Posted by Diana Murdock
I’d gone through an apple, two yogurts, and a handful of pretzels (I think better when I snack) and still I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon Bookish Temptations. It could have been from any number of avenues. You know how it is, we’re hanging around Twitter, watching the tweets, something catches our eye, we follow it, which leads us down another vein then to another. But I do remember the blog post that originally caught my attention, and that was Sexy Sentence Saturday. I started following Bookish Temptations and looked forward to the day of the week when Bookish posted Book Blogger Confessions, which gave great insight into the workings of this particular book blogger’s mind.
This led me to some reverse thinking. As authors, we’re constantly looking for avenues through which we can pitch our novels and ways to get noticed. The book bloggers and reviewers are tremendously helpful in that regard. We all look to them to help us get the word out. They rock at what they do: Reading, reviewing, blogging their thoughts, interviewing us to get inside our head.
But… Have you ever wondered what goes on inside theirs?
This week I decided to turn the tables. Tamie, from Bookish Temptations, has graciously allowed me to put her in the hot seat and to answer a few of my own questions. So grab your favorite beverage and enjoy.
Thanks for being here, Tamie. To start off, what inspired you to start blogging in the first place?
An opportunity presented itself and it sounded both interesting and fun. I’ve been a bookaholic as long as I can remember, and I liked the idea of having a forum to share my passion with others.
Do you remember what your very first blog was about?
I reviewed the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I was so nervous the day it published I thought I might throw up or pass out…Seriously.
That’s a huge series to review the first time out, Tamie. I loved that series. I’d like to see that review of yours! Perhaps you can send me a link? Okay, sorry for the diversion… So, now you have a “team.” Who are they and what are their special areas of interest?
Debb is the first person I asked to join Bookish. I’d left the blog I started with to begin my own, and after about a month I realized that Bookish needed something. I knew that Debb was an expert where FanFic is concerned, and that a lot of peeps read a lot of it. So I asked her and happily she said yes. She then added Annie and together they became a super team on Fridays.
Next I asked Morgan to do a guest post, and I loved it so much I asked him to join us permanently. He agreed to a once a month deal. He’s an author and gives great tips during his Wordslinger posts. He has a fabulous sense of humor too, which is what drew me to his writing in the 1st place.
Gina and Elena came next and at about the same time. I knew both of them were avid readers, and I was looking for 2 very specific things…more reviews on BT, and quite frankly…I needed a break from posting every day. They’re both excellent reviewers and sounding boards.
Our newest team member is Katiebird. Debb needed to take some time off, and Katiebird has guest hosted FanFic Friday in the past, so I was thrilled when she said yes. We’ve also discovered that we’re very alike in a lot of ways…kindred spirits if you will.
Having a team is a great approach! It definitely keeps the posts diverse. Do you get a lot of review requests? If so, which camp makes up the greatest percentage – indies or trads?
It seems to come in waves… a few a week and them BAM! A whole bunch at once. Right now there’s a fairly long waiting list, so I’m really limiting the yeses. Most of it is indie at the moment.
This next question will help me as well as other authors, I’m sure. Is there a “protocol” on your site that requesting authors should follow but sometimes don’t?
Yes… anytime an author or publisher/publicist requests a review from a book blog they need to be prepared to furnish a copy of the book. Most know this and offer to do so, but every once in a while a request comes in without mention of a book being provided. In my reply I always let them know what formats we accept and I remind them of our ratings policy. If the book doesn’t rate a 3 or above it won’t be reviewed.
Of all of the books you read, what genres do you prefer?
My personal favorites are Romance, Erotica, Paranormal, and Historical. I also enjoy Mystery/Suspense…just not as much as I used to.
There’s always something going on at Bookish Temptations. Do you find it difficult to find a balance between your extensive blogging and your personal life?
Hmmm… While I do spend a huge amount of time every day doing something in conjunction with the blog I really enjoy it, and let’s face it… I’m not being forced to do it… it’s a choice. I went on a 10 day vacation to Canada in April and I kept in touch every day, but I didn’t spend hours on it, and it didn’t interfere with the fabulous time I had. So for now at least I’m ok with the balance…or lack thereof.
Your blogging is so diverse. What is your favorite topic to blog about?
O…that’s a tough one. I really love trying to find unique ways to spotlight my favorite authors and their book(s) for example: when I asked several authors to contribute a character Valentine during V-day week, or when I did the Gabriel’s Inferno tour. I’m doing a fun one again this Wednesday with Gabriel’s Rapture which will be published before this is, and the Sexy Sentence Saturday. Also, I love writing the Observations posts…they’re usually based on something personal, but I try to bring in something literary based as well. My favorite meme is the Book Blogger Confessions every other week. Yeah…that was way more than one
On the topic of author availability, how important is that to a blogger?
I think to have a really great book blog you need to have some good relationships with the authors you feature. So far I’ve been incredibly lucky in that respect. (Crosses fingers and toes having said that).
What is your take on the move from trad published to indie published and the overall quality of novels that are put out?
Since most of what I read comes from indie authors/publishers I would say it’s terrific. Just because an author doesn’t have a “powerhouse’ publishing company behind them doesn’t mean they aren’t amazingly gifted writers. I’ve seen some peeps complain about horrible editing and lots of errors in indie books, but I just haven’t found that to be true for the most part. Are there some? Of course, but I’ve seen books put out by the “big boys” that had them as well. I have seen that more with self-published authors, but most of the time it isn’t so bad that I just want to throw the book away. Yes, it can be distracting, but maybe I have a higher tolerance for it than others do.
Do you have a reading preference between trad and indie?
For me… I’m really liking all the indie books I’ve read in the past year. I like trying to bring attention to authors that others might overlook, and in all honesty they’ve been some of the best written and have become personal favorites…so I’m quite happy to be an indie girl.
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I’m thrilled to hear you say that, Tamie, but then again, I’m a bit biased on the indie movement.
Thanks again, Tamie for stopping by and putting on a different hat for awhile. It’s good to know what goes on inside a book blogger’s mind.
Bookish Temptations is one of the many great book bloggers out there and they have so much to say, and then some! So swing by Tamie’s blog or hook up with her and her crew on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.
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