Level Up Your Social Media: How Joining The Pink Fizz Academy Can Boost Your Online Presence

As a writer, you already know the importance of social media for your author persona. For authors to reach their target audience and build their online presence, social media has become essential. With over 3.5 billion active social media users globally, it’s hard to ignore the potential benefits of social media for you.

In this post, I will discuss how The Pink Fizz Academy membership* can boost your social media game and help you develop your marketing strategy.

What is a social media strategy, and why is it important?

A social media strategy is a plan that outlines how a business will use social media to achieve its marketing goals. A social media strategy is essential for your author business, too, because it helps you to:

  • Define your target audience
  • Choose the right social media platforms for your business
  • Create engaging content that resonates with your target audience
  • Measure the success of your social media marketing efforts

Without a social media strategy, your marketing efforts will lack direction, and you may not achieve the desired results.

Benefits of being visible on social media

Having a social media strategy to be visible has several benefits, including:

Increased brand awareness

Social media is an excellent tool for increasing brand awareness. Yes, as an author, you have a brand. Crafting a specific social media plan lets you share content your audience enjoys, making your brand more noticeable.

Improved reader engagement

Social media provides an excellent platform for authors to engage with their readers. A social media strategy can help you create content that encourages your readers to interact with you, which can help to build super-fans and loyalty.

Increased website traffic

Social media can also help to drive traffic to your website. You can attract new visitors and potentially generate extra sales by sharing links to your website on your social media platforms.

A better understanding of your target audience

Social media provides authors with valuable insights into their target audience. Looking at your metrics can help you figure out what your target audience needs and likes, so you can make content that resonates with them.

How can The Academy improve your social media visibility?

The Academy is a fantastic membership that can improve your social media strategy in several ways, including:

Access to done-for-you content

Utilising exclusive content, you can create a sense of exclusivity that can help to increase engagement with your brand. Content includes behind-the-scenes, sneak peeks, and early access to new products or services.

Increased social media reach

Academy members spread your content around their socials like wildfire. This can draw in new followers and potential readers.

Community building

The Academy is a community. We have regular online meetings and a private Facebook group. Annually, we get together for some fun and connection.

Feedback and insights

Being a member can give you useful feedback and ideas about your target audience. Engaging with other members and taking in their feedback can help you better understand your reader’s desires.

Ready to level up your social media game with The Pink Fizz Academy membership?

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Beginning your journey as a writer is new and exciting, but it has its challenges too and learning which strategies work for you is essential to a long career as an author. That’s why I wrote the post, “7 Powerful Strategies for Dyslexic Writers: How to Unleash Creative Potential and Conquer Challenges.” Check it out.

8 Writing Tools To Help Authors Create Effective Social Media

Hey there, fellow authors and wordsmiths! Are you ready to level up your social media game and make your posts shine like never before?

Well, you’re in luck because I’ve got a treasure trove of awesome writing tools to share with you.

This blog post will show you some awesome resources that can help you make amazing social media posts that engage your followers and make you popular online. From dazzling graphics to catchy headlines, I’ve got it all covered.

So grab your favourite beverage, kick back, and let’s dive into this social media extravaganza!

As a fiction editor and writing coach, I know first-hand the importance of crafting engaging written content. Everything you put out into the world can really affect how you connect with your followers.

That’s why I recommend using writing tools to help polish your text and create eye-catching images.

In this post, I want to share 8 of my favourite writing tools you can use to create effective social media posts that engage and connect with your audience.

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Here are some tools that can help:

Canva

Canva‘s the go-to for designing cool social media posts with templates, stock images, and customisable elements. As an author, you can put together eye-catching graphics with quotes, book covers, or marketing images to grab your readers’ attention.

Grammarly

Grammarly is a valuable tool for checking grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors on social media posts. It ensures that your writing is clear, professional, and error-free, helping you maintain a polished online presence.

Hemingway Editor

Hemingway Editor checks your writing for long sentences, extra adverbs, and passive voice. It helps you write concise and readable social media posts, capturing the attention of your followers with clear and engaging language.

CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

Creating catchy headlines is crucial for social media success. The CoSchedule Headline Analyzer helps you craft compelling headlines by analysing their emotional impact, word balance, and length. This tool provides feedback to optimise headlines for maximum click-through rates. I use the free WordPress Plugin.

Social Champ

Social media scheduling tools like Social Champ allow you to plan and schedule your social media posts in advance. I’ve been impressed with all the snazzy functions you get; RSS feeds, repeat option, and the number of monthly posts you can schedule!

Hashtags Generator

We all know the vital role hashtags play in social media visibility. Hashtags Generator helps authors identify popular and relevant hashtags for their posts. It can help authors reach more people and get more attention by showing them hashtag trends, how popular they are, and related hashtags.

