Author/Reviewer Interaction Etiquette part II

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Hello friends!

If you remember, a few months ago (back in March), I did a post on Author/Reviewer interaction etiquette and for that post to be as short as possible, I kept it exclusively addressed to authors, I listed some basic do’s and don’ts they should keep in mind and follow when reaching out/responding to bloggers and reviewers across all platforms. Back then, I promised a part two addressed to reviewers was coming and I’m finally coming out of my summer-long blogging rut and feeling inspired to write it. Continue reading

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Spreading the Love: Favourite Book Bloggers

 

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Hello friends!

I’ve been around for over two and a half years now and in the time I’ve been in the community, I had the chance to visit hundreds and interact with hundreds of blogs and bloggers, some of which I’ve stuck with, some of which I drifted away from (nothing personal, things happen, no hard feelings) and some I have stuck with since day one for a variation of reasons, most of which can be summer up in one sentence: Their content speaks to me. You can see here, what makes me keep coming back to a blog but the gist of it is a show of personality and content I’m interested in. So, I thought why not rave about some of those blogs and spread the love.

This list is in no way exhaustive, I have WAY more favourite blogs and I’ll probably do a second edition in the future but to keep this post readable, I’m keeping the number reasonable and talking about ten blogs I adore!

Green Tea & Paperbacks – Laura

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  • Laura is one of my favourite people in existence as well as one of my best friends.
  • She does all kinds of different posts that are equally enojoyable to read.
  • She reads and reviews great middle grade books.
  • She makes SUPER fun bookish quizzes.

Some of my favourite posts:

One Way or An Author – Aila

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  • I LOVE AILA SO MUCH, OKAY?
  • You’re looking for a book review? You’ll probably find it on her blog.
  • She reads a wide variety of genres, which… BLESS! I can always go to her for a recommendation.
  • HAVE YOU SEEN HER ART? *cries* it’s so gorgeous!!

Some of her reviews:

Drizzle and Hurricane Books – Marie

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  • Marie is the sweetest and her blog is one of the very first I followed almost 3 years ago?
  • She writes great and insightful discussions.
  • Her travel posts give me major wanderlust (as if I didn’t have enough already).
  • Also the minimalist theme is 10/10 good on the eye.

Some of my favourite posts:

Utopia State of Mind – Lili

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  • Lili is another one of my friends and she’s an absolute joy to talk to.
  • She focuses on SFF titles and I trust her recommendations an incredible lot.
  • She also reviews other genres though, and her reviews are clear and concise.
  • She hosts interviews of some really great authors.

Some of my favourite posts: 

Forever and Everly – May

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  • May is discussion posts royalty, and I don’t think anyone can disagree with me.
  • They’re also so funny??? Like? They manage to make me laugh even in the most serious posts.
  • Their reviews are always honest and they don’t shy away from telling it as it is. I appreciate that.
  • Also? The soft pink? Absolutely adorable.

Some of my favourites posts:

A Whisper of Ink – Ilsa

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  • Gotta support fellow muslim bloggers, AMIRITE?
  • She’s also another one who’s super funny and she just has a very genuine likeable voice.
  • ALL THE SNARK. I live for it not gonna lie.
  • She’s had a more chill approach to blogging lately (which is great) and I still read whenever she posts.

Some of my favourite posts:

Aimee, Always – Aimee

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  • Aimee writes super fun and varied posts.
  • Some of them have super helpful tips and resources.
  • She also does blog design for low rates, and looking at her blog, you want to hire her.
  • She organizes blog tours pretty frequently and the next one is for Mirage (AAAHH!!)

Some of my favourite posts:

The Bookish Actress – Elise

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  • Elise is both eloquent and funny and I’m here for it.
  • She has really creative post ideas that go beyond books, although, yes books are the focus.
  • She’s really honest and genuine in her posts;
  • You need sapphic recommendations? SHE GOT YOU!

Some of my favourite posts:

Vicky who Reads – Vicky

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  • Vicky writes spot on discussions about important issues.
  • She pushes for the better inclusion of international bloggers and I REALLY appreciate that.
  • She’s also super sweet!
  • Besides that, she recommends books based off of books we already know and love.

Some of my favourite posts:

Paperblots – Julianna

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  • Julianna writes a lot of great discussion posts and lists.
  • She’s actually funny too? Her post titles make me cackle!
  • Her blog is so aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. Blue is my favourite color so.
  • She hypes up Asian YA titles, especially in Fantasy, and I LOVE those!

Some of my favourite posts:


That’s it until next time.

Recommend me some of your favourite blogs to follow in the comments, please!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Hiatus Announcement: I’m going away for a little while

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Hello friends!

I really truly hate that I’m writing this post right now but I have been pushing the inevitable for a little while now. I’m going on a hiatus from now until June 11th. Around a week after I take my last exam. It’s two months. It’s a long time. The longest I have ever been away from this blog. PLEASE DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME. I still have a couple guest posts going up but aside from that, I won’t be posting anything. And for a few reasons.

