Work at the Shelf!

Book Reviewer
Position open 9/22/14

Reports to: Marilyn Dahl, editor, Shelf Awareness for Readers

Shelf Awareness is looking for a few experienced book reviewers. We are especially interested in booksellers and librarians, but civilians are welcome to apply; if you are currently employed by a book publishing company, you are not eligible. This is a remote freelance position; reviewers can be located anywhere in the United States.

Responsibilities: Each reviewer must be able to consistently submit 2 to 4 reviews each month, 250 words each. You tell us what you can reasonably accomplish, but please be realistic. It is easier to increase a quota after several months of dependable work than deal with an unexpected deficit.

Qualifications: We are looking for reviewers who have expertise in and a fondness for the following subjects:

  • Art, design, architecture and photography
  • Body, mind and spirit
  • Business and economics
  • Current issues
  • Health and fitness, medicine
  • History
  • Political science
  • Romance
  • Science

We want writers with distinct voices, people who can convey their enthusiasm for a book to a diverse audience while maintaining individuality and objectivity.

Pay: We will pay $40 per 250-word review.

To apply: Send an email to and include all of the following:

  1. A short biography that also mentions the writing you are doing now (reviews publications, blogs)
  2. Three sample reviews (including at least one that hews closely to our 250-word requirement)
  3. The categories in which you are interested (if you do not see a category listed above, that is because we have enough established reviewers to cover those genres)
  4. The number of reviews you know you can produce each month
  5. Questions, if you have any

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