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Book Blogging 101: ARCs The Ins & Outs

Welcome to Book Blogging 101, a weekly feature on Parajunkee’s View that answers your questions and strives to share great book blogging tips and some helpful hints to help you on your way. When is the appropriate time to start asking for ARC books? I have been blogging for six months now and I would love to start receiving books from publishers! – Sarah@Catchingbooks When you receive ARCs for review, do you always get to keep them or do you have to send them back? I’m a little bit confused on how the whole ARC business works! – Andie While I’ve emailed publishers multiple times now, requesting ARCs and such, I usually don’t get a response. Sometimes the book gets sent and sometimes it doesn’t, but I’ve only had someone respond to me with a name attached once. I’m just wondering how I should go about requesting ARCs in the future, when I don’t have a personal contact to email, I just have the general publisher’s email address. Thanks! – Anna from Literary Exploration How do bloggers get ARCs? I feel like book bloggers treat it as a big secret or give vague answers like “There’s lots of different ways…” What are all the ways YOU know of? And how on earth do bloggers get publishers to send them paperback ARCs in the mail?! – Jessica It would seem...

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Book Blogging 101: Creating a Great Blog Checklist

Welcome to Book Blogging 101, a weekly feature on Parajunkee’s View that answers your questions and strives to share great book blogging tips and some helpful hints to help you on your way.                Dear Para, I recently started my blog about a month and half ago and still feel like I’m fine tuning it every day! Is there a sorta check list of stuff I would need to do to have an awesome blog like your? Things like about me, meme’s, review policies, button holders, connecting to social medias, basic html to help out, etc! Thanks for the help!!! – Tara Hey, Tara, (cute name play BTW) first thank you for the muchos compliments! Refining your blog and making it better takes a lot of work and really, with everyone (even my grandmother) with a blog these days, it takes freshness and originality that will keep you on your toes constantly. Putting a checklist together of what I do might not give you exactly what you need but it might help you in trying to come up with your own checklist that will work for you and your blog. So, let’s get started… Checklist for Creating a Great Blog Target your niche, your specialty Focus on that specialty and tailor your blog around it, your name, the look, the content Narrow down your audience, who is reading your...

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Book Blogging 101: I’m Scared!!!

Home > Feature >Book Blogging 101: I’m scared Welcome to Book Blogging 101, a weekly feature on Parajunkee’s View that answers your questions and strives to share great book blogging tips and some helpful hints to help you on your way. There have been a few bloggers on twitter that mentioned their blogs were erased. Google just took them offline. Can they do this to me? – Scared Blogger User Yes. They Can. Some bloggers are learning the hard way about Blogger/Google’s TOS Here is the story. You wake up one morning and log into your email account, gmail of course and for some reason when you try to log in it gives you a message: Users report this message: “Google Accounts may be disabled because of a perceived violation of either the Google TOS or product-specific TOS.” – ref URL page. I have actually gotten the above message before and hooking up my cell phone worked in starting the page again. But in the process I couldn’t get into Blogger, Google Docs, Picasa — the list goes on, right? But, others have been reporting much worse. Their blog completely gone, another message when they try to log in – that just says their accounts are completely disabled and it usually tracks to Google TOS violations. I know you are thinking what could I POSSIBLY DO that would violate...

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Book Blogging 101: Basic HTML every Blogger Should Know

Home > Feature > Book Blogging 101: Basic HTML every Blogger Should Know Welcome to Book Blogging 101, a weekly feature on Parajunkee’s View that answers your questions and strives to share great book blogging tips and some helpful hints to help you on your way. How do you create a link to your blog to put in blog comments? – Jennifer Simple HTML every blogger should know. You are going to call a link, which is the <a> code. This is how the finalized code string will look with my information. <a href="http://www.parajunkee.com">Parajunkee.com</a> The colored text is your link, keep it within the ” ” marks, you can’t forget those. Remember to always include the whole link, never www.pj.com or pj.com, you always have to include that http:// if not the browser will look within the blog and not out of the blog. You can change the “SHOW” text to anything you want, see I used Parajunkee.com but you can literarily put any text you want. Other HTML Bloggers Should Know Make a statement Bold <b>Your Statement</b> or <strong>Your Statement</strong> Make a statement Italics <i>Your Statement</i> or <em>Your Statement</em> Make a statement Blink <blink>Makes it Blink</blink> Center a Statement<center>Center is helpful if your blogger edit just isn't working</center> Create Headers! Headers Can be Used to add hiercy They also work for SEO & vision impaired readers I’ve styled...

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Book Blogging 101: Gaining New Followers

Home > Feature > Book Blogging 101: Gaining New Followers   Welcome to Book Blogging 101, a weekly feature on Parajunkee’s View that answers your questions and strives to share great book blogging tips and some helpful hints to help you on your way. What is the best way to gather more followers? – Alexander I haven’t gotten one of these questions in awhile, so I thought it might be time to tackle this again, since I might be having to build my audience again (thank you GFC and my transition to WordPress). Build a Following & Get New Followers Get Social! Start by getting on social networks and forums. Check out twitter and Facebook and Book Bloggers on Ning. Post in forums and always leave your link. But don’t be in your face about it. Just post it at the end of your signature. Here is an example: Parajunkee @ parajunkee.com Get on Twitter and follow other bloggers and readers and authors. Retweet interesting things and reply to certain tweets that the people you follow send out. A lot of the times just saying hi will get them to follow you back. Jump on Facebook and create a fan page. It’s very simple there is just a button at the top of other people’s Like pages that says Create A Page. Follow the directions and soon you’ll have...

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