How Do you Judge a Book’s Villain?

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I recently finished reading Fairest and Winter by Marissa Meyer and it has really got me thinking about how I react to antagonists/villains and how I judge them. In most books, it is very easy for me to dislike (and often hope for the death of) the antagonist. They represent a threat to the main characters happy ending (which I’m usually very emotionally invested in).  There are antagonists like Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice who no one likes because of the mean girl vibe. Then there are others like The Bane from The Burning Sky who are the 100% evil, all powerful villains that everyone wants to kill. Next are the villains…

Why Do Reviews Receive Fewer Comments & Pageviews? Let’s Analyze!

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Last month I wrote a post on 5 Ways to Help Increase Reader Engagement in Your Book Reviews. It was a post focusing on how bloggers could improve the structure of their book reviews to attract more readers. Most of us know that book reviews receive generally less pageviews and comments than other types of posts. While there are some things that we can change about our reviews to attract more readers, some things are really outside of our control. Instead of thinking of ways to improve reviews, today I want to analyze the deeper issue of why reviews have less views in the first place. When don’t people want to…

How Does Your Attitude Before Reading Affect the Experience?

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If you’ve ever been on a sports team, you know how important attitude is. If you go into a game thinking that you’re going to lose, chances are much higher that you will actually lose. I play soccer and I’ve been in games where I was fairly certain we were going to lose and most of the players on my team knew it too. And you know what? We didn’t play as hard, didn’t fight to win, and didn’t generally care about the game. We were just there because it was one of the games we had to play in our conference. It seems obvious to think of attitude in…

5 Ways to Help Increase Reader Engagement in Your Book Reviews

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If you looked over all of the features and categories of your blog, what category would be the most popular, what would receive the most views, and what would receive the most comments? I’m betting that the answer to all of those questions is not the category of book reviews. Book reviews tend to be much lower on the totem pole when it comes to page views and comments. Is there a way we can change that? Yes, but to do so, we need to look at our reviews from our reader’s perspective. Simply typing up some paragraphs isn’t always enough to keep people’s attention nowadays. You need to be…

Blogging with a Planner or To-Do List – Which Option is Better?

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Do you remember getting agendas at the beginning of each year in high school? I remember my freshmen year of high school and the first time I got an agenda. I didn’t really use it. I just carried it around in my backpack. Fast forward a couple months and I’m somehow forgetting to do some of my English homework. I kid you not, to this day, I remember sitting in that class and remembering, with great shock and worry, that we had an assignment due that day. Why it was just English class, I don’t know, but I really started to worry as my grade dropped to a B-. Something…

Why Are Authors Leaving Twitter? Is It Really Their Only Option?

Why Are Authors Leaving Twitter? Is It Really Their Only Option?

If you’ve been on Twitter the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed a lot of discussion around how we (readers) should interact with authors. If you missed that, it goes something like, don’t do that, don’t say this, do this, do that, blah blah blah. At the end of the day, good advice, but how effective is it really? First, let’s think about how much control we have over other people on Twitter. Answer? Zero control. We can give all the good advice in the world, BUT we have to face the reality that there will ALWAYS be people on Twitter who say mean/hurtful things to other people. So what…

The Greatest Fear – When You Pick the Wrong Ship

The Greatest Fear - When You Pick the Wrong Ship

You probably saw this title and thought, what on earth could this be about? the wrong ship? What kind of books are you reading Steph? Romance my friends. Romance. Today we’re going to discuss shipping couples and picking the wrong ship! If you haven’t heard that term before, here’s Wikipedia’s definition: Shipping, derived from the word relationship, is the belief that two people would be interesting or believable in a romantic relationship. It is considered a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of romance in a work of fiction. -Wikipedia Now some people like love triangles and some people loath them. I personally dislike them. Why? Imagine this…

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