Your Advice to Would-Be Book Bloggers
Last week, I received a friendly email from someone looking for advice on starting her own book blog. She wanted to know some general things about blogging, Blogger, the book blogging community, and also had more specific questions.
I sat down and typed a response to her, knowing full well that I’m not the Book Blogging Expert of the Universe, but wanted to offer some help and encouragement. My email covered a bunch of topics–branding, Google Reader, reviews, rating system, rating policy, content, and building a feeling of community, but I know there are things I must have missed.
Today, I’m turning my comment section over to book bloggers, publishers, authors, or anyone tangentially related to book blogging with the hope of compiling enough information to write a comprehensive post or series about this topic, with links to those who participated.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a book blog? If you’ve already written a post related to this topic, would you link it in the comments? You can touch on anything you feel is important–branding, driving traffic to a new blog, contests, writing quality reviews and posts, GoodReads, social media, challenges, BEA, or something as basic as how (and if it’s appropriate) to contact a publisher or author.
I’ll say here that Trish of Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? and Lisa from Books on the Brain were both instrumental in helping me navigate the book blogging world long before I even considered starting a book blog. Lisa left the first comment ever on my now-defunct life blog back in 2006, and I reviewed my first book there with TLC Book Tours. The book blogging community is diverse and welcoming, and I hope you’ll share some valuable tips with those looking to join the fun.