I have a bucket load of exciting happenings today in this post!
I’m participating in the blog tour for Damaged Goods by Jennifer Bardsley and I am so excited about it! She is an amazing author, bookstagrammer, and human being. She is one of the friendliest authors I’ve ever met, and really cares about her audience. I just love her! So without further ado:
Title: DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: January 17, 2017
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.
But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.
While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily Herald. She also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.
GENESIS GIRL was released in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel DAMAGED GOODS will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.
And now for the guest post from Jennifer Bardlsey herself!
Tips for using Instagram as an author
Am I writing a guest post for Quillable? Please excuse me while I fangirl a moment because this is so darn exciting! I am a huge fan of Erin’s Instagram account: @booksinthewild. She shares the most amazing books-meet-nature photos of anyone on Bookstagram.
My journey on Instagram has not been nearly so adventurous. When I first started @the_ya_gal a couple of years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Since then I have learned some tricks that can help authors and readers alike.
Tip #1 Post only one or two pictures a day.
Instagram is not Twitter. On Twitter, it is perfectly acceptable to go on a tweeting rampage while eating licorice and watching television. Posting pictures on Instagram is different. When accounts flood the feed with photos, it looks like SPAM. Sharing one or two pictures a day is plenty.
Tip #2 Use an app like Afterlight to make your photos pop.
When it comes to Bookstagram, brighter photos seem to do better. They get more hearts and comments and are more likely to be chosen by the mysterious Instagram algorithm to be seen by the masses. But how can you take pictures with adequate light if you live in a climate like I do, where it often rains? The answer is to download an app like Afterlight or VSCO which lets you doctor up your pictures after you take them. Make them brighter, cut them down to size, and tweak the colors so that your photo shines.
Tip #3 Use a motherlode of hashtags
Hashtags are like keys to conversations and on Instagram, you want to unlock as many doors as possible. Most people know they need to include hashtags on their posts and leave three or four in the comment on their picture. This is a good start, but leaving the maximum amount of hashtags is even better. Shoot for fifteen to twenty.
Tip #4 Take a bunch of pictures ahead of time.
Never allow yourself to feel like you have to “work” to keep up your Instagram account. Make things easier by taking a dozen pictures at once. That way, they will be on your phone, ready to post, on days when you are busy.
Tip #5 Have fun.
Make friends, connect with new people, and see what books are popular all over the world. Instagram is a great way to armchair-travel and broaden your horizons. You might just fine your new favorite book along the way.
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