HOW TO BECOME A PAID BOOK REVIEWER
by Allena Tapia
START DATE: Monday, February 3, 2014
DURATION: 6 weeks
COURSE DESCRIPTION: For many reader/writers, getting paid to read sounds like a pipe dream. But it’s not! Magazines, newspapers, blogs, newsletters and websites all need content, and will often pay for well-written book reviews. In addition, the new push in self-publication results in new ways to review and be paid for it!
This course includes:
- Weekly lesson material via e-mail and YouTube video and brief homework assignments with personalized, targeted feedback.
- Open virtual communication with the instructor for the span of the course.
- Optional Q & A session via Google Hangout (web video that allows face-to-face interaction in real time) every other week (scheduled by participant majority “best time”). Q & A session will be recorded for those who do not wish to participate.
- Students who complete the course are invited to submit a book review to the instructor for publication on one of her websites, in exchange for a first byline.
I hired [Allena] to do a workshop for my writer’s group and found her knowledge and wit compared to no other workshop. She set the bar very high for future speakers. ~ Candy Little, Author, via LinkedIn
[Allena] can write about complex matters in a way that makes them so clear, educating readers in a way that is truly necessary today. ~ Thursday Bram, Writer, via LinkedIn
I signed up for this class after I saw Allena speak at [a conference], and I was not disappointed. She has a very relatable personality and seems genuinely interested in just sharing her experience and information. ~ Community Education student, Lansing Community College, Lansing MI
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
Week One: Introduction
- Mapping the possibilities—book review outlets and a survey of the industry
- Timing and genre information
- Assignment: begin production and practice of book reviews
Week Two: Establish Your Voice & Own Your Outlet
- The “clips” conundrum
- Choices for your own outlet/practice
- A look at “voice”
- Assignment: establish your own outlet
Week Three: All About the Industry
- What you need to know about publishing, self-publishing, marketing, lists, publicists and so on
- Assignment: targeted research
Week Four: Target!
- Return/review the survey of the industry from week 1
- What are the possibilities, specifically where do YOU fit best?
- What’s your path?
- Assignment: work closely with Allena to establish your personal pathway
Week Five: Book Review Formats
- Learn and practice different review forms
- Critical, informational, etc.
- Tips and hints for introductions, conclusions, word count and other hurdles in your review writing
- Assignment: final form book review sample
Week Six: Professional-ize Your Book reviewing
- Keeping current
- Getting paid—what you need to know
- Interested students may submit a book review for potential publication
Materials needed: Internet access, e-mail, access to books to review, word processing software, and a web cam (optional). YouTube videos will be overlapping information with written lessons, so those who prefer not to view videos will still be able to take part in all aspects of this course.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Allena Tapia is a full time freelance writer and editor with over 7 years of publishing experience. In addition to writing, editing and translation, she teaches part time through a local community college community education program. Her students there have described her teaching style as engaging, informal, approachable and friendly.
Allena’s book reviews have been published by paid outlets such as Bitch magazine, Sacramento Book Review, and Kirkus Indie. She has written for Huffington Post, Latino Leaders, Hispanic Business, Green Building and Design, and MediaBistro. She’s held contracts with The New York Times, Gale Cengage and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
COST: $175, which includes written lessons, video lessons, personal attention via e-mail, homework, feedback, three Google Hangout Q&A sessions, and placement of one book review with byline on a website of instructor’s choice.
BUY NOW: How to Become a Paid Book Reviewer, by Allena Tapia (6 weeks, starting 2/3/2014) Limit: 10 students. Early registration is recommended.
Notes: Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. She will contact you via email and deliver your self-study program on Friday.
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