So you want to get into the world of blogging? Welcome to the family! Blogging can be one of the most satisfying things any of us can do. Even so, it’s no walk in the park. With so many people out there trying to make blogs work for them, it’s important you come up with an angle of your own. If you have an idea already, good for you. If not, you need to get thinking. We’re going to look at how you could make a book reviewing blog work for you. Book blogging is big business and is growing in popularity all the time. If you get a book reviewing blog right, you’ll find success in no time. Here are some tips on how to get started in the world of bookish blogging!
You can’t review books if you aren’t reading them. You should be reading at least a book a week to keep your blog current. The more you read, the more you can upload. There may be some expense here. If you don’t already have an extensive library, you’ll need to stock up on plenty of books. It’s also worth picking up new releases so that you can get your review in early. People are more likely to read a review for a new release than for a book that’s been out for years. That does mean you’ll be paying top dollar. To keep control of your spending, set yourself a monthly budget. If you want to save money, you could look into free ebooks. Your local library could be a lifesaver, too!
Read Other Reviews
Any budding blogger should study the craft. You need to read as many existing reviews as possible. This will allow you to develop a blog with a difference. It should also give you an idea of what works and what doesn’t. A lot of blogging is down to the community, so it’s worth commenting and getting your name out there. A mention from a successful blog will bring much-needed traffic to your site! Start trying to make friends in your chosen field!
Develop Your Style
Once you’ve seen what’s out there, develop your style. A blog that doesn’t offer anything different is unlikely to get off the ground. The more you read, the more you’ll be able to see what styles other people have adopted. A conversational style always goes down well as it adds a touch of personality. Don’t overdo it, though. You still want your blog to look professional! The more posts you write, the more developed your style will become.
Reach Out to Publishers
Once you have a good audience behind you, it’s time to reach out to publishers. Most publishing houses send advance reader copies for bloggers to review. Reviewing books before their release date is a sure way to gain new followers. You’ll be right on the front line! Email publishers and tell them about your blog and follower numbers. With a bit of luck, they’ll add you to their list!
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.