#WaitingOnWednesday No.7 | A Book Blogger decides to [self-publish] her #bookblog’s best of the best ‘book reviews’ via #Kickstarter!

Posted Wednesday, 26 December, 2018 by jorielov , , 0 Comments

a word about ‘waiting on Wednesday’:

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I have decided to start participating in this book blogsphere meme with a few small changes of how it’s regularly blogged about by my fellow book bloggers. I will either be introducing my current reads of upcoming releases as I am in the process of reading them and/or I might be releasing a book review about a forthcoming title by which I had been blessed to read ahead of publication. The main purpose behind the meme is to encourage readers and your fellow book bloggers to become aware of new books being released which caught your eye and which held your interest to read. Sometimes if your still in the process of reading the books, its the titles which encouraged your bookish heart. I look forward to spending the next seasons of the year, talking about the books I have on hand to read, the books I’ve been reading and the books I might not even have a copy to read but which are of wicked sweet interest to become a #nextread of mine.

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A bit of a back-story on my connection to Andrea | Little Red Reviewer:

When Andrea first contacted me about her project emerging onto #Kickstarter in January, 2019 I was wicked OVERJOYED she thought of me to be part of her #streetteam to get the WORD out about this remarkable *idea!* she had to transform the words she’s etched into her online blog into a *tangible, touchable ‘book’* wherein you can take a more personal glimpse into the work she’s left behind in the book blogosphere.

She had such a valid point about our writings on our ‘book blogs’ – as a lot of people I am sure might want to readily ‘dismiss’ what we’re doing – they might not even understand the conceptional difference between ‘book bloggers & book reviewers’ as there is a bit of a difference between the two mediums of sharing our bookish ruminations; as book bloggers, we have the tendency to go a bit deeper, a bit further and explore a bit more of our emotional reactions as we’re reading than what a reviewer might consider to elude to in their (shorter) review as the reviews you’ll find on a book blogger’s blog are uniquely longer in length!

Our paths first crossed during the blogosphere (its reached pop iconic status now for those of us who are geeky on Sci Fi) even known affectionately as #RRSciFiMonth | Sci Fi November to those of us who’ve been round since it was first founded in [2013] by Rinn of Rinn Reads. Rinn has moved into other areas of interest outside of book blogging but her vision & her passion for Science Fiction lives on in her stead. The even is co-hosted by Lisa (@deargeekplace) and Imyril (@imyril) – who are my partners in crime when it comes to co-hosting @WyrdAndWonder as well as other events in the blogosphere or twitterverse such as our current RAL series for the Wayfarer series.

Andrea and I also share a passionate attachment to the writings of Julie E. Czerneda who gave us The Clan Chronicles (read through my archives of the ENTIRE 3x trilogy series as I read each novel in sequence of the world in which they reside). We shared some lovely moments in the latter trilogy’s blog tour(s) (see also this Post & this one too) leading into the final release which capstoned the series and gave us an emotional ‘ending’ to a beloved series.

She also hosts the annual January readthon #VintageSciFiMonth – an event I’ve never had the pleasure of joining until this coming January, 2019! With a bit of helpful suggestions being relayed to me via my fellow bookish geeks on LibraryThing as I pitched a Q about which Classic authors I ought to be reading if I wanted to seek out a certain variety of ‘Science Fiction’. I’m quite sure some of it will parlay into my readings for the 2019 #RRSciFiMonth as well!

Even though we’ve remained in touch over the years, sharing a love of Science Fiction & the Speculative Realms, I remain in awe of how being a book blogger has led to connections far outside the initial joys I envisioned I’d find in my life when I first started to take those tentative steps to find my blogging voice in [2013]. I love supporting my fellow book bloggers & in this case, it is a bold light on finding a route towards preserving the work we’ve left behind as each story in turn curated our ruminations & left us dearly affected for the journey we took into the STORIES.

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Jorie pitches a discussion about what led to the development of:

The Best of Little Red Reviewer (the book)

The conceptional idea you have of publishing a record of your book reviews, of the thoughts which were inspired out of the stories which give us the most to contemplate – good, bad, or indifferent – is what keeps the conversations about stories moving forward to new generations. For each reader who finds a story, irregardless of their initial reactions there is someone else out there who will (potentially) read the same story – having their own thoughts and takeaways to add to the consensus and collective of ‘readership’ today.

