You Can Make Money Reading Books!

 

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Do you wish money would fly into your hands every time you finished a great book? Sorry, wrong universe.

Sick of people telling you can’t make a dime from reading? Here’s a little secret: you can make money reading books! Maybe not enough to establish a full-time career, but it’s better than nothing.

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED

Before you even think about finding any paid reading gigs, you need to:

  1. Start reading (obviously).
  2. Practice writing and publishing book reviews on your personal book blog, Goodreads, and Amazon.
  3. Compile your best reviews (preferably from your blog) into a portfolio.
  4. Search for paying gigs online and print.
  5. Study published book reviews.

WHERE ARE THESE MAGICAL READING GIGS?

Here are some reading opportunities that’ll pay you for book reviews and more.

NOTE: make sure you check on the companies’ review styles. Some prefer traditional reviews (think like The New York Times) and others don’t mind conversational style (using ‘I,’ ‘you,’ and ‘we’).

1. ANY SUBJECT BOOKS

The book reviewer application’s currently closed so keep an eye out the next time it’s open.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any reviews to check on their review style. You might have to subscribe to their newsletter to find out.

Pay: not specified

Review word count: not specified

Genres covered:

  • Fiction
    • Action/adventure
    • Anthologies
    • Children
    • Crimes, thrillers, and mysteries
    • Drama
    • Erotica
    • Fairy tales
    • Family Sagas
    • Fantasy
    • Gay and lesbian
    • Horror
    • Poetry
    • Political fiction
    • Religious fiction
    • Romance
    • Science fiction
    • Sea adventures
    • Short stories
    • Westerns
    • War Stories
  • Non-Fiction
    • Arts and entertainment
    • Biography
    • Children’s ebooks
    • Computer and the internet
    • Commercial
    • Crime and mystery
    • Food and drink
    • History
    • Home and garden
    • Jobseeking
    • Sports
    • Science and nature
    • Medicine and self-help
    • Pets (dogs)
    • Religion and spirituality
    • Politics and current affairs
    • Travel and holidays

2. KIRKUS MEDIA

To apply as a Kirkus book reviewer, you’ll need to write a resume listing your reviewer history and two writing samples.

Pay: not specified

Review word count: around 350 words

Genres covered:

  • Young adult
  • Mystery and thriller
  • Science fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Memoirs and biographies
  • Romance

3. ONLINE BOOK CLUB

Here’s the deal with Online Book Club: you sign up, receive your first free book, and gain points for your first submitted review. The more points, the more you’ll be paid for your reviews.

Payment sounds too be true? Check out these reviews.

Pay: $5-$60

Review word count: not specified

Genres covered:

  • Children
  • Historical fiction
  • Romance
  • Young adult
  • Drama and poetry
  • Graphic novels
  • Crimes/thrillers/mystery/horror (C/T/M/H)
  • Sci-fi and fantasy

4. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Publishers Weekly is searching for reviewers willing to read traditional and self-published books. The book reviewer position occasionally pops up in their job zone section.

Don’t let this be the one and only reviewer gig you’re waiting for.

It’d be great to check out their review samples, but you’ll have to pay for their subscriptions (online and print).

Pay: not specified

Word count: not specified

Genres covered:

  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Children’s
  • Religion
  • Comics
  • Audiobooks

5. US REVIEW OF BOOKS

The US Review of Books pays decently for those starting out in the paid reviewers’ game. I’ve applied for a reviewer’s position. I didn’t make the final cut, but I still received payment for the book I’ve reviewed as part of the interview process.

NOTE: This company is strict on traditional reviews. You can check out their site to see what they want from their reviewers.

Pay: around $20-$45

Review word count: 250-300.

