Are you a tween/teen, have voracious (big) reading appetite and aspire to be a published author someday (very soon)? Then welcome aboard. Click here to download our blogger registration toolbar. To register click on pink ‘key’ button on the toolbar. Once registered, click on one of the ‘book’ buttons to download a free book chosen by our editor for you to review. When you are ready to submit a review, click on the ‘login’ button on the toolbar and submit a sample review. Once you have submitted that one review, you can continue blogging by choosing books of your own choice.
You might be asking: what are the benefits of being an Ayesha Reviews book blogger?
- To learn not to judge a book by its cover.
- You will learn to discover your writing style and form your own views.
- Our writers LOVE to see their name on our blog as a published writer and use it to build their resume as a professional writer.
- Boost blogging skills: You will learn how to create blog posts, insert images and create an Avatar as a bio picture. By your second blog post, you can rightfully claim to be a savvy blogger!
- Beside that you can also earn some pocket money. We pay by check or Amazon credit; let us know the preference when you apply. In the future, we would love to do direct deposits. Payments are processed as soon as $25 are accrued.
Review Submission Guidelines: After consulting your parent, if you do decide to be a guest blogger/reviewer for us, here are the guidelines:
1. Reviews must express your views in an original way – We want to know what you think of the story, characters, illustrations, author – everything and anything in the book. Here are few questions that can help you form your own opinions, know where you stand on certain issues and find your voice:
- Is there something about a certain character that you thought was not ok?
- Or maybe, you think that a certain situation in the story was not handled right?
- How did you feel about the characters of the story?
- What made you smile, laugh, mad or scared?
- Whenever you start reading a book, be aware of your thoughts and feelings and write them down in a notebook or Word document on your computer, as you go through the whole book.
- Since this is a combination of blogging and reviewing books, we would like you to share little anecdotes. Did anything in the story remind you of a situation you were in? How did you handle the situation? We want our writers to feel good about their writing skills and have fun exploring their original style.
One example of a review we are not looking for: “This was a very funny book. It made me laugh. I recommend it to everyone.”
Here’s an example of a great review: Jungle Jack, reviewed by Mujue. Why do we think this is a great example? Reasons are that Mujue has woven the review so seamlessly into the blog post to reveal her thoughts, her dreams and her story that a reader gets a true picture of how she was inspired by the book. She has poured her heart and soul in writing about her dream.
2. Include a picture of the book. Too many bloggers have been copying and pasting images of the book cover from other sites. Please refrain from it and it is called ‘bandwidth theft’.
3. We require that review part of the submission should be 50 to 250 words long. Submissions published on the blog without the required length of review will be published ‘as is’, and the compensation will be according to the word count of the review part. Review should include star rating for the book. To insert a rating in your post, simply type: [ rating=10 ] where 10 is the amount of stars. 10 stars means ‘extremely good and recommendable’ and 1 means ‘did not like it and will not recommend it’. Number should be written as a figure, rather then words (9 instead of nine) and rating code should be in the top part of the review.
4. Each review should include: category (fiction, non-fiction, humor, etc) and age range the book is meant for. Title of the book and name of the author go in tags section. Book title should be written in title case. Author’s name should be in the title after the title of the book. For example: Book’s Name by Author’s Name. Please do not choose the “Book Shining Bright” category – that is for books that have been winners of Ayesha Award.
5. We accept text and video reviews. Please do not send reviews or your bio in an email. Reviews are to be submitted directly to the blog.
6. For your bio, submit your brief bio in the profile section of your blogger account. To display your picture/avatar, upload your picture to http://en.gravatar.com using the same email you use for signing up with our blog.
7. Registrations can be under your real first name; we request not to put your full name in the username; nom de plume or nicknames are allowed. Your account should have your full name, but should not displayed publicly.
8. Reviews should be written by teen or tween age children. Too many grown ups have been applying for this work and we need to emphasis that this job is for children. If the editors don’t find the writing style corresponding to the age, we reserve the right to not publish or pay.
