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Getting ARCs – A Free Comprehensive Guide

What is an ARC?
ARC stands for Advanced Reader Copy sometimes also known as a galley copy. They are books printed during the editing process before the publication date. They are printed in small batches and are distributed for free to reviewers, librarians, award committees etc. that will give feedback to the author and publisher before the final edition is printed and who will get the word out about the book to get preorder numbers on the book up.

Why do I want an ARC?
Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Usually when you request an ARC you are promising the publisher or author an honest review before the publication date. So if you cannot write a full review before publishing, make sure you don’t ask for an ARC as they are limited and expensive for the publisher and author to have printed. If you aren’t sure if you can get to it, but want to try, request an e-ARC (more information to come below)

Before Requesting

Gather your social media and blog stats. To do this on Instagram and Twitter you will have to switch to a business account (which is free). The more you know and can prove your worth, the better your chance will be to recieve ARCs. Know your followers on all platforms, how many people see your posts on average and how many people take actions based on your posts on average (likes, RT, saves, profile visits etc.) Make sure you have samples of book reviews ready and have posted several on Goodreads and Amazon. Make sure they are lengthy and thorough, but not terribly long, so that the publishers can get a good feel for how you review books without having to read a novel. Set up your Netgalley account and Edelweiss accounts for E-Arcs.

Ways to Get ARCs Before You have a Huge Following

There are several ways to get ARCs while you are still building a large following on platforms. If you don’t have a TWITTER get one! Authors and Readers giveaway ARCs like crazy on Twitter. If you are a teacher or librarian there are even more opportunities for you there. Follow all your favorite authors. Anytime I read a book I follow the author that wrote it. Also follow as many publishers as you can find. Tag these accounts in positive reviews and shout outs as much as possible. Sometimes when they see you shouting from the rooftops how much you love their books, they will remember you when their next one comes out.

Goodreads giveaways are a good place to win ARCs. The more reviews you write on Goodreads compared to how may books you have on your shelf, the more likely you will win a book on Goodreads. I am not sure what the statistics are or the ratio, but I have heard from several sources that you are more likely to win if you have written reviews.

Bookish First is another great community for receiving ARCs. Bookish First is a platform in which you leave the publishers first look feedback, get entered to win an ARC and earn points to turn in for ARCs. I have already received 2 ARCS from them and just joined in April (and haven’t been active this month AT ALL ). Go to BookishFirst.com and when you join, enter in my referral code for some extra bonus points to start off with a9f935be700381f89

Netgalley is by far the easiest place to get ARCs. Make sure you have a well filled out profile. You can start requesting eARCs right away. Make sure you check out a couple that are “instant approvals” or “read now” books. Keep your review percentage above 80% before you request more books (hint: request a picture book every so often so you have an easy and quick read to boost that percentage up!)

The Email to Send to Publishers

Okay so if you are wanting a specific list of PHYSICAL ARCs you will most likely have to request them from the marketing department of the publishers. If you have a small following, or have never requested before, start with small indie publishers first! A lot of the big publishers won’t work with you until you have a massive following (10K and up on Instagram) You need to request ARCs in a 3 to 5 month window of the book being published. For example: It is June 26th so if I were going to request ARCs today I would be looking at books publishing between September and November. I could possibly look at early December publications and request them as well, but likely wouldn’t be able to receive those yet. Note: During the COVID pandemic A LOT of publishers are not able to distribute physical ARCs or review copies of books so be aware that you will likely be offered an eARC of a book if you request physical copies at this time.

Here is the email I send: Make sure you put in ALL of your social media platforms in the email not just the ones I included (I do not have a bookish facebook page/group and I do not have booktube so those would be 2 that you could include.)

Hello, My name is Erin Decker McDowell and I am a PreK through 12th grade librarian, education fantastic, book reviewer and literacy advocate. I am really interested in the following books coming out in the near future and I was wondering if you had any ARCs available of any of these or similar titles. I am willing to publish reviews on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon for anything I request and share anything else that you send with my followers as well as the ARC trading group, #BookPosse on Twitter which is comprised of 32 members who retweet each other’s ARC shares, reviews etc. and ship ARCS within our group. I am interested in these titles because I mostly read YA and MG fiction and particularly enjoy fantasy stories. I of course read other things such as picture books, adult titles, MG/YA historical fiction and contemporary fiction.

