Monday 23 September 2013

Do you like writing book reviews? #litmags

Vine Leaves Literary Journal
As you know, I am the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal with the fabulous, Dawn Ius, and we have a new website tab in progress which will list all the books that have been published by our contributors. This is our way of paying it forward, as we are unable to offer contributors very much in the form of payment when they have their work accepted. We are extremely passionate about supporting writers in any way we can and can't wait to get this feature started.

What this also means is, we would also like to "hire" a book reviewer to be a part of the Vine Leaves Literary Journal team. This is a volunteer position, but you WILL receive the books for free.

Your reviews will be posted on our blog, though our Goodreads and Amazon accounts, and linked to via Twitter and Facebook (through the Vine Leaves accounts, and the Co-Publishers' accounts, which totals approx 15,000+ subscribers and followers). We will also feature it in a newsletter campaign, which currently has 600+ subscribers. So not only will we be promoting our contributors, but we will be promoting YOU, the REVIEWER, as a professional writer. A pretty great thing to have on your résumé, yes?

We ask that you review at LEAST ONE PER MONTH. If you want to review more than that, that's brilliant. The best bit? YOU get to choose the books you want to review from our Contributors' Books tab. We do ask that you be flexible with format, however, as not all books are available in every format under the sun. And if everything goes well, there is also a possibility of this turning into a paid position in the future.

If you love to read a variety of forms, including poetry, vignettes, and short stories in varying genres, then we want to hear from you! Please express your interest by sending us an email. Applications will close at the end of September.

We're not going to tell you what to write in your application letter. You can tell us as little or as much as you wish, but please send us links to other reviews you've written so we can get a sense of your style and if you'd be a good fit for us.

We're very much looking forward to hearing from you!

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  1. I'd say yes, but my reviews are a bit unorthodox and not always particularly professional-sounding, so I better leave it to the pros. haha. I think this is a great idea though and look forward to reading some book reviews of books by Vine Leaves authors in future!

  2. Hope you get a lot of offers! I just don't read fast enough.

    1. We do actually. It's going to be quite a challenge choosing!

  3. Ooh, good idea! Unfortunately, i am not a book reviewer, but i'm sure you'll find someone awesome!

  4. Sounds like a great idea although with the ocean of free books out there, offering more free books seems similar to saying "Hey, would you like some free air?"

    But I wish you luck in finding some takers :)

    1. As luck would have it, we've had plenty of interest from people eager to review the excellent books written by our contributors. Also, this is a professional writing position, and an opportunity to be a part of a (fast) growing literary journal.

  5. Hmm, I'm thinking about this. I'm wondering if I have the time to commit. Free books is enticing.


  6. I can't commit to a book a month, sorry. But it seems like you've got a lot of applicants. Having said that, if you're in a pinch and have something like what you wrote, give me a holler.


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