How to Start Reviewing Christian Books

11 May, 2010

Last week I wrote an article called How to Write a Book Review Worth Reading. This is a follow-up to that post with specific links to Christian publishers and marketing agencies that are looking for good bloggers to review their books.

Book Sneeze

Thomas Nelson has a developed a new book review program for bloggers called Book Sneeze. They’ve made it pretty simple—sign up for a free account, make a selection, wait by the mailbox, read the book, write the review and post it on your blog and a consumer site (like Amazon.com), go back to Book Sneeze and provide a link to the review. Rinse and repeat process.

Blogging For Books

Blogging for Books is a review program for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. They are currently on hiatus through spring of 2010. You can follow them on Facebook and on Twitter to find out when they are releasing new titles for blog reviewing. You can sign up here for their program. Let them know which categories of books interest you: Fiction, Christian living/Devotionals, Family/Parenting, Relationships, and Social Issues.

NavPress Blogger Review Program

Sign up for NavPress’ program by sending them an email at bloggerreview@navpress.com with the following information: Full Name, Address, Phone #, Email address, Blog URL, and the name of the book from their available list.

You will also have add the book to the shopping cart, click the Buy Now button, and add the code J30H53AW5 and hit apply. This will allow you receive the book free. Click on “Proceed to Checkout” and complete the transaction.

NavPress is looking for a 200 word review posted on both your blog and on a consumer retail website. You will also need to send them an email with the direct link to your blog post and the consumer retail website address where you posted your review.

Tyndale Blog Network

The Tyndale Blog Network provides bloggers with free review copies of current Tyndale products. In turn, they require participants to post a review to their blog as well as an online consumer site. To get started, join the blog network (they want to know the average number of monthly visits to your blog), and then view their currently available products.

Bethany House Book Reviewers

Bethany House has many different categories of books that they make available to bloggers for review purposes. When you sign up on their form check the types of Christian books you are interested in reading. You will receive an email to confirm your registration. Then keep your eye on your inbox for opportunities that come your way. Don’t forget to send an email to jim.hart@bethanyhouse.com to let him know about your review.

The OOZE Viral Bloggers

The Ooze Viral BloggersThe OOZE blogger network is a group of friends who agree to receive books that they will blog about. Once you have applied to be a part of the team, watch your email for opportunities on a book and check regularly on their site. You will need to respond quickly as there are a limited number of each book available each month. The OOZE asks you to read and post your review on your site within 30 days. You are also asked to repost the review on the website ViralBloggers.com.

The Blog Tour Spot

A blog tour is a marketing technique to connect an author to potential readers by making appearances on various blogs in a designated period of time. Typically the author is more available for interaction on the blogs such as interviews and participating in the comments than they would be for a review. Bloggers can benefit through the increased traffic to their sites due to the advertising of the blog tour. The Blog Tour Spot works with various publishers who are interested in their promotional services.

To participate, go to the main site and sign up to receive notice of future tours. The emails will direct you how to sign up for a specific blog tour.

Free Books and the FTC

The Federal Trade Commission wants to make sure that your blog readers know that you have been provided with a free book. On my site, I disclose this with a statement in the right column of my blog and include a link to a page with more information on my compliance with Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

If you know of other Christian publishers to add to the list, let me know! Happy reviewing!

5 Responses

  1. Christina says:

    Thanks so much! So very helpful!
    Blessings,
    Christina

  2. bstegemueller316 says:

    Thanks… I've been reviewing through Book Sneeze and had no idea that there were other opportunities through other publishers.

  3. stephen says:

    Another one that I signed up for is New Leaf Publishers: http://www.creationconversations.com/group/bookre

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