Here are the titles I am interested in as well as my current social media stats:
[INCLUDE SPECIFIC LIST OF BOOKS WITH TITLE, AUTHOR and ISBN NUMBER]

Instagram: @BibliophilePrints 6153 Followers with 10 – 20 new followers each week 25,000-30,000 Impressions each week 300 Website clicks each week (including an Amazon link in which I list all books sent to me for marketing purposes) Audience is 95% Women, mostly #bookstagram
Twitter: @ErinBookDragon 1446 Followers 375.8K impressions a month 
20 link clicks each day 550 Retweets each month

Part of #BookPosse (at least 3 tweets per title per reader that receives it) Audience is mostly educators and librarians
Blog: ErinDeckerBlog.wordpress.com (165 followers) 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/erindecker (157 Followers) 
If you decide to ship these or any other books my address is 
[INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS HERE]

Thank you so much for your consideration! -Erin Decker McDowell

This is MY email. So make sure to edit and tailor it to YOUR truth. I will say, I mostly receive ARCs BECAUSE I am a librarian, not because my social media accounts have a high following or interactions. If you are interested in ARC sharing groups, I have more information below about that. Please note that I am not the person to ask to join #BookPosse and at the time of this article, Book Posse is not taking new members.

Some Popular Publishers Marketing Accounts

Here are the contact Emails for some of the publishers that I have requested from. Note these are current as of June 2020 and may change at a later date so be sure to look up name of publisher MARKETING to find the correct email addresses if these bounce back. When you email, you will PROBABLY not get a reply from anyone. Do not hound publishers. Books may show up at your home, they may not. If they don’t try again in a month with a new request and updated stats.

Penguin Random House Group:

AVERY and VIKING STUDIO
averystudiopublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

BERKLEY, NAL, ACE, ROC, DAW BOOKS, PERIGEE, HP BOOKS, CELEBRA, JOVE, ONYX, PRENTICE HALL, PRIME CRIME, SIGNET
BerkleyNALpublicity@us.penguingroup.com

BLUE RIDER PRESS
blueriderpublicity@us.penguingroup.com

DK
publicity@dk.com
e-mail only

DK EYEWITNESS TRAVEL
DKtravelpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

DUTTON
duttonpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2262

G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS
putnampublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

GOTHAM
gothampublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2262

HUDSON STREET PRESS
hudsonstreetpresspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

PENGUIN BOOKS
penguinpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

Note: Penguin Books and The Penguin Press are two separate departments. If you are uncertain which department to contact, please look up the book/author on the website for further details. Also, this email address is for books published specifically by the Penguin Books imprint (department), not for any and all titles published by the company, The Penguin Group (USA). Misdirected requests may be delayed, so please use the information listed on our site to direct your correspondence to the appropriate division.

THE PENGUIN PRESS
ppresspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

Note: Penguin Books and The Penguin Press are two separate departments. If you are uncertain which department to contact, please look up the book/author on the website for further details.

PLUME
plumepublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2815

PORTFOLIO SENTINEL
portfoliopublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

RIVERHEAD HARDCOVER
publicityriverhead@penguinrandomhouse.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

RIVERHEAD TRADE PAPERBACKS
publicityriverhead@penguinrandomhouse.com
Fax: 212-366-2385

ROUGH GUIDES
roughguidespublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

SENTINEL
sentinelpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

TARCHER
tarcherpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

VIKING
vikingpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

YOUNG READERS: DIAL BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS, DUTTON CHILDREN’S BOOKS, FIREBIRD, FREDERICK WARNE, G. P. PUTNAM’S SONS, GROSSET & DUNLAP, MINEDITION, PHILOMEL BOOKS, PRICE STERN SLOAN, PUFFIN, RAZORBILL, SPEAK, VIKING CHILDREN’S BOOKS
youngreaderspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-414-3393

Hachette Group:

Grand Central Publishing: grandcentralpublishing@hbgusa.com

Little, Brown and Company: publicity@littlebrown.com

Hachette Audio: audiobooks.generic@hbgusa.com

Little Brown Books for Young Readers: publicity@lbchildrens.com

Center Street: centerstreetpub@hbgusa.com

FaithWords: fwpublicity@hbgusa.com

Orbit: orbit.generic@hbgusa.com

Perseus Books:

HBG Canada:publicity@hbgcanada.com

HarperCollins Group:

