Would You Pay
for a Review?
by Joey Pinkney
I was reading a blog post by Monica Jackson on Blogging in Black that interested me simply because it’s something that’s been on my mind lately. Should I start charging for reviews? Somebody sent me a message asking me if I did on MySpace.
(Add me at: http://myspace.com/joeyreviews)
At this point, no. But in the future, I hope to broaden the amount of outlets that I have to put my reviews on. When that happens, I might consider charging a fee to review a book. Now that I think about it, I might charge the fee only if I’m going to broadcast it on multiple outlets. Otherwise, send it, I'll read it and it gets reviewed.
Monica stated that her ideal world would have reviews and advertising as separate entities. The reality is that reviews are indirectly advertising and marketing. It’s advertising in the sense of promoting the book in a public forum. It’s marketing because the strategy of getting reviews for books is executed in hopes of generating sales of a book.
Another reason I should be compensated is the amount of time it takes to read a book and write something significant. It takes way more than 60 minutes to accomplish this. Why shouldn’t I get paid for my time and effort? Theoretically, you are not going to send me a book for it to “probably” get reviewed. No, you’re sending that book expecting proper time and effort goes into it.
Right now, I have about 40 books to review. I’ve had to stop accepting books, so I can focus on the ones I have. The cool thing is that I like to read. I especially like to read books that everybody doesn’t know about. It makes it more refreshing that way. But if I’m going to put your book out there, shouldn’t I make something off the front end?
What happens if you pay for a review, and I think your book sucks? Shoot, I might just give you your money back. Better yet, half…I still had to suffer the reading of it, (laughing out loud).
At this point, I’m just coming up with ideas. But I might be asking for a little ching-ching if I’m going to be doing a lot of promoting for my reviews.
Joey Pinkney is a freelance writer and book reviewer. He spends most of his time with his family and friends. At night he burns the midnight oil putting together articles for your reading pleasure. For more information visit: www.joeypinkney.com
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