Hello ETA Blog readers,
My name is Amber and you might know me as the Book Reviewer Team Co-ordinator but my main role with ETA Publishing House is called an Editorial Assistant.
Today I thought that it would be interesting for you to have an insight into my day, what I do and you can see the behind the scenes of certain parts of my role.
I want to start of by saying that Editorial Assistants get involved in all aspects of the Publishing World and all Editorial roles are a little different even here at ETA Publishing House. So what I do in my day could be completely different to what you do in your day, even if you are an Editorial Assistant too, but hey if it works it works!
First of all I always check my emails to see what's going on today, if there are any changes needed or if someone needs a little help with something.
I speak to Bloggers and reviewers via email and I also communicate with colleagues too.
Go on Twitter
Then I head over to Twitter, we have a separate account on twitter for the ETA Book Review Club (@etabookclub) where reviewers can connect and we can also find book lovers looking to review books.
I follow back anyone who has followed us and I reply to any tweets or DM’s, I also send out at least 1 tweet a day about our books, becoming a reviewer or exciting announcements.
Our Instagram (@etapublishing) is where I share short videos from our YouTube channel, book covers and relatable quotes and pictures.
We also use our instagram story quite a lot so keep an eye out on there…
We have a series on YouTube about our book club where I share my review on the book that month, I film myself talking about the book, if I enjoyed it and I give away spoiler alerts so if you haven't read the particular book yet don’t watch the video!
I then edit the video I've just filmed using iMovie. I add our social media names on screen and leave the link to everything you’ll need in the description.
Fortunately uploading the videos doesn’t take that long because I keep the videos short and sweet.
Facebook and LinkedIn
I share every blog post, youtube video etc on FaceBook and LinkedIn too, so if you haven't got a twitter account you can follow us there, so you’ll never miss a thing.
I get to connect with Bloggers and throughout November and December we have a lot of exciting guest posts booked in, I arrange with the Bloggers the titles and what they’re about and we set a deadline for the post to be in.
A lot of months in advance go into planning these blog posts and we are really proud of them.
Once I receive the blog posts I then proofread them for any spelling mistakes and then send it over to my wonderful boss Cauline ( shoutout to you, Cauline ) and she proofreads them too.
Then we upload the post every Thursday but I usually write them up, edit if needed and add hyperlinks to everything a few days before.
Updating Databases and processing orders
I get to update any book databases with the current up to date book information and ISBN numbers (there is a lot of technical talk here so I won't go into it all) and I put orders of books through and send them to very important people!
We have recently decided to run a monthly competition called Reviewer Of The Month, this competition is for our Book reviewers only so if you want to be in with a chance of featuring on our website, being named our ROTM and receiving a little prize then sign up here.
How ROTM works is we set a deadline for all book reviews to be in by, we then choose 3 of the top reviews with most detail and explanation in and we then pick our favourite one. (Sometimes the authors are going to help too, how exciting!)
And then I like to finish my day with a hot drink, preferably a hot chocolate and reading one of ETA’s brilliant books, you can find our books here.
Hi everyone, Guest Blogger Alex here today. I currently work full-time, live with my boyfriend and find that pretty much every one of my weekends is taken up at the moment (and I'm sure this will remain the case on the run-up to Christmas!), you can find my blog over at AJPeacey.com and you can follow me on Twitter as AJPeace, or Instagram as AJPeacey.
Every enthusiastic reader with a full on life can relate to dropping the ball on their reading. When I was a teen I took for granted the hours I would spend reading because all I had to work it around was college and a part-time job. I lived at home so housework, cooking for myself and so forth didn't eat into my precious time.
Now I work full time, have a home to look after, a boyfriend, friends and family to maintain relationships with and we're soon to be getting a new addition to the family (no, just a puppy) and my time is likely to be spread even thinner.
I absolutely love reading, but I'm like my own worst enemy when I'm stressed and I cut out the little things I enjoy out of my day in a misguided effort to save time, but this just inevitably results in heightened stress levels and a stronger feeling of discontent.
With studies showing that reading is good for us, I have compiled some sneaky ways to keep myself as a Bookworm, even when I least feel like it.
Below are little hints and tips I've accumulated over the years to keep my eye on the ball (book) and ensure that I at least read a little each week.
1) Set goals and targets: At the beginning of 2016 I set myself a reading challenge with Goodreads to read 50 books this year, unfortunately, that isn't going to happen, but the point is, in my efforts to meet this challenge, I've read much more than I would have done otherwise.