Amistad – Courtney.Nobile@harpercollins.com
Avon – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Broadside Books – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
Custom House – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Dey Street – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Ecco Books – Sonya.Cheuse@harpercollins.com
Harper Books, Harper Business, Harper Design – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
Harper Luxe – Pamela.Jaffee@harpercollins.com
Harper Paperbacks – Kelly.Rudolph@harpercollins.com
Harper Perennial – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
William Morrow – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
HarperCollins Children’s Books (all imprints) – HCCBpublicity@harpercollins.com
Harlequin – Lisa.Wray@harpercollins.com , Heather.Connor@harpercollins.com

Simon & Schuster

Corporate Communications
General Phone: 212-698-7033
General Fax: 212-698-7035
Adam Rothberg
Vice President, Director of
Corporate Communications
Corporate.Communications
@simonandschuster.com

Adams Media
General Phone: 508-427-7100
General Fax: 508-427-6790
Beth Gissinger
Director of Marketing and Publicity
AdamsPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Atria Books, Howard Books
General Phone: 212-698-7086
General Fax: 212-632-8083
Kristin Fassler
Vice President, Director of Integrated Marketing
AtriaPublicity@simonandschuster.com
HowardPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Avid Reader Press
General Phone: 212-698-7433
General Fax: 212-632-7695
Jordan Rodman
Deputy Director of Publicity
AvidReaderPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Children’s Publishing
(All Imprints)
General Phone: 212-698-2808
General Fax: 212-698-4350
Lauren Hoffman
Vice President, Marketing and Publicity
ChildrensPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Saga Press
General Phone: 212-698-7625
General Fax: 212-698-8083
Sally Marvin
Vice President, Director of Publicity
GalleryPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Scribner
General Phone: 212-632-4915
General Fax: 212-632-4957
Brian Belfiglio
Vice President, Director of Publicity
ScribnerPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Simon & Schuster, Free Press, Threshold Editions
General Phone: 212-698-7541
General Fax: 212-698-7336
Julia Prosser
Vice President, Director of
Publicity
SSPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Simon & Schuster Audio
General Phone: 212-698-2837
General Fax: 212-698-7664
Lauren Pires
Publicity Manager
AudioPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Tiller Press
General Phone: 212-698-7285
Marlena Brown
Publicity Manager
TillerPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Touchstone
General Phone: 212-698-7466
General Fax: 212-632-7695
Meredith Vilarello
TouchstonePublicity@
simonandschuster.com

International

Canada
General Phone: 800-387-0446
General Fax: 647-430-9446
Adria Iwasutiak
Director of Publicity
SSCanadaPublicity@Simonandschuster.ca

United Kingdom
General Phone: 0207 316 1942
General Fax: 0207 3160331
Polly Osborn
Adult Marketing and Publicity Director
Publicity.Enquiries@simonandschuster.co.uk

Australia
General Phone: 612 9983 6654
Anna O’Grady
Director of Publicity
PR@Simonandschuster.au

India
Tel: +91 120 4089389
Shobhita Narayan
Manager, Publicity and Marketing
publicity@simonandschuster.co.in

Macmillan Group

 Celadon Books: contact@celadonbooks.com
• Farrar, Straus and Giroux: fsg.publicity@fsgbooks.com
• Flatiron Books: publicity@flatironbooks.com
• Henry Holt: publicity@hholt.com
• Macmillan Audio: macmillan.audio@macmillan.com
• Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: childrens.publicity@macmillanusa.com
• Picador: publicity@picadorusa.com
• St. Martin’s Press: publicity@stmartins.com
• Tor/Forge: Torpublicity@tor.com
• Tor.com Publishing: TorDotComPub@tor.com

These are just some of the MANY MANY publishers out there. If you find a book whose publisher is NOT on this look google the name of the publisher + “publicity contact” to find the correct contact information.

ARC Sharing Groups

So an ARC sharing group is exactly what it sounds like: a group of like minded readers, who share ARCs with one another. There are a LOT of ARC sharing groups amongst the librarian community, but I have not seen it so much in the reader community especially in regards to YA and Adult books. Authors and publishers are more likely to send ARCs to members of an ARC sharing group with a good reputation because they know that the group will do a good job with marketing the book. They also know that sending their 1 copy to a group will not just be reviewed once, but potentially many times. If you cannot find a group to join, I suggest starting one. Make sure you start a group WITH ARCS READY TO SHARE. Don’t start one and expect people to come to you with their ARCs. Even if you just start with one or two ARCs and recruit trustworthy members with one or two, this is a good start. Come up with a name for your group and keep it small to begin with (less than 10 members and I would suggest never getting bigger than 30) Make sure all members have reviewed books before, are familiar with emailing publishers, and are willing to promote posts amongst members. For the ARC sharing group I am a part of we are required on Twitter to share the book 3 times tagging all publishers and authors (when we receive, while reading and again while we pass it on) then all 30 members of our group must RT the book giving each book we ALL read a total of 2700 tweets! That is a lot of exposure between the 30 of us and all of our followers which is why we are more likely to get ARCs sent to us. Actually since the group is fairly established, authors and publishers often come to us and not the other way around. If you start a group keep track of member information and ARC information in an organized Google spreadsheet. Make sure everyone can afford to ship books to one another often. Keep everyone in the group circulating books so they can reach as many members as possible before publication.

