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Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with Book Bloggers?
If book bloggers are the new gatekeepers to ‘book publishing success,’ do you wonder how you can tap into that source of free promotions?
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Social Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance novels.
She is the author of 10 books, over 30 YouTube videos and an online WordPress course, all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.
Who are book bloggers?
The only thing we all have in common is that we love books; we love books so much that we have created blogs to express our thoughts about the books we read. Book bloggers also have access to a computer. Other than that, they can be male or female, they can vary in age, be quite computer literate, or just barely holding their own as far as technology is concerned. They may be teenagers, sharing their love of Young Adult (YA) as they conquer their high school classes; they may be stay-at-home moms spending their free time sharing their thoughts on their favorite books as an escape from the kids. They may be budding authors using a book blog as a way to experiment with their writing. A book blogger may be a parent/child duo, with the parent encouraging the child to read more. They may be newly retired, looking for a mental challenge and a way to share their lifelong love of books.
Book blogging is usually a hobby; it is something that is done in a blogger’s spare time. If book bloggers make money from ads on their blogs, it generally isn’t much. There are a few exceptions, of course, but in general, book blogging and reviewing books is something book bloggers do for no pay.
Many book bloggers started blogging to simply share their thoughts with other book lovers. Take a look at this selection of the answers I received when I asked the question,
“Why did you start book blogging?”
- “Because I wanted to be able to share great books with other readers.”
- “I started reading book blogs after joining GoodReads. I already had other blogs and felt like book blogging was something fun I could also do. I have an eclectic taste in books, and I wanted to share that beyond GoodReads.”
- “I am very supportive of many changes taking place in the book industry. I am particularly supportive of e-books and talented Indie and small press authors and LOVE helping spread the word about their books. I also personally enjoy discovering new to me authors who can help support my book addiction.”
- “I love to read. This was a way to share what I like and to find new books and authors to read.”
- “To talk with other book lovers, and to have a creative outlet online.”
- “I wanted someone to discuss books with and there aren’t any book clubs in my area.”
- “To have a place to talk about books, to be a part of a community.”
- “I love reading and none of my friends understand, so I decided to join a community that not only understands, but embraces my nerdiness.”
- “To encourage my students, to share my love of books.”
- “I started my blog as a place to put my writing, but when I discovered book blogs I thought, ‘I have to be a part of this.’”
- “As a hobby/just for fun.”
- Nothing is better than finding “that” book. The one that rings your bell. I like helping people find it!”
- “I wanted an outlet to discuss YA literature—not many people in my real life read the same genre/category as I do or even as voraciously. Online seemed the logical place to go to find other readers like me.”
- “To have a place to put my thoughts about the books I read, to meet other people who love reading as much as I do, and to be able to create something to be proud of.”
- “I read a lot. I started writing reviews because I know authors like them. I started posting them to help other readers find great books.”
- “I wanted to share my opinions on books for others to see. Plus, there aren’t many people I know in my school who read the same books I do, so it makes it hard to gush.”
- “To share my love of books with the world.”
- “I wanted a way to keep myself writing at least something down. That way I might not get writer’s block as often for my writing projects. It is also a way for me to discuss my love for books and find new books that are out there.”
- “Because I wanted to find new readers like me who are big romance fans to discuss books with and share this big passion of mine!”
- “To create a space where my kids and I give our opinions about children’s books—we don’t always agree!”
Since I received 215 responses to my original survey, you can well imagine there were many answers to this question. I’ve listed my favorite ones above.
The answer from the list that I liked the most was: “To share my love of books with the world.” This topic will come up over and over again in this book. Book selling is a relationship-based activity. So many studies have been done that tell us people buy books based on a suggestion from a friend or a trusted source. That “friend” may now be half a world away.