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Top Ten Things That Make My Life As A Blogger Easier/Better
1. Netgalley: I became a blogger when eARCs were becoming a big thing. I quickly decided to embrace the change (despite vowing to only love physical books) and it's been wonderful. Especially now that I am blessed with a lot of review copies and only have so much room for books.
2. Edelweiss: Not only is Edelweiss a great resource for eARCs, but they also have catalogs and a ton of info about upcoming books. Don't get hung up on requesting ARCs here - dig deeper and see what other amazing things they have to offer.
3. Goodreads: I don't think a blogger can survive without Goodreads to help track and organize what you've read. Also, take time to interact with other people on their forums! You can learn a ton. Last year everyone wanted to know how I had the inside track at authors signing at BEA - it's because there's a BEA forum where there are dozens of people scouring websites, twitter, and facebook and then sharing that info. Also? There's giveaways.
4. Blog Tour Hosts: Specifically, blog tour hosts (like Kismet and Rockstar) that go above and beyond by providing all the info needed to make a blog tour post a success - everything from review copies to banners to html codes to pictures. I adore working with these two groups as they're amazing.
5. Twitter: Twitter is the best way to network as a blogger. You can interact with authors, publishers, and other bloggers there.
6. Google Drive: A great way to organize documents. I have spreadsheets on here for everything from giveaways to my BEA schedule. It saves everything and is easy to navigate.
7. BookExpo America: This conference is absolutely amazing for introducing me to knew and upcoming books. I love chatting with publicists and authors about what they're excited for and putting faces to names in person. Also? It's like a huge blogger reunion as I get to hang out with some of my favorite people!
8. Bloggers: Yes, other bloggers are an immense help to me. I have made some of the best friends blogging - frinedships that go beyond, "OMG! Did you read this book yet?" These are people I know I can call when my real life goes crazy and I need to vent. People who get all my crazy.
9. Publicists: Some of the hardest working people in the business. These people take the time to organize book tours, schedules, promote upcoming books, send out review copies, and answer a myriad of questions. I have met some of the coolest publicists since becoming a blogger.
10. Blogger: I know there's a big debate over blogger and wordpress, but blogger works for me. I like it. I know it. And most the blogs I follow are on it. For now? I'm a Blogger on blogger.