What to do with an ARC when you are finished with it?
Keep it or pass it on. I personally know how much work goes into the production of ARCs and hate keeping them sitting on my shelf. I only keep them if they are signed or especially special to me. Otherwise I share them with my ARC sharing group or a friend I know will review or enjoy it. My last resort is to put it in a Free Little Library. The one thing you should not do with an ARC is sell it! DO NOT SELL ARCS. It is not illegal, BUT it will get you blacklisted by publishers and will ruin your relationship with them.

Answering Your Q&A:

Do publishers ship internationally? Honestly… I have no idea! Probably some do to huge accounts that are worth the shipping and customs fees. My suggestion is to look into publishers in your country to start with.

Are you obligated to review? IF YOU ASK FOR AN ARC YES! If you win an ARC or are sent one unsolicited, no. Publishers watch though, if you email a publisher and ask for an ARC they will watch for your review. If you want to continue working for them, review it!

Should I pay $95 to get advice on requesting ARCS? NO. This is such a waste of money. There is SO much information online to getting ARCS. Besides what I just spent a couple hours writing above here are some other great guides:

How to Get ARCS – A guide

How to Get Advanced Reader Copies for Free

On Requesting ARCs and Working with Publishers

Got more questions? DM me on Instagram @BibliophilePrints OR email me erin@bibliophileprints.com and I will try to answer your questions or find someone who can!

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Easy Bookstagram Editing Tips with PicMonkey

When I started my Bookstagram I couldn’t help but envy all my friends who had beautiful crisp photos with white backgrounds. I tried everything to make really pretty photos, but I didn’t start seeing good results until I tried PicMonkey online photo editing. I cannot for the life of me remember who recommended this amazing tool but I use PicMonkey not only for photo editing but also to make graphics for advertising for my shop. This web tool has a website for the computer which is very powerful as well as an app version.

The great thing about PicMonkey is you can try all the features for free and then get one yearly fee to their basic subscription or pay a small monthly to get access to their program.

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Click the link above to get a free trial and then do the walk through tutorial with me to see how I edit my photos!

This is a photo I took last week in my condo. I have a vinyl background that I bought from a company that is now out of business but there are lots of companies that sell backgrounds in vinyl and paper. I got vinyl which is pricey compared to paper but its very durable. Beginner Pro-Tip : get a white foam board or two from a craft store for an easy, clean background

So this picture was taken after 2 plus years of practicing. So if you are new, practice! You will get it. Getting lighting really makes a difference. I take pictures near an open window or with box lights (you can get them on Amazon for $50 to $80 which is worth the investment if you are trying to run a business or become a marketing rep for a company )

The first step is to click the button that says “edit a new image” and then open the file you want. This should look like this once the photo is open.

You will see on the left hand side all the photo editing tools as well as touch ups, text and image layering and texture adding. Along the top and you can use the share and export buttons. The first thing I use is the crop tool at the top with the pictures of the scissors.

I crop out the edges that don’t give much to the photo and center what I want the picture to focus on. For this photo that is the book, Fangirl, and the bookmark. Once you have the proportions that you think look best you hit the apply button and the rest of the photo you cropped out will disappear. This is also good if you want to crop to a perfect Instagram square.

Usually I don;t need to use any of the other canvas edit tools. Occasionally, I do have to use the image rotation but I don’t have to recolor my photos.

Next come the basic edits which can be the most useful of the tools in PicMonkey. Exposure is going to help you touch up your lighting. Colors can help you if you get those yellowy colored photos from indoor lighting and sharpen can help you focus up text in your photos if it is a little out of focus.

