Writing Update The Fourth Ruling

For a while now I’ve been working on a fantasy story: The Fourth Ruling. I thought I’d write a little update on my writing process so far and give some insight into what it actually is I’m writing. Especially since once this one is done, I’m planning to go through the frightening process of trying to get published. Fingers crossed! But for now, here’s my journey so far…

Just launched: the first English YA book box in the Netherlands

Very exciting news last Friday! The first English YA book box in the Netherlands has just been launched: Bookly Bird. Me and a friend of mine just started selling the first box full of goodies and a great hardcover book. Bookly Bird_Cmyk-01

We’ve been working on setting up Bookly Bird since February and have finally started selling. We felt like it was about time to set up an English box here in the Netherlands as many people read English books here! There are high shipping costs attached to sending a book box from the US or Australia. So, often a box is just very expensive. As we ship from the Netherlands, the shipping costs are significantly cheaper.

So, what is Bookly Bird? Bookly Bird is a surprise box, meaning you know the theme of the box beforehand, but the contents of the box remain to be a surprise. What you’ll know is that the box contains one English YA book (the first box will contain a hardcover book) and 2 to 6 bookish items.

We’re super excited and hope you’ll enjoy the very first Bookly Bird box. Check out the Bookly Bird website. Orders are already coming in, so make sure you’re on time before we’re sold out.

We’d be happy to cooperate with bloggers and BookTubers to create a great post about this! If you’d like to add a Q&A to your blog or simply have some questions to ask, don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to info@booklybird.nl . 


The Wonderful Dutch Booktube Community

I met up with a bunch of Booktubers about a month ago. We all went to Rotterdam, visited a bookstore (naturally) and had a drink together. It was one of the most wonderful afternoons I’ve had.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been a part of the Booktube community for one year now and I’ve enjoyed it more and more. The Booktube community in the Netherlands is such a great supportive community, not at all like the harsh world that I had thought the internet would be.

Moreover, I’ve been amazed by the meet-up we had in Rotterdam. It’s crazy how you can meet a bunch of people and have an immediate connection. We could talk endlessly about books and wandered around in the bookstore until we knew we could find no new books to look at.

Aside from that afternoon, I’ve found the Dutch Booktube community is  Continue reading “The Wonderful Dutch Booktube Community”

When to Accept a Review Copy

As I’ve gained more followers here on my blog and on my YouTube channel, I’ve noticed more authors have been requesting me to review their books. It is definitely wonderful to get that kind of recognition, but it has also made me wonder whether you should accept every review copy you are offered.

I recently got into a discussion with a friend about whether or not to accept a review copy we were both sent. Because, although it is a great compliment, if the story doesn’t appeal to you, it means you’ll spend time reading a book you do not enjoy.

When you still have a small channel such as myself the big publishers are not interested in you just yet. That’s simply the way it is. Hitting 10,000 subscribers gives you a good chance of getting physical review copies from established publishers. 230 subscribers, not so much. And that’s alright. I’m not expecting anything just yet. However, a group of authors that are really keen on getting their books reviewed as much as possible are self publishers. And to get a good amount of reviews that also means contacting smaller channels.

It’s a smart strategy and I cannot disagree it’s a good way to get people familiar with your book. Especially since you can send the book without spending any money as the self published author (most often) sends an ebook. Now, even getting an offer like that is great (it’s a free book after all!), but there are Continue reading “When to Accept a Review Copy”

Useful Writing Advice: Brandon Sanderson Lectures

At times I come across some amazing tools that help me to learn more about writing techniques. Last week was one of those times when I was introduced by a writer friend to the Brandon Sanderson lectures. 

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Brandon Sanderson is a wonderful high fantasy writer known for – amongst other series – his Mistborn novels. And, apparently, he’s also a brilliant lecturer. Write about dragons has made the footage available of one of the courses he has taught at the Brigham Young University.

Especially for those Continue reading “Useful Writing Advice: Brandon Sanderson Lectures”

Mark Zuckerberg’s Reading List

Read about Mark Zuckerberg’s reading list yet? The Facebook founder started a book club through Facebook, assigning one book each two weeks for its members. 

The book club, named A Year of Books, started at the beginning of 2015. The focus of the books were mainly on issues he occupies himself with: leadership, prosperity, the effect of power, scientific revolutions and more. In case you want to read some inspiring books on these themes, Zuckerberg’s list may be a good place to start!

These are the Facebook founder’s 23 books of 2015: Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg’s Reading List”