Welcome to the Feature & Follow


Increase Blog FollowersThe Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work?

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to WordPress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don’t have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed. All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.

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Our Feature this week:

Margo L. Dill

When did you start blogging?

I have been blogging since 2006 for WOW! Women On Writing (http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com), but my own blog I’ve had since 2007, after coming back from a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference and realizing that I needed a “web presence.”

What is your favorite part of book blogging?
I like knowing about a lot of current books that I wouldn’t know about if I was not blogging. Because I blog, I read a lot of different types of books I wouldn’t normally and meet a lot of great authors I wouldn’t know about either. Blogging forces me to make time for reading, which is such an important part of being a writer!

What type of books do you mainly blog about?
Mostly I do children’s and young adult books. I’m currently trying to focus more on books that have girl power! too. So, any books that show girls being strong, working through problems, active in sports, etc I would LOVE to blog about now–from picture books to new adult.

What is your favorite book(s)?
That is the hardest question for a book blogger. A book that changed my life and the way I see the world is non-fiction actually called HALF THE SKY–I recommend everyone read this book about the way women are still treated around the world and what we are doing about it to change and make women equal. And just last night, I was texting with another friend who loves to read YA and telling her that my favorite all-time series really is Harry Potter. I also love a couple less well-known authors: Brian Katcher and Jadie Jones, both are YA.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
I think it has to be the number of people I’ve met–authors, publicists, editors, agents, other book bloggers–because of my blog. It is such a wonderfully supportive community, and one that definitely returns the favors. Many of them have become my cyber friends beyond book blogging–we share family moments and laughs on Facebook and Twitter, too!

 

This weeks Question:

How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing

Really important, that is why I have a hard time reading Indies. In a perfect world Self-pubbed authors would also hire editors. But, I do prefer good characters over phenomenal writing. Because a beautifully written book with lackluster characters – well that should just be poetry or something.

 

Parajunkee, Urban Fantasy, Blogger TipsNew Feature! Next weeks question will be a question

What are your non-book guilty pleasures? Like TV shows, food, websites, hobbies, etc

Also if you are worried about your followers not knowing how to follow you — here are some great banners that you might use:

RSS GFC email bloglovin

Right Click, Save to your hard drive, upload to your #FF post and link to the “subscribe” link of your choice. RULES To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!