The Amber Feature:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Amber Feature
A weekly feature with one or both Amber's. 
Just a random post about anything book related

This month is going to be all about blogging. Jan. 1st is AwesomeSauce 1 year blogiversary so all December I want to share things I learned, goals I want to make, or anything about my blog experience. I will save the last one with my stats for the year like # of reviews, # of giveaways and all that kinda stuff.

Amber I's:

5 Goals for 2012:

Bring More Unique Content to Blog: honestly I have no idea what that will be. But I want to do more with it. 

I would like to learn more techy stuff so I can touch things up. I would love to learn photoshop. I want to keep the blog growing so I will need to know some things about html and all that. I want to keep the blog looking good and I like changing things and hate depending on someone to help me. Plus I am too cheap to pay for it.

Get rid of some things that are just not working anymore. Reader Behind the Author is going. AwesomeSauce Book of the Week has been gone for a while. Reader Interviews I am still not sure about. There just is not an audience for it. I would love some kind of feature but not sure what yet.

Do a book of the month and find a way to get people involved so we can discuss it.

I like how me and Amber R. do not try to be professional. We review like we talk. I use words like holy sexapade and oh snapples and things like that. I want to keep that spirit of things going.

*I will post more goals as the month goes on.*

5 of my Favorite Authors I discovered this year

  • Stacey Kennedy
  • Keri Arthur
  • Chloe Neill
  • Karen Marie Moning
  • Eve Langlais

If an author you know I love is not mentioned, I either have been reading them before this year or I will get to them in  a different post.

5 of my Favorite Adult Debut Authors:
(YA Authors are more well known)

  • Rosalie Lario
  • Evelyn Lafont
  • Stephanie Nelson
  • Patricia Eimer
  • Dani Harper

5 of my favorite blog moments

  • When people started to follow me
  • When I would get comments like Great Review, or I bought this book based on your recommendation
  • When an author or publisher contacted me for a review
  • When I got accepted for the first ARC I requested. (Sirensong by Jenna Black)
  • When one of my reviews showed up in a book or on an authors website

5 things I learned

  • Kindle is amazing!lol I was so against this when they first came out. But a lot of indie authors would send me PDFs and I was not big on reading on my computer. So I read a book on my friend Beckys kindle and I loved it!! Seriously my kindle is my new baby!!!
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. I asked lots of bloggers questions over the year. They weren't offering advise but I would see things on their blog or would figure they would know it and I would ask them. When I couldn't figure something out, I know someone else has and usually they were always really nice about it. 
  • Don't yell at authors you like. hahaha I will not go into specifics here but there was an issue and I bottled it up for a while until finally I had to say something. While I am kinda glad I did it, I still feel awkward about it. Maybe just vent to your friends. 
  • Twitter, Facebook, and commenting are so important. This is how you make friends and get people involved. I never ever wanted to use twitter but its super important. And don't expect people to comment on your stuff if you never comment on theirs.
  •  You know how authors need to distance themselves from reviews so they don't take bad reviews to heart and feel super crappy about themselves. Well this applies to book reviewers too. You need to kinda distance yourself from it. I have had this happen to me several times I review a lot of indie authors and they share the first 5 or so reviews and they skip me. Just recently I had an author share her first review then I posted mine 2 days later she never posted mine but said thank you to me on twitter for liking her book then she went on to post the next 5 reviews. I find this super hard not to take personally. Especially when its happened to me before, it makes you think what did they do that I didn't do. But if you can try to just distance yourself and save the turmoil.
*And one more thing I learned, don't just shove away bookmarks or postcards or any swag, FRAME them and decorate you bookshelf! hahaha I started this, and I love it.

Okay I will let Amber R. get in here now. Don't want to bore anyone who reads this!


  1. Hmmm, I'll have to work harder to make that list! I think... I can do it ;) Great job Ambers!

  2. Awwww Lol. Amber R. Didn't make her list yet. I still have to read your books. Which I will be doing soon. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. Sounds like you have definitely moved from point A to point B in your blogging life which is good when you're getting ready to hit a milestone.

    Look forward to what is to come and found your learning experience insightful.

    Thanks for the post!

  4. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I do think it looks great, and I'm glad to read that you plan on keeping your reviews casually written - the way a friend would talk to me about a book she likes. I hope you achieve all of your goals for the new year!

  5. What a cool idea on the swag stuff...I'll have to try that. Like a collage for the wall. I also agree that I like how you guys are not all professional on your reviews and there not like 2 pages long. It's just short and sweet and to the point. I find that I quit reading reviews when they pick every little thing apart and it's so long. It's one of the reasons I've book marked this blog. You guys always have the best books too. I saw that for top 5 authors this year were all the same new ones for me as well =) You guys have a great blog. Thanks =)

  6. I love all the love. Sorry my list didn't get added, my computer was out of commission. :( I'm so glad to hear that you guys like our reviews. Me and Amber always talk about our reviews and how we love that they're simple and to the point. We blog for us, because we like to and of course we love reading.. but we blog for you guys too. So I love hearing the feedback and hearing that you guys like our blog!

  7. You guys do a great job and I enjoy your reviewing style. Are you going to go to that G+ thingy since GFC is going bye-bye? I wish you all joy and success in achieving your desired goals this coming year and I am grateful that fate brought me to the club:)

  8. I also just found Eve Langlais and love her books. Great new author for me. :)


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