Genres covered:

  • Fiction
    • Anthologies
    • Action/adventure
    • Children’s
    • Drama
    • Erotica
    • Fairy tales and folklore
    • Fantasy
    • Gay and lesbian
    • General fiction
    • Graphic novels
    • Historical
    • Horror
    • Humor
    • Mystery/thriller
    • Novella
    • Plays and screenplays
    • Poetry
    • Religions
    • Science fiction
    • Romance
    • Short stories
    • Western
    • Women’s fiction
  • Non-Fiction
    • Aging
    • Anthologies
    • Architecture
    • Art
    • Autobiography
    • Biography
    • Business and economy
    • Career/job hunting
    • Children
    • Christian
    • Computers
    • Cooking
    • Culture
    • Education
    • Essay
    • Finance
    • Fitness
    • Games
    • Gardening
    • Graphic books
    • Health
    • History
    • Home
    • How-to
    • Journalism
    • Languages
    • Law
    • Literary criticism
    • Mathematics
    • Memoir
    • Military
    • Music
    • Nature
    • New age
    • Paranormal
    • Parental/families
    • Performing arts
    • Pets
    • Philosophy
    • Poetry
    • Political science/politics
    • Psychology
    • Reference
    • Relationship
    • Religion
    • Retirement
    • Science and technology
    • Self-help
    • Spirituality/inspiration
    • Sports
    • Transportation
    • Travel
    • True crime
    • Women’s issues
    • Writing/publishing
    • Young adult

6. WELLESLEY CENTER FOR WOMEN

This company is not for the everyday casual book blogger. They’re looking for academics, journalists, and experienced reviewers.

Pay: $100 per review

Review word count: not specified

Genres covered: not specified

7. BOOKLIST

If you’re not big on writing 300+ word reviews, this book review site is great for you! As always, check out their review style before applying.

Pay: $15 reviews, $5 rejection reviews, $5 extra for appareled YA recommendations, $12.50 blog posts, and negotiable pay for feature articles.

Review word count: 175 – 225 words

Genres covered:

  • Adult fiction/non-fiction
  • Youth fiction/non-fiction

8. BOOK RIOT

Book Riot is not looking for book reviewers since they have loads of reviews already on their site. They’re more interested in writers producing book-related articles. Book Riot is not hiring now, but it doesn’t hurt to apply anyway.

Pay: 7 cents a word (according to Who Pays Writers), average pay $70,000 a year (Paysa)

Review word count: 300-800 words

Genres covered:

  • Comics
  • Audiobooks
  • Children
  • Mystery/thriller
  • Romance
  • Sci-fi/fantasy
  • Young adults

9. ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE

If you love space and reading books about them, this is your universe (no pun intended). Send a letter to the editor with your resume, reviewer history, the book you want to review, and the author’s information.

Please check out their reviews to get a hang of their style.

Pay: not specified

Word count: not specified

Genres covered:

  • Astronomy
  • Science

10. GET ABSTRACT

Get Abstract is more of a book summary site than a review one. Do you love writing book summaries? Are you used to writing more than 1,000 words? You might want to check out this cool opportunity!

Pay: $300

Word count: 2,000 – 4,000

Genres covered:

  • Productivity
  • Self-Help
  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship

11. LEAN STONE BOOK CLUB

Read eBooks in exchange for pay. No application needed to sign up to be a reviewer. Ask to be a part of the VIP membership program. They’re simple to use, and they pay via PayPal.

Pay: 3.50 per e-book (before Paypal’s fee)

Word count: not specified but I recommend 200+ words.

Genres covered: Adult non-fiction

12. BOOK BROWSE

This site is full of good reads! Check out their review style before applying for this reviewer’s position.

Pay: $60

Word count: not specified

Genres covered: adult fiction/non-fiction, young adult

MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR BOOK BLOG

If you don’t want to do any book gigs for companies, you can pay yourself through your own blog with affiliate links and ads.

First, you’ll need to choose a web host:

Put up affiliate links on your page. When somebody purchases a product through your link, you get a commission for it.

Make sure to add a disclaimer on your posts mentioning you’ll be paid whenever your readers make a purchase through your link!

I highly recommended reading Lindsay Buroker’s How to Make Money as a Book Blogger series too!

There you have it! Which one will you try?

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My Christmas Wish List 2018

It’s that time of the year to sort out the Christmas reading wish list!