Bitly

Bitly shrinks URLs and tracks them for social media posts. It gives data to follow link clicks and engagement, so authors can keep tabs on their social media campaigns and adjust their strategies when needed.

Google Trends

You can use Google Trends to discover trending topics and search queries related to your writing niche. Add trending words and topics to your posts to join conversations and make yourself more visible.

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So, which writing tools should I use?

You can use various writing tools to create effective social media posts that engage your audience and promote your books.

There are hundreds out there!

Experiment with different writing styles, formats, and visuals to discover what clicks with your followers.

Don’t forget, tools can help you make good social media posts, but it’s important to tailor it to your audience and platform.

I hope this post has inspired you to work smarter and utilise some of the many tools out there to help the humble writer.

For more tips, check out my Library of Resources!

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Finishers and Openers: Are you the Tortoise or the Hare?

Finishers and openers; another way to understand our psyche. I recently found an interesting post on Psychology Today by Gretchen Ruben, Quiz: Are You a Finisher or an Opener? that helps

I’d never thought about it, but I realise I’ve flip-flopped between them—more so since becoming menopausal! Lol!

Openers

An opener is someone with a multitude of grand ideas. They get bogged down and jump back and forth between projects, never finishing one. Or they allow themselves to become discouraged and quit before crossing the finish line.

Finishers

As you may have already guessed, a finisher completes what they start. They stick to one project at a time and work systematically through the tasks until they have completed or met their goal.

Gretchen’s article brought to mind the old fable, ‘The Tortoise and The Hare’.

The Hare was enthusiastic and fast, but he allowed distractions (other projects) to get in his way and looked for shortcuts to help him catch up. Of course, we all know how that went.

Classic opener!

The Tortoise stood at the starting line with one thing in mind: finishing the race. He didn’t try to take shortcuts (which could cause shoddy work). He was in for the long haul. He wasn’t giving up.

Textbook finisher!

Which am I?

I usually have a couple of projects ongoing simultaneously. However, both will be at different stages of my workflow. This allows for a break when I need to step away from intensive line editing work, enabling me to continue with fresh eyes.

However, when I’m struck by any great ideas while working, e.g. potential blog posts, courses, or ebooks, I jot them down so I don’t forget to pick them up later. But keep focused on the projects to hand.

I’ve read many stories from well-known authors about their journeys to becoming published. The one common theme in all of their stories was perseverance. I understand that when you’ve put so much time and effort into your craft, you can’t help but feel discouraged.

Remember: you are not alone in these feelings of desolation but in splendid company.

Kathryn Stockett wrote her book, ‘The Help’, over five years. She survived three and a half years of rejections—60 in total! However, it was the 61st agent who took her on and ‘The Help‘ spent 100 weeks on the best-seller list.

Finishers and openers are simply another way to understand our psyche. Understanding your creative pattern will help you create a writing schedule.

While waiting to get picked up by an agent, why not work with an experienced editor. Use their expertise to hone your craft.

I take the time to work with my unpublished clients, offer valuable critiques, and encourage them to never give up and persevere.

We all know who won that fated race.

Are you the Tortoise or the Hare?

How’s your current writing project is going? Need a sounding board or accountability partner? Let’s chat.

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10 Podcasts Every Indie Author Needs to Listen To!

If you’re anything like me, if you’re awake, you’re probably doing 101 jobs. Reading, writing, marketing, or listening to audiobooks or podcasts to help you do one or a combination of those things better.

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Or maybe that’s just me …

There are many podcasts out there about the business and craft of writing. You probably can’t get to all of them, but don’t worry—I’ve got you covered.

The podcasts on this list will teach you everything you need to know about writing, publishing, and marketing your work.

It’s like taking a Masterclass from some of the best in the industry, completely free.

These are my top 10 favourite podcasts for indie authors.

#1: The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn’s podcast, The Creative Penn, has been around since before podcasting was cool. She’s been an author, marketer, and entrepreneur in the indie author world for many years. She is eerily prescient when it comes to anticipating changes in the industry.

If you’re looking for a one-stop source of interviews, industry info, and updates from an indie author who practices what she preaches in real-time, check out The Creative Penn. Recent episodes tackle AI, world-building, and researching your book as thoroughly as a librarian.

Great for: Weekly real-time updates from a working author, author interviews, and industry insight

#2: Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Even grammar know-it-alls will find much to love in the Grammar Girl podcast. Whether you’re looking for a chance to geek out on em-dashes or debate the merits of the Oxford comma, Mignon Fogarty’s got you covered.

Episodes are quick and to the point—usually 15 minutes or less—and cover a lot of ground. Recent episodes include tips on using present tense in stories about the past and the top 10 grammatical errors writers make. Mignon covers the nuts and bolts of good grammar, of course, but also the basics of good storytelling.

