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1 star = This book did nothing for me.
2 stars = This book was not my cup of tea but has potential.
3 stars = I liked this book.
4 stars = I really liked this book.
4.5 stars = I pretty much loved this book.
5 stars = I want to hug this book.
Has Tales of Whimsy ever been quoted in a book? My review of My Forbidden Desire is quoted in the front of My Dangerous Pleasure by Carolyn Jewel.
Has Tales of Whimsy ever been nominated for an award? In 2011, Tales of Whimsy was nominated for the “Best Eclectic Book Blog” during Book Blog Appreciation Week. Also in 2011, Tales of Whimsy received the great honor of being listed as one of the “Top 15 Best Blogs” by Pragmatic Mom.com.
- Find your own voice.
- Just keep doing what you love and it will show. (The The Story Siren.com advised me of this when I was first starting out and I have never forgotten it. In fact, it has become my mantra.)
- Do not be afraid to try new things. Your blog does not have to be like everyone else’s. In fact I think most folks prefer blogs that blaze their own trails. I know I do.
- Be kind to authors. These books (for better or for worse) are their babies and they each carry the author’s blood, sweat, and tears.
- Be considerate to your fellow bloggers and readers. We are all here because we share a common love for books. We are a dying breed. Spread some love to your fellow book lovers.
- Give credit where credit is due. If you repost something you found on another blog, link back.
- Read How to Blog Without Comparing Yourself to Others.
- Check out Book Blogging 101 and read Copyright on Images and Artwork and by Parajunkee.com.
- Considering audiobooks? Read Audiobooks Guide and Instructions by Hot Listens and How to Write an
- Audiobook Review by Beth Fish Reads.
- Have fun.
Read Review Request Tips by romance author Penny Watson.
Read How to Query a Book Review Blogger and Combat Paid-Review Mills by Anne R. Allen
For avoiding plagiarism:
Read Three Simple Ways to Avoid The Story Siren’s Mistakes by Read.Breathe.Relax.com.
Remember borrowing pictures, a review policy, or tips page is stealing too.
If you are copy/pasting anything to change it into your own words, you are plagiarizing.
- Get out a pen and paper.
- Make notes of the points you’re seeing that you would like to address in your own words on your blog.
- Wait a few days. This part is important because it will help you forget what you’ve read and allow you time to come up with your own words.
- Now sit down and type.
- Still stumped? Ask a friend or family member for help. I can not tell you how many times Mr. Whimsy has helped me tweak or perfect something for my site. He is my proofreader and assistant.
- Be you. Trust me your readers want to read you.
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