So, you're interested in reviewing for Green Man Review... Very good! If you are not a longtime reader of our site, please familiarize yourself with the publication and the genres and media we cover. Look around for a while to be sure the material we review is really of interest to you. We are looking for reviewers who have a sincere interest in at least some of our subject areas, who would be willing to review for us for at least a year, contributing approximately one review every six weeks. We do realize that life can get in the way of this timetable, and we're flexible; we just want people who will take the job seriously and stick around awhile.
Here's a brief overview of what you can expect if you work for us:
Staff reviewers at GMR aren't paid money (neither are the editors or anyone else, actually). They do receive a lot of exposure (well-known authors, publishers, musical groups, producers and a readership of about 125,000 read us every month). They do get professional credit for their work, keep everything they review, and enjoy community with our diverse staff. If you're made a staff reviewer, you may ask for materials from a list of things available for review and/or do volunteer reviews. We send you materials (in the case of books and CDs), sometimes provide tickets for live performances, and occasionally get DVDs. You write us a review, and you keep any materials you are sent, so long as you do review them. Often you'll get advance uncorrected proofs of books not on the market yet, books from overseas that won't see local bookstores for some time, and CDs that you can't yet get anywhere else.
By reviewing for us, you're granting exclusive rights to your material to GMR. Also, we ask that you don't review any material you receive from GMR for other publications, online or offline. You are, of course, free to review other material for any other publication you like.
In short, here are our criteria for successful reviewers (all of these are also covered more extensively in other parts of our FAQs):
GMR is a collaboration between everyone who works here, editors and reviewers alike. Sometimes collaborations work well, and sometimes the fit just isn't right. When that's true, either side should be able to pull free. Throughout your time as reviewer at GMR, but especially during the first six months, see if the fit is right for you. The editors will do the same, and we'll check in at the end of six months -- and later on, if we need to -- to see if we want to keep collaborating.
If we invite you to join our staff, you'll be made a Staff Reviewer and granted access to the staff mailing list, (so you can start getting materials to review), to the 'virtual break room' and to the staff intranet (where we keep our FAQs and other information). We'll want a bio, ASAP, to go up on the Web site. Just look at the ones we have and then be creative. A nome de plume is fine.
Regarding audition reviews: Please send them not as an attachment or file, nor as html, but in the body of a plain text e-mail message. Be sure to proofread and spellcheck your audition thoroughly before sending, and to follow the format (and style sheet) of our existing reviews. Please put 'audition review' in the subject line of your e-mail message. Indicate clearly if we may publish (with exclusive rights) the audition review, or if it has already been promised to another publication. Your audition review can be of a book, video or CD you are reading/listening to/watching now, or of a past favorite. If you want to increase the chances of an audition review being used, you should check to see if we've already reviewed the material you choose, and also whether it is appropriate to GMR. That won't affect its approval for getting you on staff; it will only affect whether we'll use it for immediate publication after approval. We never do reprints, even if the material has only appeared on a personal Web site, though we will look at material you've already published, if you care to include it.
Audition reviews will be judged on the basis of general writing ability and the ability to write knowledgeably about your subject. We look for reviews that are thorough, interesting, and technically superb.
Thanks for your interest.