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3 YA Authors to Follow on Instagram ASAP

As readers, we can sometimes forget that authors are people too. Despite their success as writers, the author life isn’t always as glamorous as it seems—and many authors are very candid about that. The following YA writers are not only incredibly talented, but often take to Instagram to share what life is “really” like behind the scenes. If you’re an aspiring author yourself, follow these Instagram accounts for tips, tricks, and a look into author life!

1. Adrienne Young @adrienneyoungbooks

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Adrienne Young is the author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back, fantasy novels that have been successful and are well-known in the YA community. Adrienne has posted multiple Instagram stories talking about negative reviews, and how they can affect her mental health. As much as negative reviews are a part of the job, Adrienne encourages readers to avoid tagging authors in them. 

Adrienne also posts frequently about the writing process. She has numerous saved stories on her Instagram page about her revision process, complete with Scrivener tips and tricks. Adrienne also likes to post about her writing schedule, and how she holds herself accountable to it. If you’re an aspiring writer, Adrienne’s account is full of information! 

Adrienne’s most recent draft is for her new YA novel, Fable, coming out in September 2020. She often posts her daily word count goals, and videos of her working on it, both of which can serve as motivation to work on your own writing project. If you’re looking for a candid, inspirational author to follow, check out @adrienneyoungbooks on Instagram!

 

2. Lindsay Cummings @authorlindsaycummings

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If you’re not familiar with Lindsay Cumming’s The Murder Complex series, then you might know her from her most recent series, Zenith, co-written by her and booktuber Sasha Alsberg. Linsday often posts videos of her working, both on her Instagram and her Youtube channel. She’s always very open about what the publishing process is like, and in the past talked about how hard it was to see her latest project get rejected by her publisher. 

Besides posting about books, Lindsay also posts super cute pictures of her horse, Dan, and her baby son, Zion, on her account. Since giving birth to her son, Lindsay has often talked about how hard it can be to juggle raising a child with meeting deadlines. She isn’t afraid to post about what the author life is really like, with all its highs and lows. If you’re interested in Lindsay’s upcoming work, you can also follow her for updates and posts about her #secretYAnovel.

 

3. Kalyn Josephson @kalynmjosephson

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Kalyn Josephson is the author of her YA debut novel, The Storm Crow, which was released last year. She often posts videos of herself working on her next book, The Storm Rider, coming July 2020. You can read about her experience with the publishing process on her website, where she talks about querying and finding an agent. 

What I love most about Kalyn’s account is seeing her experience as a debut author. Recently, Kalyn posted a video of her mom opening the ARCs of her upcoming book—and her mom’s reaction is SO cute! Kalyn gives a glimpse into the rewards of becoming a YA author, as well as book news, book recommendations, and pictures of her cat! 

 

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Meet Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @michellereadsbooks

How did you first get into bookstagramming?

I signed up for Bookstagram in January 2018 on a whim after I stumbled upon a few other Bookstagram accounts looking for a project to get me through the long Boston winters. I had recently committed to a New Year’s resolution of not watching TV for the year and so I had been reading more than ever before. I joined the community as a way to share what I was reading, take creative photos, and connect with other readers. It motivates me to know that my account may be helping someone get back into reading. It’s the best when someone says they came across my account and were inspired to start reading more. It’s also very motivating when people pick up the books that I share or recommend. I love getting messages from friends that say, “I’m reading that book you shared, and I love it!” It’s been such a nice way to connect, or reconnect, over the love of reading. 

Where are you from?

I grew up in Connecticut, but went to college in Boston and lived there until last summer when I moved to NYC.

What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?

I hope that it brings motivation to everyone to incorporate more reading into their lives. In today’s tech-dominated world, I hear a lot of people claim that they can’t find time to read, but it’s all about prioritizing and finding what you love.

 

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Fun fact?

I went to a performing arts high school for classical piano performance! I played for a number of years, but haven’t spent much time playing since college.

 

Favorite Bookstagrammers?

This is a tough one because there are so many and it’s always changing!

