Every now and then I post a book review (expect one during the next few days) that has a disclaimer at the bottom. That disclaimer explains that I received the book free of charge in exchange for publishing a fair and honest review. It doesn’t have to be a positive review but I choose to receive books based on title and description that I expect to enjoy or learn something from. I’m not trying to brag; I’m here to extend you the same offer.
If you publish a blog or podcast you can sign up with SpeakEasy and become what we affectionately refer to as a bootlegger. Let’s overlook the fact for a moment that the terminology is based on illegal alcohol sales during American Prohibition. If you sign up you can expect an email once every 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes more frequently, with the current offering available for review. Publishers provide SpeakEasy with 50 copies of a new book, sometimes even before they are available for purchase, for publicity purposes. The emails you receive will give you title and author information, as well as a description and sometimes what others have already said. You can choose to receive or turn down as many offerings as you like. When you choose to download an e-book or receive a physical copy, you agree to read it and post a review within 30 days of receipt. Share links to your review on social media and with Mike Morrell of the SpeakEasy review network when your review is up. The book is yours to keep.
To sign up or find out more follow this link to the application. I am sometimes contacted by authors via Facebook or Twitter after posting reviews and have made some online friends this way. It’s an excellent networking opportunity and of course any writer is probably an avid reader and who couldn’t use a few free books? Again, any Christian blog author or podcaster can apply. This program is about getting reviews published online. You will never be ask to buy anything or pay for shipping. The only obligation is that you post your honest opinion. And what blogger isn’t ready to do that at the drop of a hat anyway?
Look for my review of The Gospel of Self: How Jesus Joined the GOP within the next few days.