Become a Reviewer

Are the reviewers paid?

Not in actual currency–all reviewers are strictly volunteers. BUT: you get to keep all the books you review–both eBook and print (some of which may be autographed). We also have an incentive program that includes gift certificates, free books from our library, free advertising and more.

What type of books does Long and Short Reviews review?

We review short stories and full length novels in most genres, including: romance, erotic romance, science fiction/fantasy, mystery/thriller, paranormal, young adult and middle grade.

Do I have to review erotic romance? Can I only review mysteries? I only like young adult, is that okay?

You’re the one who chooses what you review! If you only enjoy mysteries, that’s what you may select. If you prefer young adult, then you may review only young adult. If you only like erotic romance… go for it! We never assign reviews.

What do you expect from your reviews?

Our reviews are positive (no snark allowed), honest (yes, you can mention things you didn’t care for), casual and conversational. It is also critical and informative. Don’t just tell us you liked something, tell us why as specifically as possible.

We don’t like to give away too much plot, but you can give a brief summary and then make your points about theme, character, style, etc. Your sample reviews should follow the length, style, tone of the site — that’s why the best thing to do before reviewing is to thoroughly read the reviews and features on our sites.

Our reviews usually run 250-500 words, but can be longer (preferably not too much shorter).

Do you require your reviewers to read a certain number of books per month?

We request you read/review a minimum of 2 books or short stories per month — though we welcome it if you read more! You may review books from our requests database or books you’ve purchased or borrowed on your own.

Is there a turnaround time for a review to be written?

We prefer that all reviews are completed within 1 month of requesting the story/book. There are always exceptions, but that is our standard guideline.

Are the reviews edited?

All reviews go through a basic editing process but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to use good grammar, punctuation and run your review through spell check. Our editors will change or correct any typos, sentence structure, etc., while remaining true to the original review’s content. If any more in-depth changes are needed, you’ll be contacted by an editor requesting said changes.

Are International reviewers welcome?

Provided they are comfortable with writing in English, yes. Of course, only eBooks will be offered to them for review due to postage costs.

I’m sold! How do I apply?

If you are interested in reviewing for us, please send us an email with a sample book review of a title you’ve recently read and enjoyed. Please feel free to take a look at our reviews to get an idea of what we’re looking for in a review.

Please note: If you submit a sample review with significant grammar problems or one that clearly indicates you haven’t checked to see what we’re looking for in a review (i.e. if your review is mostly synopsis with no real opinion, etc), your application will mostly likely be declined.

Note: All reviews written for Long and Short Reviews are the property of Long and Short Reviews are not to be used for or on any other reviews website, including personal reviews blogs.

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