If this is your first time here, Joined Up Writing is a regular free podcast featuring long-form interviews with writers plus loads of writing tips and advice. We’ve been established since 2015 and you can find our archive here. We’re always looking for ways to add more content and value to the show, so . . .
Book Bloggers – We Need YOU!
In 2017 we introduced a new 3 minute book review segment to the show – Book Bloggers Corner. We already feature great bloggers like Victoria Goldman and Katherine Sunderland and I’m keen to continue to feature a variety of book bloggers and genres. Do you run a regular book review blog? Are you looking to grow your audience and reach new readers? Would you like to add another dimension to your posts, with a review that your audience can hear as well as read? Yes? Then this could be the perfect opportunity.
How it works
Each of the main interview shows features BOOK BLOGGER’S CORNER (The BBC!) – it has it’s own jingle and everything! Your recorded review (3 mins or less) will be edited into the show. We’ll tell our listeners who you are, where they can find your other posts and will promote any other projects you are currently working on or passionate about. Here’s a recent example featuring Katherine Sunderland AKA Bibliomaniac . . .
What type of reviews are we looking for?
Initially, we’re focusing on Fiction, with the caveat that we would be interested in Non-Fiction reviews if the book in question related to the craft of writing or publishing in some way. We’re not precious about genres, but are keen to ‘Join Up’ with a wide range of bloggers to ensure we can cater for all of our listeners.
What you will need to provide . . .
We would require you to record your review and supply us with a sound file with low compression – in other words, it isn’t squashed too small, which effects the sound quality.
If the file size is a bit too big for email you can use a free service like WeTransfer to send them over, but up to 5mb is usually fine. I know not everyone will have radio quality recording equipment, but as long as the audio is clear and free of extraneous noise or music, it should be fine for me to work with. Most phones have a built in recording app these days. Apple ear buds have a little ‘hands-free’ microphone built in to them and the sound quality is surprisingly good, so if you have a pair, give them a try first.
The review itself can simply be based on one of your existing or upcoming posts – in fact, that’s a great way to lead potential new readers to your blog. Our only request is that you deliver the reviews with energy and enthusiasm.
If this sounds like something you would love to try, then please drop me a line by emailing me wayne [at] waynekellywrites.com Tell me a bit about who you are and what you do, as well as giving a link to your blog and Twitter profiles. Maybe you aren’t a blogger yourself but know someone who might be interested? Please feel free to share this post.
Our whole ethos is based on ‘Joining Up’ with other writers, bloggers and creatives, so get in touch to help us to continue to build a network and resource that encourages and inspires everyone.
Have any other ideas for content you’d like us to add to the show? Want to give me feedback on previous shows? Leave a comment below, Tweet us and let’s get Joined Up!