Blogger Spotlight: Jess Resides Here
Welcome to a new weekly feature on the Seventh Star Press Blog! We work with a lot of blog sites out there on tours, news releases, giveaways, and more, and we felt it was time to introduce everyone to the wonderful folks behind the blogs.
It takes a lot of work and dedication to run a blog site, and we hope you take a few minutes to visit with the bloggers who passion for books make these sites possible. We feel you will come to a greater appreciation of what bloggers do and what they put into running their sites.
In this first feature, we visit with Jess Resides Here, who we have worked with since the release of Jackie Gamber's Redheart. We are proud to introduce Jessica Lay, the creator and developer of Jess Resides Here!
Blogger Spotlight #1: Jess Resides Here
1. Tell us a little about yourself, and your background.
Well I'm 32, single a slightly blunt okay very blunt kind of person. I am not what I would consider a people person ( working in customer service will do that to you ) but those that I've decided are cool I'd do pretty much anything for. I love my family all 2 other members my mother and brother. I lost my dad almost 4 years ago now to cancer. My background well my parents are Hungarian and I was born in Australia so we kinda get around the world. My mother and I are both big readers of fiction and my dad was and my brother is more into reference books.
2. What kinds of books do you like to read for pleasure? Any favorites?
As mentioned my mother and I are fiction fanatics. I was very lucky and my mother took me to the library often. Back in the day before internet and text I'd request books held for me and felt very grown up when I'd get a postcard in the mail letting me know it was waiting for me. I remember reading Judy Blume and thinking she was the most wonderful author ever. I still think she's fantastic and have added a great deal to my favorite list. I couldn't tell you them all as any good book lover I have a very long list but from this year my fave read was The Infection by Craig DiLouie and The Lakebridge Cycle books by Natasha Troop. I'm currently reading I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream which I'm enjoying immensely as well as my other current read Sela by Jackie Gamber which could be called my current favorites.
3. When did you start your blog, and what motivated you to do it?
I started my blog in 2009 least that's what my blog tells me which I find hard to believe that I've been doing it for so long. It was initially called Jess Vents which I am quite embarrassed about as it was started near after my dad died I wanted a little place where I could let of some steam and no one knew me or would judge me least I didn't care if they did. In time it progressed to the things I enjoy and love and wanted to write about this mainly being books.
4. How did you come up with the name for your site? Is there a story behind it?
Again it started out as Jess Vents, when the time came that I realized that was just not working and I had to change it I thought what could I go with. I consider my blog my little corner of the internet it's my home away from home or well anywhere I have internet so I went with the most basic and called it that where I reside on the internet hence Jess resides here
5. What kinds of genres do you cover on your site?
Pretty much everything though just in the last day I have been thinking that once I am open for reviews again which will be in the new year I will have to redo my review policy and narrow down my genre review list. I like horror which if I absolutely had to pick a favorite would be the one. I also like fantasy, sci fi, dystopian. I've recently come to be a big fan of bizarro I love the quirky satire nature of it. I love imagination and envy the talent to be able to just let your mind go to the most amazing places. While I don't have the talent to write myself being able to be in the mix and review is just a thrill.
6. What kinds of regular features do you have on your site?
I have my usual meme's that I take part in. The most recent addition being one created by The Cabin Goddess called Sunday Shorts. I adore short stories and don't think they are appreciated enough. I enjoy sharing about ones I find on the internet and while not nearly enough people are involved in the meme right now I think I may be the only one at the moment it's one I plan to continue even if no one else does. I also take part in Monday Mailbox which is fun to show off what you got in the mail that week not to mention drool and envy others as well. Any book lover can appreciate Teaser Tuesday which is great fun and always a mission to find that perfect teaser to make others go ooohhhh that sounds like a good read I must get it myself. Yes a cover, a blurb and sometimes just a couple lines can sell a book.
7. What is the hardest thing about being a blogger?
lol time! There isn't enough of it. I've said this before if I had another 24 hours just for blogging/reading/reviewing I'd be fine. It's hard to fit it all in. I wish I could read all the books I'm asked to review but sadly have to turn many down because I simply don't have the time to.
8. What are your favorite things about being a blogger?
People. I seriously have made some of the best most important friendships online that I would otherwise not have had without my blog. It has brought me so many great people and I can honestly say am closer to my online friends than in person ones. All the SSP authors rock for example and the bloggers omg Kriss, Jessica, Stephanie, Jonathan and more. I just love them. Smart, good people. Can't beat that.
9. If you could give a piece of advice or two to authors looking to work with a blog site, what would you say?
Well it's your baby and you think it's fantastic and want everyone to know about it which is great. As a book blogger I want to know about it but as I've said time is an issue for many. They have busy jobs or kids or personal issues or all of the above to deal with so I'd say know and understand that you may get turned down it's not personal but it's hard to find the time for all the review requests. Letting a blogger know they can take time to read and review will help immensely. Be prepared have a full media packet. It's very hard when asked to review and the author doesn't have a web site or blog or any online presence. One of the first things I do is look into an author not having anything to link to is difficult for a blogger not to mention means you lose out on a great publicity. Make sure you provide links, covers ( which is a huge selling point so invest if need be and get a great cover ) and a blurb these are the basics and many don't have these. You simply must.
10. Any last thoughts or things you might want to say to readers who are finding out about your blog for the first time?
Well I hope you check it out and keep reading I love sharing about authors and books and plan on doing so for forever I guess :) I'm so into sharing about books and authors that I'm involved in a new book publicity company First Rule Publicity *plug* It's just started and we already have some great tours in the works. I know it will be a huge success and I'm so excited about the chance to promote even more.
We would like to thank Jess for stopping by for this spotlight, and you can visit her blog and connect with her at the following links:
Jess Resides Here: http://www.frellathon.com