Great for: Getting a grasp on English grammar for both native and non-native speakers

#3: The Red Hot Chilli Writers

British Asian authors Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee should be writing. But instead, they’re creating a funny, self-deprecating podcast and sharing valuable writing and publishing tips. 

Joined each episode by special guests, Vaseem and Abir take a wry look at the world of books, writing, and the creative arts. Tackling everything from bestsellers to pop culture and Big Fat Asian Weddings.

Listen to some stellar interviews, such as with Dean Koontz, Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, and Mike Gayle, to name a few. With the odd dose of cross-cultural confusion, they dare to explore the parts other podcasts cannot reach.

Great for: Authors who want down-to-earth advice with a spark of humour.

4: In Writing with Hattie Crisell

Each episode sees British journalist Hattie Crisell go deep with a writer over 60 minutes.

She’s an excellent interviewer who does her research, so she asks great questions and builds rapport with each guest. There are gems and new ways of thinking about writing in every episode.

I loved novelist Maggie O’Farrell talking about why she has two desks—each for a different project. Lucy Prebble on how the Succession writing room works. Charlie Booker and James Acaster are just being their brilliant comedic selves.

Great for: Writers who want a peek into the lives of fellow wordsmiths and bestselling authors.

#5: The Editing Podcast

Hosts Louise Harnby and Denise Cowle discuss all things editing.

Episodes cover editing software, grammar, short-form edits, long-form edits, punctuation, and cost. The podcast is geared toward both writers and editors.

Each host contributes a different scope of expertise, including business/technical editing and fiction editing. The Editing Podcast also hosts guest authors and editors. Episodes range from 10 minutes to an hour; listeners will find tips and tricks to tighten their work.

Great for: Writers looking to polish their self-editing skills.

#6: Write Now with Sarah Werner

If you’re feeling lonely on your writing journey, this is the place to go.

Most of these short (around 15-minute) podcasts are monologues about the writing life, filled with wisdom and vulnerability and discussing the kind of blocks and insecurities that will be familiar to most writers.

There are occasional guest interviews, and these are wonderful too. But mainly, it’s Sarah Werner, talking with warmth, humour and searing honesty about her struggles and those of the writers she knows and works with. 

Whatever your challenge, she’ll have an episode that can help.

Great for: Boosting your mindset and sense of community while on your writing journey.

#7: Self-publishing Podcast with the Spa Girls

The SPA Girls are Trudi Jaye, Cheryl Phipps, Wendy Vella and Shar Barratt: four New Zealand authors with over 100 books published.

They’ve been self-publishing since 2013, and Wendy Vella alone has sold over 2 million copies of her historical and contemporary romances.

The SPA Girls Podcast (SPA = Self Publishing Authors) is one of the industry’s leading global publishing podcasts, with over five years of weekly top-rating episodes.

Each week the SPA Girls bring listeners a new episode covering self-publishing, writing craft, marketing advice, advertising strategies and expert guest interviews.

Great for: Writers who are beginning their author journey and want to learn about the writing business directly from those doing it.

#8: Pen to Published Podcast

A podcast for authors and self-publishers hosted by the two Alexas. Alexa Whitten is an author, typesetter and independent book publisher. Alexa Tewkesbury is also an author, editor and proofreader. They talk you through self-publishing, from the initial book idea to the ultimate published product.

Every episode is informative, covering fiction, children’s, and business books. Each series (five available to date) includes an author interview and special guests.

Great for: Anyone looking to self-publish a book and need expert tips on the nitty-gritty.

#9: The Honest Authors’ Podcast

Bestselling authors Gillian McAllister and Holly Seddon discuss the truth about being an author, plus expert insider interviews.

Every episode has incredible insights, gems of wisdom and new ways of thinking about writing while being easy to listen to with honest confessions.

Great for: Aspiring authors who want to know what it is to be a writer without rose-tinted glasses.

#10: Writer Dojo

The WriterDojo is different from most other writing advice podcasts out there. Steve Diamond is a Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction author, and Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels.

Steve and Larry cut through all the awful advice and help writers tell stories people want to read with humour and a wealth of experience. However, readers will find plenty of fascinating titbits as well. They may come away with new insights into what goes into creating the stories they love and a new appreciation for writing of all sorts.

Great for: Advice on how (and how not) to earn money from writing a book. 

Listen to episodes from each of my recommended podcasts!

Of course, when you begin listening to podcasts on writing, publishing, and running your own business,  you’ll discover many more.

Do you already listen to podcasts? Did I miss your favourite podcast?

Drop me a comment and share some of your favourite listens.

You can find more helpful tips and resources in The BG Library!

Book Bloggers Unveiled – Meet Michael @ A Novel Chapter

Hello everyone and welcome to The BG Blog. Today’s post is Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Michael the blogger behind A Novel Chapter.

