Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.
Life as a book blogger is by no means easy, but it’s amazing and I love it! I had no idea that I’d still be blogging three years later! Today I get to share with you my list of awesome stuff that makes being a book blogger just a bit easier.
Goodreads (and Goodreads App)
Oh my, Goodreads is a godsend. I have no idea what I would do without it! I use it for investigating the books I’m asked to read and review before accepting, keeping an inventory of the books I own or want, posting my reviews for extra publicity, finding new blogging friends and groups to join, and networking with authors. I’m always updating what I’m reading and what page I’m on, and I love to keep track of what my friends are up to! I have found some amazing books through recommendations on Goodreads!
These two sites are just no good for me, even though I love them so! I love the easy access to galleys, and the fact that you can submit your review to the publisher through them. It’s much easier to receive a book through these sites, because it costs the pubs less… so that means more opportunities for me! AND… they take up no room on my shelves, so I can request so many more!
Nice, polite authors
I love authors that support book bloggers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received an email or tweet from an author, thanking me for my review. Sometimes I’m even thanked for bad reviews! It really makes life so much easier when authors understand us, and recognize that we’re doing what we love.
My Kindle holds so many more books than my shelves ever could! I’d hate to have to stop reading because I had no more room! Never fear, this can’t possibly happen anymore!
Oh yes. Business cards are a must. You can hand them out at events, slip them in to books you giveaway, leave them on boards at libraries or book shops, etc. It’s definitely a great way to get your name out.
You, my friends, make blogging so much fun! I love talking books with you, reading your reviews, participating in your memes and book events, sharing ARCs, and finding you at events! I’m not sure I could do it without you. :)
I love interacting with you all through Twitter! And I love using it to promote my posts.
I have no idea what I would do without these calendars for scheduling out my posts. I’d be double-booked all over the place!
Books in two days? YES. Plus, you can borrow a lot of Kindle books for free through Amazon Prime.
Book Events (signings, ALA, BEA, etc.)
Events are the best way to network with the pubs and authors you email all the time. Showing up at events shows them that you’re in this for the long haul. It builds trust, plus they get to put a face with a name and you do too!
So, what am I missing? Are there any secrets out there you’d like to let me in on?