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In order to really benefit as a writer, it's important to read as much as you can. If you've considered writing book reviews, here's your chance to get started.

Books are a great investment---whether you're an avid reader, writer, student, etc.---and even better when they're free. There are several publishing companies that offer free books in exchange for an honest review. What's the catch? Here are a few, basic guidelines to qualify:

  • You need to have an active blog. It could be a personal blog, again, as long as it's currently running.
  • Most publishing companies will give you at least 30 or 60 days to read your requested book.
  • Once you finish reading the book, you need to post your review on your blog, including on the publishing company's website and a consumer site---such as Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.
  • You can request only one book at a time. Once your review is approved, you can request a new book.

It's also important to follow the FTC guidelines when writing new reviews. There is no compensation for your reviews, so it is best to mention it in your FTC disclosure. For example, at the end of your blog post, you can write: I received this book from (Company Name) in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review. The opinions are entirely my own, based on my own experience.

If you don't have a blog, now's the time to start one. It's a great way to improve your writing, expose yourself to literature, and to share your favorite books with friends. Here are some links to browse through:

http://www.hayhousebooknook.com

http://www.mpnewsroom.com

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com

http://www.radiantlit.com

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