 

For book recs:

@somekindofalibrary

@layoversandliterature

@nycbookgirl

@readingbringsjoy

@booksonherbrain

 

For beautiful book photos:

@clumsy.words

@novellevague

@coffeeandbookss

@thebibliotheque

@the_spines

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Favorite Books and Authors?

So many! Here are a few of my favorite books by my favorite authors:

Look Alive Out ThereSloane Crosley

Normal PeopleSally Rooney

CirceMadeline Miller

MiddlesexJeffrey Eugenides

 

Do you have any special approach to sharing content?

Using Bookstagram as a creative outlet is a big part of why I started. Typically, I wait for a sunny day so that I can have good light. Then, I have a couple of “buckets” that my content falls into: book reviews, upcoming releases I’m excited to read, and general bookish photos. I try to create a mix of this content to keep from sharing too much of one type. 

Do you have a specific posting schedule?

I generally try to post five times per week on weekdays. I use the Instagram analytics and have found that mornings are when the majority of my followers are most active. I generally try to take one weekend day off from social media and the other I’ll usually try to share content to my stories instead of my regular feed. 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

I view it as a creative outlet and a place to share a visual diary of my reading life. Over time, I have really come to value the connections I’ve made through my page. I love seeing my online friends post and having the opportunity to meet them in real life! That’s one of the coolest things about Bookstagram; how it has connected me to some real-life friends.

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What publisher would you choose to supply you with a lifetime of books?

Oh, I’d have to go with Riverhead books. I’ll read anything they publish and I appreciate that they publish such diverse topics and voices.

What author would you love to get a selfie with?

I have a thought that I never want to meet anyone famous that I idolize because I don’t want them to ruin whatever impression I have of them in my mind. But if I had to choose one, I’d say Sloane Crosley. I feel like she would be so funny and easy-going in person. 

Favorite Book Cover?

Recently I’ve been obsessed with The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. It’s such a beautiful cover and I love that I was able to discover a new artist through it. 

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When did you know you’d made it as a Bookstagrammer?

I think there have been a series of small moments. As each of them happened, it felt like a small victory. The first time that I requested an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) from a publisher and received it felt like a big moment. When I hit 10,000 followers, that felt like another big moment. Recently I’ve started receiving requests for interviews (like this!) and that, in a small way, also feels like I’ve made it.  

 

Any advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

I’d say stay true to the reason that you started your page and don’t pay too much attention to the numbers. Bookstagram should be fun, but I often see people stressing over the numbers or algorithms! If you share the content you like and are genuine, then that is the best. I’d also say learn as much as possible. I had no idea about social media strategy when I started, but I found myself becoming increasingly interested in understanding how it works so I researched things, read blogs, and talked to other bookstagrammers whose pages I admired. That keeps it fun, too, because you constantly get to try new things and see how people respond to it (I’m a bit of a data nerd so I love looking at the analytics). 

Well, what did you think about Michelle? Do you have a favorite Bookstagrammer in mind? Contact us through any of our social media platforms and you might just see them here next week!

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#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @booksnest

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This Week’s Featured creator: @booksnest

 

Each week Bookstr is going to be highlighting your favorite Bookstagrammers. A Bookstagrammer is someone who shares all of their literary interests, ranging from book reviews and aesthetically pleasing book pictures to outfit pictures featuring their current reads. Anything that evokes bibliophile feels is on their Instagram pages. Make sure to give these Bookstagrammers the love they deserve! This week we are getting to know a Bookstagrammer, blogger, and book lover: Beth, or as you would know her on Instagram, @booksnest.

Here is her story:

 

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Chapter 1: The Birth of a Bookstagram Account

 

Beth, a Bookstagrammer from Berkshire in the South of England, joined the Bookstagram community purely for her love of books and as a personal goal for herself.

 

I loved following other book accounts so I started my own in 2013 as a New Year’s resolution. I took photos I loved and have continued to do so ever since. I wanted to feel part of this community and that is exactly what I have achieved.

