Mug Monday & Bookmark Talk

Mug 

Krasilnikoff; Brightest Star Mug, Pink

Topic Of The Day

Bookmarks

 

Hi and welcome to Mug Monday!

With all life´s chaos dealt with I thought it might be a great idea to sit back, kick my shoes off and just enjoy the fact that I´m existing. To take a week to do absolutely nothing besides stare holes into the air and appreciate the little things in life- Something I really enjoy doing.

The weather has been improving ( that´s a lie. Our weather is a little confused lately. 15°C with rain yesterday and 26 °C and sunny today) and since I´m a person who likes to sit outside and just enjoy my natural growing garden ( the lawn mower is still broken ) I actually took my new lifestyle book out and began reading under the burning sun.

 

While I was enjoying reading about the Danish way to live it suddenly dawned on me that I bought new bookmarks!

Yes. Bookmarks. The things I don´t usually buy because I´m one of those creative people who uses toilet paper and other wonderful objects to mark a place in a book.

Here´s my special list of  12 Things You Can Use As Bookmarks. 

But that´s over. Done with. I´m trying to be more organized now.

And since I can´t find the 1 million bookmarks I already have I started buying new ones. Fancy ones. Practical ones.

bookmark

Fine…. They don´t look fancy per se, but they´re fancy compared to 3 layered toiletpaper.

What I love most about my new purchase is: the bookmarks have a rubber band that goes around a book, as well! That band keeps the book closed and prevents the bookmark from falling out ( which has also happened to me a few times )!

An absolute win situation for me.

Here´s to new bookmarks and trying to use them!

 

Much Love,

Morgana xx

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday & Book Blog Goals

Mug

GreenGate: Latte cup, star, warm grey

Book Topic

Book blogger goals.

 

I remember I didn´t have any goals when I started to blog… 8 years ago.

It´s extremely hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I´ve been book blogging for so long. Do you guys know what this really means? That I´ve been staring at my computer screen for close to a decade.

 

 

I´m not going to start handing out advice on how to blog because if we´re all honest here… book blogging is something unique. It´s personal. Everyone has different ideas on how to book blog.

Besides, I suck at giving any type of advice. Shall I ever share my wisdom with you then do yourselves a favor and ignore it. There´s a huge possibility that my advice might get someone into trouble. And I´m not ready to have fingers pointed at me nor am I up for having people in my garden ready to attack me with pitchforks.

 

 

I might not have had book blogging goals from the get – go but I did develop some goals after a few weeks.

 

Keep in mind: In 2010, there wasn´t as many book blogs as there are today. Back then, it was easier not to feel the pressure some book bloggers are feeling these days. Social media was much more fun to handle and Goodreads wasn´t a vicious playground. And not many authors had annoying PAs who dealt with everything. It was easier to get in touch with authors, self published AND traditional published, alike.

There were a few huge book blogs I followed and I even picked one of those blogs to be a “role model” for me ( which turned out to be a bad idea. Lol ).

 

Back to the goals…

 

I didn´t have many goals back in the beginning of my book blog career. There were less than a handful of things I wanted to achieve as a book blogger.

To help you understand the next part a little better I´m going to give you a little book blog background info from myself.

 

Morgana´s Book Blog Résumé

  • 2010 – 2015,  blogged @ the Divas Book Blog with my 2 besties
  • 2015 – 2016, left Divas Book Blog,  guest reviewed for other Book Blogs
  • 2016 –          , Solo Book Blogger under new name and new blog

 

Of course, there´s more to that résumé but that´s for another time. We´re concentrating on goals today. So, what exactly were my goals?

 

Note: I might have had goals but I never, not even in my wildest dreams, believed any of the 2 goals would ever be reached. I mean, I´m me. I don´t belong to the luckiest bunch in the world. Yet, I had hope ( even if those hopes were too far out of my reach ).

 

My first goal: Receiving a signed paperback copy from an author. I´m not talking about the signed copies we usually have to pay for these days. I´m talking about the books that have been given freely from the heart with a small personal note. A smaller goal but still not easy to achieve ( unless you go to a book signing event or pay for an author´s signature ).

