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More Evidence On the Unreliability of Amazon Reviews

Maybe if the whole writing a book thing doesn’t pan out, professional writers can supplement by writing amazon reviews. “Ken” wants 5 reviewers to write a 1-3 paragraph review with the a 5 star rating. The reviews have to be aproved by the company, but once they are approved, you get to post them at and Barnes and The reviewers get paid $5-$10 per review.

Doesn’t Ken realize that Amazon reviewers get paid way more than that? Doesn’t he know about Donald Mitchell who has earned over $20,000.00 for his reviews. Get with the program, Ken.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Teddy Pig
    Dec 20, 2006 @ 13:20:47

    Amazon reviews? People read those and take them seriously?

    Here’s my favorite reviews from Amazon UK…

  2. Karen Scott
    Dec 20, 2006 @ 14:15:16

    I wonder who the people requesting the reviews are? Changeling Press maybe?

    Just kidding of course. I haven’t come across any of their books at Amazon for anybody to review in the first place. (g)

    (Yes, I can hold a grudge with the best of ’em.)

  3. Robin
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 06:37:01

    Aside from Vine (which provides free products) I don’t know of any Amazon program that pays you for writing reviews and I have reviewed with them since 1999.

  4. Cheryl Ellis
    Feb 26, 2009 @ 11:45:20

    I am currently a reviewer for another site, so please do not post this inquiry.

    I have been a reviewer for a few years and would like to expand my horizons.

    How do you become a reviewer for Amazon and do you get paid?

    I can usually review at least 2 books per month.

    Cheryl Ellis

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