A Small Book Blogger’s Dreams

Every once in a while my thoughts drift towards this little gem of a blog that I’m struggling to keep alive and what I’d like to do with it. Given infinite time, there are endless possibilities. But being tied down with work and the responsibilities of being a fully functioning adult equate to very little time spent doing the things I love. Here in this post I’m letting my imagination run loose and listing all the ways I’d like to see this blog grow, but can’t yet bring to fruition. Perhaps when I do finally find the time, this can become my guiding compass.


1. Have a thousand followers

I see many of my peers achieving this number without breaking a sweat and here I sit pretty in double digits. Of course I’m happy for those who are making it big, but I want to be one of them too. I don’t mean to say I’m jealous, it’s just that I sometimes wish I was one such blogger who had a huge following, lots of comments, likes and views on my posts and a pretty blog that everyone loves to read. There’s a long way to go before this one comes true for sure.


2. Get approved for ARCs

Ever since getting into book blogging, this magical acronym has taken over my world – be it on Twitter or WordPress or YouTube. ARC stands for Advanced Reader’s Copy for those of you new to this term. ARCs seem to fall from the sky into the hands of the worthy. Unfortunately, I usually fall into the category of the unworthy. Declines on NetGalley are quite frequent and it is especially frustrating that e-copies cannot be distributed worldwide. What is the point of digital books if they are not accessible to anyone and everyone? Sigh. Getting physical copies of ARCs is nigh impossible, even in my dreams, so I’m modestly hoping that my NetGalley approval rate increases.


3. Become an ambassador for a book subscription box

There is no dearth for subscription boxes these days. But I find that they are mostly way out of my price range. Yet they all seem to have detectable goodies that steal my heart. I wish I was one of the fortunate people who find these boxes in their mail on a fine morning and get to showcase them to the world. This is the sort of dream that has very slim chances of translating into reality, but as long as I’m dreaming, why not?


4. Get to interview bestselling authors

You bet I have a list ready on the tip of my tongue of the authors I’d love to have on here. I’d like to be part of blog tours and such, get to host giveaways and contribute to the hype that surrounds the popular books. However, what with this blog being a toddler and me an ultra-shy book nerd, this one is probably far, far down the road.


5. Make money from my blog

Just to clarify, I’m not blogging just to make money out of it. I do it because I’m passionate about books and I want to share this with the world. However, if I could blog full-time, making money from it is a logical side effect as it would then become a job. It’s not impossible and it’s not wrong to want it, but I can’t imagine it happening any time soon. I’m not even sure how a book blog could make money, especially as a blogger in India who may not have access to the latest and greatest in the publishing industry. I might need the help of a pixie dust for this one, so if you have a spare bottle lying around, consider helping a friend in need.


That’s it for my list of all the things I want but can’t have at the moment. What is the one big thing you want to do with your blog? Let me know in the comments section below.

35 thoughts on “A Small Book Blogger’s Dreams

  1. I would LOVE to be a rep for a book subscription box! On the other hand, I haven’t exactly entered any competitions to be one because I always get the impression they really want a big Instagram following, which I don’t have….

    I think the problem with eARCs is still a legal thing about where they have rights to distribute the book in the world, unfortunately. If the publisher didn’t acquire the rights to sell in, say, Turkey, they can’t end the ARCs there, especially if they’re still trying to work out a deal to sell rights to a Turkish publisher to print an edition there. Sometimes I wish publishing was less businessy and we could just books to everyone. :p (Though obviously I get people need to make money and follow the laws and all that.)

    I would also love to make money from book blogging because…why not? I could definitely use more money! I haven’t thought of a viable way to do it though. Most people seem to go the way of creating bookish merchandise and then having an Etsy shop or whatever, but I get the impression a lot of people are putting a lot of effort into these endeavors and not really making that much money from them. Which is great if you’re doing it because you like it, but not if you’re actually trying to make a profit.

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    1. I’m not even on Instagram yet because I don’t have the time to maintain another social media account, but I’m seriously intimidated by the bigiwgs of Bookstagram, so I don’t know when, if ever, I’ll join the community. πŸ™
      I’m aware it’s a legal issue. It’s just that I wish it weren’t. I mean, books should technically be accessible to everyone. But they aren’t. Which gets me a little mad. 😐
      Yeah, I’ve considered that as well. Currently of course I don’t have the time, but I’m not that artistic either, even if I do teach myself Photoshop and what not. So it’s probably not the way to make money for me personally. Which leaves me with ads on the blog or paid promotion. The former I don’t want to consider because I hate ads on blogs and the second isn’t going to be viable unless I have a million followers, so this one definitely needs more thought. I hope you find a way too monetize yours soon. πŸ™‚


      1. I’m not quite as active on Instagram as I’d like. It’s definitely a time commitment. And I joined after this algorithm change everyone is always complaining about, so apparently it’s more difficult to get exposure. Even some of the “biggest” Bookstagrammers seem to be complaining that only a small percentage of their followers actually see their posts. So it’s interesting. I wanted to join because I feel like book blogging is more towards much more visual content, but it’s disappointing to spend a lot of time setting up photos for apparently little reward sometimes.