My second goal: To have my name / blog name / tagline from one of my reviews on a book cover. To be fair, I had no idea how that was going to happen. All I knew was that I wanted one book with something from myself on it. This wasn´t a realistic goal of mine.

 

You know how you sometimes say that you could die a happy man / woman if something you´ve dreamt of ever happened?

That´s what I always said.

“If my name ever gets printed on a book then I´ll retire and die happy.” 

Well, I reached my first goal quicker than I thought I ever would.

 

signed books

 

 

That, in the pic above, means the world to me. My first bookish goal. Through hard work ( many hours networking, book blogging, spreading the word, etc ) I received my personalized signed paperbacks.

I couldn´t have been more happy.

Until this happened….

 

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Pic #1: Dangerous To Know & Love ( romance ). Pic #2: The Devil´s Eyes               ( paranormal romance ).

 

This was a faint – worthy moment for me. My words. On the backside of a paperback book. I truly thought my blogging goals couldn´t be topped.

I was wrong.

 

sleeve cover
The Frost of Springtime ( Historical romance )

 

The best moment of my book blogging career. I made it on a book cover. The front.

I´m not a crier but when that day… when the book arrived… I was bawling my eyes out.

 

 

Now that I´ve long reached my bookish goals… do I have anything else I´d like to achieve as a book blogger?

This may sound ungrateful but, no. I´m happy as I could ever be. As of now, I don´t have any book blogger goals. But who knows what the future might bring, right?

 

This post isn´t about parading my achievements and tooting my own horn. This post is for everyone who has a book blogger goal ( or any goal, for that matter ).

THIS TYPE OF ADVICE YOU CAN TAKE FROM ME.

No matter how big or small, how insignificant or meaningful your goals are… Never forget that you are able to achieve those goals.

 

If your goal is to become a successful blogger – you can do it!

If your goal is to be unique – be unique!

If you want to host a book signing event – no one is stopping you!

With a little love, sweat, energy and time… you can reach your goals.

 

Look at me… If I can get my name on a book cover then you certainly have the power to achieve whatever it is you have your mind set on.

 

Speaking of name… Don´t be confused if you´ve read Julia on the signed books in pic #1. I go by both, Morgana and Julia. ( first and middle name )

 

Dream small. Dream big. No matter what you do, make those dreams come true!

Do you have any blog goals? Have you reached them yet? Share your thoughts and secrets! I would love to discuss your goals with you.

Much love and warm hugs,

Morgana ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Funny Book Dedications

Those words of thanks from an author to someone special…. They´re often found on the dedication page.

You know, the page most people love to skip because they want to immediately get started with the story? Yeah. That page.

Book dedications might not be of major importance to a story, but some dedications are totally worth taking a look at.

Alas!

Here are 10 Funny Book Dedications

 

  1. Oh?

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2. I hope I´m not on this author´s shit – list.

book meme 10

 

3. I bet Dad beamed with pride ( and waved back at the book )

hi dad

 

4. Sir Kmart Asshole.

book meme 3

 

 

5. Uuhm…. okay ( hangs head ). 

book meme 5

 

 

6. I´ve always wondered about that.

book meme 6

 

 

7. Dear author, I can relate.

book meme 7

 

 

8. Poor Mr. Marganit.

book meme 8

 

 

9. Best. Line. Ever.

book meme 9

 

 

10. Oops.

book meme 11

 

It´s worth looking at book dedications. You just never know what you´re going to read.

 

That´s it for now…. Stay tuned for more…. ❤ ❤

Authors and Social Media

Author´s and social media – One can´t really live without the other.

When an author starts out the first thing they need is to become a public figure. And what better way to become a name ( with or without a face) than on social media? There is no better way because, believe it or not… Social media is where half of the magic happens. Social media is, also, where an unimaginable amount of people spend a lot of their time.

And when an author is great at mingling with the common foot folk then social media is a blessing.

But have you ever stopped to think for a second about what exactly happens behind the scene´s? Does an author have to use all social media available for exposure? What does an author have to do in order to become known? Question after question….

The ugly truth is- Author´s cannot avoid social media. It´s nearly impossible. If they do try to avoid any social platform then there´s a high chance no one besides family and friends will ever get to read an author´s work.

