5 Reasons Not to Do the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2016

This year was a very strange reading year for me. I read more than I ever have before—I’ll finish out the year with 60ish books marked as “read.” My professional world started to center on books, too—writing for Book Riot, Kirkus Reviews, NoveList, Psych Central, etc…my writing career was (is) headed towards “books” as my niche specialty. I also bought a ton of books, invested in bookshelves (which I promptly filled), and even got some awesome review copies. But something felt off. Starting in August I felt this kind of choking anxiety as I realized I was sick of books. I didn’t want to think about books at all, didn’t want to describe books, write about them, write descriptions of them, or even look at them or read them. Yeah, I was having an off year of reading. And now, as I wrote on Book Riot, I’m trying to bounce back. One of the ways I will try to “bounce back” is by not doing a Goodreads Reading Challenge like I’ve done in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. My colleague at Book Riot, Jess Pryde, wrote a really insightful article reflecting on her time this year when she did not set a reading challenge on...

Tips and Advice for Aspiring Book Bloggers

In a little less than one year my blog went from bite sized to big, and so did my writing career. I can barely believe it but Broke By Books is officially 1 year old this month with my first post being published exactly one year ago on November 15th, 2014. Since then I’ve drive my traffic from 700 page views over the first 6 months to 900 unique page views a month or more on average over the last 3 months and posted more than 50 pieces of unique content, including a mix of reviews and feature length posts. Starting a book blog has led to coveted (and paid) freelance writing opportunities, has given me access to in-demand advanced review copies, and has established me an authority on the subject of books. It’s been trial and error for sure, but I’ve learned a lot about book blogging, often the hard or circuitous way. When I first started Broke By Books I googled “Tips for starting a book blog” and “Advice for becoming a book blog” and the like. For the most part I didn’t find the information I wanted, so now I’m writing the article I wish I had...

The $260 All Freelancers Need to Add to Their Annual Budget

Wow, I reached the point where I felt suffocated by the walls of my house the other day. It’s been a nonstop grind going straight from finals into wrapping up a writing project before I launch into the next editorial role, meanwhile plotting for BBB’s relaunch, and hot damn, I’m ready to put down my laptop. I knew I had reached my limit when I had cycled through my extensive tea collection of about 25+ different teas and then yes, oh yes, not even Jon Snow and Minerva could keep me here. So I fled for Starbucks. And that was the right move. Many freelancers, especially those who are early in their careers, are tempted to stay at home and do the whole quiet hermit thing. It’s cheap, you can put some trashy reality TV on the tube for background noise, and if you get stuck on a sentence you can get up, stretch, and go hug a pet. That’s the picture that many people have of freelancing…that you sit around in your pajamas all day and can go out and not brush your teeth until 3:00. And oh, isn’t that nice. Well, that’s one option. But it’s not how...

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