Feature Images

Let’s talk images! Every post should have one! You heard me. One. Yes, there are exceptions and personal preferences so let’s just dive right in.

Feature Images

Feature Images are great! They are the first image people see for your post. You can see mine for this series right at the top of this post! You also probably saw it in your reader, twitter feed, or facebook feed. You said, “Oh! Jessica has a new informative post up! I should click that!”

Would you have clicked if there was just a grey box? Or just the logo on my site?

Probably not.

There are many tools online to make images for your blog. I highly recommend Canva.com. They have many templates, sizes, images, fonts, and plenty of tools for you to create eye catching material for your blog.

Every template has a different size for its features. It might be a perfect square, it might be 800×500 pixels. You can check this in most media/customization settings on most platforms.ย 

So You Want to Start a Book Blog

So you want to start a book blog, or vlog, or podcast, or bookstagram, or literally anything online having to do with an awesome book you’re reading. Great! Good luck!

I love finding new book blogs to follow, so whether you’re just reviewing or having discussions, feel free to leave the URL in the comments.

There are lots of things to consider when you start a book blog:

Do you have the time to blog?

No. Really. Blogging takes a lot of time. Between drafting content and actively promoting your posts you can easily get sucked in and lose a lot of time. Think about blogs and website that you like to check out: do they post once a month or multiple times a day? Chances are they post multiple times a day because they have many people working on that one site.

And they always have pictures or videos.

Are you prepared to get your hands dirty with code when you have to?

You are one person. You will need a schedule to keep a regular amount of content flowing. I highly recommend the following time frames for different media:

  • Blogs & Vlogs: no less than once a week
  • Instagram (bookstagram): reviews at least once a week, pictures at least once a day.
  • Podcasts: As little as monthly, but should probably be accompanied by a weekly blog to keep your fans interested in your project

Do you have the time to read?

I read mostly middle grade and young adult books, many of which are very quick reads but I have often come across books which take a few days to a week to finish. If you aren’t going to be able to keep up with the reading I would think of a significant amount of filler posts. BookTags and image-heavy posts are always a good idea to have on hand in case of a long period of downtime when you’re reading or just living your life.

Do you have access to newly published material?

Yes. New. Recent. It’s great that you have a whole shelf of classics but new books come out everyday. You can always contact the publisher or use services such as NetGalley and Edelweiss to request an advanced copy. Don’t forget to support your local library system and use tools like Hoopla and Libby to check out some recent releases.

Keep in mind that when you request ARCs (Advanced Reader/Review Copy) that the more followers you have the more likely you are to get an advanced copy. The same goes for timely material.

So if you are reviewing books years after they came out, you’re not exactly timely.

Are you a picky reader? Should you be a niche/genre blogger?

I. Hate. Contemporary. There I said it.

But knowing that I am not a fan of the contemporary genre, I specifically do not request or accept requests for it. I won’t enjoy it and I could better spend my time with a book I do like, and not add a bad review to an otherwise good book.

If you have a fantasy addiction-stick to it. Niche blogging is great. If all you blog about is fantasy YA, it gives your reviews a sense of authority.

The same goes for the other side of the spectrum. Do you like to read… anything in which the print is legible? Blog your heart out.

It’s about what you are going to be comfortable with.

Are you socially savvy or a newbie?

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, etc. If you’re on everything… great! If not… also great! But promote your new blog on something that isย not your blog. Imagine only telling your mother about your new book and then getting mad that your friends haven’t read it.

Get on and get used to using social platforms and learn about scheduling links for your posts. It will make your life that much easier.

If you’re prepared, then so am I. Over the next few weeks I’m sharing tips and tricks for all book bloggers to fill my schedule up until December. If any lesson sparks a question, feel free to leave it in the comments. And if I haven’t covered something that you’re curious about, feel free to ask about that too.

Discussion: Connect with Me

So I’ve been beyond fed up and bored with Facebook lately. It’s beginning to feel a lot like MySpace and the ads are out of control. Similarly with Twitter, although I like Twitter more than Facebook since I can actually see content from Businesses and People that I follow rather than a million different spammy quizzes about “What Type of X Are You?”

I’m a san seriff X by the way. (Font pun for the win)

But Facebook has been dying, Twitter is stagnant, and I feel like Instagram is also on its way out.

Not to mention-posting to all of these as a blogger/author/person is exhausting. And I’m not even connecting with the people I want to connect with.

I want to stay in touch with my in person crowd – which consists of roughly seven people these days – and my book world. I want to connect with you, my fellow bloggers, on a place that isn’t Goodreads.

Especially since Goodreads has its own problems.

So I’d like to talk about Vero. It’s only on your phone and it’s new so it has some issues. But so far I like it and I would love it if you would download and connect with me. Like all social platforms you can find me under JMTuckerman.

And if there is something I can connect with you on, post it in the comments. I think it’s time for us to make friends and do some crossover posts in the community and on booktube channels and on podcasts.

We should all work together to promote each other.

The Red Queen

9780062310651In a recent EpicReads.com post, Harper Teen, an imprint of Harper Collins, shared the first seven chapter of a debut novel by Victoria Aveyard:ย The Red Queen. They aren’t kidding when they say they’ve been teasing us with snippets. They released book covers, they tweeted, they shared Facebook statuses… they teased us with this alright.

So when I saw they were sharingย the first seven chapters on my Facebook feed–I jumped on that opportunity. Let me just say this to Miss Aveyard: