Wow, this summer is flying by!
Maybe that’s par for the course when I have a new release, and I’m kinda digging that I’m staying so busy (it helps keep me focused) but also a little worried as my deadline for my next book is approaching a lot faster than my word count is growing (eep!). But, I have had a LOT of stuff going on, and August is going to be a writing month for me, with as little distractions as possible.
Quick Summer Re-Cap:
- Wild Heart had a fabulous release, and spent over 30 days on the top 100 list for my category!
- Rain of Ash got a new cover and also spent some time on the top 100 lists
- Signed an audio deal for Rain of Ash – I’m so excited to share more soon!!!
- Discovered #Bookstagram (and spent at least a weeks pay on books and props)
- I’ve read at least 3 books that are review/recommendation worthy (will post those soonish)
Still to Come:
- An EPIC August TBR Pile
- To Tame a Wild Heart Blog Tour: Aug 21-26th
- Skydancer Book 2 (Veil of Thorns) Cover Reveal
- Zyne book paperback releases (and giveaway!)
I have some pretty exciting plans for this fall too, but I’ll save those for another post. On to ALL THE BOOKS…
What is #bookstagram? you may be wondering. Or, if not, I’m still gonna tell you.
Bookstagram is an online community of readers who are connected on Instagram. Basically, we take pretty pictures of pretty books, fandom merch, and other bookish things, and discuss books with each other. So, two of my favorite things, really.
I was made for this.
Once I discovered it, I instantly felt like I FOUND MY TRIBE. Bookworms…I knew I was one, I just didn’t know where the super-secret clubhouse was. There is always something to see, share, or participate in, and the community is so welcoming. I’ve even already made some local friends and right now I’m doing a BUDDY READ… did you know a buddy read was even a thing!?!? I didn’t. But, it’s basically a one-on-one or small group book club for introverts (no leaving your reading nest). Like I said, these are my people! The bookstagram community is also extremely generous. There are tons of giveaways, follow-trains, challenges, and shout-outs.
And. The. Merch.
So much merch. I had no idea. I’ve been on the author train for a while, and I knew that most authors print up bookmarks or postcards, but it seemed like the sort of thing you only hand out at conferences, and thus a waste for me. Not so. Bookstagram is all about fandoms and collecting as much bookish stuff as you can and then displaying it.
I’m so inspired by all the bookish merch and fandom goodies and all the amazingly talented creativpreneurs I’ve discovered on Booksta. In fact, I have some plans in the coming months to put together some of my own giveaways, including custom-made Zyne Legacy merch that I am so frickin excited about. So, stay tuned. rubs hands in glee
If you’re curious about Bookstagram, check out the following hashtags, or FOLLOW ME and some of my favorite accounts linked below.
I hope you have an amazing rest of your summer–happy reading!