#WaitingOnWednesday No.8 | An interview with a book blogger whose using #Kickstarter to self-publish “The Best of Little Red Reviewer”!

Posted Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 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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Previously you might remember I shared a Guest Post

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wherein Andrea shared her Kickstarter plans!

Today, I am showcasing the conversation which was sparked out of a desire to better understand what was motivating Andrea to self-publish the “best of the best” of her book blogger reviews whilst re-highlighting her Kickstarter campaign during the mid-point of January wherein she has currently (as of this post’s release) raised the following amount of her overall goal:

1,413 of 5,000 | by 41 backers

JOIN her Kickstarter Campaign *today!*

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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?

Andrea respond: When I started blogging, all the books I read were from my bookshelf or the library. That is an excellent place for any blogger to get books from! However, the collections I had access to were fairly limited. There are only so many books a 20-something owns. And even with inter-library-loan, there were only so many books and authors I’d heard of. At the start, I didn’t even know how to learn about new books. I was surrounded by well meaning gatekeepers who had good intentions. Put plainly, I had no idea what I was doing, and I had no idea the absolute wealth of speculative fiction that was out there!

The growth has been slow and steady, and truly I’ve not noticed it. When I started blogging, I struggled to write 500 words. These days, kicking out 900 word reviews is a breeze. But I couldn’t pinpoint a date that it became easy. I slowly grew more confident in what I was doing, slowly learned the reviewing style that worked for me.

Prior to being a book blogger which stories were you keenly most curious about reading and discovering? Which publishers were on your radar?

Andrea responds: My first love has always been the genre of Space Opera. I grew up reading the stuff. I grew up reading any science fiction book I could get my hands on – good stuff, garbage stuff, anything, all of it! I have always been looking for science fiction that pushes boundaries, weird fiction, authors that ignore the “rules” of storytelling. When I was younger, I hardly read any fantasy at all, and blogging got me on the fantasy bandwagon.

I knew what I liked, and I was always just looking for more of that, only weirder.

As far as publishers, that’s a tough one. As a casual reader, the publisher didn’t so much matter. Once I started really paying attention to who was publishing what authors, I’d watch the spines at the library for certain publishers! When they still existed, I always had my eyes out for Nightshade Books titles. Orbit/Hachette has consistently been putting out some amazing stuff.  Blogging also introduced me to small presses and specialty presses, publishing houses who put at less than a dozen books a year, or only special editions. Apex Publications (full disclosure, I am an interviewer at Apex Magazine) puts out some fantastic anthologies and science fiction novels, Mythic Delirium publishes some the most gorgeous prose you’ll ever read.

Here’s the thing with small press though – you’ll most likely never find these books in a library or at Barnes sand Noble. You’ve got to know what you’re looking for, and order it by name. That’s where the internet comes in handy. There are no gatekeepers online, you can find anything you want, and read it!

And, now, as the years have moved forward – do you find your wanderings shifting or evolving? Do you seek out different genres of interest or even, new publishers you might not have considered previously?

Andrea responds: Oh for sure!  My tastes have expanded and evolved. These days, I can’t seem to get enough of first contact stories and stories told from the point of view of an AI.  I’m also far more likely to analyze and over-analyze what I’m reading and how it connects to my every day life.

I still prefer tightly focused narratives over sprawling epic stories, I have always done better with first person POV or just a few main characters as opposed to gigantic casts of characters to keep track of.

I’m not specifically seeking out new publishers to consider, however I hear about new books primarily through word of mouth. Once upon a time, I maybe would have poo-poo’d a publisher I’d never heard of. These days, if my friend says they think I’d like a book, I don’t pay attention to who the publisher is, I just go and get the book.

What do you think enhanced your reading life the most as you blogged? The ability to fuse your thoughts to your reading experience, the potential interactions with the authors themselves through social channels (such as Twitter) or a combination of things which led you to who you are today?

Andrea responds: I’m happy you mentioned twitter, I love twitter! What most enhanced my reading life was discovering the huge community of bloggers within the blogosphere and on twitter. Commenting on other people’s blog posts is nice, but you’re not really having a viable conversation, you’re just leaving a comment. But on twitter? You can chit chat with other people who are excited about the same books you’re excited about, and twitter is the best place to realize that authors are just regular people too (even though I still think they are celebrity superheroes!).

Another thing that had a huge impact on my reading life was attending Conventions. My favorite conventions are the fan-run cons, a thousand people or less, a hotel full of nerdy fans, and everyone just sits around and talks about books they love, fandom, and everything that makes the book-o-sphere wonderful. I am always so nervous talking to authors at conventions! Always! So! Nervous! And like, no reason for that, because they are just regular people, and I like to think that they are maybe the teeniest bit nervous when they ask if I’ll review their book (and it’s super awkward because sometimes I have to decline).

If you get a chance to go to a smaller, fan run convention, you should absolutely go. You’ll get introduced (literally. You’ll have dinner with them!)  to authors whose work is new to you, you’ll learn about publishers and subgenres you didn’t go existed. Going to conventions opened the world to me.

Thereby, how did you select the reviews you wanted to re-highlight in this bound edition of thoughts and musings of your readerly mind?

Andrea responds: I was so excited to dig through my blog and find my best reviews! And then I realized I was going to have to read through 400 plus reviews. This took days, and only the first few hours was fun. The Best of Little Red Reviewer will showcase the reviews that I am most proud of. What does that mean? It means when I reread the review, it gave me shivers. Or it helped me remember why I cried at the end of the book. Or reading it made me immediately want to reread the book. I’m happy to say I selected reviews that cover a good mix of titles. I mean, all the titles are science fiction and fantasy because that is what I read, but there are new books, older books, books that came from large publishers, books that came from tiny publishers.

My reviewing style is impressionistic – I talk more about the impression the book made on me and my emotional reaction, rather than focusing on the characters or plot. In real life, I’m not very good at communicating emotions and feelings. The words that come to mind don’t seem to make any sense once they leave my mouth. But when I use that same communication style to talk about a book that had a profound effect on me? The words come much easier and seem to make sense.

If you want to know who I am as a person, if you want to know how I react to different things and why, if you want a portrait of me in words, The Best of Little Red Reviewer is for you.

What can you reveal about the Kickstarter campaign and surprises that will materalise as the campaign is fulfilled?

Andrea responds: This is my first Kickstarter, so I don’t know what to expect! I’ve received advice from a lot of amazing friends who have done Kickstarter campaigns before. I have some fun backer rewards planned, such as customized books. I think the biggest surprise is going to be when the poor delivery guy delivers all the cases of books from the printer to my apartment and realizes there isn’t an elevator.

Whatever day in January this funds, the hardest part will be keeping a straight face at work. I’m going to be walking around with a huge dumb grin on my face, and everyone will want to know what’s going on! Do I tell them about my nerdy side life?

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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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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

For a FULL LIST of all her Guest Features attached to this Kickstarter, kindly VISIT HER BLOG!

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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.

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Posted Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 by jorielov in Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Blogs I Regularly Read, Book Spotlight, Indie Author, Waiting on Wednesday

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