For the Exposure you have 4 basic sliding scale options set to 0% to play with. I always ignore that first one labeled Brightness even though if you are a newbie editor this would seem like the right choice to brighten your photo. The problem with this is that is washes out your colors. Use the other three. For my photos its always a little different but I usually increase highlights, decrease shadows, and very slightly increase contrast.

So as you can see for this photo, I increased the highlights by 98%, decreased the shadows by -15% and increased the contrast by 15%. Already, the bookmark and book are “popping” more off the background.

The next tool is colors. This one is a little more tricky to balance but it helps make your whites look white and your colors stay true in your picture.

You can usually use the auto-adjust for this and it does a good job. The white balance picker helps you balance your photo almost automatically or you can play with the temperature and tint. The most common photo problems I see on Bookstagram is the color being yellow from indoor lighting, That Temperature balance could help make the indoor lighting look a little more natural in photos.

For this photo I actually felt that the Temperature and Tint were a little cool and I wanted to make the pinks look more true to color so I turned up the Temperature and Tint a little bit. I also like my photos o be vibrant and fully saturated in color so I also turned up those two settings. This is a drastic difference now from the original photo.

For this last setting, Sharpen, you have to be careful not to over sharpen and make it look overdone. I turn up the strength and clarity just a little bit to make the lines and text a little sharper for this and then this is usually where my photo editing is done for Bookstagram photos.

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#FeatureFriday – Bookish Star Designs Owner and Bookstagrammer – Laura!

Hello! I wanted to start a Friday series where I interview some of my favorite small bookish companies and let them take over a post on Fridays. I have been friends with Laura since last June when I held my first rep search for BibliophilePrints. Laura has since been a huge inspiration within my store and one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. In turn, when she opened up her own shop BookishStarDesigns , I helped her start her Etsy page and brand her with her logo. We have shared so much more than just business tips and some nights we find ourselves talking wayyy too late and daydreaming about getting a chance to visit one another. (She is all the way in Minnesota, and I am down here in Texas – so far – *cries*) I am thankful to have her as a friend, supporter, and mentor in so many things that I am passionate about.

I did interview her over email, so here are the questions and answers I received!

