Hellnotes is inundated with requests to review books, and we just can’t keep up. We’re asking for you to help, that is if you’d like to be a published reviewer. Interested? If so, read the note below from Ken Heard, our Review Coordinator:
My name is Ken Heard, and I am the new Reviews Editor for Hellnotes.com. Aaron French has accepted a promotion to Assistant Editor with Dark Discoveries, and I have taken over for Aaron coordinating reviews for Journalstone’s website for all things horror.
We are currently seeking additional book reviewers to provide original, thoughtful, and timely reviews of recent and upcoming titles in horror and related genres. This is a voluteer position, but a small number of reviews from Hellnotes.com are selected to appear in Dark Discoveries Magazine, and a token payment of $10 is offered when your work is reprinted. Hard copies or licensed eBooks provided to reviewers by publishers remain the author’s property after the review has been completed.
We are looking for individuals who are committed to promoting the horror genre and helping readers discover new authors and titles. This is a great opportunity to work with some fantastic people, discover new authors, make connections, and stretch the budget on your expensive book-reading habit! Approximately once per week, a list of available titles is distributed and reviewers respond with their preferences. I then assign titles based on a combination of “first come, first served,” and other factors such as who still owes reviews, who has helped out by taking one that needed doing even if it wasn’t their first choice, and specific expertise in an area (if relevant).
Professional experience in reviewing and editing is not required, but neither I nor our webmaster can take the time to edit and proofread your work, so it must be clean and ready for publication on submission. A sample of your writing may be required, but could include reviews from Amazon, Goodreads, or your personal website.
Authors retain copyright but grant Journalstone first electronic rights and the right to archive reviews on Hellnotes.com indefinitely. In addition, authors grant right of first refusal for first print rights in Dark Discoveries as described above. This grant of rights is non-exclusive after the review is published on Hellnotes.com, and authors may reprint their reviews in other venues with appropriate attribution.