If you read my march wrap-up, you know that March was a very sucky month for me health wise, I was in pain for most of it and that left me bed bound, which means that I fell behind on school. Like, a lot. And that is stressing me out of my mind, I’m always anxious and on edge because I just have too many thing to do, blogging included and with how much studying I have to catch up on, I can’t do it all, I need to spend most my days studying if I don’t want studying for my exam to be an anxiety hell pit (which it always is, but I’m trying to minimize the damage). So Something had to go to keep my sanity. And blogging is that something.

In addition to that, all the built up stress and pressure made blogging not fun for me anymore. I started thinking of it as “have to” instead of “want to” and we all know that’s not good. At all. Where I’m at right now, I dread writing up posts, I do have ideas, and inspiration but it’s the will to sit in front of my computer spending two hours (I don’t have) on each post that stresses me out. Because I always have that little voice at the back of my head saying “this is time you’re wasting you could be spending on your neurology notes, or working on that genetics graph” and yikes. That voice is right and I must follow it.

The fact that I’m now dreading blogging is also affecting my reading, I’m always wanting to finish books faster, to write reviews and then thinking about what book to review next and read that one instead of reading the books I really want to read. And the books I really want to read right now are all favourites. So rereads. So books I’ve already reviewed. I’m going to take advantage of this hiatus to read books for myself, depending on my mood to try and find that pleasure in reading again. Which I’m sure will be back as soon as the pressure is gone.

I’m going to stop rambling here. I think I’m going to reply to comments and keep blog-hopping when I have down time while I’m gone because the only thing I have an issue with a the moment is the actual act of writing posts. And if you’re interested in seeing more of me, follow me on Instagram @wordwoonders because I’ll still be active on there.

Love y’all! And hope you all still be around when I’m back ❤

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How I -barely- manage to not drown under blogging and reading

Keeping track of reading and blogging

Hello friends !

A while back (a very long while back, yes… i’m very on top of things shhhh) I had asked on Twitter if people would be interested in seeing how I organise my reading and blogging because I have a few tips and tricks, but mostly a ridiculous amount of spreadsheets, and quite a few people said yes so here I am, an eternity later finally getting around to talking about it all.

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Author/Reviewer Interaction Etiquette part I

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Hello friends!

This post has been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Through all the years that reviewers and authors have been interacting, there have been slip-ups, hurtful and even maybe dangerous behaviours happening. So I decided to give my two cents and set some records straight, giving myself and everyone some guidelines that *I think* are important to respect. This is going to be a two parts thing but I don’t know just yet when the second part will be going up. For now I will focus on authors, but will adress reviewers in the next one.

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A peak into my brain: How I review the books I read.

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Hello guys !

A while ago, I got a few comments on one of my posts asking how I review my books because I mentioned that I take a lot of notes and as much as I could direct them to this post, I wrote it almost two years ago and the way I approach books has changed drastically. So that post doesn’t stand anymore and quite frankly, going back and reading it, I thought “WHO IS THAT?” not because it was necessarily bad but because it’s not me anymore and I can almost read a certain naivety to the post. Continue reading

How to Approach reviewers? (Dos and Don’ts)

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Hello guys !

I’ve “officially” been reviewing books for almost two years and in that time I got my fair share of review requests, some that were good, great even, and some… not so much. The latter are what sparked this particular discussion post, especially one I got recently that was just plain bad. Objectively. It was condescending and borderline rude, and it also didn’t contain any useful information. I debated posting a screenshot (that leaves out the book/author info out) but ended up not doing it. That being said, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw it, because I was really annoyed when I first got the email.

I thought I’d help out because sometimes new writers do not know how to go about this so I hope these few guidelines help.

Approach 1

I can’t say this enough, but this is not only the first step but the most important one, and I noticed that a lot of people do not do this before contacting me. If you spot a reviewer that you think about emailing for a review, read their review policy first (and reviewers -especially bloggers- have a review policy somewhere, it’ll make things easier for both you and the author). There are a lot of reasons for this. First of all, it saves you time and work because if the reviewer doesn’t accept the kind of books you write, emailing them is useless. Make sure your book fits the age category and genres the reviewer reads.

Review policies are also helpful in knowing what to expect once you email the reviewer, in which cases the reviewer emails back (because there are some, like myself, who do not email back unless it is to accept the review request, it’s just because of lack of time really), maybe even what time frame to expect an answer in.

Approach 3

Okay, we all agree that greetings like “Hello Blogger”, “Dear reviewer”, “Hi wordwoonders” and the like need to go. Unless the reviewer doesn’t state their name anywhere, please use it, it’s the least you can do when adressing someone. This irks me and is a sure way for me to not give the email the attention it could’ve gotten if the author had taken the time to look my name up (which is literally all over my blog). Also, MAKE SURE YOU SPELL THE NAME CORRECTLY!! That doesn’t take too much effort either.