1 How did you get started on Bookstagram? 
Riddles Tea Shoppe rep search. *laugh*  So, backstory..  I never ever thought I could be a bookstagrammer. I’d always admired the lovely photos and set up, and to be a rep for awesome bookish companies would be a dream come true, but to actually imagine myself doing it? I knew I wouldn’t be good enough to compete with the awesome accounts I saw. Well, my best friend saw my desire and encouraged me to give it a try. She believed in me, and thanks to her, I started.  It was hard at first. I had huge confidence issues, but everyone on bookstagram is so wonderful, awesome and supportive, I fell in love with the community and learned more and more as I went. It’s so fun to share my bookish love with others who instantly just “get it.” And nope, I still haven’t snagged that dream Riddles Tea Shoppe rep spot. Someday! 🙂
2. What was the inspiration for Bookish Star Designs?
Well, I had already been sewing rice bags as a fun way to earn money at local craft shops/shows, and I even had them featured in a store in my hometown, but it was always in the back of my mind, “Should I make an etsy shop?”  I talked myself out of it a few times, just due to all the unknowns, but finally in July, I took the plunge, and made my etsy shop.
I just love natural calming ways to relax, and I hoped others would love my rice bags & fandom prints, and you all do! It’s awesome and amazing.
3. You are famous for your #TeaTuesday posts, what is your favorite type of tea and do you have a favorite company you buy tea from?
It makes me smile that I’m now famous for #TeaTuesdays, because initially, when I started my little account, I wanted a way to be unique and stand out, and since I adore tea, and had a lot of pretty tea things, I decided to start a #TeaTuesday weekly post where I could feature my favorite teas, to share with others. I also figured it’d be a great place to practice my tea photos to hopefully get a tea rep spot, and it was! Plus, they’re some of my favorite photos to take. I just love them.
I am a sucker for any fruit teas. That’s really my jive, although I do love a strong cup of black tea with cream, and a delicious herbal or green tea with honey.  Some of my favorite tea companies on IG are Grimoire Tea, Bookish Teas, and Riddles Tea Shoppe.
4. If you were trapped on a desert island and had a limited library of ten books, what would they be? 
Oh man. Probably a few Harry Potter books, the Illuminae trilogy, ACOMAF, Mark of Athena, Everything Everything, and some Bardugo titles.
5. What are your future goals or dreams for your bookstagram, company, or other goals and dreams you hope to achieve in the bookish world? 
I actually LOVE to rep for companies, its one of my passions. Not just to get free stuff, but to get to know the fabulous owners, other reps, and to help them build & expand their business. I have a small list of companies I’d someday love to work with, so here’s hoping some of those get to happen someday. Especially a book box! I’d love that.
When I started my small account, I thought I’d finally “arrive” the day I was sent free books from companies and authors to feature on my page. And thanks so some awesome Book Tour companies, that’s started to happen, and I just love it. Free books are a great perk of bookstagram!
And honestly, my shop dreams have already happened. In October, my shop exploded with sales, and really took off, and I was SO not expecting that. To see so many people love my products was incredible. I recently reached 1,000 sales and still can’t believe it. I’m so thrilled & excited. But I’m excited to see what the future holds. I’d love to collab with a few more book boxes! That’d be really fun.
6. Do you have any hobbies that don’t get featured on Instagram as much?
I actually am a homemaker at heart, and I love to garden, can and preserve foods for my family of 6. We live on a small rural hobby farm, and I love all that comes with it. Well, maybe not watering my chickens in winter. That just stinks. *laughs*
I’m also a huge movie buff, and love any PBS and BBC dramas. I love to travel and explore new places, and am a huge aspiring foodie. I love trying foods from different cultures.
7. Imagine you are throwing a character dinner party. Which characters would you invite and why? 
Hm.. I’d love Nina Zenik & Nikolai, (Their one liners & sass are epic) Jace Lightwood (he’d be so fun to have at a dinner party!) Nik Malikov & Ella Malikova (their conversations would be epic) and Ginny Weasley, (she’s my fave HP character) I think that sounds like a crazy fun dinner!
8. You are a homeschooling mama to 4 kiddos, and as a teacher I understand how difficult that must be. What do you do to make homeschooling fun for you and for your kids? If you could recommend 5 books to teachers and parents for all kids to read, what would they be? (Sorry I know that is two questions…they just go together)
Yes, honestly as a 2nd generation homeschooler, ( my parents homeschooled me) I thought I’d have this homeschooling thing in the bag. But, wow.. it’s a lot more work & sacrifice than I thought. But it’s worth it to have my kids at home and know exactly what theyre learning, and to control the speed/timing/scheduling etc.  To make homeschooling fun, I do a lot of field trips, and we participate in a homeschooler’s co-op, which is a group of fellow homeschoolers who get together 2x a month for fun classes with their friends/peers & mom time for us.  It keep us all sane! haha.
As far as books, Harry Potter, Narnia and Percy Jackson books I will forever recommend to those starting with elementary readers, for parent read-alongs. I’m not much of a non-fiction reader, which might be horrible as a teacher, but I do love historical fiction, either kid or YA. Things like “Magic Tree House” “Dear America books” “American Girl books” and the like. It’s a great way to get kids interested in history and the world around them, while still being fun.  Just find something your kid loves and read it with them. It’s that simple.
9. Running a small business is so rewarding and so difficult at the same time. What is the best part about it for you, and the worst part?
I love having a small business, but my danger is letting it take over. I love it so much I’ll gladly put aside other parts of my life (housework, teaching, etc) to put my full self into it. So, I very occasionally just step back and do as much as I can, when I can. The best part also goes right along with it, is getting to choose your own hours, work when you want to, and meeting all my fabulous customers, and my reps, and hearing their reviews. It’s so worthwhile!
10. If you could give a newbie to #bookstagram some advice, what would it be? 
Your account should be a reflection of YOU. Do it your own way, at your own speed. And don’t worry about the quality of your first few photos, or compare yourself to other accounts that have been posting for years.  You WILL get better and learn more as you go. Have fun with it, and just enjoy this magical bookish community and your journey. We’re all here for you. Don’t let it stress you out. Bookstagram should be FUN. Enjoy it!
Please visit Laura’s Instagram page HERE and her shop instagram HERE to join in all the #bookstagram fun!
Laura also has a blog so step on over to check out what she writes about over on ToReadisToBreathe
Also go grab a ricebag from her whether or not you care about books because these things are HANDY.
All Photos from this post are from Laura’s Instagram! Thanks so much Laura.
Who would you like me to feature for a feature Friday?? Drop a comment below to let me know!
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Being a Bookstagram Rep

Since I started my bookmark store, BibliophilePrints, I have gotten to see both sides of repping, and why it is so important to small, independent companies.

