Armchair BEA: Day 3 – Expanding Blogging Horizons & Novellas / Short Stories

Posted May 28, 2014 by Emz Chang in Armchair BEA / 6 Comments

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Expanding Blogging Horizons
What do I think of when I consider going beyond blogging? A few things. I might redesign my blog, depending on whether or not I decide to stay on Blogger or move to WordPress. I’m thinking of opening a design shop where I can help people modify / personalize their own Blogger blogs because that is one of the things I enjoy doing – playing with HTML. I might also be open for designing graphics for events and such. But one of the few things I thought of before, I’m already sort of doing. And that thing is open my own book touring company with Cal at Read Books and Live Green.

Our book tour company is called North Star Book Tours and it’s generally focused on promoting YA books. Currently our service is free (we’re just starting out) and we do have a blog tour open for sign ups if you are interested. More information on that can be found at Tour Sign Up ~ The Belgrave Daughter.

I was kind of interested in book vlogging… until I realized it involved both filming and recording yourself. Yeah, not exactly what I think is fun. For starters it’s weird to watch myself on tape and even weirder to actually hear me talk. So yeah, no vlogging or podcasting for me. I might start making book trailers though. It all depends on time. If only I had Hermione’s time turner (seems like I really need Hermione’s things – first her bag and now this…)


Novellas / Short Stories
For the most part, I like novellas and short stories, especially if they are connected to a series. They are usually quick and easy to breeze through, not to mention fun. Some of my favorites novellas include Double Crossed by Ally Carter and Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross. Also, Rachel Caine has a lot of good short stories for her series, The Morganville Vampires on her website. As for anthologies…

  • Immortal: Love Stories with Bite by P.C. Cast (Editor), Leah Wilson (Asst editor), Cynthia Leitich Smith, Kristin Cast, Rachel Caine, Tanith Lee, Richelle Mead, Nancy Holder, and Claudia Gray (YA Fantasy)
  • Shards and Ashes by Melissa Marr (Editor), Kelley Armstrong (Editor), Veronica Roth, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Rachel Caine, Nancy Holder, Beth Revis, and Carrie Ryan (More YA Fantasy)
  • Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Melissa Marr (editor), Kelley Armstrong (editor), Rachel Vincent, Sarah Rees Brennan, Jeri Smith-Ready, Mary E. Pearson, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jessica Verday , Claudia Gray, Jackson Pearce, Carrie Ryan, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kimberly Derting, and Ally Condie (YA Paranormal)
  • Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love by Trisha Telep (Editor), Maggie Stiefvater, Becca Fitzpatrick, Rachel Vincent, Karen Mahoney, Diana Peterfreund, Daniel Waters, Carrie Ryan, Justine Musk, Daniel Marks, Sarah Rees Brennan, Michelle Rowen, Michelle Zink, and Caitlin Kittredge (YA Paranormal)

To be honest, I only read all of those anthologies because they contained short story extras about some of my favorite series or they were written by some of my favorite authors.


How have you / do you plan on expanding your blogging horizons?
What are some of your favorite novellas or short stories?

Emz Chang

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6 responses to “Armchair BEA: Day 3 – Expanding Blogging Horizons & Novellas / Short Stories

  1. Funny, but I’d rather read someone’s blog post than watch a video of it. Don’t know why.

    Congrats on starting your very own book tour company. Good luck!

    Hope you are having as much fun as I am with Armchair BEA!

    • I know what you mean – I like reading better than watching… I’m having lots of fun with Armchair BEA.

      Thanks for stopping by Deb! 🙂

  2. Like Deb, I would rather read than watch videos. I like the vlogs for showing off books, but for most information, it is just easier to find what I am looking for on a written post. I am hoping Danielle will consider doing a few short vlogs on our blog just to gauge interest.
    Congrats on expanding into book touring. I am sure that is rewarding. I organized a few tours in the past for author friends, but have never considered making it a regular thing.
    -Flirting with Fiction

    • You have it point. If you want to go over something again in a post, you can just reread it, while in a video you have to find out when it occurred to replay it. Good luck with vlogging (if you do decide to go on with it)! 😀

      Thanks for stopping by Stephanie! 🙂