At the age of 13/14, I gradually became aware with the Book Blogging world (which then became Vlogging as well). I looked up to these people for they not only get the advantage of reading books in advance, their opinions matter to hundreds and thousands of people and I remember thinking: since I love reading, writing and sharing my passion so much — why not have my own book blog?
So following that thought I did some research on what it’s like to run a book blog, what attributes of yourself is key to a successful blog, how to gain connections, etc. Upon seeing many opinions on running a book blog which ranged from: an absolute pleasure to it makes reading homework/this is too much/how do you do all that — I still decided to launch my own book blog which then had been poorly titled, Lit Up My World and fortunately, I did not struggle with requesting titles from publishers.
Now if you’re thinking of running your very own book blog here are a few key points to keep in mind:
- Let’s just get this straight: if you wish to run a book blog solely for the reason that you just want ARCs then please do not continue. Book blogging is not an express ticket to ARCs, it’s simply your platform to voice out (rather, type out) your opinions on books you’ve read or would like to read.
- It makes reading homework.
- This may be just me but you have to be a tad bit artistically inclined to design your own blog so then you can distinguish your book blog among the thousands of others.
- Time management, organization and commitment. This is something I’ve been very guilty about for weeks, if not months, because I just either couldn’t manage my time, did not have any organization in my life or the blog whatsoever and many days spent felt like I was too… tired to read, and truth be told, I haven’t read in a very long time and if I have, I slack off with writing a review on it. Sincerely apologizing to all readers/publishers.
- You read the first book in the series and it’s an ARC… THE EXCRUCIATING WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL.
- “Do you get paid doing all this?” “YES! Through books” “Wow… isn’t that too much wo–” “yes and no, it’s worth it though”–> actual conversation I get when people find out I run a blog.
- It’s gratifying to know your opinion matters to people, that you influence people in selecting books through your passion.
- Great community! Everyone’s always helping each other out. Seriously, you can find a contact page on every book blogger’s site and they will accommodate any newbie because they know exactly how it feels. Especially speaking with the publishers’ publicists, they are all very nice and considerate.
- If you’re an aspiring author, practising your commitment and organization skills will greatly enhance your chances in finishing your first book or getting published
- Before requesting titles from publishers, ensure you’ve at least had 3 or 6 months of practice/ blog life. Unlike me, I did not prepare for it so now I’m struggling to cope with it — however, don’t mistake me. I LOVE my Ficsane Reads.
- If you live outside of United States, or even if you do live in USA, have GoodReads and Netgalley. ARCs are expensive to make so sometimes they resort to sending them out through eARCs.
That’s all I can think of for now. I hope you study the art of book blogging before jumping into it but what matters most is that you ensure you enjoy it — the world, as it is, isn’t a pleasant place… let’s not add more burdens on your shoulder. Best of luck! Let me know if you need anything or any questions you’d like to ask.