Bookstagram Spotlight: @thereadingfaery

For those of you who are not familiar with “bookstagram,” it’s basically a community of readers on Instagram who shares photos of books. (Makes sense, right?)

As someone who is fairly new to Instagram, I was blown away when I discovered this whole amazing community of readers.

And let me tell you – I am trying to learn how to take beautiful book-related photographs for my own account and it is not as easy as it looks.

I have fallen in love with this whole book-loving community, and I wanted to feature some accounts that I thought my readers would enjoy.

And that’s how the Bookstagram Spotlight came about.

For my first interview, I reached out to @thereadingfaery. Her feed is fresh and fun and vibrant, and I just love looking at her posts.

So, without further ado, here is my Q&A with @thereadingfaery.


How did you first get into bookstagramming?

I actually don’t really remember, to be honest. I started my blog in the beginning of 2015, and I’d recently joined Goodreads, so I was just getting into the community. Then, a year or so later, I found my first bookstagram account that I started following on my private account. I thought it seemed fun to take photos of books, since it’s my biggest interest, and decided to try and start one connected to my blog. It just escalated from there.

Photo provided by @thereadingfaery.

Where do you get the inspiration for your photos/theme?

I get inspiration for my photos when I see other photos. It doesn’t have to be bookstagram photos, looking at any photos always gives me inspiration. As for my theme, I like to take really bright photos. For me, the light in a photo is one of the most important things, and I think a bright background really helps, so I use that. When it comes to editing, I try to edit as little as possible, I just brighten my photos a little if necessary.

Photo provided by @thereadingfaery.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is interested in bookstagramming?

Persist. I started my bookstagram in April 2016, and it took over a year before I found a theme I liked and started gaining followers. Building a following takes time and patience and dedication, so don’t give up if it feels like an uphill battle at first. And don’t worry so much about likes and followers, because I made that mistake at first, and it wasn’t that fun then. It became much more fun when I stopped caring about how many likes my photos got and focused on being part of this wonderful community.

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What is the last book you read?

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton.

What’s next on your TBR list?

I actually don’t keep a TBR list, because I’m a big mood reader. Right now I’m reading The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I might end up rereading the Lux series after that, since it’s set in the same world. I also have a few ARCs I’ll get to reading soon.

Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

I definitely prefer physical books, but considering how much I read, it’s very expensive, so I read most books on my Kindle. It will never be the same as holding a book in your hands, but I love my Kindle, too.

For physical books, do you use bookmarks or fold corners?

Bookmarks! I’d never fold corners in a book. I don’t judge people who do, because what you do to your books is your business, but personally, I hate imperfections in my books. I’d probably have a panic attack if I tried to fold a corner in my book, haha.

What is one of your favorite bookstagram pages that you follow? What do you like about it?

I can’t possibly pick just one! I love @rattletheshelves, because her nature photos are just really pretty and I love talking to her. @chezreadz, @stellasbookishworld and @thebookishcourt are also really sweet people that I love talking to and that take beautiful photos. Finally, I recently found @novelknight, who takes really cozy photos.

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Top Facebook Groups for Indie Authors

I’ve mentioned before that the indie author community is a powerful resource. Indies are known for helping lift each other up and sharing what they’ve learned along their journeys so that others can find success, too. Here are a handful of Facebook groups open to indie authors. You’ll find these groups to be welcoming and encouraging – but before you post a question, be sure to search the groups first. Chances are, many people have had the exact same question and it has been answered many times.

Oh – and the number one rule across these groups? No self promo. You’re talking to other authors who all want people to buy their books, too. But finding readers is NOT what these groups are for. They’re for helping each other learn and grow. Trying to sell your book to fellow community members is a quick way to get your post deleted – and yourself removed from the groups.

20BooksTo50K – Run by the powerhouse that is Michael Anderle and his amazing team, being a part is this group is practically a must for any indie author. You will find answers to questions you didn’t even know you had and be able to cheer on others’ successes as they post photos of them typing “the end” on their manuscripts – often photographed alongside a celebratory drink!

SPF Community – Ok, I realize I’m starting to sound like a walking advertisement for Mark Dawson, but there’s a reason you hear him come up so often in the indie community. His SPF Community group is open to indie authors and is a great place to find support, encouragement and answers to your questions. (But again – remember to search the group first to see if your question has already been answered!)

The Blurb Exchange – This is a fairly new group, but I think you will find it to be a valuable resource. If there’s one thing indie authors are known for complaining about, it’s writing blurbs. It’s amazing how we can write 80k+ words in a book, but that little bitty blurb can be complete torture to write. How are you supposed to summarize your masterpiece in a few paragraphs – and make it sound interesting enough that people want to buy it?! In comes The Blurb Exchange. The premise is simple: you help other authors with their blurbs first, and then you post your blurb and get their feedback.

Once you’ve joined these groups, you’ll quickly find that there are all kinds of specialized groups for the particular genre you’re writing in. As a YA sci-fi and fantasy author, I have found AAYAA, SFF Book Bonanza and SF/F Cross Promo Bulletin Board extremely helpful.