Top Ten: Things That Make My Blogging Life Easier
Blogging buddies: I think the best thing that has come out of this little hobby is the blogger friends I’ve made. Your blogger friends will tell you which books are great and which to skip, they’ll wildly enthuse over their favorite authors with you, and they’ll help you to remember why this is all so much fun, despite the fact that we don’t get paid for any of it.
My library: I’m fortunate to live in a city with a fantastic library system. You will never hear me complain about taxes when it comes to the library. I never knew how good I had it until people began commenting on the library books I included in my Stacking the Shelves posts. It’s very rare to find that the library doesn’t have a book that I’m interested in reading. Since I don’t have unlimited funds, the library is a lifesaver for me.
Amazon Prime: I buy so many things, aside from books, on Amazon. I have an Amazon prime membership which gives free 2 day shipping. Many times, delivery times are less than that. I frequently order books in the evening, and they are on my doorstep the next morning, less than 24 hours later.
The nerve to contact publishers to request books: I’m still working on this. Am I good enough? Is my blog big enough? I’ve only contacted publishers three times for books, and I was successful one of those times. That doesn’t give me a lot of confidence to persist.
Edelweiss and Netgalley: Because I’m not great at requesting books directly…NG and EW to the rescue! I didn’t even know that these existed before I started my blog. This is such a great (and free!) tool for bloggers.
|Julie Kagawa, one of my favorite authors, at BEA|
Book Expo America and other conferences: I attended BEA for the first time this year. (You can see my BEA diary here.) It was such an incredible experience – all of those authors and bloggers and BOOKS in one place. Now that I’ve had a taste, I hope I can go every year.
Epic Reads Tea Time: I look forward to Epic Reads Tea Time chat every week. Margot and Aubrey are great champions for Harper’s books, and Harper Teen is one of my favorite publishers.
Media Mail: Another thing that I didn’t know existed until I started blogging. If you live in the U.S. and mail books via the USPS, request that it be sent via Media Mail! This is a substantially cheaper (around 50%) shipping option than normal prices. It can also be used when shipping CD’s and DVD’s.
A comfy sofa: Whenever you read one of my blog posts, there’s an excellent chance it was composed on this sofa. It’s almost 8 years old, but so very comfortable, and I’m not getting rid of it anytime soon.
Bookshelves: In a short time of blogging, I’ve already had to buy several new bookshelves. One of my favorites is this “invisible” book tower. I also love the floating bookshelves shown in the sofa pic. I’m tempted to cover my walls in books!
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