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The Importance of Blogs and Reviews

The Importance of Blogs and Reviews

Every author knows how important it is to have their work reviewed, and in this session we meet three people who run websites for that sole purpose. Anne Williams, Dan Bassett and Karen Huxtable each run a successful and influential blog that introduces new novels to new readers. What does blogging entail? What are the do’s and don’ts when approaching a blogger? Does bribery work? These questions and more will be answered in this lively and informal session.

Anne Williams is a book blogger and reviewer, at  Being Anne. The blog is now over eight years old and has more than 11,000 followers. Originally from a village near Bangor in North Wales, she now lives in Wetherby in West Yorkshire, and took early retirement seven years ago to do everything she enjoys – including reading and reviewing as many books as she possibly can, and indulging herself with exotic holidays. Life did change a little a few years ago, when she became carer for her mother: the travel had to stop for a while, but nothing can come between Anne and the reading. Her blog won the Best Pal award at the Annual Bloggers’ Bash for three years running, and she was particularly delighted to win the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Media Star of the Year award in 2019.

Dan Bassett is a Bookseller by day, and a Bookblogger by night. Historical Fiction is his favourite genre as it lets the readers escape to a time gone by and he always feels like he learns something about how things used to be. He hopes to one day work in publishing, doing what he loves: recommending and showcasing amazing books he has enjoyed himself!

In the chair for this session will be Karen Huxtable who has worked for Devon Libraries since 2005. Her current role is Senior Supervisor Development at Exeter Library, and her job involves organising a programme of events and activities, managing staff and supporting the day to day running of Exeter Library as part of the management team. In her spare time she is a book blogger on Twitter,  her blog (Book Blogging Bureau) and Instagram. She has been blogging for nearly three years and this inspired her to launch in March 2020 Exeter Libraries in Conversation, virtual author events during the lockdown which became hugely popular and is now a podcast.