedback on unpublished manuscripts, we’d love for you to apply for this paid freelance position.

In the comment box below, please share a brief biography with your experience and let us know why you would like to be considered for the position. Please include up to five preferred genres that you feel comfortable reading & commenting on (Speculative, literary fiction, romance, thriller, memoir, poetry, etc.) We are particularly interested in beta readers with background as librarians, book reviewers, industry professionals, and underrepresented voices.

Publish a Guest Post

At Independent Book Review, we strive to appeal to two audiences: readers and writers. Upon publication, we will publish a short biography and author photograph to help build your writing portfolio.

Concerning the types of posts we publish, please see “10 Awesome Indie Presses You Should Know About” and “3 Tips for Writing Realistic Dialogueβ€”From Jane Austen.”

We would love to consider articles in the following categories:

  • Listicles of great small press and self-published books/authors
  • Writing, publishing, and book marketing tips
  • Literary magazine and book publisher features
  • Agents and publishers accepting submissions
  • More!

If you’ve got an idea for a guest post not mentioned above, please pitch it in the contact box below. We will be in touch if it’s the right fit for us.