I suppose what I am asking – is how compelling and inspirational it is to find a fellow book blogger who is taking this journey we’ve all taken and elevating it to a new audience. By declaring the work we’ve left behind on our blogs ‘means something’ and is relevant to be known. That the work we’ve put into how we articulate our bookish thoughts has relevancy and to have a portable collection of those thoughts is a way of preserving the journey we took into the stories themselves.

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When I tell people I’m kickstarting a print book of the book reviews I’m most proud of, the most common response has been “so, it’s just stuff that’s already on your blog?”.

Yes, it is “stuff” that’s already on my blog.  But this project is so much more than that!

Let me show you the “stuff” that’s already on my blog.  Go to my review index. Start scrolling. Keep scrolling . . more. . .  more scrolling. . . more . .   you’ll be to the bottom in about 10 minutes. From those nearly 500 reviews, how would you have any idea which reviews are decently written, which reviews will help you decide if you want to read a book or not, which reviews show some passion?

There’s no way to know. Trust me.

There is a ton of material on my blog that I am super proud of. Maybe 100 people read certain reviews, maybe other reviews were read by no one but me. But it is content that I am proud of. I am proud of how I took my emotional response to a story I read, and articulated that in a way that might make sense to others. I held a mirror up to my experience and got my feeling down on paper, so to speak. All that wonderful material? It’s getting really hard to locate, because there’s so much stuff on that site. The signal is getting lost in the noise.

That’s why I’m kickstarting The Best of Little Red Reviewer. This book will bundle my best reviews into one enjoyable book. You won’t have to endlessly scroll through pages, or try to guess the right tag to search, or dig through the review index because you remember the author’s name but have forgotten the book’s title. Everything you want, every beautiful sentence I’ve written, will finally be in one place.

The first thing I had to do when this project started brewing was decide what reviews I wanted to include. That meant going through every blog post I’ve ever created (and holy wow is there a lot of them!) and decide if a review was amazing, good, or just OK. I expected that everything I wrote in my first two years (2010-2011) would be just okay, and as I reviewed more, the reviews I wrote would get consistently better. Not so! I was surprised! I found some excellent reviews I wrote in 2010, and 2018 had a surprising amount of just so-so reviews. Was it the frame of mind I was in during those years? Was it the books I was reading? The amount of free time I had to read and review? Just going through my reviews, and thinking about the frame of mind I’ve been in at different times over the last eight years has been an enlightening journey unto itself.

I originally started reviewing books as a way to help me remember what I’d read. I have always been terrible at remembering names, and my whole life I’ve known that if write something down, I am more likely to remember it. The vast majority of my reviews start with handwritten notes, and as I am writing longhand, I am better able to remember what I’ve read and what I’m thinking about. So the reviewing started as a way to help me remember. It has turned into so much more than that!  It is pure joy to not only write down my thoughts as a way to help remember the book, but also to analyze those thoughts, to pick apart the #AllTheFeels, and sometimes just the experience of feeling something, anything, is amazing. Real life can be boring or painful or annoying or just plain dumb. The feelings I get from books, well, they are all the colors of the rainbow.  When I write my notes longhand, I get to experience those feelings again. When I read the finished review, I get to experience those feelings again.

Writing, and then reading my reviews has become a way to returning to how a book made me feel. If you could distill how a book makes you feel, and pour that feeling into a cocktail glass, and experience that feeling with every sip, the name of that cocktail bar is the best content on The Little Red Reviewer.

This book, The Best of Little Red Reviewer, allows my work to exist outside a computer screen.

Do people care about book reviews? I think they do. Are they interested in seeing how I’ve responded to books they like, or what I think of books they’ve never heard of? I think they are. When you come across my review of a book you’ve also read, I want to know – did you feel the same way? We all read the same books, the same words in the same order, and we often have completely different reactions! And I love that!

My goal for The Best of Little Red Reviewer is the same as my goal for my blog: if you discover even one new-to-you author and find their work enjoyable, or if one of my reviews sparks a conversation in your life, my work here is done.

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As book bloggers, our blogs evolve to becoming a piece of ourselves – a small window into our bookish worlds but elements of our personal lives are inked out through the ruminative thoughts we’re sharing about the stories we’re reading. It is inevitable having our blogs go through a merger of mindful intention – between the thoughtfulness of sharing our honest thoughts honed through a lifetime of reading and the bits of ourselves which naturally organically flow into our blog narratives.