Here are a few of the many places where author´s can hang out:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Personal Blog

Pinterest

Youtube

Meetup

etc.

There isn´t really an end to the profitable social media list. With time, each social media site will celebrate their highs and suffer from lows but that still doesn´t change the fact that they´re still necessary. Author´s need to be where the crowd is, right?

But, where, exactly, is the crowd?

I don´t have an aswer for that question. Rumor has it that it completely depends on the genre. Some say it´s better for a paranormal author to spend all their free time on Facebook, and others say Twitter is the place to be for romance writers.

Many authors swear on Instagram being fully Fantasy, Young Adult/New Adult…..

But that´s just absurd because

  1. There hasn´t been an actual study done on the topic.
  2. Social Media platforms are not bound to genres / books. They´re for everyone.

No one and nothing can support that rumor because it´s different for everyone. Every author, every reader has their own thoughts on what works where.

There´s no true formula on which social platform´s the best.

There are a few author superheroes that make us believe they have it all figured out, though. Maybe they do know a few tricks on how to work social platforms. Maybe they develop 8 arms when the moon hits it´s peak. ( Okay, okay. That was unnecessary. But I often can´t help what pops into my mind.)

Unless an author has a wonderful team of minions who´re willing to help, there´s no way an author is able to be everywhere, at the same time. Aside from the miracle worker authors- I´ve noticed not all authors use every platform available. They use what works for them the most.

Some authors focus on Facebook and Twitter. Some work the Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest mill.

Some even go through the efforts over at Youtube and upload book trailers, reading sessions, etc. Writers have become creative in alot of ways and it´s often really cool to witness.

My verdict on what social media is the best for authors is:

Everywhere! Meaning: Every platform is a good place for a writer because it doesn´t depend on where the most people are- It depends on which platform an author feels most comfortable with.

If Facebook works for an author- great.

Twitter? Sure!

Instagram? I´m on board with that.

The key isn´t to chase after the crowd. Author´s aren´t door to door salesmen. The key is getting the crowd´s attention.

Which brings me to my next point:

When a writer has their prefered social media platform where they´ve already grown roots.. It´s not wise to think all the work is done. Especially when the love gushing over a certain book has died down ( a painful fact author´s have to come to terms with ).

When the hype is gone, the fan base will cool down. Only a selected few hardcore book activists will stay. What then? Is it time for an author to move on and write something new? Perhaps it´s a better idea to stick with one book and find other ways to promote it? Maybe find more hardcore book activists?

This is where social media can be an author´s best friend.

Social-Media

 

Every platform is filled with book lovers from all corners of the book world. But what a few aren´t aware of is that Facebook and Co. are also filled with book clubs, book / author groups that offer wonderful extra´s for author´s and readers. Book people like to hide in groups where they can share their latest reads with fellow readers.

Let´s say the hype for an author´s book has died down. Comments slow down. Likes vanish. All the people who have been super supportive have disappeared into thin air. ( Don´t believe it doesn´t happen. It does. Every. Damn. Time. ) It´s a crucial moment. Even devastating because an author depends on likes, follows, shares, etc. Once the interaction slows or stops it can make authors doubt themselves and their abilities.

When that happens it´s time to take the next step. It doesn´t matter which step. It´s the action that matters. Preferably immediately.  If an author doesn´t take matters into their own hands then no one else will.

No matter how many blogs support a writer with posts and graphic quotes or honorable mentions…. Blogs and fans don´t own the author´s work, therefore, their hands are tied.

Of course, there are author´s who depend on blogs and fans to do all the dirty work promotion but that´s a different bedtime story for another night.

Author´s who want exposure and want their names to stay in people´s minds need to stay in the picture.

You cannot imagine how often I´ve seen certain books on social media. Sometimes it´s annoying when I see the same book over and over again ( especially after I´ve read it ) But that´s not the point. It´s the fact that the book is still around… even a year after publication date. Why is that?

Because author´s use their tools. They don´t fully rely on others to get the job done. They´re always on the look-out for new groups and games they can participate in so they can introduce their book to new readers. They collide with other authors.

They make it look like they never sleep.

It all ALWAYS boils down to the same point. Work the self-marketing mill as if it were your religion.

