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Resources for new and aspiring book bloggers

You’ve decided you want to be a book blogger. Great! But where do you start? There are so many considerations that we’ll go into in future posts, but in the meantime, I want to share with you my top resources for book blogging. I will regularly update this post as I find new, tried, tested and Summers-approved resources and contacts.

Blogging and Reviewing

The first thing you’ll need to do is create your platform. To start with, this doesn’t need to be anything special—just a blog to post reviews and promos for your chosen reads. You’ll also need to sign up to be able to post reviews on other platforms to really support authors.

PR Companies

You’ll want to be signed up to a number of book promo companies to ensure you’re receiving all the latest book review and promo opportunities. There are loads of these around, so I’m sharing with you my tried and tested favourites that consistently deliver opportunities that interest me.

Branding

A professional logo is a must, and, eventually, a professionally-designed website will be on the horizon for you. Mine is currently being built as I write this, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Equipment

The minimum is downloading the Kindle app on your phone or tablet, but, ideally, you’ll want to invest in an e-reader. I use the Kindle Paperwhite and I swear by it—it also means that I can’t get distracted as I know I would on a tablet/phone. A Kindle case will protect your purchase from scratches and damage if you’re lugging it about everywhere.

Marketing

Of course, you’ll need to sign your blog up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to join the thriving book community.

Once you’re set up and posting and reviewing regularly, how do you get people to actually view your blog? My favourite marketing podcast is Chalene Johnson’s Build Your Tribe, which delivers regular content in easily digestible portions.

I also recommend joining the Book Blogger Support Group on Facebook, a community of like-minded people who help each other out, and one of the only book blogging groups not overrun with promotion.

I’d love to know your thoughts—is there anything I’ve missed or anything you can recommend? Let me know in the comments!

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