9. Excessive spelling, grammar mistakes and slangs will not be overlooked. Our toolbar has a dictionary button to help our bloggers, so do use it.
10. Please don’t be redundant. If you have already mentioned that the book was inspirational, there is no need to add in the second sentence that it inspired you.
11. Please do not copy paste reviews from other sites; plagiarism is not cool. Also, do not ask someone else to write it for you and submit it under your name.
12. To provide a positive educational and literary experience to children, please be polite and positive in the reviews. Anyone who is unruly and violates the rules will be banned without warning.
To be paid the full amount, we request our bloggers to keep the above mentioned guidelines in mind. Too many bloggers are overlooking several rules. We will deduct .05 cent from payment for each guideline violation.
We have a Review Post Excellence program where editor, assistant editor and chief blogger choose reviews based on two factors: good review and good blog post. The reviewer is awarded with a virtual ribbon as well as $5 check or Amazon credit.
We often get inquiries from writers and their parents about why reviews did not get published. For such inquiries, our response is that the main factor our editor looks for while reviewing posts is originality. Email us your reviews and views with a spirit of adventure, and please do not to be discouraged if we can’t use it.
· Why was this site created? Answer: This site was started by our 9 year old daughter, Ayesha, who still co-manages this blog; she wanted to share reviews of books she had read with her friends and we wanted to do this earlier, but had to wait until she was mature enough to form her own views on books. Books and writing are few of her interests; we felt it would be good for her to band together with children all over the world who have similar interests. Therefore, the idea of rewarding children for originality was born. Currently, we have bloggers mostly from US, but we have a few from Canada, UK and Australia as well.
· Is this legit? Answer: Yes.
- How do I sign in? Answer: To login to post reviews, click on our login button on our toolbar. Click here to download our blogger registration toolbar.
· I am 18 years old. Am I too old to apply for this? Answer: No, we accept guest bloggers between the ages of of 7 – 18.
· How many reviews can I submit per day? Answer: Kindly limit it to four a day.
· Do you choose titles for the reviewers, or can my child choose on his/her own? Answer: After submitting a review of the story book chosen by us and available free on our toolbar, we would like the children to choose their own titles.
· Who is responsible for payroll for the reviewers? Answer: Reviewers will not be on payroll, for the time being, although we might in the future.
. I already wrote two reviews and I’m not sure if I’m even working for you yet. Answer: If a reviewer has submitted reviews and if one of the reviews gets published, that means you have been accepted as a blogger.
· How often do checks get cut? Answer: Twice a month. · How much each review is worth? Answer:Reviews by guest bloggers are paid $.50 to $2.50 for 50 to 250 words. If it has 55 words, reviewers are paid 55 cents. Maximum each review is paid is $2.50. Reviews of books chosen by our editor earn an extra $1.50 if posted to Amazon. For this you need to have editor’s approval.
· Is there a limit as to how many reviews can be turned in and paid on? Answer: No.
· How long do you keep a specific reviewer? Can my children stay on for an extended time or is this a limited time thing? Answer: This is for an extended time. Currently, we only have guest bloggers as part of first phase of blogging for this site. There are three phases to being a reviewer for Ayesha Reviews, Inc. These are:
1. Guest Blogger: Children who submit a review once in a while will be guest bloggers. Pay rate is $.50 – $2.50 per review.
2. Regular Reviewer: Writers who have had 5 reviews published might be invited to consider becoming Regular Reviewers by the editors. Pay rate: To be determined by writing skills.
3. Regular Reviewer on Contract: After being a regular reviewer for several months, writers will be entered into Review Contests to determine the popularity of the reviewers. Winners will get prizes (laptop, ipad, kindle, etc) along with a contract to work for our company for a definite amount of time. Reviewers’ popularity is determined by analyzing commenting trend on reviewers’ posts on our blog. It can be reviewers’ family, teachers, classmates and friends; parents are allowed to post about their children’s work on their social media profile (Facebook, Twitter, etc) so their children can get more comments. Pay rate: To be determined by popularity.
- How can I email Ayesha Reviews? Answer: Email us at ayesha @ ayeshareviews.com.