Dayla was one of my very first blog reviewers and one of the few to review all three of my books. She’s articulate, insightful, and honest. Her website, Confessions of a Book Addict, is full of musings on novels as well as reviews, author interviews, giveaways, and book hauls.
I still remember the first time I was approached by a self-published author. My blog was still a speck in the tumblr universe and all I was doing was documenting which books I read in 2012. It was also around this time that I started writing reviews.
Whenever I saw book reviews on the internet before starting my blog, I would always think it was too daunting a task to write so much about a book. I like to blame this on school, since the constant critical writing put me off from any kind of writing that wasn’t creative.
But when I created my blog and started showing anyone who would stop by what books I was reading, I started to appreciate the time people took when reviewing. I reviewed for my few followers, never expecting to pick up the pace since there are so many other more popular blogs out there. I think I primarily wanted to get my foot into the literary world, even if through a small blog, for the book I was hoping to write once school was done.
After I read and reviewed my first assignment, I felt a strange thrill rush through me. Reviewing became something much more serious once I started getting more requests. Up until this past summer, I thought of this as something I could do for fun aside from writing my novel, but as the emails came in and I earned praise for my work, I realized that what I had once shunned had become a natural part of me.
I was hooked.
Pretty quickly, my blogging became more about giving honest reviews for any kind of author, traditionally published or self-published, and encouraging others to read them instead of simply stating what I was reading. I still wrote my novel–which is currently in the early editing stages–but I’ve also found a new and exciting love for reviewing novels.
I silently thanked my professors as I wrote review, after review.
I joined Blog Critics a few months after I started reviewing professionally and my blog started getting some attention. But, even as traditionally published books were sent to me for reviewing purposes, I still enjoyed receiving the occasional self-published novel. I love that some writers have such passion for writing that they take their futures into their own hands. That takes guts and I respect them greatly.
Also, a lot of the independent authors I’ve met have been awesome! It has definitely been a very neat experience. I’ve always loved books, but never really fathomed meeting the brains behind them. The literary world is tricky and hard to get into, but I have been very blessed with the opportunities I’ve received.
Blogging has taught me a lot about myself. I never expected to be where I am today, but I have great followers and have met some pretty awesome authors. I don’t know where I see myself a year from now, but hopefully I will still be reviewing great books and meeting more incredible people.
Want to discover indie authors with Dayla? Check out her reviews here.
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