Bookish Ouija Board! (Prepare to be SPOOKED)

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YOU’RE SO SCARED, RIGHT? I know, I know. I’ve been told I’m a truly intimidating person. It’s alright. Dry your eyes, calm your beating heart, and prepare yourself—you’re going to be just as spooked throughout this whole post, cause it’s bookish ouija board time!
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Book Blogging 101 | ARCs and Stats

In case you’re more interested in hearing about how to get your book blog started, check out this post! A few people were curious about ARCs and such, so I decided to continue onto this post!

STATS

1. Like, Comment, Follow, Repeat!

As briefly mentioned in my previous Blogging 101 post, the best way to get other book blogs to notice you is to notice them. Once you find a book blog and like what you see, let them know! Like their posts, comment on them! Leave sweet, thoughtful, genuine comments, showing that you actually like their posts. Make sure you’re not commenting just because you want them to follow you.

How to find other book blogs?

Search tags on WordPress such as: yabooks, young adult books, book reviews

Find a post about a book tag or a blogger awards posts? See who’s tagged!

2. Write quality posts and write them often

Proofread. I know, it’s tedious. But it matters. I also know I’m being a little bit of a hypocrite on this one. You have no idea how many time,y mom has had to tell me about a grammatical mistake on my post!

Thank you, mom.

Here’s logic everyone should be able to understand: The more posts you have, the more posts people will see. So write lots and lots of posts!

3. Reach out

If someone is nice enough to comment on your post, comment back! Don’t just like their comment and ignore it. If you leave a nice reply, they’re more likely to come back.

Trust me, I’ve left comments on people’s posts and gotten a like in reply, which is nice! But it does give off a sort of unappreciative vibe, doesn’t it?

ARCs

1. What is an ARC?

Most new bloggers have no idea what an ARC is, which is fine! Unless you were born with a book blogging lingo dictionary pre-programmed in your head, you’ll need someone to tell you what it is!

Simple ARC definition: ARC stands for Author’s Review Copy. Bloggers and booktubers can get and ARC from a publishing company before it comes out to review it or feauture it.

2. How can I get an ARC?

You have to have the stats! Publishers don’t hand out ARCs to just any blog, you must be worthy!

You should probably have about 250-300 followers at the least to get an ARC from a publisher. Though really, it’s more about the number of views and visitors you get in a month that’s more important. 

I first requested a lot of ARCs when I was at about 200 followers, but with 1,300  views and 330 individual visitors in a month. I received basically all of the ARCs I requested, so those publishers seem to appreciate those stats.

3. How do I ask a publisher for an ARC?

This was a serious struggle for me, but thankfully WordsWeHeart had this AMAZING post to help!

All the information is in that awesome post, but I’ll give you a skim of it.

First, you have to get the email of a publisher. You can do this by just going to the website of a publishing company and choosing their publicity email. The post mentioned above also has a list.

The format for the email I use is the one WordsWeHeart offers, and that’s the one I would reccomend! Honestly, her post is much more informative than this!

Don’t freak out if you don’t get an email back, some publishers just send the book!

4. What about e-ARCs?

These are much more accessible to those with not as many stats, however I don’t really like them since I really don’t like reading on and e-Reader.

Though if you are interested, NetGalley is the best and most popular place to get them!

I really hope all that helpe, please comment any questions or requests!

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@comcast.net

Mailing Adress: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907

Book Blogging 101 | Getting Started

Just so you know, I’m not claiming to be an experienced book blogging genius or anything like that. 

But I know many people are seeking some help in getting their book blog started, and I think I can offer a little bit of that help.

1. Finding a Blog Hosting Site

Obviously I’m in favor of WordPress, but it’s not the only one out there. Tumblr and Google can also be used, but I’m going to be honest with you. WordPress is so popular because it’s GREAT, and in my opinion, the best option. 

First, you should try just blogging for free, using the domain name (i.e. http://www.beccaandbooks.wordpress.com). This way, you can makes sure you really enjoy it and want to stay committed to it. Then, once you’re sure you want to keep blogging, you can switch to a self-hosted site, which you can do through *ahem* WordPress. (I swear I’m not being paid to promote them or anything)

Through a self-hosted site, you can actually make money through ads, and your URL will look a lot more professional.

2. The Actual Blogging Part

So you have a blog. Now you must write in it.

Well, since this is BOOK Blogging 101, write about books. Read books, then review them. Do book tags, discussions. You’d be surprised by all the options.

HERE IS THE IMPORTANT PART: You have to be original. No one wants to read a post every single other book blog does. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing that every once in a while if it makes you happy,  but come up with your own stuff, that’s what people like to see.

3. Your Voice

Okay. I know, I just know you’re tempted to write like a self-righteous Oxford professor. But unless that’s your target audience, don’t do it. And if that is your target audience, no judgement. Well, maybe a little.

BE YOURSELF. I know you do not speak like a self-righteous Oxford professor on the daily. Sounding like yourself is what people actually like to read. They’re not looking for a refined prodigies, they’re looking for human beings.

4. The Book Blogging Community

The Book Blogging Community is awesome! There’s nothing better than getting sweet, thoughtful comments on your posts, and doing the same on other blogs.

So be part of the community! Join us!

Just make sure you’re not leaving comments like this: I love your blog! Hey, check out my post!

No. Absolutely not.

Read their posts. Leave thoughtful comments, not because you just want them to return the favor, but because you like what you’re reading. For example: I love Clockwork Angel too! And your review is great, I’m so glad you’re Team Will! WILL HERONDALE *swoons*

Where to find the Book Blogging Community:

1. Well, you’ve found me, haven’t you? Let’s be blog buddies!

2. Try searching tags through WordPress. Some useful ones are: ya books, young adult fiction, book review.

3. When you come across tags, look at the people tagged. You know they have a spot in the community!

5. Just Keep Blogging, Just Keep Blogging

So you’ve started blogging! Now keep doing it! Don’t just post twice a month,  try to post two to four times per week, you’ll bring a lot more traffic to your site. Of course, not posting for a little while every once in a while is completely understandable, but don’t do it often.