Social media is a warped place but it CAN be very useful for authors if they use their platforms well.

Get to know your social platforms. Learn to use them.

 

NOTE: This doesn´t just apply to authors. This article can be very helpful for book bloggers as well.

 

 

12 Things You can Use As Bookmarks

Bookmarks. One of those things you can´t live with or without.

Normally, a bookmark is made out of a simple strip of card, used to mark a page in a book so a reader knows where he/she left off. But bookmarks come in all materials, shapes and sizes, these days.

All you have to do is spend some quality time on Instagram and you can find tons, if not more, Insta-feeds from super creative people who make gorgeous, personalized bookmarks or you can do what I usually do * hides face in shame *: Use whatever is close by as a bookmark.

Seriously- I feel slightly ashamed of my bookmark substitutes. I´m 35. I should have figured out by now that toilet paper isn´t the right choice to mark a page but I still do it. I spend so much time on Etsy that I could easily order a few of those fab page markers.

It wasn´t until I decided to dust off my bookshelves when I noticed I had all sorts of weird objects sticking between book pages. I mean- I knew I used toilet paper. But the rest? * snorts * Totally slipped my mind that I used anything flat and within my reach. As I emptied my books I collected some awkward treasures ( including chocolate someone hid behind my books. But that´s a story for a different time).

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  1. A bookmark. I have hundreds of bookmarks. If I could only remember where they all are.

2. Piece Of Ribbon. As a mom of 2 girls I have all sorts of glittery girly stuff flying around the house, even ribbons. You can never know when you need to work one into a braid or give a newly wrapped gift the last touch.  A piece of ribbon can also be used as a bookmark!

3. Photos. The large rectangular object on the top of the pic is a photo ( turned facedown due to privacy reasons). I can´t, by all that´s fluffy and pink, remember when I used that as a bookmark.

4.  Toilet Paper & Kleenex. This is no surprise to any reader. You take your book with you to the bathroom. It´s normal. I have a stack of books right next to my towels.. But when you don´t want to put your book down, not even when nature calls, you take your book with you. That´s just how it works. Toilet paper has more than one function! Kleenex is just as great. Lol.

5. Hair Accessories. I must have been super desperate to use a bobby pin, a rubber band and a hair clip as bookmarks.

6. Post-It Notes / Strips. Those are my favorite and I usually use them when I´m not in that much of a hurry. Since I have them sticking all over my house I just walk by and grab the closest one and stick it in my book.

7. Chewing Gum Wrapper. Not totally unusual or uncommon for me to find gum wraps in my books. I chew a lot of gum, day and night. And I don´t just take a piece out and chew it for hours…. No. I´m a 5-at-a-time kind of girl. I found lots of gum wrappers on bookshelf cleaning day.

8. Receipts. I usually throw receipts right away because they´re unwanted evidence * howling with laughter *. There are a few times I do keep them but they always end up as a bookmark substitute.

9. Clothes Pin. You could pay me and I still wouldn´t be able to remember the moment when I used that. Whatever possessed me to use a clothes pin? It´s not even practical. Just as useless as the chocolate I found hidden behind my books.

10. Pocket Calendar. It was laying on the table. It was either that or use a pen to mark the page I was at.

11. Triangle Ruler. Yeah. The girls leave their stuff on the table and mommy uses it as a bookmark and blames the poor kids for losing her stuff ( parental fail at it´s finest. The shame is unbearable ).

12. Paperclip. Useful in so many ways. For me, a paperclip is like a swiss knife. Always have one in my pocket and purse and you can use it for everything, especially as a bookmark.

 

My advice for fellow book addicts? Use real bookmarks. That´s what they´re there for. It´s the sole purpose for a bookmark to be wedged between pages. Don´t be like me. Don´t use whatever you can get ahold of.

Speaking of bookmarks…. Here´s a shout out to some amazing creative Insta-people who make wonderful decorative bookmarks that´ll make your reading experience lots more enjoyable!

Page Break – Etsy ShopInstagram

Enchanted Bookmarks – Etsy ShopInstagram

Our Bookmarks – Etsy ShopInstagram

 

Do you have any bookmark substitutes you like to use? Let me know! ❤

Much Love,

Morgana xx