If authors and publishers aren’t aware how much book bloggers can help a book get noticed, then they should read this 2016 Book Blogger Survey. Barb Drozdowich has complied information from 502 bloggers who share why they love being book bloggers and reviewers. She asks these bloggers seemingly simple questions but the answers are thought provoking and informative.
The survey had 38 questions and on average took responders about 9 minutes to complete. What Drozdowich put together is a compilation of important percentages that show the value of book bloggers. These percentages prove to authors and publishers the importance of the help they can get from bloggers and how dedicated bloggers are about reading and promoting books.
These survey’s also share the participation from book bloggers from around the world. This proves authors can be promoted globally. Readers will see that 75% of book bloggers participate in blog tours. Also 96% of these bloggers post their reviews to Amazon, Goodreads and other popular social media sites. Another interesting tidbit found was that book bloggers, 94% of them, read other book blogs. What this means is that bloggers want to become familiar with what other bloggers are sharing. As an author or publisher this is important because book blogger do purchase books and read for pleasure not just for reviewing. Basically, book reviewers buy books.
As a participant in this survey it’s important for authors and publishers to know that we book bloggers are serious about what we do. We actively build readership and we have the necessary power to help promote books and most importantly we love doing it. This survey provides so many valuable figures to authors and publishers and helps them better understand the need for book bloggers.
Author Robert Logan Rogers has had a little gem of a book called Rungle In The Jungle since the 1980s. With motivation and drive he finally found an illustrator who would help him bring his book to life. Be sure to visit Kristi’s Book Nook for a chance to win this great book for kids.
TNW: How long have you been writing?
RLR: 25 Years
TNW: Have you always written for children?
TNW: What drives and motivates your writing?
RLR: Influencing children’s lives to face fears and overcome insecurities.
TNW: Do you feel it’s important for writers to use social media?
RLR: By taking advantage of forums that have become standard sources of information for most of the public today!
TNW: Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
RLR: C.S. Lewis because he uses allegory and illustrative metaphorical story telling to bring biblical truth to the reader.
TNW: What books for writers would you recommend?
RLR: The Hobbit
TNW: What advice do you have for new writers?
RLR: Be persistent and disciplined and keep focused on your end goal of completing your task.
TNW: What is the goal for yourself in the next 5 years?
RLR: To write and finish several sequels.
Thanks so much Robert for sharing with us today. Be sure to stop by his website to learn more about him and his book at http://www.rungleinthejunglethebook.com.
Stop by Kristi’s Book Nook to see my review and for a chance to win a copy!
The Missouri Writer’s Guild 2016 Conference starts this Friday. Visit the website to see who’s coming! Bring a friend and get in for the half the price!
Missouri Writers’ Guild 2016 Conference
If you are a writer looking to improve your work the Missouri Writers Guild his having a conference featuring well known authors who are willing to help you hone in on your craft. Click on the links below to sign up and learn more.
I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for a while now but this is the first time I’m actually participating. I can tell you that these first few days have been brutal. I thought I could push out the 1667 words per day challenge like a pro. NOT!! It was a chore the first day to get over 500 words on the page and I know where I want to go with my story. Geeezzz! Anyway, Kris Noel has some great advice for the first time NaNoWriMo participant. Happy Writing!
I’ll be covering a variety of topics for NaNoWriMo, but it seems like a lot of people want to know how to approach their first time writing a novel in a month. It can be scary and it might feel like an impossible task, but I’ll try to help in any way I can!
First, let’s talk about what NaNoWriMo is. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November (there are other versions of NaNoWriMo, but this is the big one). First time writers, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between, attempt to write the first draft, or no-draft as I like to call it, in a single month. The goal is 50,000 words. That means that usually a lot of planning has to go into it a few weeks before.
Here’s some advice that I hope will help first time NaNowriMos get started:
Outlines are important
I know some of you might not like writing outlines because you feel it restricts you creatively, but it’s a fairly important step for NaNoWriMo. You only have a month to write, so you better have some idea what you’re writing. Start off with the general plot and your characters and go from there. Having an outline will help you stay on track and will keep writer’s block at bay. Read more here!