13.8.18

#Discussion: Posting on Instagram // #Instagram101

There have been a lot of articles written about the pros and cons of Instagram, how to "hack" the new Instagram algorithm, and anything else you can think of regarding the largest photo sharing social media platform. Whether you're using Instagram for business or personal, here are some tips for creating a feed that everyone wants to follow - and have "post notifications" for.

We've discussed planning out your feed and your photos! Today we are focusing on determining when and what to post on Instagram.



Read the whole series to upgrade and maintain your instagram feed by clicking on the different links below!
Planning Your Feed | Taking The "Perfect" Pictures | Posting On Instagram | Caption Writing 101

Timing

If you have an Instagram Business Account (as you should since you are an Influencer), you can see the hours your audience is most active on each day. You can try to post during these hours or post consistently at a specific time. I post consistently at the same times every day (9:30am and 2:00pm).

It's up to you to choose what you want to do! 

Photo


Now that you took the perfect photo, you need to post it! That's key to Instagram. But you could also use a handmade graphic (maybe from Canva) that discusses a new feature, an event that you're going to, or anything else you need words for or that you want your audience to read.

Caption

Sometimes people don't read captions - just see the photo, like it, and move on. But it is important to have the caption for the people (like me!) that read every single caption. Describe the scene, explain whatever the object your featuring is, say where to get it (maybe there is a link in your bio!), and then ask a question to engage your audience. This one is essential - you need to action your audience to interact with them.

11.8.18

#BlogTour: PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL by Kate Mascarenhas // #Spotligh

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL by Kate Mascarenhas!

I have a spotlight of the book for you today, so let's start by learning more about the novel!


PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL

Author: Kate Mascarenhas
Series: N/A
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: August 9, 2018

Summary:
1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril.

10.8.18

Subscription Box #Review: July 2018 #OwlCrate!

I love surprises and subscription boxes so I decided to buy a few different ones and then review them for you guys because why not! So you will get to see a few different subscription box reviews!

Just so everyone knows, I live in Canada, so the prices and such that I am going to talk about are in Canadian Dollars and shipping times are Canadian since they ship it out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The OwlCrate website!


Every month. They also offer an OwlCrate Jr. box for MG and younger books if you don't get enough with the regular OwlCrate box.


Monthly: $29.99 USD
Every Three Months: $86.98 USD
Every Six Months: $167.94 USD

Plus shipping, which for me, cost $10.59 USD


I just looked at my bank statement and it cost me $53.54 Canadian. Which is a BIT expensive for me but I am making money now so it's all good.

7.8.18

#BlogTour: THE RAGING ONES by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie // #Interview

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

THE RAGING ONES by Krista and Becca Ritchie!

Today I have an interview with the authors for you about weird things they had to research and their inspiration for the novel! But first, let's learn more about the book...


THE RAGING ONES

Authors: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Series: The Raging Ones #1
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: August 14, 2018

Summary:
From New York Times bestselling authors Krista and Becca Ritchie, comes The Raging Ones, an edge of your seat sci-fi romance with twists and turns that you will never see coming!

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. 

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. 

Until the day she does. 

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him. 

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny. 

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
Purchase:

Working with another author is hard, let alone with your twin! What was working together like and how did you address differing opinions on the work?

Krista & Becca Ritchie: We've been writing together since high school, so we've been able to really fine-tune our process. Being sisters seems like we'd bicker a ton, but we find our bond a huge strength. We understand each other's vision and welcome varying opinions and ideas. We always describe what we have as a mini "writer's room" where we constantly bounce thoughts off one another and try to improve our work.

6.8.18

#Discussion: Four Steps To The "Perfect" Pictures // #Instagram101

There have been a lot of articles written about the pros and cons of Instagram, how to "hack" the new Instagram algorithm, and anything else you can think of regarding the largest photo sharing social media platform. Whether you're using Instagram for business or personal, here are some tips for creating a feed that everyone wants to follow - and have "post notifications" for.

Last week we discussed planning out your feed, so today I am going to teach you how to plan your pictures! I know that you had to come up with some ideas last week for the overall aesthetic of your feed, but each individual picture deserves some TLC to make it the best possible picture.



Read the whole series to upgrade and maintain your instagram feed by clicking on the different links below!
Planning Your Feed | Taking The "Perfect" Pictures | Posting On Instagram | Caption Writing 101

Plan

Now that you know what your feed is going to look like, you can plan your locations to take pictures. I take a lot of my pictures outside (because I have terrible natural light opportunities in my apartment) so I scope out locations, take some pictures from different angles ahead of when I plan to actually go to my location, and try out different edits as well.

You have to think like a photographer - even though I definitely don't have any experience being a photographer. The pictures below show the process of me figuring out what locations I wanted to do my most recent Instagram pictures from while I was driving along the coast of Lake Erie.


It took me about three hours to take what would become 10 photos for Instagram. I drove for about 45 minutes to a few different locations, then did the "loop" again to hit the places I thought would work for my photo shoot. After that I set up different options for every book, took multiple photos, and then went to the next location to do the same.

Photograph

Taking the actual picture is probably the hardest part. I have about 1000 photos on my phone right now of potential Instagram posts (I should probably edit them [see next step]) and I will only use about 20 of them.

3.8.18

#Review: THE POPPY WAR by R.F. Kuang

THE POPPY WAR

Author: R.F. Kuang
Series: Untitled #1
Source: Purchased from Kindle
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary:
When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away...

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity... and that it may already be too late.
Purchase:
Please read Petrik's review to see what an ownvoices Chinese reviewer thought of this book. THE POPPY WAR is based on real events in Asian history but fictionalized.

I had heard such good things about this one and there was a "controversy" about where it was categorized in genre and age group, so I picked it up. I was promised gore, cruelty, and an amazing new Adult Fantasy novel but I didn't *really* get that. This was a solid story up until about 55% and then it was just meh