 

Beth’s favorite books are mostly from the fantasy genre, including The Priory of the Orange Tree, Vicious, The Poppy War, Strange the Dreamer and A Good Girl’s Guide to MurderHer favorite authors are V.E. Schwab and Samantha Shannon.

If given the chance, Beth would take a selfie with V.E. Schwab, of course.

 

 

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So what books does Beth plan to read in the near future?

I don’t tend to set a TBR to be honest, but in my head I know soon I want to get to Ninth House, A Little Life and The Dragon Republic.

 

Her fandoms are Harry Potter, Star Trek, and The Lord of the Rings.

 

Beth’s fun fact is more about horses than about books.

I used to ride a horse called Treacle as a kid, but as an adult I’ve never got on a horse. 

 

Chapter 2: To The Bookstagramming

 

Bookstagrammers carefully choose the prettiest book covers to fit their aesthetic and theme, and Beth also has some personal favorites.

I think the covers for the Caraval series are stunning and so clever! 

 

She can describe her Bookstagram aesthetic in one word:

YELLOW! ??

 

Beth adjusts her schedule to her followers’ activity in order to determine what times she should post. She rightfully takes pride in the followers she has.

I always post around 8pm GMT during the week and sometimes in the morning around 10am GMT at the weekends. I either post daily or every other day, I base this on how well my last post did and if I want to give it more time to grow. I get these times by looking at my Instagram insights and seeing when my followers are more online. 

When I hit 10k in May of 2019 I felt a real sense of pride and accomplishment and I felt really happy. That was a big day for me and really hit home that my hard work had paid off. 

 

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Beth is most inspired by these four fellow Bookstagrammers:

@amysbookshelf

@throneofshatteredbooks

@everlasting.charm

@hayaisreading

 

 

Chapter 3: What does bookstagram mean to you?

 

Beth’s Bookstagram page is a beautiful representation of her favorite reads, but what does it mean to her personally, and what does she hope it means to other people?

Bookstagram is living proof of my dedication and motivation to grow and develop a space to create my content. It shows my love of reading and photography, but also somewhere for me to fuel my creativity and that means an awful lot to me! 

I want to offer a cosy and happy space for people to come to enjoy both the photos and the books I feature. I also love being able to offer help and advice to other Bookstagrammers.  

 

She also has some advice to offer aspiring Bookstagrammers.

Building up an audience takes time, but as long as you’re doing what you love and learning and developing each day, you will grow. Don’t take it too seriously, have fun with it and keep putting in the effort. With persistence, you will see growth, but it does take time. 

 

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#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @bookpairings

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This Week’s Featured creator: @bookpairings

 

Each week Bookstr is going to be highlighting your favorite Bookstagrammers. A Bookstagrammer is someone who shares all of their literary interests, ranging from book reviews and aesthetically pleasing book pictures to outfit pictures featuring their current reads. Anything that evokes bibliophile feels is on their Instagram pages. Make sure to give these Bookstagrammers the love they deserve! This week we are getting to know a Bookstagrammer with a passion for books and indie bookshops: Laci, or as you would know her on Instagram, @bookpairings.

Here is her story:

 

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Chapter 1: The Birth of a Bookstagram Account

 

 

Laci started Bookstagram as a fun project to cope with a difficult period in her life, and her account took off from there.

 

I started posting “Bookstagram” posts on my personal account during the summer of 2015 when I was recovering from my second brain surgery in 6 months. I have always loved reading and when I found a community of book lovers at my fingertips I decided I wanted to join the conversation. 

Because I’m the type of person who needs a project, even when I should be resting, I decided I would create my own Bookstagram account and see how it goes. That was in August of 2015 and it’s crazy to think I have posted almost everyday since then and 41K+ people care about my opinions of books and enjoy my very eclectic reading recommendations. 

 

Laci usually reads over 100 books a year, but her favorite books include classic reads such as:

As well as some more contemporary books like:

 

 

If given the choice, Laci would take a selfie with Margaret Atwood, her favorite author.

 

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Laci is a part of the Harry Potter, The Night Circus, Game of Thrones, and Good Omens fandoms.