In the last decade, there has been a self-publishing revolution as I discussed in my first Book Bloggers Unveiled post. I have a strong appreciation for the book blogging community and the part it plays. It’s obvious to me that book bloggers are a valuable marketing resource for any author wanting to self-publish their novels. Not only will they read your novel and write an honest review, but they’ll share their thoughts with their friends – they have hundreds of blogging friends.

Therefore, I’m using my voice to sing the praises of the humble book blogger. Today, it’s the fabulous Michael @ A Novel Chapter.

Hello Michael, thanks for joining us. Firstly, let’s find out a little bit about you.

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What’s Your Name?

Michael Wilson

What’s Your Blog Called?

A Novel Chapter

How long have you been a book blogger and why did you start blogging?

I first created the blog in 2014 on Blogger but have only been really seriously pursuing it for about a year or so which is when I moved it to WordPress and onto it’s own domain. Initially I started it to become a better writer and also to potentially earn a some money on the side to my job but also have come to enjoy learning about new book releases and recommendations.

What Are The Best and Worst Parts About Being A Book Blogger?

The best part is I think when your content goes live and when I share it on social media and see the engagement with it. The worst part which is something which I initially struggled with was maintaining the flow of content – especially at the beginning as I wanted everything to go live straight away due to my own impatience but I’ve now learnt to schedule and plan content much further in advance.

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What Books Do You Read?

Happy to read most things as I read fiction and non-fiction books from most genres.

Are There Any Genres or Type of Books You Avoid?

None I avoid in particular but I generally don’t read many romance books just because I usually struggle to get through them.

Do You Have A Favourite Genre, Author, Series? Tell Us More.

I love Crime/Thriller, YA and Fantasy novels the most. I love a book with plenty of twists and turns that will keep me up reading far too late (though my boss in my day job probably doesn’t!) I also do loves books with escapism where I can forget about what is happening.

Some favourite Fantasy/YA series of mine are Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Noughts and Crosses. I also love The Millennium Trilogy, the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child. I also love Martina Cole‘s crime novels.

What Type Of Posts Can We Find On Your Blog?

Reviews, Lists, Discussions, Sometimes I do write personal non-book related articles as well such as if I’ve been on holiday.

What is Your Favourite Type of Blog Post to Write?

Discussion posts as I like sharing my thoughts on specific questions.

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What Has Been Your Proudest Blogging Moment To Date?

It’s not really a blogging moment but I have also been working on my Bookstagram social media account for the last 12 months which I just passed 600 followers on so I am hoping to reach the 1,000 followers soon.

Also possibly my Top 5 Children’s Reads post as it my first collaborative post where I had a guest blogger and have had some comments on it as well.

What Are Your Top Three Favourite Blog Posts You’ve Written?

Traffic wise my top 3 posts over the last 90 days have been:

Which Five Authors (Living or Dead) Would You Invite To Your Dinner Party? Tell Us Why.

So that I can discuss there works it would have to be my top five authors so J.K Rowling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Malorie Blackman, Roald Dahl and Lee Child.

I would love to discuss Harry Potter, Noughts and Crosses and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and George’s Marvellous Medicine with Rowling, Blackman and Dahl. F. Scott Fitzgerald would also provide some jazzy 1920’s music I think and Lee Child can tell me about his next Jack Reacher book!

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Do You Have Any Hobbies Outside of Blogging? What Do You Do To Relax?

Probably my other two passions are fitness as like going to the gym and I’m also training to be a Zumba instructor and I also enjoy playing games – mostly action-adventure and story-driven ones such as Tomb Raider and Uncharted.

Tell Us Something That Your Existing Followers Don’t Know About You?

I don’t think I’ve told them about the Zumba before 🙂

Thank you for sharing your innermost secrets with us, Michael.

Now, let’s talk stats and find out some nitty-gritty blog details.

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How Many Blog Followers Do You Have?

I don’t have a blog follow option on the site, on social media I have 612 Instagram, 64 on Twitter and 21 on Facebook.

How Many Monthly Visits, Likes and Comments Do You Get?

In the last three months I have had 48, 71 and 31. On Instagram I usually get around 10 likes per post though I have had two book meme posts which had 30 likes and 190 likes.

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What Other Social Media Platforms Do You Use?

I use Instagram the most, I do have Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts

Please Share Your Social Media Links Here

Do You Have Any Blogging Goals This Year? If You Do, Please Share Them With Us.

I would like to get to 100-200 visits per month consistently, also I am hoping to monetise it even if it is only a small amount. I also hope to get to the 1,000 Instagram followers then I will be looking at new strategies for each of the other platforms.

