Thursday, December 20, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #128

Welcome to the Feature & Follow

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to Wordpress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don't have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

How To Become a Featured Blog?
We pick our featured blogs randomly each week from the blogs who participated the week before.

Please be sure to feature your e-mail address clearly on your blog. Either on the main blog, on a Contact page, or on an About Me page. If I can't find your email easily, I will choose a different blog to feature.

Our Feature -JC's Book Haven

JCs Book Haven

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in November 2012 so I’m still a Newbie. I feel very welcomed into the Blogging World and honestly cannot figure out why I didn’t start sooner.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I enjoy meeting fellow bloggers and being introduced to fantastic books that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about.

3. What is your favorite book(s)?

My ALL TIME favorite is Harry Potter by J.K . Rowling. My now favorite is Pale Demon by Kim Harrison.

4. What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

I met the character Daemon Black ;)

Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?

So much...I had never heard of imprints. I didn't know anything about the process of marketing a book, either traditionally or via social media. One of the nice things about blogging is that both authors and publishers (or at least a lot of the worker bees associated with publishers) now feel human. There's still a lot about the publishing industry I don't know, but I love the feeling a little familiarity.

Now for the Follow Fun!

With GFC going the way of the dodo bird for many bloggers, there is no better time to start following blogs via RSS feed. If you use a reader, it would be great if you followed my RSS directly.

We have a new button, so update your blogs if you are used to doing this meme!

Gain New Blog Followers
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To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
If you have CAPTCHA word verification enabled on your blog, please take it off. It makes it much more difficult for readers to comment. Please look at my CAPTCHA Eradication Post to learn how to get rid of it.
Happy Follow Friday! Come back at midnight CST for the Facebook & Twitter hop!!


  1. Yep, faux pa'ed that one! The second link works. I was copying pasting like a fool. BTW thanks for still having this awesome feature. I've been doing it for over a year and it is pretty much the only meme to survive. :)

  2. I also feel like there is so much I don't know about the publishing industry as well.

  3. I haven't heard of imprints yet, so that one is new to me. I have been delving into the marketing aspects just to pick up more. It's pretty fascinating and there is a lot to learn. Thank you so much for hosting such a great weekly meme.

  4. I couldn't agree with you more, Alison. While I respect and appreciate authors for creating the medium that provides me with my number one form of entertainment, I do see them as more human. After some interaction, I have found some lovely people behind those books and have enjoyed that aspect of it greatly.
    As always, thanks for hosting.

  5. Blogging does help you realize all of the people it takes to create a book. Just hopping thru Thanks


  6. Hey Great F&F! New Follower.

    I took a social media marketing class and for authors, it is the most beneficial to them. I mean really you can't go to a blog without see a blog tour or something similar. It is so important for them. I love really tech savvy authors! Stacey Kennedy is really awesome about her social media stuff!

    My Feature & Follow

  7. I really love feeling a bit more familiar with the publishing world too Alison! I'm still in the dark on a lot of things, but it's fun for me to sit in a bookstore and recognize every book on the YA shelf because I've watched the cover reveal for it, seen it on someone's WoW, read early reviews for it, etc. Happy Holidays!

  8. I didn't know much about imprints either until I started reading and blogging more . . . but for me I've learnt so much more about the publishing world such as self-publishing books and how most writers nowadays can connect with you over social media so I'm really glad for that.

  9. I agree! It doesn't seem so intimidating anymore! And you have the opportunity to make great connections with your favorite authors!

  10. Yeah that's true! Networking in this community takes away the element of celebrity to a great extent, which makes the entire thing less intimidating. Good point! :D

  11. Great answer! I also have learned about how social media in so many ways is so important for marketing :)
    Thanks for stopping by my post.

  12. I agree. Blogging has certainly helped me learn more about the publishing world. This fun and inspirational community helps bring readers and authors together.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  13. I feel like I learned a lot about the publishing world ever since I started blogging too! Also feel like I've barely scratched the surface!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  14. Hello :)
    Old follower

    Great question! I've also learned so much!

    My FF&F

  15. Wow, I don't think I've heard of imprints before. Yet again, I am still pretty new to this blogging community.

    Old follower
    My answer

  16. I still feel like I don't know much about the industry, but blogging has opened my eyes anyway :)

    Old follower hopping through.
    You can find my FF post here.

    Have a fantastic Friday :)

  17. Congrats on the feature! Great answer!
    FFOld follower!

  18. That is a great answer!! They are people too, not machines!!

    Here's My FF!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal

    Old Follower :)

  19. Phenomenal!
    Here's my FF post:
    Old follower...
    A GFC follow would be great;)

  20. I completely agree with you there, it has been made a lot less daunting that's for sure.

    Here's my FF :) I also have a giveaway running at the moment if any are interested :).

    Old follower.

  21. there is always something to learn, knowledge never stops.

    Check out my Follow Friday

  22. Great answer! There's still so much I don't know about the publishing industry as well!! Thanks for hosting Alison :)

  23. This is a great idea! I can't believe it took me this long to find it! Guess I've been under a blogging rock. LoL

  24. I haven't heard of imprints yet, but there's so much to learn about the publishing industry. Thanks for stopping by my FF.
    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  25. Great answer. I haven't heard of imprints either. I'm still learning the terminology

    old follower. My FF:

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