Thursday, June 7, 2012

Armchair BEA, Day Four:  Beyond Your Blog

"Has blogging opened up opportunities for you beyond getting free, advance copies of new books? Has it helped you get offers to write or review elsewhere (maybe even for pay)? Have you gotten invites to special events or places you might not have been to otherwise? Today, we'd like you to talk about those opportunities in you own posts, and later this morning, we'll have a guest post from one of our own Armchair BEA team members, about her freelancing experiences."


Actually, I would love to receive free, advance copies of new books, and I would consider that a step forward in my blogging.  I'm really trying to get more into the swing of things in the blogging world, especially the world of book blogging.  And, yes, I would love to do some freelance writing, have my reviews posted elsewhere, and get invited to events due to my blogging.  I would do it for free, although being paid is always a nice dream.  Today will be a real learning experience for me as I read others' thoughts on what they are involved in and how to get there.  I do post reviews on goodreads.com, which connects me to a wide variety of readers and where the comments are most encouraging.  If I could connect to a publication and have reviews published, it would definitely be a dream come true.  Now, I need to listen to all of the Armchair BEA voices of experience and take notes.

17 comments:

  1. Good luck in everything. :)

    There are tons of great tips and suggestions out there today!

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    1. I'm going to allow myself to explore them after a few house chores that I can't delay. Thanks for much for the good wishes, Amanda. I now will go view your blog.

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    2. I just visited your blog and love it! I see that we both are Kentucky girls, too.

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  2. I'm sure you'll see a lot of good suggestions today. It took a while for me to start being contacted by authors but now they contact me pretty regularly. Of course these are usually new writers and not big name writers -- I don't know how you get to that point. NetGalley is another good source. I really need to do more with Amazon and Goodreads.

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    1. Thanks for the information about NetGalley! I will check that out.

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    2. I wanted to add that I am following you, not in a creepy, stalker way, but an interested blogger way. LOL!

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  3. The best advice is to post, post, post. Time, dedication & some serious elbow grease are the best ways to make things happen. You have to cultivate your craft & hone your skills. Unfortunately that takes time, but you'll get there. Everyone had to start somewhere! Tattooed Books

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    1. The name of your blog is awesome, and upon visiting this delightful blog, I discovered that we both have a love of author events, signed books, and Maggie Stiefvater. I think we should stay in touch. I've followed you and would be pleased as punch if you followed me back.

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  4. I agree with Lorelei-post, post, post, and try to write the best posts you can. The rest will fall into place with that!

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Tasha. You have a profile pic from one of my favorite movies. I have to revisit it every so often. I clicked on your name to get to your blog, Tasha, but it said something about needing to be in your circle of friends with Google+. Can I access it another way?

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  5. Good luck with all your goals! I started blogging and didn't even know you could get free books for review. I was surprised! About a year into it, I started getting requests for reviews. Hard work and patience will get you there.

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    1. I so appreciate your comment here and elsewhere! I need all the encouragement I can get, and receiving comments is wonderful encouragement. I continue to follow your blog and hope you will follow mine. I would love to receive requests for reviews, too, so I will keep plugging along.

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