For those of you who don’t know, being a rep on bookstagram means that your bookstagram is now representing a small company who thinks that you can help advertise their products.

Here is what being a rep IS and IS NOT: 

Being a Rep IS advertising and marketing for a company in exchange for some samples of their goods.

Being a Rep IS NOT getting free stuff.

Being a Rep IS about helping the store owner make connections and gain sales as well as followers.

Being a rep IS NOT about getting free stuff and posting once.

Now that we have established that being a rep is NOT getting free stuff for free lets talk about what small companies are looking for when they do rep searches and what you can do to catch their attention.

When a company puts out a rep search they are looking for bookstagrammers that they think can help them sell their products by taking clear, bright photos, interacting with their followers, and really genuinely can show that they enjoy their products.

Here is what you can do to catch shops attention:

  1. Have followers and interact with them! Don’t waste the company’s time if you just started your bookstagram and have 50 followers. Stores are looking for established accounts with a good amount of followers. When I am considering reps I am usually only looking at accounts with 500 or more followers. If you are newer here is how to gain followers on your posts:
    – Use the max amount of hashtags on your posts. Instagram lets you have 30 hashtags per post. Make sure those hashtags are relevant
    – Interact with people. Follow instagrams, like their photos, answer questions on posts and ask questions on your posts, watch people’s stories and reply to things, post on your story
  2. Feature products on your feed that the companies sell. If you want to rep for a bookmark company, take pictures of the bookmarks you already have. If you want to rep for a candle company, take pictures with the candles you already own. Even better, if you can afford to, buy something from the company and feature it on your bookstagram before the rep search is over or before it begins.
  3. Interact with the store owner! I don’t remember every entry of my rep searches but I do remember the people who talk with me and constantly comment on my posts!
  4. Read and reread the requirements for entry. Make sure you use the right hashtags and comment on their rep search post if it is required. Half the time when I don’t choose a beautiful bookstagram it is because I can’t trust people that can’t follow directions of entry. Simple as that.
  5. If you TRULY want to rep a company, keep entering their rep searches. I remember people that keep trying!

If you don’t get chosen, keep working on your account, keep posting original content, and don’t bad mouth the company. Small bookish companies have a tight knit community. Trust me when I say, if you get a bad rap, you won’t be a rep.

If you ARE chosen as a rep make sure to fulfill all your rep duties. I have had a couple reps who have not done this and if they apply to be reps for other companies I will be letting those other companies know this. When you don’t fulfill your rep duties you are wasting the company’s money and small companies don’t have money to waste.

If you are a small bookish company and you are thinking about adding reps consider a rep reward system to help motivate your reps, especially if they are only reps for one month or in their last month of repping for you. Keep in good communication with your reps. I HIGHLY suggest a rep group chat where your reps can send in their photos and so you can share news with all of them at once.

 

Do you have any advice for bookstagrammers wanting to be a rep for a company? Drop your comments below!

 

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TTT

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

The Broke and the Bookish are taking a break until August 15th for TTT until August 15th so I thought I would take this time to do some of their old prompts that I missed out on.

Summer is my favorite time of year because no school and little or no work so naturally  I get a lot of reading done. My literature class this summer is taking up all my reading time which is not a bad thing but I am definitely not working on my TBR pile like I normally would. I also haven’t been traveling so no car or airplane time to binge read during. 

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So here are the top ten books on my summer TBR list that will more than likely remain on my TBR into the fall.

  1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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    I absolutely adored Between Shades of Grey by Sepetys so I will no doubt love this book. And that cover is just so pretty.
  2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
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    Cait at PaperFury just raves about all Victoria Schwab books and this one really intrigues me because I played the violin for 9 years. Also how gorgeous is this cover??
  3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
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    Okay, I admit. This was a total and complete cover buy. (I HAVE NO SELF CONTROL)
  4. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    20170409_160551This is a book about two worlds colliding, friendship, magic, and the word ‘blades’ is mentioned more than once in the blurb. What book isn’t good where ‘blades’ is a word in the blurb? (YAS WOMEN WIELDING BLADES)
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    20170507_141606I almost always tackle a classic or two during the summer. This is one of those books I am deeply ashamed I have not read yet.
  6. Cinder by Melissa Meyer
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    I have had so many recommendations for this book and have not picked it up yet. I want to read it so bad. CURSE YOU MASTER’S CLASSES
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  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    This duo has also come highly recommended to me and seems right up my alley with the crime and outcasts. Also, my reps are begging me for Six of Crows bookmarks so I need to get on that.
  8. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
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    I absolutely loved the first book in the series. It was a laugh out loud kind of funny. I did get this around the time it came out but have yet to read it…
  9. My Lady Jane by Multiple Authors
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    My Lady Jane was recommended by one of my other favorite bloggers, Miss Leslie Ann. I originally followed her because of her classroom blog and discovered how much I adored her as a human being and I follow her lifestyle blog and instagram as well.
  10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
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What is on your summer TBR list?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme brought to you by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish 