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I hope that you enjoyed this post, Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Michael @ A Novel Chapter, as much as I did. Running a successful book blog obviously has its ups and downs, but I love Michael’s passion for reading and his community spirit. He’s a book blogging treasure! 💙

Do you follow Michael on any of his social media accounts? Please take a moment to visit his blog, A Novel Chapter and like, follow and comment on a few posts. And as a bonus, if you browse through his review archive, I’m sure you’ll find your next favourite read!

Next month, I’ll be unveiling another fantastic book blogger.

Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Wendy ~ The lovely blogger behind The Bashful Bookworm

Hello everyone and welcome to The BG Blog. Today’s post is Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Wendy the blogger behind The Bashful Bookworm. But first…

What is Book Blogger Unveiled?

In the last decade, there has been a self-publishing revolution as I discussed in my first Book Bloggers Unveiled post. I have a strong appreciation for the book blogging community and the part it plays. It’s obvious to me that book bloggers are a valuable marketing resource for any author wanting to self-publish their novels. Not only will they read your novel and write an honest review, but they’ll share their thoughts with their friends – they have hundreds of blogging friends.

Therefore, I’m using my voice to sing the praises of the humble book blogger. Today, it’s the lovely Wendy @ The Bashful Bookworm.

Hello Wendy, thanks for joining us. Firstly, let’s find out a little bit about you.

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Why Did You Start Blogging?

After I retired, I wanted to read more books, and get involved in the book community

What’s The Best Part About Being A Book Blogger?

The book community is the best part of being a book blogger.

What Books Do You Read?

Fiction

Are There Any Genres or Type of Books You Avoid?

Although I can appreciate the skill and technique it takes to write these books, I don’t like to read horror, poetry, erotica, or children’s books.

Do You Have A Favourite Genre, Author, Series? Tell Us More.

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My preference is to read women’s fiction and romance. However, I also read some cozy mysteries, historical fiction, and light paranormal romance. I loved the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr, and have read all 20+ books, some many times over. I read mostly for pure entertainment, and I don’t like to read books that are too deep or literary.

Which Five Authors (Living or Dead) Would You Invite To Your Dinner Party? Tell Us Why.

Colleen Hoover, Nora Roberts, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Christina Lauren (actually 2 people, but I can find an extra chair somewhere!😂 ) and Kristan Higgins.

Nora Roberts because she is the queen of romance. Her books were what drew me to the genre in the first place. Colleen Hoover because she writes the most emotional books ever. Taylor Jenkins Reid because her books are unique, emotional and gripping. Christina Lauren writes with a combination of humor and emotion that just makes for a happy book. Kristan Higgins, also writes books with that perfect balance of humor and emotion, with well developed characters.

What’s The Worst Part About Being A Book Blogger?

It’s a lot of work. I manage that by reading and reviewing books as far ahead of time as possible, and schedule most of my blog posts about 4 weeks out. Especially my review posts.

Do You Have Any Hobbies Outside of Blogging? What Do You Do To Relax?

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I like to hike and camp. I live in Northern Arizona, and have National Forests and The Grand Canyon close by.

Tell Us Something That Your Existing Followers Don’t Know About You?

My two children who are grown now, are Korean. We adopted them as babies, and they are the love and light of my life.

Where Else Can We Find You? Please Share Your Social Media Links.

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Thank you for sharing your innermost secrets with us Wendy.

Now, I’m even more excited to find out more about your book blog.

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What’s Your Blog Called?

The Bashful Bookworm

How Long Have You Been a Book Blogger?

10 months

What Type Of Posts Can We Find On Your Blog?

Reviews, Lists, Blog tours.

What is Your Favourite Type of Blog Post to Write?

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My favorite post to write is the Top Ten Tuesday. It always makes me think.

How Long Does it Take You to Create a Post For Your Book Blog?

Twenty minutes for a simple review post, and about an hour for the wrap up posts, or the top ten posts.

What Are Your Top Three Favourite Blog Posts You’ve Written?

What Has Been Your Proudest Blogging Moment To Date?

This is hard for me to answer. I’m proud of my blog, and how it’s growing every day.

Do You Have Any Blogging Goals This Year? If You Do, Please Share Them With Us.

I want to continue my streak of a blog post every single day. I would like to do more discussion posts so I can interact more with my audience.

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I hope that you enjoyed this post, Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Wendy, as much as I did. Running a successful book blog obviously has its ups and downs, but I love Wendy’s passion for reading and her community spirit. She’s a book blogging treasure! 💙

Do you follow Wendy on any of her social media accounts? Please take a moment to visit her blog, The Bashful Bookworm and like, follow and comment on a few posts. And as a bonus, if you browse through her review archive, I’m sure you’ll find your next favourite read!

Next month, I’ll be unveiling another fantastic book blogger.

Book Bloggers Unveiled – Meet Sue @ Sue’s Musings

Hello everyone and welcome to The BG Blog. Today’s post is Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Sue the wonderful blogger behind Sue’s Musings.