That’s all I have for getting your book blog up and running! Please let me know if you’d like more, a post on ARCs, for example.

Becca❤️

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@Comcast.net

Mailing Adress: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Away in Neverland for the nomination! Her blog is absolutely fabulous, so make sure you check it out!

The lovely little rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their sight 
  2. Put the award logo on your blog
  3. Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  5. Nominate 10 blogs 

1. Did you have a book that meant a lot to you as a child? 
Erm, obviously the Percy Jackson books. They are my babies and I love them.

2. Is there any author of book that you collect and will always welcome multiple editions of the same title? 

Rick Riordan. Do you see a theme here?

3. Say that you find yourself judging a book by its cover (not that we ever do that!); what sort of covers do you go for? Are there any that are an absolute turn off?

Ooooo! Any covers with gorgeous dresses! Also covers with bright colors and tumblr-y illustrations.

4. If you could pick any imaginary animal to bring home to mom with an earnest, “Can we keep him??”, what animal would it be? 

A unicorn. Not that they’re imaginary, of course.

5. Is there any book to movie adaptation that you simply refuse to watch? No way, no how, you’re not even giving them the opportunity to mess it up?

City of Bones, thank you very much. 

6. What is the most unusual book you’ve ever read? (Plot, writing style, chapter layout, etc?)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. And not unusual in a good way. It’s actually the worst book I’ve every read. It might just be me, but I enjoy having sentences and paragraphs and periods.

7. Is there any book or series that you’ve read that is so totally outside of your normal genre, but you loved it and would recommend it to others as a “take a risk!” type of book?

Angelfall by Susan Ee! I’m SO not a paranormal fan, but THIS SERIES IS SO GOOD I JUST CAN NOT ASDFGHJKLOQKAJSMDNCHDJ .

8. Do you have any bookish collections, or anything you covet and hope to someday collect? Candles, artwork, bookcases?

Um. not really.

9. What book has been on your TBR pile the longest, but you just can’t convince yourself to pick it up?
The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin. Just..too lazy.

10. You get a $500 gift card for all things bookish-do you run to your nearest bookstore and spend like a fiend? Or do you create pro/con lists (a la Rory Gilmore) to make sure you get just the right and perfect and wonderful bookish things? Or are you eyeing a particularly expensive bookcase somewhere?

As much as I aspire to be like Rory Gilmore, let’s be real here. I’m about to buy a whole ton of impulse buy books.

My super awesome nominations that you need to go follow right now:

A Bookworm’s Perfect Apple

Josie the Bookworm

Book Snacks Blog

Books and Feathers

Books Over People

And: Everyone with with the word “book” in their website name!


Bookish Bingo: Ready for Spring! TBR

 The fabulous Great Imaginations is hosting another wonderful Bookish Bingo for Spring! Basically, you just try to read all the books you see on the chart above during the months of April, May, and June. To learn more and sign up, check out the original post here!

Murder Mystery

 
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I’ve  heard a lot of good things about this book, plus it’s a murder mystery, so I’m psyched to read this one!

Forgotten Friday’s Pick

Hmm…we’ll see about this one.

Aussie Author

 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Yep, Markus Zusak is Australian! I could only make it halfway through this book, but I want to try again on audiobook. Wish me luck! 

PLUS this also counts as historical fiction AND WWII!

Re-Read

 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Ah, the good ‘ol Harry Potter

Dark Contemporary

This one’s going to remain undecided for now!

Classic

I’ll just fit whatever I read for school in here!

Yellow Cover

It’s time to browse the library shelves for yellow!

April, May, June Release

I’ll be reading a lot that’s being release during these months, so I’ll just fit one of those in here!

Rain or Storm in Title

Yeah, I’m coming up short on this one.

High Fantasy

 

 

Heir of Fire  by Sarah J. Maas

Yes. Yes. YES!

Parental Relationships

 
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Dolleck

This book seems to feauture a particularly complicated parental relationship, so I think that’ll be interesting to read about.

Bullying

 

 

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

I haven’t read many books about bullying, but I do think this one sounds interesting, as its set in a competitive ballet academy.

Anthology or Collection

 

 

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

GUYS.

*creepy giggle*

WWII

 

 

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

I could also use The Book Thief, but I’ll definetly be reading this book, since the first book is my all-time favorite historical fiction novel!

Horror 

  

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
I’m not sure if I would really classify this series as horror, so I am cheating a bit, though I do remember the first book making me feel very creeped out.

Thieves, Assasins, Pirates

 
The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book has thieves, assasins, AND pirates!

I enjoyed the first book in this duology, so I’m really curious to see how the story will end.

Parallel Universes

 
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

The cover. Just. Perfection.

Green Cover

See the High Fantasy section!

#weneeddiversebooks

 
To All The Boys I’ve Loves Before by Jenny Han

Too many people have read this book and loved it, so I’m super excited to give it a try!

Illustrated Cover

Heir of Fire’s got this one covered!

Part of a Trilogy

See the Horror section!

Nonfiction or Memoir

 
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

This book sounds hilarious and I can’t wait to read it! 

Historical

I’ve already go two historical fiction books, so this section’s covered!

Plants on the Cover

 
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

This first book was okay, but I’ve heard that this one is much better, so I can’t wait to give it a try!
So that’s my TBR! I’m sure it’ll change here and there, but it feels good to have a plan. Thanks for stopping by, comment any thoughts and follow if you’d like to read some more bookish posts!