 

Besides being book-obsessed, she also loves wine tasting.

I almost went through the training and testing to become a sommelier. I am a total oenophile and it’s another thing I love sharing with people. 

 

Chapter 2: To The Bookstagramming

 

Laci’s photography style definitely gives off a very memorable vibe, but how would she define this aesthetic?

When it comes to the photography aspect of my content, I always strive for cozy feeling photos with warm tones. I like to find interesting textures and angles so I am constantly experimenting.

I love to play with woodgrain and books for texture and I love using shadow for moodier photos.

 

 

She also has some photography advice for new Bookstagrammers.

In terms of photography, play around and you’ll improve post by post. You’ll find your aesthetic faster if you experiment and reflect on why you love certain photos.

 

Laci sticks to a specific posting schedule, so you’ll always know when to look for her newest bookish photos.

I generally post every morning between 7am-8am PST during the week and on the weekends I either post around 12pm or 5pm. I’ve done a lot of experimenting to find the optimal time for engagement, but it also depends a little bit on my schedule. I want to be able to respond to every single comment on my posts, so I try to post when I know I will be able to check-in periodically to reply. 

 

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So what are Laci’s personal favorite Bookstagram accounts?

It’s too hard to choose just a few! Here are some of my favorites:

@ouija.doodle.reads 

@theliteraryheroine

@fictionmatters

@booknerdnative

@worldswithinpages

@michellereadsbooks

@thebookishfiiasco

@jennareadsbooks

@booklanguage

@booksonherbrain

@somekindoflibrary

@absorbedinpages

I could go on and on.

 

 

Chapter 3: What does bookstagram mean to you?

 

It’s clear that Laci is very involved in the Bookstagram community, so what does her Bookstagram mean to her personally?

I am still stunned that my account has garnered as many followers as it has. I know that I work hard on each post behind the scenes, but I continue to be humbled by the Bookstagram community. To me my page is a place where I can share my love of books with other amazing, supportive book lovers. I feel like I have grown a lot personally since I started and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends within the community as well. 

I strive for authenticity when creating my content above all else. I want to share the books I am genuinely interested in reading and the books I love even if they aren’t the most hyped. I still get sucked into the new releases hype from time to time, but I’d like to think I also get less well-known or well-marketed books on the radar of my followers.

I hope that my Bookstagram inspires people to read outside of their comfort zones.

 

 

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Her final word to fellow Bookstagrammers and book lovers?

Support your local libraries and indie bookstores when you can. They provide so many services to their communities and it’s becoming harder and harder for them to survive with big business looming.

 

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#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @braveliteraryworld

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This Week’s Featured creator: @braveliteraryworld

 

Each week Bookstr is going to be highlighting your favorite Bookstagrammers. A Bookstagrammer is someone who shares all of their literary interests, ranging from book reviews and aesthetically pleasing book pictures to outfit pictures featuring their current reads. Anything that evokes bibliophile feels is on their Instagram pages. Make sure to give these Bookstagrammers the love they deserve! This week we are getting to know a teacher who is a lover of classic lit and diversity: Esther, or as you would know her on Instagram, @braveliteraryworld.

Here is her story:

 

 

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Chapter 1: The Birth of a Bookstagram Account

 

Esther saw the Bookstagram community as a way to showcase her passions for both books and photography.

I made my first post on May 23, 2016. I had seen a lot of Bookstagram photos on Tumblr. Before then, I had no idea Bookstagram was a thing. When I saw the photos, I was excited by how people have combined two of my interests– books and photography– to create such beautiful works. In the beginning, my photos were absolute garbage. But I kept at it, focusing on my love of classic literature, and I haven’t stopped since.

 

Since Esther’s favorite genre is classic literature, some of her favorite authors include Isabel Allende, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Jacquline Woodson. But what is her favorite book of all time?

My favorite book is Wide Sargasso Sea, and everyone who follows me has heard me talk about it.

