BookTok Tips + Tricks

Booktok is the side of TikTok dedicated solely to books and author. It’s where readers and writers can share their experiences, talk about their favorite books, and make other bookish friends.

I’ve been posting booktok content on my TikTok account since December of 2019. For some reason, in March, one of my videos blew up. Then another. Then another. It was surreal. Now, I’ve been a booktoker for around 9 months (6 months of posting daily), and I’ve learned quite a few things about the platform.

So, if you’re new to booktok, or you’re a seasoned booktoker looking to grow their audience, I have some tips for you that might help.

I can’t promise this will make your videos blow up– I can’t pretend to understand the TikTok algorithm- but hopefully these tips can help a little.

I’m planning on making this a series on my blog, where I dive into everything booktok related. Part 2 will hopefully be coming soon, going into the history of booktok and how to start your own!

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5 Novel Writing Tips From Author Kelly McWilliams

Hey everyone! I have something really fun for you today. Kelly McWilliams is stopping by to share some tips for any aspiring authors out there!

Kelly’s new book, Agnes at the End of the World, comes out this Tuesday, June 9th. It follows a girl, Agnes, who isn’t aware she is living in a cult. When she meets an outsider boy, she begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. As the Prophet who leads her cult becomes more dangerous, she realizes she must escape with her brother and leave everyone, including her sister, behind. But the world Outside isn’t safe either, for a viral pandemic is sweeping through the population. As Agnes navigates this world, she must decide between saving her family and saving the world.

Agnes at the End of the World Links:

HardcoverAmazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Target | Walmart | Book Depository | Indigo

eBookAmazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | Google Play | Apple Books | Indigo

Read an excerpt of Agnes At The End of the World here!

Photo Credit: Black Forest Photography

Kelly McWilliams is the author of AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD (June 9, Little, Brown), which was recently named one of People’s 20 Best Books to Read This Summer. She lives in Colorado with her family. Visit her at KellyMcWilliamsAuthor.com or follow her on Insta @kellymmcwilliams.

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Writing Reviews – My Rating System

Writing Reviews: My Rating System (caitsbooks.com)

The longer I’ve been writing book reviews, the more confused I get with my own rating system.

Rating are hard. I really struggle with them. Since I use Goodreads a lot (shameless plug- add me as a friend), I wanted to keep things consistent and rate every book out of 5 stars. However, with so many people rating books from 1-5 stars, everyone now has their own meaning behind what a 5 star/3 star/1 star book is. Even my own meaning has changed.

So, for the sake of clarification, I want to explain what my ratings mean, and give some examples for each!

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The Reading Slump: Causes & Cures


Reading Slump
/ˈrēdiNG sləmp/
noun
1. A period of time in which you have no motivation to read no matter how many books glare at you from your shelves.


There is no worse pain than being stuck in a reading slump. When all you see your growing TBR looming over you, but you just can’t turn open the cover.

It happens to me a lot, and being as I’m currently in one of my worst ones yet, instead of trying to read I thought I would talk about some of the common causes for reading slumps that I’ve noticed, and some cures that seem to work.

Naturally, if these worked perfectly I would never be in a reading slump, and I probably wouldn’t even be making this post, but maybe one of these tips could help you get back into the reading mood!

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