It’s no secret that there has been a self-publishing revolution during the last decade as I discussed in my first Book Bloggers Unveiled post. I have a strong appreciation for the book blogging community and the part it plays. It’s obvious to me that book bloggers are a valuable marketing resource for any author wanting to self-publish their novels. Not only will they read your novel and write an honest review, but they’ll share their thoughts with their friends – they have hundreds of blogging friends.

Therefore, I’m using my voice to sing the praises of the humble and undervalued book blogger.

Today, it’s the lovely Sue @ Sue’s Musings.


Hello Sue, thanks for joining us. Firstly, let’s find out a little bit about you.

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Why Did You Start Blogging?

I was reviewing books on Goodreads and wanted to expand a bit more to include features and interviews.

What’s The Best Part About Being A Book Blogger?

Being part of a great community and being asked to read arcs before books are available to the general public.

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What Books Do You Read?

Fiction

Are There Any Genres or Type of Books You Avoid?

Erotica and religious books

Do You Have A Favourite Genre, Author, Series? Tell Us More.

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Fantasy, I especially like Norse fantasy and my favourite indie author within that subgenre is Lyra Wolf whose Loki books are phenomenal. The Nine Worlds Rising series. Book 3 is out on March 9th and I cannot wait.

Which Five Authors (Living or Dead) Would You Invite To Your Dinner Party? Tell Us Why.

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Well, I would pick indie authors who I interact with on Twitter as I think it would make for a fun and entertaining evening.

Lyra Wolf to bring the spiced honey cakes – when you sign up to her newsletter you receive a free Norse inspired recipe book – and to tell me all the latest gossip about what Loki has been up to lately, Dan Fitzgerald – he has some interesting takes on Romantic Fantasy as a genre and could share his photography with us, Sean Gibson would keep everyone entertained with his silliness, Bjørn Larssen always has interesting stories and insights, T.A. Bruno – I would like to know more about his day job working in the film industry in L.A.

What’s The Worst Part About Being A Book Blogger?

It can be difficult to find subscribers and get people to read your blog posts!

Do You Have Any Hobbies Outside of Blogging? What Do You Do To Relax?

I wrote a book and it was published in 2021 – a memoir of my grandfather’s long life: Lucky Jack (1894-2000). I have a few ideas for a couple of other books as well.

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I really enjoy going to see bands when they tour in the Boston, MA area. In the warmer months, I like to swim – we are lucky enough to have a pool. I have two teenagers so am the household taxi service as far as they are concerned. I listen to podcasts and enjoy watching SciFi and fantasy movies and TV shows.

On Twitter @SueBavey and Instagram @SueBavey – but it is definitely not a bookish Instagram account – it’s more for photos of places I visit.

Thank you for sharing your innermost secrets with us Sue.


Now, just a quick “Fun Facts” book blog.

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What’s Your Blog Called?

Sue’s Musings

How Long Have You Been a Book Blogger?

Since November 2020

What Type Of Posts Can We Find On Your Blog?

Reviews, blog tours, interviews ‘Indie Spotlight’ and ‘Illustration Showcase’ posts

What is Your Favourite Type of Blog Post to Write?

Reviews – I feel like I am gradually getting better at them – hopefully!

How Long Does it Take You to Create a Post For Your Book Blog?

20 minutes to half an hour not including reading the book.

Please Share With Us Some Of Your Favourite Posts From Your Blog

I don’t really have any favourite reviews as each review I write is my favourite at the time! These posts were fun to put together:

What Has Been Your Proudest Blogging Moment To Date?

I am doing a series in March called #marchofthesequelsinterviews with authors about their sequels and the response has been amazing – I have almost enough posts for one a day throughout March!

Do You Have Any Blogging Goals This Year? If You Do, Please Share Them With Us.

My goal is always to reach more people so I can share the book love!

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I hope that you’ve found this post, Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Sue, as insightful as I did. Running a successful book blog obviously has its ups and downs, but Sue’s passion for the independent, self-publishing author shines through every page of her site.

Do you follow Sue’s on her social media accounts? Please take a moment to visit her blog, Sue’s Musings and like, follow and comment on a few posts. And as a bonus, if you browse through her review archive, I’m sure you’ll find your next favourite read!

Next month, I’ll be unveiling another fantastic book blogger.

Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Sassy Redhead ~ the blogger behind Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

Hello everyone and welcome to The BG Blog. Today’s post is Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Sassy Redhead the blogger behind Sassy Redhead Book Reviews.

During the last ten years, we have seen a self-publishing revolution as I discussed in my first Book Bloggers Unveiled post. I have a strong appreciation for the book blogging community and the part it plays. It’s obvious to me that book bloggers are a valuable marketing resource for any author wanting to self-publish their novels. Not only will they read your novel and write an honest review, but they’ll share their thoughts with their friends – they have hundreds of blogging friends.

