Authors and their publishers need us, just like we need them. They need a fair review, we need to have our book fetish needs met. But I think in the world of media and Internet; publishers and authors may need us more. So how can book reviewers get compensated? I have a few ideas of my own.
- Send out a personal shout to the reviewer or their blog site. Mention the blog in your tweets or your Facebook page. You want us to tweet about your wonderful book right? Give us some love too.
- The book has arrived. I'm sure you think we are excited and overjoyed. Which we may very well be the day it arrives, but once it's read, we give it away. So much for the love huh? We have to keep our readers wanting more, just like you do. So why not include a tote bag or additional swag items, so we can keep the books we really love or better yet, send two books. I'm sure there's lots of books and swag laying around somewhere in a closet, on a shelf, in a box collecting dust. Open it and send it to us. We bloggers want it.
- Recommend our blog to other authors, publicists, agents and media consultants. If we are good enough to do your review, we should be more than capable of doing others in your literary circle. In the end your writer wants notoriety and bloggers are writers too. We may not want to be notoriously famous, but blogger love never hurts.
Now that I've listed five ways I wouldn't mind being compensated, what ways would you like to be compensated or should book reviewers be compensated at all?