7 Questions With Book Reviewer Kelsy
In today’s interview, reviewer Kelsy talks about the importance of Social Media and Book Reviewing, Bookstagram and the power of the online community.
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What would make you recommend/not recommend an author?
Keep active, keep communicating, and keep your goals and priorities in order. Social media is a huge part of day to day life now.
Keeping up with not only your fans, but reposting, commenting, and every little thing you do online can not only brighten someone’s day, but brighten a fan’s day, and that brings more people in, it keeps people coming, and it keeps you grounded.
Many readers/authors would like to know the answer to this question – do you have a preference when it comes to genre?
I am a huge fan of fiction, adult or YA. I read to escape, I read to explore, I read to go to new worlds and new lives.
I can do that through Romance, or even Thrillers, those are my go – to genres, but I enjoy a good Fantasy or Sci-Fi every now and then if the story finds its way to me.
Do authors approach you to read and review their novels? If so, are you open to this approach or would you rather take your pick and review what you consider appropriate?
I love both options, I tend to seek out publishers when it’s a book I’ve been hearing a lot about, when it screams my name, or when it’s by an author that I can’t get enough of.
I always try to accept requests that I receive from publishers/authors, but I usually lean towards books that are in my comfort zone genres.
Why should readers follow your reviews? What should they expect from you?
I am brutally honest. To a fault. I work with children, and with that position comes honesty, all day every day.
They don’t see anything wrong in telling you they don’t like your hair today, and that’s part of the reason why I love my job so much.
So, when I come home and disappear into a novel, I come out of it with my opinion.
What I saw, what I felt, and the place where it took me, and I want to share that. I want to see if people agree, or disagree, I want to know why they lean in a certain direction, what they took from the book.
Because nobody ever reads the same story and has been taken to the same place as another. It comes from our lives, and the connections we make to that story. I want to share mine, I’m the only me and if it helps someone along the way… cool!
How do you manage to juggle life and book reviewing?
I am so lucky to have a job with “light hours” out of the house, it gives me a lot of time to read and review.
How did you start book reviewing and what kept you going?
I initially just started with a Goodreads account to keep track of what books I was rating, so that if I came back to a book later on in life, I could see what I saw differently at that point.
Then I found Bookstagram, and found my new home. I have always hated social media, I was one of the first and only people my age to get rid of my Facebook account and no one understood why.
I found Bookstagram, and it gave me a reason and a group of people to come and share my journeys with and my passion for reading – it shed a whole new light on what social media COULD be.
When I found it to be harder and harder to post my thoughts on books in a tiny little caption, I made the choice to start a blog and I am still figuring out the best and most efficient way to do that!
What do your followers appreciate about you?
I spread kindness, I spread joy, and I spread positivity. It is what I am about through out every day of my life, in person and online.
Did any author lash out on you or write a heartfelt thank you note?
I have had many authors comment on photos of their books, thanking me for my kind captions.
I have not written many negative reviews (there are a few) but I have never heard from the authors of any of those books.
But again, it’s all about who is reading the book and how their particular life connects with it, so every book will have good and bad reviews depending on the reader.