Therefore, I’m using my voice to sing the praises of the humble book blogger. Today, it’s the fun-loving Sassy Redhead @ Sassy Redhead Book Reviews.

Hello Sassy Redhead, thanks for joining us. Firstly, let’s find out a little bit about you.


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Why Did You Start Blogging?

I was finishing up my BA and as an adult learner, I wanted to have something to keep me busy now that I was preparing to graduate. I work a full-time job, but wanted something to fill my spare time since I was so busy with coursework for so long.

What’s The Best Part About Being A Book Blogger?

I love finding new to me authors to read and get lost in books.

What Books Do You Read?

Fiction

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Are There Any Genres or Type of Books You Avoid?

I don’t necessarily avoid them, but I am not a huge Historical Romance reader.

Do You Have A Favourite Genre, Author, Series? Tell Us More.

I have several favorite authors. My favorite genres would be Romance (to include MC, Mafia, suspense) and suspense/thrillers. My favorite authors include Sue Coletta, Sophie Lark, James Patterson, Laramie Briscoe, Andi Rhodes and Ciara St. James

Which Five Authors (Living or Dead) Would You Invite To Your Dinner Party? Tell Us Why.

Sue Coletta, Ciara St. James, Andi Rhodes, Sophie Lark, and Laramie Briscoe

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What’s The Worst Part About Being A Book Blogger?

Trying to keep my blog updated. I seem to keep filling my calendar and not giving myself enough time for everything I want to do.

Do You Have Any Hobbies Outside of Blogging? What Do You Do To Relax?

Spend time with my family. Family is everything to me. 💙

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Where Else Can We Find You? Please Share Your Social Media Links.

Twitter: @SassyKebkerr

Thank you for sharing your innermost secrets with us. 💙


Now, for some quick Fun Facts about your book blog.

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What’s Your Blog Called?

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

How Long Have You Been a Book Blogger?

Since 2017

What Type Of Posts Can We Find On Your Blog?

Reviews, Lists, blog tours

What is Your Favourite Type of Blog Post to Write?

Anything to do with promoting authors, whether they are well known or just starting out.

How Long Does it Take You to Create a Post For Your Book Blog?

Usually about an hour.


I hope that you’ve found this post, Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Sassy Redhead, as insightful as I did. Running a successful book blog obviously has its ups and downs, but Sassy’s passion for well-written, passionate stories word shines through every page of her site.

Do you follow Sassy RedHead already? Please take a moment to visit her blog, and like, follow and comment on a few posts. And as a bonus, if you browse through her review archive, I’m sure you’ll find your next favourite read!

Next month, I’ll be unveiling another fantastic book blogger.

Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Jolie ~ the blogger behind Read with Me

Hello everyone and welcome to The BG Blog. Today’s post is Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Jolie the blogger behind Read with Me.

In the last decade, there has been a self-publishing revolution as I discussed in my first Book Bloggers Unveiled post. I have a strong appreciation for the book blogging community and the part it plays. It’s obvious to me that book bloggers are a valuable marketing resource for any author wanting to self-publish their novels. Not only will they read your novel and write an honest review, but they’ll share their thoughts with their friends – they have hundreds of blogging friends.

Therefore, I’m using my voice to sing the praises of the humble book blogger. Today, it’s the lovely Jolie @ Read with Me.

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Hello Jolie, thanks for joining us. Firstly, let’s find out a little bit about you.

When & Why Did You Start Blogging?

I started blogging in 2008 on Blogger, switched to WordPress in 2010. I started blogging about book reviews in 2016 and haven’t looked back!!

What’s The Best Part About Being A Book Blogger?

The best part about being a book blogger is the book blogging community. I have met so many wonderful people in my years blogging.

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What Books Do You Read?

Fiction.

Are There Any Genres or Type of Books You Avoid?

I avoid non-fiction, DIY, Self Help, Reference, Cookbooks, Nonfiction, Religion, and Children’s books.

Do You Have A Favourite Genre, Author, Series? Tell Us More.

I love dark fantasy. My favorite author is Anne Bishop and my favorite series is the Black Jewel Series. I had randomly picked up the first book in that series at Barnes and Noble back in the early 2000’s and loved it. It was a great introduction the dark fantasy.

Which Five Authors (Living or Dead) Would You Invite To Your Dinner Party? Tell Us Why.

I would invite Anne Bishop, Laurell K. Hamilton, Teresa Medieros, Julie Garwood, and VC Andrews. I would love to talk to them about their books and get to know them as people. I have a feeling that they would have some interesting tales to tell!!

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What’s The Worst Part About Being A Book Blogger?