 

This week their Top Ten is *drumroll please*

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THE TOP TEN SERIES YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO START BUT HAVEN’T

  1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
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    Okay I read most of The Mortal Instruments but after City of Glass the series started falling short for me, so I never read book 6, and then I never picked up this series. Even though I have heard Book 6 is good and this series is better. I guess I got Cassandra Clare burn out. Someday Clockwork Angel, someday.
  2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
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    I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series. I actually have the first 2 books that I got with one of my classroom Scholastic orders. I tend to purchase books for myself from their YA catalog when my orders are close to being to the next reward level. This is actually quite dangerous for me as then I get over excited and tend to push to the next next level and spend over $50 on books that I never intended to spend. I never did actually read them though.
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    I am about an hour away from finishing ACOWAR and Throne of Glass is coming in the mail tomorrow, so tomorrow I will most likely start this series. I cannot get enough of Sarah J. Maas. I know I am going to be in a serious book slump after I am done with this series and have no more Sarah J. Maas books to read.
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  4. Legend Series by Marie Lu
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    I don’t know why I haven’t read this. They have amazing reviews, good covers, an interesting plot blurb. I have seen them so many times in the store. I have picked Legend up and then returned it to the shelf when I see something I want more. Maybe one day.
  5. Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
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    Okay. HELLO. This is a lot of books. with a lot of pages. 15 books with nearly 12,000 pages. That is a large commitment. Plus there are companion books and novella e-books. It’s a lot. I am scared of these books TBH.
  6. Blue Blood Series by Melissa de la Cruz
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    I have all of this series in beautiful hardback that I got for $1 a book at HPB 2 years ago. Except for book 1. That’s why I haven’t read these.
  7. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
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    I can’t find the first book in a store. Plain and simple as that. I know I could order off Amazon but I have priorities on Amazon. I have a whole wishlist of priorities. Someday maybe this will be one of them. I will die next to a pile of books.
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  8. The Book of Ember Series
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    This series of books has made me a hypocrite on many occasion because I actually have recommended this series to a lot of students without actually having read a single one of these books. I am all, “Oh yeah this series is GREAT. You would love this. Here check it out.” Actually personally I have no idea how good they are. I have only ever read reviews.
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  9. The Unbecoming of Maya Dyer Series
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    I keep hearing mixed things about this trilogy which is why I haven’t read it. From what I know book 1 is great and the rest sucks. So I haven’t bought it.
  10. DiscWorld By Terry Prachett
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    This is another huge undertaking like Wheel of Time. There are 41 full length books and several short stories. Plus the order in which to read these is so confusing that there are MULTIPLE charts and websites dedicated online to tell you how to read these. Just. What?

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

My DSLR camera came in. I haven’t figured it all out but I have taken some pics on it. My favorites are the portraits of my dog.

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ISN’T HE JUST BEAUTIFUL. My little kitty floofball won’t let me take his picture. Typical cat.

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Weekly Reviews

Week in Review

This is a couple days late and I haven’t updated my Instagram this week. I am failing in my promise to myself to work on this stuff! I think I put this particular  post off because I only finished one book this week.

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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This is the story of Emi and her best friend Charlotte. These two girls are fresh out of high school, and deep into the film making process in Hollywood. Emi designs the sets for movies.  While extremely talented and artistic, Emi is not good at relationships, especially with her on-again, off-again girlfriend. Emi is left the keys to her brothers apartment for the summer to live with Charlotte on the promise that they will use it to do something amazing. Neither girl knows what they are going to do until they find a mysterious letter from an Estate Sale.

While the story was interesting, this wasn’t one of my favorites. I don’t really care about how films are created which is a huge secondary part of this story. I also found the plot overly predictable.

3 out of 5 stars

 

Coming Soon… 

So I am currently reading

Three Dark Crowns and Wuthering Heights 

I am also taking Children’s Literature for my library science class this summer so next week expect a post on Picture Books!