9 Tips For Starting A Book Blog

December 13, 2014

1. Don't Blog For Free Books

There are alot of reasons to start a book blog, getting free books is not one of them. You should not start a book blog, in hopes that your mailbox will soon be full of free Advanced Reader Copies (ARC's). The motivation, time and effort you need to have a successful blog will quickly outweigh your desire for free books. Blog because you enjoy it, if it becomes a chore you'll quickly find ways to avoid it. 

2. Develop a Unique Name, Perspective and Voice 

When your thinking of a name you want it to be personal and unique. Definitely brainstorm your name and a tag line that will help you focus on the type of space you want to create on your blog. For example, In Tori Lex, includes my name and lex means law which I am engaged with because I'm a lawyer. Think about what you want your book blog to be about. Will you be focused on specific genres, indie authors, etc? You want to create original content about things you enjoy. You don't want to plagiarize from others, but it may help to look at successful book blogs and note what works for them. Once you start writing reviews, you'll quickly learn  your writing style, and get better as you write more and more about books. 

3. Get Organized and Be Consistent 

It's easy to get overwhelmed if you don't have a plan about how you want to blog. You want to spend your time efficiently, so you have more time to read. You don't have to work like everyone else, but find a way a method that works for you. You won't get the readers or traffic that you want if you don't have something that is being generated in a way that makes sense. The point is to be clear in your posts and consistent with the posts you have. If you are consistent with your reviews, posts, and engagement that will be noticed and appreciated. 

4. Be Professional 

You want to develop a good reputation by being nice to readers, bloggers, authors and publishers. Everyone will be more likely to engage and work with you, if you give them the benefit of the doubt if your ever offended. People make mistakes and misunderstandings happen, be ready to take some deep breaths and think before you respond in a negative way. Disclose when you have received copies of books in exchange for reviews, and  when posting sponsored posts. The FTC has certain disclosure requirements for bloggers, links to sources explaining them in depth are Here. 

5. Great Content Is Worth The Effort

It's better to have less posts that are quality, think quality over quantity. Don't post without editing.  Read and edit what you write for a post a few times,  do something else, then read and edit again. Sometimes you don't notice mistakes and errors until you take some time away from it. If your grammar and spelling is bad, readers notice. For book bloggers,  your audience consumes books regularly so they know how to digest and process written information quickly. When reading your blog their distracted by grammar and can't focus on the content they will definitely be turned off.

6. Review Policy 

Once you have a book blog, authors will be asking you to review their work. You should think about how you want authors to contact you, and the type of books your willing to accept for review. Developing a policy will help you narrow down the books you want to review and let authors know important information about the kind of books your willing to accept. You have to learn to say No, and it's easier once you've established your limits.

7. Join Sites That Give You Books to Review

There are many different programs to sign up for to receive free e-books and hard copies to review. Don't overwhelm yourself by signing up for everything, but try sites you think will work for you. Here's the list of sites I've found below: 
  • I have not joined and tried to earn money from reviewing at this site,but you can @ OnlineBookClub
  • And of course the many Groups on Goodreads, where authors are looking for reviews. You can also find groups to gain followers and feedback for your blog

8. Read and Review what you Enjoy!!

If your not having fun and you'll quickly find yourself overwhelmed. Read what you want, so your hobby continues to be fun. 

9. Network!!!  Social Media is Your Friend

Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin, Google+, Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Linky, and email subscription are all ways to connect with and find more readers for your blog. It may seem like overkill to join them all but you want your readers to be able to follow you on the platform their most comfortable with. There's a wonderful community of book bloggers and once you start to get involved you can find more friends and readers.

I hope these tips will be useful for new bloggers out there like myself.  I want to share what resources I've found because it can seem like a whole new world when your just starting out book blogging. You can find useful Resources for Book Bloggers, under my header. If you have anything that would be useful for new bloggers and you would like me to share it, leave it in the comments or email me at Audacioustori@gmail.com. 


Kathy Reads Fiction said...

I've been blogging for a couple of years, and I'm still learning. This is a wonderful post for new and more experienced bloggers. I'm really enjoying your blog and look forward to your posts. :)

InToriLex said...

Thanks so much, it mean alot that your finding my blog useful!!!

GL Tomas said...

This is great!Been blogging for 2 years about books and there are still things I could stand to learn! Your blog is so pretty btw!

Kindlemom said...

All fabulous tips!

InToriLex said...

Thanks soo much, your blog design is awesome too and yeah theres always more to learn

InToriLex said...

Thanks for stopping by glad I could help others

Anonymous said...

Well said!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Becca said...

Great content and the P&R gifs made my DAY.

InToriLex said...

Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by!!!!

Anonymous said...

These tips are great! I am new to book blogging and I am researching book blogging tips. This is certainly a very well put together list.

InToriLex said...

Thanks, I tried to capture what I learned during my first few months!!

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