Which book Santa will give me this year? If I only receive gift cards, then it’s off to Amazon I go! I’m getting these books one way or another!

Christmas Wish List 2018

Adult Fantasy (not that kind of fantasy)

  1. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Ancient Alien Theories

  1. Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken

Business/Career/Entrepreneurship

  1. Content Marketing Secrets by Marc Guberti
  2. eSCAPE: The 4 Stages of Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur by Anik Singal
  3. Make a Nerdy Living by Alex Langley
  4. Unscripted by MJ DeMarco

Comics & Manga

  1. A Polar Bear in Love by Koromo
  2. Afar by Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton
  3. Miss Koybayashi’s Dragon Maid by Coolkyoushinja

New Age & Ancient Knowledge

  1. An Carow Gwyn: Sorcery and the Ancient Fayerie Faith by Robin Artisson
  2. Decoding Maori Cosmology by Laird Scranton
  3. How to Know Higher Worlds by Rudolf Steiner
  4. Opening the Akashic Records by Maureen J. St. Germain
  5. Orion Council Speaks by Krista Raisa
  6. The Emerald Tablets of Thoth-The-Atlantean by M.M Doreal
  7. The Miracle Club by Mitch Horowitz
  8. The Ra Material: The Law of One by Don Elkins

Personal Success

  1. Million Dollar Habits by Brian Tracy
  2. Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals by Thomas C. Corley
  3. The 66 Laws of the Illuminati: The Secrets of Success by The House of the Illuminati
  4. The Master Mind by Theron Q. Dumont
  5. Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
  6. You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor

Writing

  1. Any book from one of my favorite travel bloggers Ryan Biddulph

 

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Holiday Reading Challenge 2018

You know I haven’t created many reading challenges in this blog.  Who’s up for one this holiday season? I present to you the Holiday Reading Challenge for 2018!

The one rule: read 25 books related to the themes listed below.  No worries, the books can be super short to expedite the progress.

HOLIDAY READING CHALLENGE 2018

  1. A book with snow on the cover
  2. A book with “Christmas” in the title
  3. A Christmas horror
  4. A book about Yule
  5. A book with a Christmas tree on the cover
  6. A book related to Hanukkah
  7. A book related to Kwanzaa
  8. A book with a reindeer on the cover
  9. A book with a snowman on the cover
  10. A winter holiday mystery/thriller
  11. A book about St. Nicholas
  12. A book with a snowy log cabin on the cover
  13. A book with “mistletoe” in the title
  14. A book featuring Christmas presents on the cover
  15. A Christmas classic
  16. A book with a snow globe on the cover
  17. A children’s winter holiday book
  18. A book about aliens and Christmas together
  19. A sci-fi or fantasy book set in the winter
  20. A book associated with the Krampus
  21. A holiday romance (or erotica)
  22. A manga or comic book with winter holiday themes
  23. A book mentioning “Boxing Day” (doesn’t have to be in the title)
  24. A historical fiction novel set in the winter
  25. Christmas fiction set in in a major foreign city

Feel free to post all the books you’ve read in the comments below or tag me in a post in your book blog. It’s okay to do the same if you haven’t finished the challenge before New Year’s Day!

Happy Holidays! 🙂

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BOOK REVIEW: “Blog Writing: The Content Creation Blueprint” by Anthony James

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How in the world some bloggers make money out of their blogs and gain thousands of followers? Meanwhile, your blog has five followers, and no money is coming out of it. Pretty lame, right?

If you want to know the secrets to ultimate blogging success, read Anthony James’ Blog Writing. Reading this guide is faster than reading hundreds of separate blog articles in the subject. Believe me, I’ve been there.

The author offers many excellent blogging tips for your blog to grow. All you need is to construct a long-term plan, persistence, and focus.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN FROM BLOG WRITING

Are you blogging just for the heck out of it or you have bigger plans for it? Here are some of the blogging topics James will teach you in his book:

CONSISTENT BLOGGING

Should you post twice a week? Three times? Every day?

