How to Make a Living by Reading Books

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If you are one of those people who can sit and read for hours on end, you should consider finding a job that pays you to read. Reading books is a good job for the elderly, stay-at-home parents, disabled people or others who just want to work at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Business cards
  • Advertisement signs
  • Computer with email
  • Advertise proofreading. Brush up on or learn all the proofreaders marks. Find a couple of writers' groups in your area. Attend a meeting and hand out business cards to the members offering your proofreader's skills to catch any mistakes before they send their books to a publisher or agent.

    Hang up signs, especially on college campuses, offering your services. Offer to work with hard copies or emailed copies of students' papers or manuscripts.

  • Find book publishers in your town. Purchase a book that teaches you how to write professional, in-depth book reviews. Read a few books and write reviews of those books. Make up a portfolio of your work. Take this to the publishers and ask them to put you on the list of manuscript readers.

  • Set up a book review blog. Charge a set fee and post advertisements on the blog offering to read and review authors' books. Offer to read and review all books whether they are traditionally or self-published books.

  • Find magazines that accept book reviews. Get their review guidelines. Read the book of their choice and write the review. Send the review in for publication and payment.

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