Hi everyone, hope you are doing well! This month brings exciting news for me, as I am honoured to have become a member of the prestigious blogging team BEFORE WE GO BLOG!!! led by the incredible BETH TABLER!!! The team has some fantastic members under Beth’s leadership, including RYAN HOWSE, G.M NAIR, STEVE CALDWELL, ELENI A.E., DYLAN MARSH, JENNI BUCHANAN, MARIA BLACKRANE, WHITNEY REINHART, MISBAH QURESHI, BRIANNA SINDER, AND PHIL PARKER!
This is a new adventure in the journey of authorpreneur P.L. Stuart, as I enter the fascinating world of blogging! Some of you may ask, why become a book blogger, and what does it a book blogger do?
Besides the awesomeness of Beth Tabler and the team she has assembled at BEFORE WE GO BLOG, what drew me into the world of blogging is my desire to support and uplift those in the writing community! The writing community includes authors, poets, book bloggers, book podcasters, literary agents, publishers, and many more. I have always wanted to make a positive contribution to this wonderful community, beyond writing novels, and blogging provides an excellent opportunity for me to enhance that contribution!
One of the main functions of a book blogger is to help promote wonderful books! Bloggers accomplish this by reading and writing reviews of books that are of particular interest to either themselves or the blog they are associated with. This is all done for a love of books, and a genuine desire to bring exposure to the hard work of authors.
Bloggers host or participate in blog tours and book promotions arranged for authors, conduct author interviews and spotlights, and other activities that generally shine a light on great books!
Bloggers provide fair and honest reviews for authors. A blogger may not necessarily find a particular book to their specific taste, but they generally highlight the positive aspects of a writer’s work, along with any areas for perceived improvement. Even if a blogger did not enjoy a certain book for whatever reason, that does not mean that book may not be exactly what someone else wants to read! With a blogger getting the word out there about a book, it can potentially lead the perfect reader to that book! As we all are aware, reading tastes are very subjective, and it is not the blogger’s goal to turn readers away from books, but rather to turn them towards the books that are best suited to their reading preferences.
Book bloggers are avid, voracious readers, who then commit their opinions about books to paper, for all to see. It requires a different sort of courage to be a blogger than an author of a novel, novella, poem, etc., but blogging still takes bravery and confidence in standing behind your thoughts on a certain work. Not everyone may always appreciate your input. The key is professionalism, integrity, and consistency in how you deliver feedback, and keeping it, wherever possible, positive! These traits will ensure blogging success and keep your personal enjoyment in being a blogger high! No point in doing it if it’s not fun!
I love reading, and prior to becoming a blogger, knowing how much it means to author, I always tried to leave reviews of the books I read on platforms like Goodreads. Now I will be expanding where I leave my reviews, in being a member of BEFORE WE GO BLOG!
Reading is an important component to becoming an even better writer, and I am always looking to continue improving in that regard.
I’m looking forward to stepping up my reading and reviewing of some fantastic books!
Please feel free to comment on this and future blogs and I will be sure to get back to you. Chat soon!
P.L. Stuart's Blog
I am a Canadian high fantasy author. My debut novel, A Drowned Kingdom - first in The Drowned Kingdom Saga, is now available! Book 2 in The Drowned Kingdom Saga, The Last of the Atalanteans, is now available here!