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Friday, July 20, 2012

Author Jodi Meadows discusses working with Bloggers!


As you may not know, I love Jodi to death and her book, Incarnate was the very first ARC I received from a publisher and is still one of my favorite reads. Jodi is an amazing author and person and I'm so happy she agreed to write up a post about authors working with bloggers. In my opinion, Jodi is one of the most successful authors when it comes to working with bloggers and her willingness to do interviews, guest posts, blog tours, and all sorts of things is an amazing attribute. So, everyone welcome Jodi to the blog today!

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

*A Kippy is a cat.
PART ONE: A few people with blogs.

By the time I got an offer on the INCARNATE trilogy, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the way publishing worked. I'd been writing for seven years, was on my second agent, and I'd even read slush for an agent to help educate myself about the business.

And then a friend told me about book bloggers.

While I was intrigued and pleased by the notion of people blogging about what they read, I admit, I dismissed it. I didn't understand how a few people with blogs could do very much.

Two years later, I want to thwap past-me on the forehead. Pay attention. That's what I'd tell myself.

Not much happened that first year. I kept my head down and wrote books, but then something magical happened: I got a cover for INCARNATE and I discovered the power of book bloggers.

The cover spread from blog to blog to blog. INCARNATE appeared on thousands more "to read" shelves on Goodreads. Zillions of new Twitter followers told me how excited they were to read the book. I had more interview requests than I knew what to do with. Everywhere I looked, it seemed like people were talking about my book. Even my publisher heard the noise bloggers made, and decided to give INCARNATE a little extra nudge.

It was an exciting time, and I began to realize that while I'd been there, minding my own business before the cover came out, a few bloggers had started following me on Twitter and reading my blog, just waiting. When they cover appeared, they were ready. They made noise. They spread the word.

As INCARNATE's release neared, bloggers continued to be amazing advocates for my book by including it in memes like Waiting On Wednesday and Teaser Tuesday. They passed around their ARCs on tours and did the most important thing anyone can do for a book they love:* they talked about it.

When I asked bloggers if they'd be willing to help me with a ridiculous scavenger-hunt-like thing to celebrate the release of INCARNATE, dozens raised their hands. Ideas, enthusiasm, and determination to the best job possible: that's what I got from them. The event was such a success that I've already been getting questions about whether we'll be doing the same thing for ASUNDER's release in seven months.

What can a few people with blogs do?

A lot.

*Well, that and buying a copy or ten.

PART TWO: Dealing with the drama.

Let's face it: the YA book world is dramatic. It seems like there's always some scandal happening. Bloggers vs. authors. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Crochet vs. knitting. But we all love yarn baseball books, so why can't we get along?

I truly believe that 95% of bloggers and authors just want to talk about books in a drama-free world, but just like with any group of passionate people, drama happens. So what's an author to do when they approach bloggers for assistance?

Treat them like people. In fact, treat them like people who are doing lots of work to promote books . . . in their spare time. And for free.

While, yes, there are bloggers who are in it for the ARCs and never do the work that comes along with that privilege, there are authors who are in it for the prestige, too. Not all authors are like someone who hops into YA to make a quick buck. Most authors become authors because they love storytelling. They love books. The same goes for bloggers; they shouldn't be judged by the actions of a few.

Book bloggers can do a lot for an author, but it takes respect and hard work from both sides to make it work.

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I'd like to thank Jodi for taking her time to write up this post and share her opinions, especially in such a sensitive time for us all. I love and appreciate her and I think she's done an amazing job reaching out to bloggers and doing her best to work with us.

Bloggers, what's been your experience working with authors? If you're an author, how do reach out to bloggers? What are your opinions about bloggers in general?

16 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful post, I totally agree with you & it's nice for bloggers to feel appreciated once in a while. There is nothing more rewarding, when an author actually reads your review of their book & leaves a little comment. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  2. This was really great! I loved hearing how she discovered the power of the book blogger. :)

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  3. Love this post and Jodi Meadows! I have been lucky to only have had great experiences with authors, including Jodi. I loved the scavenger hunt she put together. I totally agree with the last line about respect and work from both sides. That is definitely what is important.

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  4. Oooh yes. As you said in twitter, there has been a LOT of drama going on (What I think of ARCs giveaways?! Isn't it, gee you know, THE POINT!)
    In the other hand, the book publishing world is an industry, & works as such as any other. We love books & that SHOULD be enough.

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  5. Thank you thank you thank you for this. I already knew that Jodi "gets it" but it's nice to have that affirmation out there for everyone!

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  6. This is a great post. I have been really lucky and only had good experiences so far. (Including the scavenger hunt for Incarnate) I really hate all the drama and I think that Jodi worded things perfectly.

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  7. What a fabulous post! I can see why you like and admire Jodi so much, Anna! I'm thrilled she took the time to write this honest and thoughtful post. It's so refreshing to see an author who has such a great attitude toward bloggers.

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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  8. I love this post! Although I'm not exactly a blogger, I admire how she took the time to actually write this and all of her appreciation for bloggers as they do work pretty hard! :) And she is amazing!!

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  9. :) Such a heartwarming guest post!!!!!! I love everything Jodi said and hearing her story! Yay happy posts about the world outside drama! Thanks Anna and Jodi!

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  10. I really LOVED this posts! props to you Anna for posting it and Jodi for talking about it! Loved both parts!

    - juhina

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  11. This is a great guest post! First of all I learned that it took Jodi seven years of writing before she had a book come out (which makes aspiring authors hopeful). Then I got super excited she praised bloggers and mentioned two awesome memes.
    Jodi Meadows is my hero! Not only for her writing but her humble attitude. And everyone was right to buzz about Incarnate's cover. An enthusiasm for reading is infectious, and it's so wonderful to be a part of a blogging world that puts reading at the top of its list when there are so many activities and technologies to choose from.
    -Jenna

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  12. This is a great post. Jodi's scavenger hunt for Incarnate's release was actually one of the first events I ran across in the book blogging world, and it is one of the reasons I got back into it, because when I first did book blogging, I hadn't found the social aspect at all.

    I think I'm going to put up a post about it, and link back to this!

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  13. I really love this post! I got to meet Jodi Meadows in person, and she was so amazing and kind!! <3 I think she said everything wonderfully. I loved hearing about how she discovered book bloggers! And she's definitely right about all the drama. It only takes a few people to mess up our rep.

    Fabulous guest post, Jodi!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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  14. I'm very new to the book blogging community but I feel very blessed after seeing all the...showdowns...with the blogger vs. author, every author I've come in contact with has been amazing and all of them have been so sweet and understanding. That kind of attitude makes me want to support them that much more. Thank you for the post!!

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  15. What a great post! As an indie author Jodie's story and humility are inspiring. As a reader, it's great to see someone so successful remain grounded and appreciative of those who helped them achieve that level of success!

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  16. This is such a great, great post! Thanks so much Jodie and Anna :)

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