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Reviewing as a career isn’t really worth it

We review here for free, but it’s not much different if you review for a trade magazine like Publishers Weekly. With traditional media hurting financially, PW has responded one way by reducing the amount of money that reviewers will be paid for each review to $25.00. Obviously reviewing is done by those who love reading and not for any monetary reward. (at least that is what I infer from this).

Via MediaBistro.

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

One Comment

  1. Ann Somerville
    May 16, 2008 @ 13:18:13

    You know, reviews done for free are surely more trustworthy. If you’re being paid, you feel duty bound to make the review entertaining, not just informative. The temptation to wank and snark just to get reader attention would be great. The potential for bribery is there too.

    But if you’re going to pay for reviews, then it should be a standard journalistic rate. A pittance is just an insult but I guess it is done to claim some copyright over the words.

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