 

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How’s the weather where you are? . Fall is settling down here, and its arrival always make me want to pick up stories set in English countrysides, with farmhouses in the horizon and an open sky above. On that note, here are my top favorite English pastoral novels. . • Tess of the D’Urbervilles – a young, naive woman sets out into the world to save her family from poverty, but those who promise hope only bring disaster and heartbreak. . • I Capture the Castle – told through the diary entries of Catherine Mortmain, a teenager ready to take on the world, and set in a crumbling castle in Suffolk. Hilarious and heartwarming. . • Sense and Sensibility – not my favorite Austen, but S&S deserves its place on here for the loving descriptions of trees, hills, skies, and fields. The Dashwood sisters may have fallen down in the world, but they have no shortage of suitors as the girls form and test their own perspectives on love. . • The Small House at Allington – Lily Dale is in love with Mr. Crosbie, whom she calls Apollo. However, while Crosbie is fond of her, he is unsure if he’ll be happy with a poor wife. The most pastoral novel on this list, get ready for flower metaphors, images of rivers and shepherds, and gorgeous descriptions of setting. . • The Fall of the House of Usher – didn’t think that gothic horrors can be pastoral reads too? The narrator shows up at his friend’s dilapidated home, and is informed that his host’s sister has just died. I won’t give away the rest, but this is my favorite Poe story. . . . #classicliterature #penguinclassics #fallreads #fallvibes #janeausten #edgarallanpoe #thomashardy #readmorebooks #readinggoals #october

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Esther’s fun fact is that she was born in Taiwan.

 

Chapter 2: To The Bookstagramming

Esther’s preference for classic literature leaves her shelves with a classically clean look that is perfect for Bookstagram. 

 

 

 

 

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When it comes to her posting schedule, Esther notes that it’s important for her to post in a way that prioritizes her life.

I used to post around what Instagram has deemed my “optimal” times, but with the algorithm, who really knows? Now, I post when it’s convenient for me. I love Bookstagram, but in this matter, I am putting myself– and the students I teach– first. 

 

 

What are Esther’s favorite Bookstagram accounts, and what advice would she give to those Bookstagrammers who are just starting out?

I will never be able to name all the Bookstagrammers that I love. But I do want to mention that I really appreciate @bluestockingbookshelf and @ab_read‘s honest reviews, that I am always encouraged by @bookplaits, that I am inspired by @beingabookwyrm and @sachi_reads, and that I am happier because of @bookbookchick.

My advice is to do what it takes to make Bookstagram a fun place for you. If that means posting and engaging regularly, do it! If that means posting and engaging when you can, do that. Sometimes, Bookstagrammers— including me— feel guilty for not spending more time on here. But you have to do what works for you. 

 

 

If Esther got the opportunity to take a selfie with an author, there are some classic authors that she’d love to meet.

I once met Rushdie, and I was so excited I dropped my phone! I would like to meet Amy Tan, and I would’ve loved to meet Toni Morrison.

 

Chapter 3: TBR

Esther’s TBR list is full of reads by diverse authors, including:

 

Her publisher of choice to supply her with a lifetime of books is Penguin Random House.

I have been really lucky to work with Penguin Random House a few times in the past, and I would love to work with them again. I especially love how they have been celebrating authors of color in their classics line. 

 

 

 

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Chapter 4: What does bookstagram mean to you?

Besides sharing her love of reading with the world, what are Esther’s personal hopes for her Bookstagram?

 

I love classic literature, and I love talking about them with other people. However, lately, I have also enjoyed using my account to showcase diverse voices, especially monumental works likeThe Woman Warrior orPalace of the Peacock that are less well-known. In addition, as of the past few months, my job as a 6th grade English teacher has led me to discover many amazing middle grade texts that I am excited to share with Bookstagram.

I tell my students to just read. Graphic novels, magazine articles, comic strips, audiobooks, whatever. Read, read, read. And don’t let anyone make you feel bad about what you like to read.

 

Well, what did you think about @braveliteraryworld? We love answering her book trivia highlight! Do you have a favorite Bookstagrammer in mind? Contact us through any of our social media platforms and maybe you will see them here next week! 

 

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