It’s all up to you how much you want to post. The more you post, the more people will notice and follow. Plus, you’ll gain higher rankings in search engines.

Sure, getting into the top ranks can be difficult. It’s better for you being on page three on Google than 33.

CREATE A CONTENT CALENDAR

Having a content calendar has helped me schedule my posts for this book blog. Honestly, I missed some days, but it beats having no plan at all.

I like to print out months ahead of time from Time and Date and place them on a wall in my room where I can see them every day. You can also use Google Calendar to help you sort out your posting schedule. Here’s a video how to use it:

James recommends having your posting schedule solid and ready up to three months in advance. Better to be ahead than behind!

IDEA GENERATORS

Idea generators are excellent whenever you catch yourself in writer’s block. James doesn’t mention many sites. Here are a few you can check out right now:

AWESOME HEADLINES

“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” –David Ogilvy

Which title you’re more likely to click: “How to Build a House in Minecraft” or “11 Awesome Houses You Can Build in Minecraft Right Now”?

Of course, you would choose the latter. All over the web, you’ll notice the most shared articles have click-worthy headlines. James reveals a secret formula how you can attract readers with your winning titles. The key features often include a number, an adjective, and a promise of a solution.

Buzzfeed is an excellent site for captivating headlines. They may be wacky, but they work!

TYPES OF POSTS

Don’t know what you want to write for your next post? James offers plenty:

  • Interviews
  • Round-Ups
  • Reviews
  • Infographics
  • Lists
  • How-Tos

Every blog you create doesn’t have to be the same. I started out this blog mainly with reviews then I branched out with a couple of how-tos, author spotlights, and listicles. The more variety, the better!

You are the god of your blog. You can post whatever you want as it’s relevant to your brand and your long-term blogging strategy.

CONCLUSION

I’ve been reading endless blog posts about successful blogging. What’s right and what’s wrong? Different bloggers have different opinions on what works. It can be overwhelming!

Thankfully, James compiles all the blogging info you need to get started in Blog Writing. Blogging can be super fun! Once you get started, you won’t stop as the ideas keep coming in.

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October & November 2018 Book Haul

Read any great books these past two months?

I completely forgot to post my book haul list from October (haha wtf). Down below is my combined list from October and November.

You’ll notice titles with asterisks. Honesty is the best policy, best be transparent with you. These titles represent books I’ve read as a member of the Lean Stone Book Club. The books are completely free for Amazon Kindle Unlimited members!

I’ve also added a small list of re-read books. Never hurts rereading books you love!

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Adult Non-Fiction

  1. *Africa by Raymond C. Nelson (4/5 stars)
  2. *Canada by William D. Willis (3/5 stars)
  3. *Clairvoyance by Tabitha Zalot (3/5 stars)
  4. Creating Money by Sanaya Romana and Duane Packer (5/5 stars) *REVIEW*
  5. *Crystal Healing by Tabitha Zalot (4/5 stars)
  6. *Dreams by Tabitha Zalot (3/5 stars)
  7. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy (5/5 stars) *REVIEW*
  8. Everybody Writes by Ann Handley (4/5 stars) *REVIEW*
  9. *Fasting by Jonathan Clear (3/5 stars)
  10. How I Play and Win Lottery Scratch Off Tickets by Bobby Alexander (4/5 stars)
  11. How to Make a Living Off Scratch Tickets in 5 Steps by Robert Sanders (2/5 stars)
  12. *India by Edward Pannell (3/5 stars)
  13. Occult America by Mitch Horowitz (3.5/5 stars) *REVIEW*
  14. *Tarot Reading for Beginners by Tabitha Zalot (3/5 stars)
  15. The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy (5/5 stars)

 

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Juvenile Non-Fiction

  1. Science Comics: The Brain by Tory Woollcott and Alex Graudins (4/5 stars)

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Manga/Comics

  1. Ajin: Demi-Human v.10 by Gamon Sakurai (3/5 stars)
  2. Cable v. 3: Past Fears by Zac Thompson (3/5 stars)
  3. My Boyfriend is a Monster v. 3 by Dan Jolley (2/5 stars)
  4. My Hero Academia v. 15 by Kohei Horikoshi (3/5 stars)

 

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Re-Read

  1. Deep Work by Cal Newport (5/5 stars) *REVIEW*
  2. Mastery by Robert Greene (4/5 stars) *REVIEW*
  3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (5/5 stars) *REVIEW*

Have a fantastic holiday season reading! What’s on your book list for this December?

