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Reviewer Information (Become a Reviewer!)
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer reviewer for the Midwest Book Review! We accept reviews of books, audiobooks, ebooks, music CDs, movies on DVD, even computer software. Please note that we cannot pay volunteers.
All of our volunteer reviewers are independent individuals who retain copyright and full ownership of their own reviews, and may have them printed or aired in any other review forums in addition to our own publications and Internet postings. All reviews done for the Midwest Book Review are nonexclusive -- a few of our volunteers have landed their own columns in local papers!
All reviews must be submitted in the body an email. We do not accept attached files. Please include the word REVIEW in the email's subject line.
Volunteer reviews are run in the monthly Reviewer's Bookwatch. If a volunteer submits two or more reviews for the month, then they have their own bylined column; otherwise, their single review becomes part of the "Reviewer's Choice" column. (The MBR Bookwatch is reserved exclusively for volunteer Senior Reviewers, who have been with us for many years. All our other review magazines are written in-house.)
The deadline for volunteer review submissions is midnight on the 25th day of any given month. Reviews submitted on the 26th to the 31st may be held for one extra month before they are run, at our sole discretion.
When volunteers have their review(s) published, we send them an email notification sometime during the first week of the publication month. If a volunteer review is rejected (the most common reason for rejection is sending us a review as an attached file!), we email the rejected submission back to them.
We prefer the following guidelines for review submissions
About the book:
Some suggestions for those who are unsure of how to write a review or who would like to hone their reviewer skills:
So take a book you've read, a video you've watched, a CD whose music you've enjoyed, an audiobook you've listened to, or software that you've evaluated, and give reviewing a try!
Welcome to our circle of volunteers! I look forward to your review efforts!
James A. Cox