Another thing that guarantees rejection is when authors approach reviewers like they’re doing them a favor… I. No. I know that being able to read arcs I’m excited for ahead of time and for free (in exchange of an honest unbiased review of course) is a privilege but it’s also work, a butt load of work. And when the author is the one requesting, they’re asking for us to work… for free. So, condescending isn’t the way to go about it. Think about it as a transaction, the benefit goes both ways. And like, it’s generally a bad look to be rude or condescending.

Approach 2

Name of the book, synopsis, author site, time frame, retail links, goodreads link, anything that might be useful to the reviewer needs to be in the email. If you are requesting a review, I shouldn’t be the one to do all the work to find out what the book is about etc… The least you can do, it you don’t email the synopsis, is a goodreads link, that should ALWAYS be in the email if it exists.

The email that sparked this post didn’t have any of the things mentioned, barely the name of the book and author, no synopsis, no links. I had to go look for the book myself, which if I was busy, I wouldn’t have done and I realistically cannot do that for every book I get emailed about, it’s just too much. So, please, for the love of all that is blue (my favorite color), put that info in your email or make it easy to find. Preferably, in the email though.

Approach 4

If you get a rejection (in the form of an actual email or not getting a response) do not take it as an attack on your person, there are various reasons the reviewer could refuse and none of them have anything to do with the author, some of which are:

  • The time frame doesn’t work with their schedule or they’re all around busy.
  • The book doesn’t fit their reading preferences. (this is why review policies are important)
  • It might fit, but the premise itself doesn’t sound like something they’d personally enjoy.
  • The email was lacking in one of the ways stated above.

So, please do not turn passive aggressive or insist on them taking on your book if this happens, it won’t change your mind, it only makes matters worse. Things like “you don’t know what you’re missing out on”, “you are missing the point” or anything that is rude are not recommended as a follow up email to a rejection. I know rejections are hard but it’s only one reviewer and you’ll find other that are a better fit for you.

Well, folks, this is all I have for today’s discussion. I know it’s a bit different from what you’re used to seeing from me, as my posts are normally targeted at readers and other bloggers but this is something that has been bugging me -and others- and I thought I should address it.

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That’s it until next time.

If you’re a reviewer, have you ever gotten any emails like these?

What are some extra tips you’d give authors who want to email you?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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1000 Followers: Q&A + A GIVEAWAY !!!

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Hello guys!

Are you excited? Beause I’m excited!!! Anywho, this post is already going to be lengthy because of all the amazing questions I got (thank you everyone <3) but here I am, celebrating an incredible milestone with a Q&A which… I do everytime haha. But this time around I’m adding a giveaway to make it a bit more special. If you’re here for the giveaway, SHAME ON YOU. No, I’m just kidding, I don’t blame you, I ramble a lot. Continue reading

1000 Followers Celebration: Q&A Announcement

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HOLY CRAP I CANNOT BELIEVE I’M WRITING THIS POST RIGHT NOW !!!

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Friends, we did it !!! My blog reached 1000 followers a few days ago and I still can’t wrap my head around that number, it’s just surreal. How can it be that so many people want to read my ramblings? When I started this journey a year and a half ago, this number seemed like a foreign concept, I didn’t think I’d attain it in years, let alone less than 2 years. Anyway, I don’t even have words anymore. Have you ever seen rambly me not ramble? NO. Well, hi, I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary right now to ramble, they’re all excited screams.

All of this to say how incredibly grateful I am for every follower, the old ones who stuck with me through highs and lows, all my experiments and not so great posts. And the new ones who are making everything I can dream of as a blogger possible or at least more attainable. Endless and special thanks to all the friends I’ve made, some of which are closer to me than most people IRL, some I go to with everything, my happiness and sorrows. Thank you, I love and appreciate you.

ANYWAY. This is not what you’re here for, what you ARE here for is my Q&A Announcement, SO, during the next week I will be taking any and all questions, reading, blogging, professional, personal, ANYTHING… And I’ll be answering everything next saturday, August 19th. And I may or may not have a surprise for you in that post, so ask away and keep an eye out for that one. But first, ASK AWAY.

So that is it for this quick post. Again, thank you for 1000 followers, it means the world to me ❤


That’s it until next time.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Navigating Discussion Posts

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Hello guys !

A little over a month ago, I made a post about What Makes People Come Back to a Blog and I promised back then that I’ll start doing helpful 101 posts for new bloggers or just bloggers who want the extra little help. So here I am today with a post about discussions, to hopefully break them down and give you a tip or two that I gathered from my own experience as someone who has been writing them almost weekly for a year, which doesn’t make me a professional, it just gives me one more excuse to ramble. Also, this is in no way me saying that you *need* to write discussion posts to be a good blogger or some nonsense of the sort, this is just me sharing my personal thoughts that I hope will be helpful to someone. Continue reading