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      2. I completely understand. I just joined Instagram as well but I don’t have any idea if my photos will reach the right audience. And I agree that the photos themselves take a lot of time to put together, so I’m still thinking what kind of posting schedule to stick to.
        I’d love to follow you! πŸ™‚ What’s your IG handle?


  2. Hey! I hope you’re able to make these dreams come true soon! If I may offer some advise, you could use Instagram to win ARC’s. A lot of publishing houses and authors put up posts asking for reviewers and I’ve had quite a bit of success with those. You could try your luck too? Same with subscription books, they have a rep search almost every month and all you need to do is make a collage of pictures showing how you would promote their box. I hope this helps!

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  3. Hey love ! I know it might seem slow at the moment but if I can assure you it took me 2 years of blogging to be where I am πŸ™‚ The key is to have reciprocity with your followers and the numbers will follow. Interact with them, if they like or comment on your blog , visit their blogs , comment on their posts and a dynamic would form. The ARCs follow quickly when the publishers see that you attract a lot of people too β€οΈπŸ€— Dont give up!!

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  4. I dream of growing my following, too. As an author, having a large following is key in selling books and standing out in the market.
    I recently began posting on my Instagram account, and it’s been good so far. Let me know when you sign up and I’ll follow you. πŸ™‚

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    1. You have quite a good following already and I’m definitely going to buy your book when it comes out. πŸ™‚ But the importance of a large following from an author’s perspective is even more crucial than a book blogger’s, I’m sure.
      Oh, that’s good to know. I signed up recently. My handle is ‘dinibharadwaj’.

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      1. I forgot to mention, but I love your header image for this blog. You’ve done a great job at making your blog look so nice and pleasant to visit.

        Your words brightened my day! I should get some more editing done on it tonight.

        My Instagram handle is erawls-vchronicles.
        I’ll look for yours now!

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  6. I LOVE your ambition. I think it’s really important to dream big and to know what you want. It makes it easier to push for it.

    I’ve got a bunch of things I want to achieve with my blog, but one of my biggest dreams for it is to have the guys (two games journalists in England) who inspired me to start blogging read it. That’d be totally amazing. πŸ™‚

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  7. I like the idea of a list to come back to! I’ve certainly got things I’d like to do with my blog, but again once I actually get the time to do so

    I didn’t realize there were issues with international readers and ARCs! You’re right, it doesn’t make sense that you’re not able to receive digital copies. Netgalley seems to cater specifically to North America, Australia, and the UK, but I wonder if there are some other sites that have a wider distribution?

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    1. Thank you. πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s a nice roadmap to have. I’m definitely going to work on a few of them from next year, where I’ll have more time for blogging.

      I’m yet to check out Edelweiss, but I think it’s a matter of where the publisher is allowed to distribute books that limits the galley approval.

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  8. Dreams are always good! And if you can manage to make just one come true, you’ll be a happy blogger πŸ™‚
    I hope you’ll get some approvals from NetGalley! it’s exciting, when it happens, and a little sad to get the rejection e-mail – even now, after over five years of blogging.
    I’m sending you some pixie dust πŸ˜‰
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ Yes, even a few of these will make me very happy indeed.
      I hope so too! I need to do research on which books will be available to international bloggers so that I can increase my chances of approval. And also post often so that my stats take off. All of which I’ve planned for 2018, so I think it’ll be a better year than 2017.
      Aw, that’s so sweet! 😊 Same to you. πŸ™‚


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  10. Wonderful dreams β€” but I’d say keep in mind that the main thing is to enjoy what you’re doing! In terms of NetGalley approvals, it’s definitely hard at the beginning. The main thing, I think, is to build up a history of reviewing the ARCs you do get approved for β€” so maybe start by requesting titles from smaller publishers to increase your odds of approval, and then as your feedback ratio builds, you should start seeing an increase in approvals too.Good luck!

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    1. Thanks a lot for the advice, Lisa! πŸ™‚ I kept getting a lot of rejects so I stopped requesting. I’ll start back up in February when I’m sure I have the time to read and review books properly. I’m going to be moving this month and don’t want to commit if I can’t deliver. I will keep everything you said in mind. πŸ‘



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