June 08, 2012

Armchair BEA Ask The Experts and Share some Tips

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So, some tips for bloggers, that I've learned during my time blogging. :)

Meme - memes are awesome way of interacting with other bloggers :) And they are fun! And on every meme on every blog there is something you can say about it - so it's easier to comment! Like Top10 Tuesday, every week a different topic and it's easy to interact :) Also, I love the My Book Boyfriend meme, because therefor I always know about sexy, awesome, amazing guys in the literature out there! And my TBR pile is a hell lot bigger since I've discovered this amazing meme! Waiting on Wednesday is also awesome so we can gush together for book we would kill for :P

Comment, comment, comment :) I comment a lot, especially on memes. And usually some do come to comment back. I'll be honest - not all of them come back - but 1/3 does. And I do check upon them also the next and next week on the same meme. They normally come back to you, too :)

Twitter - twitter is an amazing way of interacting with other bloggers :) And it's awesome because it can happen in an istant, you don't need to wait or search for the answer to your question - because they respond to you directly :) And the chit chat about books on twitter is super funny :) I really like it! And twitter is also very handy for sharing/promoting your posts :) And of course, for checking other posts of other bloggers, too! :)

Be yourself and stay true to yourself. This sounds so cheesy - but really it's not. I remember reading other blogs about how to improve your blog and gain more followers and how you need to be, how your blog name should be simple and original for people to remember and the style of writing and I don't know what else. I think it's bullshit. I mean, maybe it has worked for them, but for me it's definitely not working - I don't want to turn my blog in a product of capitalism, just because of the sake of it. I want my blog to be true to me, and me true to him. Because this is why I blog - and actually people told me that my blog is exactly like me - the colours, the way of posting, the fullness of my sidebar lol. I don't want to change myself and therefor I won't ever want to change my blog, so that it will be more something. 

Post about what you like. It's always easy to talk about things you feel really strong about :) About what you like :) And it will feel truer ;) 

Don't be afraid of negative reviews. If you didn't like the book, it's ok. I mean, statistically looking - SO MANY books that we read - there must be a 5% or 10 % that we don't like. It's statistic. It's the Gaussian curve ;) So really, don't be afraid. Be fair and be honest with the review, and write down why didn't you like it. My negative reviews are actually a bit longer than the positive ones :P 

Don't give up on your blog. You know, there are days when you feel like that noone read what you actually write or comment and stuff like that.. And it turns you down a bit. On those days, always remember, that in the end of the day, you are writing for you! You want to share knowledge, hopes, experiences and you want to do this, because somehow, you feel better, if you share with others :) It's your hobbie, and you love it, no matter what!

Hmm.. questions. So, experts :D
How does it happen to have your review cit. in a published book? You know, where there are always comments about the book and underneath there is your blog name :) Once in a lifetime, I want this to happen to me :P I think I would die :D haha. No, but really, how does it happen? Is there a site where you post it? Net galley? Your blog? I'm really curious! And also, how you get to participate in book blog tours? I haven't figured it out yet :P

Thank you, to all of you, for this amazing #ArmchairBEA week!! It was one of the best weeks ever! And it's also one of the best blogger experiences I've had till now. You guys rock! And I will participate next year for sure!! And last night Twitter party was absolutely amazing!! I had an awesome in incredible time with all of you!


13 comments :

Silverlight said...

Great tips Nea! Luv ya! :)

Amanda @ Letters Inside Out said...

Great tips!!!

As for your question...it depends! Review books early. I've seen emails or messages on Twitter for pubs looking for reviews of their book to quote. The times I've been quoted have been ones I've emailed directly to the publisher - not on Netgalley.

I know April of My Shelf Confessions teased something on Twitter (and used it on her blog), the publisher noticed it on Twitter and it later appeared on the book.

I think it's mostly a timing thing, but it's exciting!!!

Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

Awesome points! I agree with them all, of course. :) So true! We have to be true to ourselves and get out there to get people to come to us!

I think Amanda's right and it depends on the quotes! I've been quoted once and it was for a self-pub, but I was still super excited! If it'd happen for a review through a publisher, I'd probably faint or something! Hahaha. But yeah, timing probably! To be noticed when they're looking. o: And have something good to be quoted on!

As for blog tours, there are sites that you can sign up for and that then mails out tours for you to sign up for! Like http://www.kismetbt.com/ and http://darkmindsbooktours.blogspot.com/ :) There's plenty of other's I've come across, but I don't remember them on top of my head. You can try googling! :)

Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

Ehm, sorry! http://darkmindbooktours.blogspot.com/ ;)

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I think all of these tips are really good. Especially the one about participating in memes! It's a great way to get yourself out there!

whyanot said...

Thanks for sharing your tips :) I'm going to take them on board as I progress with my blog.

I have to admit I am a little afraid of negative reviews but I think that you need to be honest or people aren't going to take you seriously.

Thanks :)

Marie Burton said...

As far as Book tours, since you are in Slovenia, I think it would be tough for you to get review copies unless NetGalley would work..
There are badges at other bloggers sites that link up to different tourins companies. You need to scope around for those, click on the links to the tour companies, and see if you can apply. Again, I am sure some are not going to be available internationally.
But.. there's gotta be something you can find!


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Rachel @ Unforgettable Books said...

Wonderful tips Nea! its always important for everyone to be yourself! I would also be excited, jump up and down, if I ever had a line of my review sited in a book. I have no idea how it happens.
I glad you had an amazing time this week!
Rachel :0

Michelle Birbeck said...

Oh! I can answer that one! When my book was just about to be published last month, we were setting up the blog tour and sending out ARCs to people interested in reviewing it, and some of them were asked if they minded their review being used in the book. So I would think it can work the same way with self-published authors, too. If you've read and ARC for a self-published author or a small press author, you can always let the person you're in contact with know what you're willing to let them use your comments and name on the book. I think a lot of them would be happy to know that you are interested, because it gives them a bit to choose from if they have a few offers. And I think perhaps with self-published authors, if you offer, they may be more likely to accept, as it might not be something they've thought of doing!
Hope that helps!
Chelle

Faye (Daydreaming_Star) said...

I like this post Nea! And I agree with everything you said and yes, it's just great! Hehe. BE YOU. I like the most. Yes, yes I do.
And comments and twitter… yeap! yea!

Annnd, because I want to help out as much as I can, here are some links to the wonderful companies/people I blog with, most of whom are all incredibly happy to get new bloggers!

www.yanovelreader.com
http://bewitchingblogtours.blogspot.com
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/111833?group_id=60696
www.jkscommunications.com

Hope these help somewhat :-) Just ask to join, or there's a sign-up form on them! :D

Faye <3

Kailana said...

Good luck! I have been mentioned in the acknowledgements of books, but never had my review appear. I think it is because I don't worry so uch about 'new' books...

Nick said...

These are some are really good tips, Nea. :)
As far as Blog Tour are concerned, you should sign up to be a blog tour host with book blog tour companies. Then, they'll send you emails with upcoming tours and all.
Also, sometimes you should be on the look-out for tours on the blogs of authors themselves.
I'm not sure about the having your name and review in a book, but I think you can only do that if you get ARCs from publishers.

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Hey Nea! I totally agree with you...Twitter and commenting are FANTASTIC ways to interact with and meet new book bloggers! I'm so glad you enjoyed this week as much as I did!

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