The worst part about being a book blogger is that people sometimes can’t just read reviews and move on. I have been harassed via email because of some reviews that I have written. That led me to have my comments to be moderated (this person went into the comments too). I get that you like/dislike a book but not everyone is going to have the same opinion. To attack someone over that is not right.

Do You Have Any Hobbies Outside of Blogging? What Do You Do To Relax?

Yes, I do!! I love to cook, bake, watch TV, play online games, spend time with my husband and children, rescue stray cats, and attempt to garden. I also unplug on the weekends.

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Tell Us Something That Your Existing Followers Don’t Know About You?

Hmmmm, let me think about this. I am extremely shy in real life. It takes a lot for me to warm up and talk to someone. But online, forget it. I can be a Chatty Cathy….lol.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/bezary

Thank you for sharing your innermost secrets with us Jolie. Now, I’m even more excited to find out more about your book blog.


Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Jolie (Part 2)

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What’s Your Blog Called?

Read with Me

How Long Have You Been a Book Blogger?

5 years but I have been blogging for 13

What Type Of Posts Can We Find On Your Blog?

Reviews and Blog Tours

What is Your Favourite Type of Blog Post to Write?

I love to write book reviews.

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How Long Does it Take You to Create a Post For Your Book Blog?

It takes me a long time, around 3-4 hours. I have 3 kids, a husband who works from home 2 days a week and get interrupted constantly.

Woah! I’m even more in awe, Jolie. Your time management is inspirational! 😍

Thank you for sharing these insights into your blogging life with us.


I hope that you’ve found this post, Book Bloggers Unveiled: Meet Jolie, as insightful as I did. I’m looking forward to unveiling another book blogger next month.

Guest Post: Rosie’s Book Review Team

Hello everyone. Today is a Guest Post: Rosie’s Book Review Team.

At the beginning of the month, I introduced you all to Rosie @ Rosie Amber in my Book Bloggers Unveiled post. In that interview, Rosie told me that she also runs a book review team. A collection of book bloggers who review a wide range of stories.

I had to know more!

I’ve invited Rosie back today to The BG Blog to tell us more. This guest post will reveal how her team of book blogging reviewers came about. Why she feels RBRT is a great resource for self-publishing authors and smaller independent publishers.

It’s over to you, Rosie.

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I started my book blog ten years ago. For the last eight years, I’ve successfully run a review team alongside my own reading list. 

During that time, we have done our best to spread the word about novels, novellas, short stories and non-fiction from self-published authors and independent publishers – to showcase talent found outside the mainstream publishing world.

The team idea came about because I was getting many submissions for books in genres that I was less keen to read. 

Also, I wanted to encourage more readers to write reviews. I created a book review challenge project, which was a great success; I then asked several of those who had taken part if they would like to join a team.  Happily, most of them said yes!

Each month we are inundated with review requests from authors and publishers alike.  Every book that I accept is passed on to my team of twenty readers, which is made up of an international mix of book bloggers, writers, editors, creative writing tutors and the reading public.  Most books gain just one or two reviews, but once in a while a gem comes along that piques the interest of several team members and receives highly favourable reviews across the board.

We mainly use e-books which can be sent as .mobi  or e-pub file to us. This involves little or no cost to the author. Once a month or so, I send a list of accepted submissions to the team, and they pick which one(s) they would like to read. I ask that they review the book within 4-6 weeks, but I don’t give deadlines.

The reviewer will post the review on at least two sites; Goodreads and Amazon are where most authors like to see a review, but some also post to other sites like BookBub.  Most of the team have their own book blog (though this is not a requirement) where they post any team review; they will also send me a copy to post on my blog at a later date, with full credit to the reviewer.

From the author’s point of view, the benefits of submitting to my review team are many.

Often, a book will be chosen by more than one reviewer, which saves them having to apply to multiple book blogs.  Once read, an author will have the review of their book posted on up to six sites. 

As for the team, I am delighted to say that we all get on so well, and some of us have met up a few times in real life.  I never anticipated that running my book blog would make me some great new friends – this was an unexpected bonus!

The team is constantly evolving; over the years members have come and gone; sometimes life gets in the way and a person may not have the time or headspace to review for a while, but obviously, I understand this and there is never any pressure.  I am lucky to have a core of supportive, reliable reviewers who have read for me month in, month out, over the years.

To date, the team have reviewed over 2000 books in a wide range of genres.

If you’d like to join our team you can find out more about it here.

Or, if you would like to submit a book for review, then here is the page that you need.

Find team review posts on Twitter using #RBRT (Rosie’s Book Review Team)

Thank you, Rosie, for giving us an insight into your fabulous team of book reviewers.

Before you go, if you missed it, why not read Rosie’s Book Bloggers Unveiled interview now. Find out more about her life on and off the blog.