Good Morning! I’m happy to be back for another fantastic interview! I’m amazed and blessed at how many wonderful authors, bloggers, and editors there are that willingly participate in my Sunday Interview Series. Thank you for making every Sunday another adventure! Today is no exception, as I have prepared an interview with Blogger Jennie Rosenblum! She loves to read and has made it her mission to help Indie authors by gaining readers and reviews, among other services she offers. If you are interested in learning more about Jennie Rosenblum and her services, then she can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and her Website!
What made you start blogging?
I was working as a Children’s Librarian and getting constant requests from Parents for either resources or pleasure reading. A blog was the most natural way I could think of to pass on what I was reading.
What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
When I hear from an author or reader. It does not matter if it’s just a thank you, follow up questions or I just bought that book; all say I’m doing something that they value.
How often do you post to your blog?
I aim to post at least once a week. I try not to post more than twice as I know as a reader of blogs that if I get too many, I tend not to read them.
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Almost three years ago I decided to leave the day to day Librarian job and see if I could make a business out of reading and helping Indie Authors. I had worked with a friend for many years, basically beta reading and being a sounding board for her self-published books and really thought there was a way to help more authors get their books printed. The blog was already up for my friends and parents from my school, so I thought it was my answer to authors just trying to get someone to read their work. I offer a free read with the possibility of a review to anyone who would like to send me their work. No strings attached.
How do you manage your time to run your blog efficiently?
I run my blog as I would any part of my business. I schedule my readings and blog posts. The first year I had trouble meeting all my commitments, but now I know how many books to schedule each month so that I can stay on track. I read about ten
What are your goals for your blog in the new year?
More readers of the blog that lead to more readers for Indie Authors would be lovely. I have adjusted the way I keep track of my schedule, and I hope to do more Small Book Tours. I have two other bloggers I work with, and we do charge a fee for this service. However, we read the book first and then if we all agree to the tour we charge for our time for doing social media follow-ups, not for our reviews.
How do you attract new readers? Describe the methods you’ve used and their impact on site traffic?
I have received the best response from my twitter account. I post there, after every review, and since I read a wide variety of genres, I sometimes see additional followers after these postings.
What advice can you give someone just starting on their blogging journey?
Be sure you are doing it for yourself. This is not the way to riches but if you like sharing and interacting with people who enjoy the same things you do – then jump in!