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Interested in Writing for Book Riot?

Jeff O'Neal

CEO and co-founder

Jeff O'Neal is the executive editor of Book Riot and Panels. He also co-hosts The Book Riot Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @thejeffoneal.

We here at the good ship Book Riot are looking for a few new contributors. Sound cool? Here’s how to know if this might be a good fit:

If you like to write about books almost as much as you love books, then we’re looking for you.

br_logo_rojundIf you can be funny, smart, passionate, and informative about books, reading, and the reading life, then we are looking for you.

If you can be both serious and goofy, sometimes in the span of a sentence, then we are looking for you.

If you can come up with ideas, participate in collaborative projects, and give feedback to others on their ideas, then we are looking for you. 

If you can commit to writing at least two posts a month, then we are looking for you. 


There are a few areas we are especially interested in right now: sci-fi/fantasy, Christian, self-published, romance, mysteries and thrillers, and young adult. If these aren’t your passions, not to worry. But if one or more of these rings your bell, then we are going to be so sad if we don’t hear from you.

Also, if you have a blog already, that’s awesome, so please let us know. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t the kind of stuff you would write for Book Riot, but it does show that you are excited about writing and can keep up a writing habit.


To apply, send an email to community (at) bookriot (dot) com with the following by Tuesday February 12th at 11:59pm Eastern:

1. Your name

2. The genres and authors you know and love the most

3. Two writing samples

Your samples should be things you think could go up on Book Riot just as they are. (So make sure you’ve read enough of Book Riot to get a feel for what we’re about). The samples can be links to things you’ve already written and published online, things you’ve written and haven’t yet published, or you can write stuff just for this.

Where possible, links to your work are best. For new or unpublished work, please copy and paste the posts into the body of the email. (Attachments will die a slow death over the course of however long gmail exists.)


Soon-to-Be Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this a paid thing or what?

Yes. Book Riot contributors receive a revenue share.

2. What happens to my posts after I write them?

You keep the rights to your posts and can do what you like with them after they appear on Book Riot. We do require a 48 hour window before they appear elsewhere, and we keep a license to use them in future projects.

3. Do I pitch ideas or get assigned stuff?

Our goal is to edit/assist you just as much as you want and not a comma more. If you have a jillion ideas, then we’ll stay out of your way…That said, if you are stuck or want a second opinion, the Book Riot contributor community is really great at helping out.

4. I’m an author/editor/publisher/agent/whatever. Is that OK?

Sure. But this isn’t a gig to write about your project until we start bleeding out of our eyes. In fact, you should avoid writing about your project as much as possible. ( People will like you more, I promise.) In your bio that appears with your posts, you can link to your self-pubbed 99 cent, Kindle exclusive Agatha Christie zombie fan fiction, though.