Hello! My name is Gillion and I run this amazing blog! I have worked with several publishing companies through Netgalley to receive ARCS (Advance Reader Copies, all digital) and several independent authors to help and promote their books. I go to school in Aurora, IL at Aurora University studying History and Music with a minor in Museum Studies. I am also a cellist and an amateur pianist at the university along with being in the University Chorale. I also have a YouTube channel where I do book related videos!
Will you accept my book (physical copy or digital)?- Yes! It will take me awhile to read it because I do have my own personal TBR that I am trying to achieve as well. I will send you an email letting you know that I have began to read it.
Can you help me promote my book in any other way (Instagram, Twitter, other review sites)- Yes! I have a set list I have for each book I do that I get from authors and publishing companies. If you have any other requests I will do that as well.
How do you maintain the lifestyle of a book reviewer?- Magic, no I’m kidding. I try to set aside at least an hour for reading and another hour/few hours for writing on my blog and editing videos.
I am not a publishing company but I still want to work with you- It all depends on the products you are trying to sell me. If it is a bookmark, candle or any other book related item, I will gladly take it. But if it is any other product that is non book related (makeup, furniture etc) then I will need a full review of the product before agreeing. If I do not wish to partner with you, book related or not, it is not on you! The product does not appeal to my eye but it will appeal to another.
How did you decide to do YouTube?- Funny enough, I planned to use my YouTube channel as a cello channel. I don’t know what made me want to change it, but I do wish I have another channel for my cello covers. YouTube is a platform that is universal and anyone can view your video from anywhere. I have met authors through YouTube who I have worked with in the past and I still know them till this day.
How do you edit your videos?- Depending on the type of video, I edit everything on Windows Movie Maker. Since it was not offered on my laptop, I had to download it (there are sites out there, I only have to pay a small fee to get it). If I have to add pictures to the video I use Microsoft Expression Encoder 4. It is the easiest video editing software, that is also free, if you are looking for something that is not as basic as WMM.
Where do you get your books from?- Ironically the majority of my books are from Goodwill or other resale/thrift stores. I have found many copies of books I have wanted for years from those places. I have found an ARC of Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Koffmen along with The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. I even found my Kindle (4th edition) from there too! If I know I want an autographed copy, newly released, or another book in a series, I go to my local Barnes and Noble in my hometown.
How do you edit your photos for you booksagram?- I use PicsArt but I have used VSCO cam in the past.
Do you work in a bookshop?- Sadly no. I have been denied at 3 bookstores (2 Barnes and Nobles and 1 Books a Million). Despite the fact that I am already a busy person as it is, sometimes I am too busy for a job. I would love to work in a bookshop one day.
What advice do you have for small accounts trying to make it big?- (If this is not a video I have made already, I will include a link here for when I do) My advice is to upload consistently. I decided to upload every day (when I had the time) one summer and it was so time consuming because back then I was filming from my phone and uploading that video to YouTube Capture (which is sadly no longer a thing) and it will take hours to upload a 5-7 minute video. Another piece of advice I can give you is talk about what you love. If you like food, do a food channel. Like books, talk about books. Like fashion, talk about fashion.