Ever since I started reviewing books in 2013, I’ve always used a 1-5 star rating of some description (although I did change my stars to cupcakes because I thought it was cuter but it follows the same system). Whether it be on my blog, Goodreads or Amazon I was always rating the books I had read between 1 and 5 stars. I thought everybody did that, I thought that was the “norm”. But since blogging more and more, I’ve seen various opinions from people who say the star rating isn’t for them, they don’t like it or they rate books in a different way. Some, not at all.
Earlier this month, I started a brand new series on my blog called ‘Ask Jenny’, whereby I try and offer some sound advice to anyone who needs it about a problem they might have. Like the agony aunt columns in Women’s magazines, basically. But hopefully better and less generic. My first post in this series got a great response and I was super chuffed about it and many people thought it was a good idea; so like a good little micro-influencer, I took their advice and have decided to continue the series – for a while at least. Until I or my readers get bored.
Well… we made it. It’s 2017, at long last. I hope you all had a lovely, relaxing and joyous Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year. I for one am thrilled to see the start of a New Year but, as always, with a new month comes with it some new sponsors for Jenny in Neverland so please say a big hello to the first sponsors of 2017! And you can find all my previous monthly sponsor posts from 2016 right here.
After owning my blog touring business for around 2 years now, I’ve organised over 50 blog tours for all different types of books and authors. All blog tours turn out differently – some are better than others, some go more smoothly than others and there’s always, inevitably a couple of bollocks ups along the way. But, one thing that is always wildly different is the individual authors approach to their own blog tours. That’s not to say that any one approach is the right or wrong one but authors who pay for these services should want to get the maximum out of it so today I wanted to share some pointers which I believe – from my own blog tours – authors should consider.
Before I started book blogging all the way back in good ol’ 2013 I had never, ever heard of ‘self-publishing’ before. The phrase had not entered my vocabulary and it took me a little while to get to grips with what it actually was. You mean to tell me, you can write a book and just publish it yourself? You don’t have to wait for a publisher to take you on? Does that essentially mean anyone could publish a book? Does that mean I could publish a book? These were just some of the questions that entered my little naïve mind around that time. Of course, I’m a lot more clued up now about self-publishing and what it is and I’ve also, finally come to the realization that I definitely could not publish a book.
Welcome to my third Meet the Sponsors post since I introduced my brand new advertising packages to my blog! I absolutely love being able to share with you these amazing bloggers and authors every month and hopefully give you a couple of recommendations and new blogs to read in the process! Soooo, ready? Here are my amazing September sponsors.
For those that know me, know that I run a small book touring business called Neverland Blog Tours. For those that didn’t know that, let me explain. In 2014, after a lot of research, I set up my own online business which would organise and run book tours for authors. I’ll get into more detail about what a book tour is exactly later on but since 2014, my little teeny weeny business has grew and grew and I’m honoured with how many authors put their trust in me now to organise these promotional services for them.
Hi everybody! Now as you know, I’ve offered advertising space on my blog for a good year now. I love doing this and I think it’s been a good addition to my blog. My advertising packages have changed 3 times since I introduced them – adding new perks, changing prices and names and just generally fiddling about with them. Well, it’s happened again. Woops. I wasn’t entirely happy with my packages as they were – they were incredibly hard to manage so I revamped them all last month and I completely happy with how they are now. One revamp was the introduction of this, ‘Meet the Sponsor’ post which I will do every month so the sponsors can write a little bit about themselves and provide all the links for you to be able to find them! It’s a nice way to promote people even more and encorporate others onto my blog. So without further ado, please say hello to my July sponsors!
I wanted to talk about this very specific little part of my life. Well, I say little but to me, it’s not. To me, it’s a big thing that I’m extremely proud of but to most people, they don’t see the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff. As you may, or may not, know – I run an online book touring business for authors. I won’t go into masses of detail but for those that don’t know, a book tour is a virtual tour that goes around different blogs every day for 1 or 2 weeks and provides reviews, guest posts, excerpts and giveaways about the specific book. Doesn’t sound much, right?
Last month, Jenny in Neverland was shortlisted for Blog of the Year at the Love Stories awards. My best friend popped up on Facebook chat one morning and asked if I’d seen and I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. An hour later, I was still convinced that there was some sort of mistake. And that’s not me being modest, heck if I wasn’t surprised, I wouldn’t have acted it but out of all the incredible book bloggers out there, why on Earth was I shortlisted?