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How Social Media Is Creating a Whole New Generation of Authors

Social media has had an enormous impact on the world of marketing and creativity in the last few years. What will this mean in five years? Platforms like YouTube and Instagram have become huge influencers in the creative field. From models to animators to small businesses, everyone who’s anyone is putting their stuff on social media.

 

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As a result, this is a very exciting time for aspiring authors. In 2016, a YouTuber named Sasha Alsberg, the co-author of Zenith, got her big break when a publishing house approached her about doing a book. She enlisted a fellow YouTuber and writer, Lindsey Cummings, to co-write Zenith with her and earlier this year Zenith was published and became an instant New York Times bestseller. (Sidenote: I read the book myself and I have to say…I didn’t think it was the best thing I have ever read, but maybe the book just wasn’t for me!)

 

YouTuber Kim Chance also published her debut novel Keeper through traditional publishing, off the back of her online success and a lot of support from her followers.

 

 

song of the dryad

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Even when publishing houses didn’t take interest in other peoples work in the community, writers took it on themselves to use the platforms they had and did their own marketing and promoting through YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Authors like Natalia Leigh and Kristen Martin have successfully sold quiet a few copies of their books through indie publishing houses and resources at hand.

 

With that being said many people in the BookTube community, both watchers and creators, are proud that these new voices have been noticed by the publishing industry, and this pride has led to the creation of AuthorTubeObviously this isn’t something new that sprouted over night after Sasha and Lindsey announced their book, but the community grew as more people started to gain the confidence pursue their own careers through YouTube and Instagram.

 

 

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I had the pleasure of meeting a few very talented and sweet individuals who are constantly hard at work on their own manuscripts and it makes me think. Who will the next New York Times bestselling author be? People like StardustwritesNamastayreadingLiterarykhaleesitheworld.in.words, Honeypotwords are hard at work with their manuscripts and they heavily influence others with encouragement and they are even sweet enough to hold on their work to give tips to people who ask for it. They inspire me and others everyday to keep pushing through and ignore that ugly little voice in the back of our heads that says “You will never be good enough to get your writing recognized.” You will.

 

Who knows? Maybe the next aspiring author will be someone you know from Instagram. It’s nice to see that popular industries taking a leap and considering people other than popular authors so that they have a chance to tell their stories because everyone has a story to tell and no one’s is the same.

 

 

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How Social Media Is Creating a Whole New Generation of Authors

Social media has had an enormous impact on the world of marketing and creativity in the last few years. What will this mean in five years? Platforms like YouTube and Instagram have become huge influencers in the creative field. From models to animators to small businesses, everyone who’s anyone is putting their stuff on social media.

 

zenith

Image via PagesUnbound

As a result, this is a very exciting time for aspiring authors. In 2016, a YouTuber named Sasha Alsberg, the co-author of Zenith, got her big break when a publishing house approached her about doing a book. She enlisted a fellow YouTuber and writer, Lindsey Cummings, to co-write Zenith with her and earlier this year Zenith was published and became an instant New York Times bestseller. (Sidenote: I read the book myself and I have to say…I didn’t think it was the best thing I have ever read, but maybe the book just wasn’t for me!)

 

YouTuber Kim Chance also published her debut novel Keeper through traditional publishing, off the back of her online success and a lot of support from her followers.

 

 

song of the dryad

Image via iWriterly

Even when publishing houses didn’t take interest in other peoples work in the community, writers took it on themselves to use the platforms they had and did their own marketing and promoting through YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Authors like Natalia Leigh and Kristen Martin have successfully sold quiet a few copies of their books through indie publishing houses and resources at hand.

 

With that being said many people in the BookTube community, both watchers and creators, are proud that these new voices have been noticed by the publishing industry, and this pride has led to the creation of AuthorTubeObviously this isn’t something new that sprouted over night after Sasha and Lindsey announced their book, but the community grew as more people started to gain the confidence pursue their own careers through YouTube and Instagram.

 

 

writing

Image via abookishbaker.com

I had the pleasure of meeting a few very talented and sweet individuals who are constantly hard at work on their own manuscripts and it makes me think. Who will the next New York Times bestselling author be? People like StardustwritesNamastayreadingLiterarykhaleesitheworld.in.words, Honeypotwords are hard at work with their manuscripts and they heavily influence others with encouragement and they are even sweet enough to hold on their work to give tips to people who ask for it. They inspire me and others everyday to keep pushing through and ignore that ugly little voice in the back of our heads that says “You will never be good enough to get your writing recognized.” You will.

 

Who knows? Maybe the next aspiring author will be someone you know from Instagram. It’s nice to see that popular industries taking a leap and considering people other than popular authors so that they have a chance to tell their stories because everyone has a story to tell and no one’s is the same.

 

 

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YouTube Star Joey Graceffa Reveals J.K. Rowling Is His Biggest Inspiration

Just recently Bookstr had the pleasure of interviewing Joey Graceffa, the YouTube sensation, actor, singer, producer, and, last but not least, author! The multi-talented Youtuber sat down with us to answer a few fan questions and discuss his brand new book, Rebels of Eden: A Novel!

 

'Rebels of Eden'

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His complete new trilogy takes place in a thrilling dystopian setting with detailed characters. With a YouTube following of 8.9 million, it’s no wonder he has so many fans. He loves all the books that we love!

 

Joey Graceffa

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Graceffa revealed that he was inspired to enter the realm of fiction thanks to books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Maze Runner by William Dashner. Both series had such a creative impacted on him, he says it’s like they transported him to another world.

 

He’s even a Potterhead like many of us! He explains how His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series inspired him to read so much. Graceffa went on to call Rowling an incredible role builder!
For more of Graceffa’s interview, check out the Bookster video below!

 

 

 

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The Bookish Nail Artist You Never Knew You Needed

Quite possibly some of the most aesthetically pleasing Instagram accounts I’ve ever come across, Australia-based blogger Amanda bases her manicures off of young adult novels, focusing on authors or stories taking place in Australia. Alongside the manicures, Amanda posts book reviews along with her gorgeous book flat lays on Instagram, YouTube, and her blog. 

 

She’s hand-painted almost every book cover you could think of including Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers, Jennifer Niven’s All The Bright Places, and even Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology.  

 

 

 

Her first bookish manicure dates all the way back to March of 2013 with manicures inspired by Steven Herrick’s Slice and Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens. Since starting the blog, Amanda’s small-scale painting skills have improved remarkably. Practice really does make perfect when you’ve spent the past five years painting over 200 manicures. What started out as simple galaxy-inspired nails has now turned into painstakingly detailed micro garden of flowers, all atop a single nail.

 

Amanda also does take private bookings, so if you’re in Sydney, Australia and are looking to have gorgeous literary nails, you’re in luck! 

 

Alongside her gorgeous literary nails, Amanda’s book blogging Instagram account is filled to the brim with colorful photos of her latest reads, usually perched up alongside equally as colorful cups of tea. 

  

 

 

My Instagram feed has never been more colorful.  

 

Featured Image Via The Bookish Manicurist.