2) Choose mood-boosting books: If you're feeling a little glum due to the general pressure of life, or there's something not-so-good happening which is leading you to feel sad or apathetic towards reading, pick a book which makes you laugh or completely absorbs you in the story. I find in dark times funny books and fantasy novels work the best for me.
3) Schedule 30 minutes reading in each day: I do this each night before bed. I'm a terrible sleeper anyway so getting myself ready for bed each night and having a routine where I always read for 30 minutes (also works if you set yourself one chapter per night etc). I often find myself reading for longer when I get really into it, but if not, at least I've done my 30 minutes.
4) Utilise your free time: This year I went on a relaxing 'beach and pool' type holiday for a week, which was booked purely to recharge my batteries and escape from life. Whilst I was away I read six books.
I appreciate not everyone can afford luxuries such as holidays abroad, and I certainly haven't always been able to, but you can still apply this principle at home.
Everyone gets holiday time to take, so even if you have a 'staycation', make sure at least a couple of these days are left empty so that you can either sit in your garden or your bedroom and that you have a stack of books to dip into. Although I'd had time off doing 'nothing' my brain felt like it had been used and I felt relaxed yet accomplished.
5) Join a book club: If you have the time to join a real-life book club, then do so. If not, I recommend 'Goodreads' as you can review books you've recently read, get inspiration for new books to read based on what you've read before and set yourself challenges! Their app is great too.
So that's it really, 5 small yet simple and achievable tips to keep yourself focused on reading. It really is about building little habits consistently to keep you going, but the main benefit of the above tips is that you can use some or all of them (sometimes I don't get round to putting them all into effect myself!), and it really will push your reading forward.
My name is Lilly, known as The Life of Lilly on my Blog. I've had some form of a blog for over 3 years, but only about two months ago did I make the move to Wordpress and dedicate some real time to it. I wish I had done more at university, where I had so much more time, but I'm loving being back into the swing of it. You can follow me on Twitter here, Instagram here and like me on Facebook here.
For anyone who has a bookcase that is bursting, who finds books piled up in every corner of their house, who is basically addicted to books, shopping for books is no easy feat. We bibliophiles have to be careful – selective – about the books that we buy. Usually, we're unsuccessful, because there is simply never going to be enough room for the amount of books we'd like to own. I've compiled a little guide, including some of my personal tips and thoughts about shopping for these wonderful words.
1. Plan ahead – if you're looking for a particular book, go straight for that one. It's better for your pockets. If you're into that genre and you're happy to get more, you're likely to find similar books around the same area too, so basically just set up camp there for a while.
2. By set up camp, I literally mean, set up camp. I've found myself sat on the floor with my bags around me, five pages into a book before. It's a good way to work out if you're going to like the book the whole way through. Blurbs always make the book sound good, but I know that certain writing styles just don't sit with me, so I'll always recommend giving it a taster read. P.S. Don't read the entire book though, it's not a library! I think 5 pages is enough (in fact, less than that is probably enough sometimes).
3. Be considerate when you're shopping for books, crack a spine or dog ear a page and you're going to make some enemies. Remember, as is the same with any shopping, you don't own it until you've paid for it!
4. Look out for offers – half price, 3 for 2 – books can be totally expensive, when you're buying in bulk you might as well be sensible about it!
5. Shop around – the number of times I've bought a book from one place and then realised I could have got it for less somewhere else is actually ridiculous. Do your research, whether that's online before you shop or in the different bookshops around town.
6. Speaking of online... there are some pretty amazing websites that sell books for low prices, and many that sell e-books (which also solves the issue of not having space in the house – just space on your hard drive to worry about now!). Personally, I do prefer a physical book, but sometimes it is much easier, cheaper and simpler to read an e-book.
7. Join a book club – the best way to learn about new books and discover whether they're your kind of thing is to join a club where you can discuss it throughout the whole process.
8. Ask yourself some questions – am I going to read this book more than once? Will I lend this to friends? Will I talk about it to everyone? Will it sit proudly on my bookshelf at home? If
you answer yes to these, then you won't regret buying it. If not, it might be better to just borrow it out of the library or buy the e-book, which is sure to be cheaper. I've made the mistake of buying books that I enjoyed, but didn't absolutely adore, and each time I've moved house I've ended up giving away anything that didn't fall into the latter category.
That's it in terms of my tips for book shopping! I hope this has helped and thanks so much to ETA Publishing for letting me guest post on their blog.