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18 Occult Books to Read on National Occult Day

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According to Google, November 18 is National Occult Day!

When I say occult, you’re probably thinking about secret societies practicing dark magic, right? The media has it all wrapped in its hyped-up stereotypes (especially those Illuminati Taco Bell commercials). The occult refers to hidden knowledge. The term stems from Latin meaning “secret” or “hidden.”

Did you know Pythagoras was considered an occult leader? He taught far more than what was forced into our heads in high school math. His sacred geometric teachings were forbidden knowledge.  Followers died for spilling secrets to outsiders!

Other famous figures of the occult world included Manly P. Hall, John Dee, Aleister Crowley,  Helena P. Blavatsky, and many more.  Alchemy, divination, Kabbalah, Hermeticism, and astrology are considered occult practices.

Interested in learning more about the occult? Here are 18 books to read on National Occult Day:

OCCULT BOOKS

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  1. Arcane Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Georg Luck
  2. Corpus Hermeticum trans. By Brian P. Copenhaver *REVIEW*
  3. Initiation into Hermetics by Franz Bardon
  4. Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment by Rudolf Steiner
  5. Magic by Aleister Crowley
  6. Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation by Mitch Horowitz *REVIEW*
  7. Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age by Francis Andrew Yates
  8. Real History of the Rosicrucians by Arthur Edward Waite
  9. The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie
  10. The Kybalion by The Three Initiates *REVIEW*
  11. The Magus: A Complete System of Occult Philosophy by Francis Barrett
  12. The Morning of the Magicians by Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels
  13. The Occult Book: A Chronological Journey from Alchemy to Wicca by John Michael Greer
  14. The Occult: A History by Colin Wilson
  15. The Secret Doctrine by Helena P. Blavatsky
  16. The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall *REVIEW*
  17. Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
  18. Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine, and Ritual by Éliphas Lévi

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BOOK REVIEW: “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy

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Three obstacles stop us from achieving our goals: procrastination, fear, and distraction.

Fear is the annoying a-hole always making us wonder “what if” and cower in a corner, even if our goals our five feet away from us. Procrastination loves to attach to us whenever we have important deadlines (like a college paper) and keep us immobile until the last minute. Distraction comes in many forms: endless Tumblr scrolling, Hulu marathons, and all-night Fortnite sessions.

Distractions have you like…

These time-consuming monsters keep us in a cage. Your goals are waiting for you outside of it. The key to escaping this cage is to eat that frog.

THAT SOUNDS GROSS…

Okay, you’re not eating real live frogs here! “Eat that frog” is Brian Tracy’s term for taking out your top priorities first. These priorities are tasks linked to long-term goals like weight-loss, writing a book, or raising a home-based business.

IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM “EAT THAT FROG”

The most important lessons I’ve learned from Eat That Frog were focus and action.

I’ve read countless productivity books. I’ll get right on my game as soon as I finish a book. Yet, distractions tend to creep up on me. The lack of immediate results and patience were my problems. We tend to chase after instant gratification. We need the surge of dopamine to feel good like opening a video game loot box.

If you want to see real rewards, you must step out of the virtual world and focus on shaping your real-life goals. It takes time. Get used to it.

CONCLUSION

I’ve applied Tracy’s advice as soon as I’ve finished his book and seen results immediately. I’ve accomplished more writing projects in a week than in previous months. I even completed more tasks in my part-time job and moved ahead on future assignments. I’ve received greater rewards in exchange for my efforts thanks to Eat That Frog!

Here’s a tip: Don’t be afraid to work more than assigned. Sacrifice the little things not-related to your long-term goals. It’ll be all worth it in the long run.

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