Goals, Reflection, and Giveaways!

Hey y'all!Today is going to be the last day of my blogoversary celebration, so I hope you guys enjoy! I've set up some goals for me and the rest of the year as a blogger, so I'd like to just share them with y'all today.

Goals

More Unique Content - Sometimes when I haven't blogged in a while, I panic and just do a meme. I really love my unique content - trailers, articles, mini-reviews, and more - and I don't want my blog to be bogged down by memes all the time. So that's one of my goals: more unique content. When I can't think of something, I'll just do an article or something. I will occasionally still do memes, but I won't make them every week or every day.More Reviews - My reviews are long. 2000 word reviews take a while to write, and sometimes, I just don't have the time. But this year, I am resolving to review more books and set aside an hour a day or something like that not for blogging, but specifically for reviewing. I do review a lot, but in the past month or so, I've run into a major case of review block that I've been fixing and this is one of my ways to do that.More Readership - I love you guys, I really do, but I'd love to have more consistent viewers and commenters and build my blog up to be even more solid. It's the most amazing feeling to get 950 subscribers (well, now I have 948) because that many people actually care. That's an amazing feeling for a teenager who sometimes feels like nobody cares. Also, I'd like to eventually have my blog be bigger and more of a presence instead of our little tiny, consistent readership.Publisher Interaction - I have only requested a book from a publisher once or twice because I wanted to improve my readership and my reviews before I did. I also wanted to show that I was serious. I'd like to change that. Starting today (after I catch up on Netgalley reads), I am going to actually request a book from a publisher. I would like to eventually be a part of cover reveals and mailings and all that fun publishing stuff. I am going to Book Expo America in June, so I'm really excited to make contacts and meet the people I've been networking with for months! If you're going, drop me a line in the comments.

Reflection

Words Like Silver has been the most amazing experience. It's a little frustrating having a passion that nobody around you can reciprocate, and that's how I was feeling with my classmates. I go to a tiny private school, and ten years with forty people who have not much in common with you is a bit depressing to deal with sometimes. Granted, now, a ton of my friends are adults from blogging and I've met other teens who share my passions!

A lot of the time, I would think of myself as an adult in a teen's body. I already know what I want to do, how I want to get there, and Words Like Silver is the only thing that I can do right now to get me to my goal. It's not only beneficial to learning how the industry works and getting to make contacts and indulge in the fun parts of it, but it's also just the most amazing experience in terms of meeting people!

A year ago, the only author that I had met was one who came to my school. I didn't really understand it at the time, I just knew that it was an author visiting, and I wish that I had talked with him more. Now, I'm friends with some of them! I've found some bloggers who are almost exactly like me in the way that I think, and who I generally consider some of my best friends, even though I've never met them. It's a bit hard to understand if you aren't part of the book community, but now, I can't imagine not being in it. It makes me feel like I have a purpose, and Words Like Silver is one of the best things that ever happened to me.

Thank you.

Giveaways

Finally, what a lot of you have been waiting for! Siobhan Vivian and Francisco X. Stork are two of my "author friends" and have generously offered to giveaway copies of their books for my blogoversary!

 The List by Siobhan Vivian

 

This is the most incredible book. I reviewed it back in December. I included it in my "Most Honest" in my "Best Books of 2011" post back at the end of the year, and it really impacted me and the way that I thought. The honesty and understanding of how teens work was the most amazing thing, and the relationships and everything was spot-on. I can honestly say that I recommend this book to literally every teen that asks me for a recommendation because it's absolutely stunning. Siobhan Vivian is offering up a signed copy of The List for giveaway.

Francisco X. Stork Books

       

Francisco is offering up three signed copies: one of Marcelo in the Real World, one of Irises, and one The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, one book to each of three lucky winners. Francisco has a beautiful and refreshing writing style, and I highly recommend his books!

Rules

Must be 13+ years oldOpen to U.S./CanadaEnds at 11:59 on April 28, 2012

How to Enter

To enter, please fill out the form below and I'll use a random list generator to come up with the winners. I'll email the winners and send their details to the authors! Thank y'all so much for helping me celebrate my blogoversary and I hope y'all enjoy!

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