As you look back on the life of your blog – what have you noticed most about your growth as a person, as a blogger and as a reader? Is there a noticeable change you felt as you moved through the years you’ve blogged or was it much more gradual – to where you almost hadn’t realised the growth you’ve gone through?

a preview of what is to come in our conversation this January, 2019!

We, as book bloggers pour our hearts and souls into our blogs – their our own space in the book blogosphere, a tiny spec of a niche in the wider scheme of the online world – yet, for each of us, our bookish thoughts have become something truly important to each of us who becomes vulnerable to sharing our thoughts, our feelings and our conversations. We take a chance on being openly honest about what excites us, what challenges us, what disillusions us and what motivates us to consistently continue to seek out new worlds, new thoughts and new genres of enlightenment.

The conceptional idea you have of publishing a record of your book reviews, of the thoughts which were inspired out of the stories which give us the most to contemplate – good, bad, or indifferent – is what keeps the conversations about stories moving forward to new generations. For each reader who finds a story, irregardless of their initial reactions there is someone else out there who will (potentially) read the same story – having their own thoughts and takeaways to add to the consensus and collective of ‘readership’ today.

What I found most fascinating as a fellow book blogger whose noticed her own growth as a writer and as a blogger is how this idea materialised and how clever it is to take a bold step forward to say all these hours we’ve poured over our blogs, of the thoughts we dearly felt imperative to impart to our readers and visitors on our blogs – to the criticisms we might have shared and the insight of life, world-building, dramatisations of characters and the timescapes of realities lived only through the lens of a fictional story curated against the pages of a novel, short story or novella – led us into where we find ourselves on our blogs.

A curious hearted reader who wishes to share her/his/their thoughts with the global bookish community – seeking like-minded spirits who understand the need to talk about the stories which occupy our hearts, minds and imaginations. Stories have a way of staying with us, of grounding us and of elevating our empathy, compassion and knowledge – of not just the persons who live similar lives to our own, but to everyone, everywhere who is living and seeking this adventure we call life. Even if it is found within Speculative Literature – those realms are intrinsically familiar to each of us, as those species and characters are also seeking what we’ve always sought ourselves.

I suppose what I am asking of Andrea through this two-part series of exploring her Kickstarter journey – is how compelling and inspirational it is to find a fellow book blogger who is taking this journey we’ve all taken and elevating it to a new audience. By declaring the work we’ve left behind on our blogs ‘means something’ and is relevant to be known. That the work we’ve put into how we articulate our bookish thoughts has relevancy and to have a portable collection of those thoughts is a way of preserving the journey we took into the stories themselves.

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I can’t wait to read the comments & hear my fellow book blogger’s reactions to this Kickstarter! I am looking forward to being a contributor to the project & for being a future cheerleader for the campaign itself! Let us shine a light on Andrea’s project & stand united as a community of book bloggers who each appreciate the journey we’ve undertaken but also, recognise the value & worth in our words, in our memories & in the beauty of finding inspiration to ‘blog’ due to the characters & worlds writers give us to READ.

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This promo post for The Little Red Reviewer Kickstarter Campaign is courtesy of:

About Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson has run the book review blog Little Red Reviewer (littleredreviewer.wordpress.com) since 2010, where she has published over 400 reviews covering all sorts of science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between.

Andrea is the creator of #VintageSciFiMonth blogging event, and she has organized read alongs and blog tours. She was a contributor to SFSignal, and is currently the author interviewer at Apex Magazine. Andrea and her husband live in a college town in Michigan, and their home looks like a library that exploded.

In January of 2019, Andrea will be running a Kickstarter to print a book of The Best of Little Red Reviewer, which will include her best reviews.

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Be sure to visit the rest of the promotional tour:

Interview with Andrea | Lucy Synder

Guest Post about Kickstarting “The Best of Little Red Reviewer” | The Skiffy and Fanty Show

Guest Post about Kickstarter | Books, Bones & Buffy

Guest Post about Kickstarter Project Challenges | Books Without Any Pictures

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on the 16th of January for an interview with Andrea!

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Similar to blog tours where I feature book reviews, as I choose to highlight an author via a Guest Post, Q&A, Interview, etc., I do not receive compensation for featuring supplemental content on my blog. I provide the questions for interviews and topics for the guest posts; wherein I receive the responses back from publicists and authors directly. I am naturally curious about the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of stories and the writers who pen them; I have a heap of joy bringing this content to my readers.
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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

"I write my heart out and own my writing after it has spilt out of the pen." - self quote (Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story)

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