Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

Happy Tuesday, bloggers!

Since I bought my Kindle, I’ve been steaming through tons of books. And I’ve met new authors in the process. Do I regret my decision? No. I’m loving it.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is new-to-me authors I read in 2020.

Enjoy the post!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

Happy Tuesday, bloggers!

And I’m back! Authors and social media presence don’t always mix well. Some are great at it, and others are, well, not so.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is authors who have a fun social media presence!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Auto-Buy Authors

Happy Tuesday, bloggers!

Anyone else dying from the heat? I am jumping from one air-conditioned place to the next so I don’t have to feel it. 😂

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is all about auto-buy authors. And I want to highlight an almost all-female list. I could make this list endless. But the chosen picks are some of my favourites.

I hope you all love my choices!

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Beyond the Blurb | Author Interaction Etiquette

Morning, bloggers,

Who is ready for the next book community controversy? If you haven’t heard, Erin Swan, author of Bright Star, quickly learned the ire of the book community when she joked about “cyberstalking” a reviewer. The community was quick to condemn her and her actions.

We live in a constant online world. Every single act or statement will be judged, screenshot, and ridiculed. Social media has made life harder for many people, especially authors. So their online presence is a delicate balance. As a blogger, I’m always learning new and old etiquette to follow. But I know the most important tips so I don’t ruin my credibility. But I see more authors calling out readers personally.

For my next discussion, I want to discuss the proper online etiquette authors can follow to prevent any negative press. I’m not an expert. I’m still learning as a blogger. But thankfully, my publicity and marketing courses have given me valuable tips. If you’re an author who’s struggling, here are some tips you can go by:

 

Never—and I Mean NEVER—Stalk Reviewers

It’s 2019, but apparently, people have forgotten about that little fact. However, cyberstalking is somehow a joking matter, when in fact, people have had their lives ruined, have been killed, or raped. Never joke about a serious and criminal act.

If people don’t understand how serious the situation is, remember when Kathleen Hale, author of No One Else Can Have You, admitted to stalking a reviewer. The YA community rightfully refused to support her and her book. Now, she’s publishing a new essay collection about the whole incident. Appropriate? Hell no. But hey, the Guardian wrote a piece about her stalking. So I guess she’s in the clear.

Authors need to realize that joking about what Kathleen has done is beyond deplorable. I and other bloggers shouldn’t have to fear for our safety and sanity simply because we accepted a review request or bought a book, then reviewed it.

Yes, even though she has apologized for her actions and her words, Erin never went to this degree. She simply looked up the reviewer’s online presence. But not everyone stops at that curious look. People take it further, which is why heading down that path is never a good idea.

( Screenshot courtesy of Paige from The YA Kitten.)

 

Never Call Out a Reviewer

Like I’ve stated before, reviews aren’t meant for authors. Yes, they support the author. But they are meant for potential readers. Calling out reviewers because they’ve given your book a one-star review or even a slightly negative review doesn’t help your publicity campaign. Rather, it can easily harm it. We live in a cancel culture now. So we can’t fuel it any further than we should.

 

Rethink That Tweet

Sure, delete that Tweet, but I’ll bet you a ridiculous amount of money that your followers have screenshot it. And it’ll follow you forever. So think before you Tweet. It’ll save you a headache.

 

Don’t Expect Readers Owe You Anything, even a Review

I’m still debating this concept. Sure, readers agree to do a review when they accept an ARC. Sometimes though, they decided to DNF the book or didn’t feel comfortable with writing a review because the book’s content is too graphic, or it’s affected them on a personal level. I understand ARCs are expensive, and the sole reason behind them is for readers to review them. But we need to realize that this outcome doesn’t always happen.

 

If You Question What Your Next Step Should Be, Step Back and Don’t Make the Situation Worse

Listen to your inner voice. It’s there for a reason. Trust your gut. And please, do not make an already difficult situation worse. There’s no reason to inflame the problem. Your online life can be destroyed within one click.

 

Has an author ever broke online etiquette with you or a blogger friend? What other tips do you think authors should follow? What do you think about this situation?

Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018

Is it another Tuesday? Time is speeding up too quickly! With all of your help, I’ve expanded my comfort zone, explored new authors and storylines, and discover such amazing worlds. So I’m excited about this latest post.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Now for this week’s topic, we highlight new authors we’ve read last year. I already love so many authors as it is, but I’m glad I was able to squeeze these authors’ work on my shelves!

I hope you all enjoy!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Authors I’d Love to Meet

Happy Tuesday, readers!

 

Who is excited for October? I can’t see to see what this month has in store for all of us! So many great releases are coming up, and I’m a ball of nerves.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. For this week’s topic, we get to fangirl/boy over our favourite authors we’d love to meet. Oh God, this is not good. I have too many options and not a lot of room to fit them in. What have you done when you picked this prompt?!

I’m good. Not really. I’m I’m slightly calmer. Anyways. As a Canadian, I don’t always have the opportunity to meet my favourite authors. But, if the chance arises, I’d probably die if I met these ones:

 

Jay Kristoff

I’m a new fan of Kristoff. And even though I haven’t read a lot of (if not, most) of his work, I’d probably flip if I met him. The man is a literary genius. He reaches out to his dedicated followers, and I love that kind of interaction. And honestly, I want to see the height difference between us, given that I’m 5’2″ (and ¾).

 

V. E. Schwab

I have immense respect for Victoria. She isn’t afraid to discuss her disability and her struggles. And her writing brings such joy to my dark days.

 

Leigh Bardugo

My goth Queen—frankly, she’s a goddess—will be at the top of my list. I adore her. I admire her. And I respect her strength. She gave me Kaz, who has inspired me to fight my demons. And I can’t thank her enough.

 

Sarah J. Maas

I just want to talk about the Inner Circle boys with her and find dirty fanmade illustrations of them, then giggle like 10-year-old girls together. Odd? I don’t care. I can’t make this list without her on it. No dice.

 

Sabaa Tahir

I arrived late to the Sabaa train, but I was an instant fan. I adore her writing and her strong female leads. I don’t know what I’d say, but I’d love for the chance.

 

Kelley Armstrong

Okay, this list cannot be complete without a Canadian author. So here she is. Yes, I’ve met Kelley before. And I still remember the day. She’s the reason why I continue to blog and stick it out in publishing. I’d more than likely fangirl like I did before, but I might be more coherent. I doubt it though.