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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, and movies on DVD. Reviews of titles from all genres are welcome, and the publication date of the title doesn't matter. We also accept interviews of authors.
However, The Midwest Book Review does not accept any content created by generative AI (artificial intelligence). All volunteer reviews must be written by human volunteers!
Please note that The Midwest Book Review cannot pay volunteer reviewers, and cannot provide review copies to volunteers.
All of our volunteer reviewers are independent individuals who retain copyright and full ownership of their own reviews. All reviews submitted to the Midwest Book Review are nonexclusive; volunteers may have them posted, printed, or aired in any other review venue. 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. As of August 2019, every volunteer reviewer has their own bylined column, even if they only submit one review for the entire month.
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 DVD you've watched, a CD of music you've enjoyed, or an audiobook you've listened to, and give reviewing a try!
Welcome to our circle of volunteers! I look forward to your review efforts!
James A. Cox