Book bloggers unable to attend the BEA Bloggers Conference or Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City, but would like to ‘meet’ other book bloggers and publishers to discuss books and book blogging can participate in this virtual event. Armchair BEA has been run by book bloggers on a volunteer basis since 2010, although giveaways are sponsored by authors and publishers.
I’m a bad blogger and haven’t pre-written posts. Therefore, I’m combining days 2 and 3 of ABEA in this post! I actually think the topics go together really nicely, though.
“How do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons? Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today’s technology to the fullest. Make sure you mention your own social media pages. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there’s an underrated social media program that you like.”
Social media is almost as important as the content and the blog itself. Originally I avoided some of the big social media sites like Instagram. I’m still not on Facebook. But if you’re looking to promote your blog and gain followers, Twitter is your go-to. Not only can you publish links to your blog in tweets, but Twitter has allowed me to interact with authors, publishers, other bloggers, and my blog readers. Those relationships you form are musts and priceless!
As you could probably tell, Twitter is my social media of choice. The most important thing to do when using Twitter is to MAKE FRIENDS. Jump into other blogger’s conversations with your two cents, fangirl with them, compliment authors, and yes, fangirl with publishing companies! I originally was really intimidated to interact with publishers, but the lovely people at the publishing companies that run the social medias are really just lovers of books, too. Don’t be afraid to join any of the conversations!
To find me on all the social medias, head on over to the “Social Butterfly” section of my sidebar! 🙂 –>
I am in no way an expert on getting ARCs, or Advance Readers Copies. But, I’ve been blogging just over a year, so I still consider myself a newbie blogger. And, I’ve gotten ARCs that I’ve requested, and have even gotten put on a couple mailing lists. I’m not writing this to brag, but I’m writing this to inform you that even if you’re somewhat small, and still kind of new, you can request and get sent ARCs. Here are some tips from my experience:
- Request digital copies first if you can. You’ve all probably heard of NetGalley and Edelweiss. While reading physical books may be your preference, accept eARCs at first. You’re more likely to get accepted for a digital copy than a limited number of physical ARCs. But like you’ve also probably heard often, don’t go crazy!!!
- Don’t be afraid to contact a publisher. Every publishing company/publicist that I’ve emailed and talked to has been SUPER NICE. Don’t be intimidated! Just make sure your request email is formal at first, linking to all your social medias with follower counts, and a mailing address. Publishers get tons of emails a day, so be sure to set yourself apart, make it easy for them to be able to send you a book, and don’t expect an answer. You may just get a mailbox surprise!
- Have a specific author whose upcoming title you really want to read and review? It’s worth a shot visiting their website. Often times authors have their individual publicist’s contact information on their site, which is more direct than sending a request to the publisher’s general publicity email. You may have a better chance getting a copy from them.
- My last word of advice is to REQUEST EARLY. As soon as you see a title that you know you’ve got to have, send a request email. There are a limited number of ARCs for each book printed, so the earlier you ask, the more likely you’ll have one reserved to be sent to you when the time comes!
*These tips are just from personal experience as a blogger, and have not talked to publishers about this topic at all.*
How do you use social media to promote your blog? What tips do you have regarding ARCs?