What I love the most about their blog is that there's not a lot of cushion. They speak their minds and they speak it strong in an articulate but spunky way that appeals to my snarky heart. I also appreciate their love of the wine/YA combo...something I also embrace. I offer a very warm welcome to Sarah, Jenny and Erin from Team 4everYA!
The purpose of the Blogger Inquest is to delve into a specific blogger's mind and experiences online. To be up front, I presented each of the interview subjects with 21 questions to choose from and they took it from there. This is a month long series of interviews on Persnickety Snark and I've got a whole host of bloggers (new and old) lined up.
For the life of me I cannot find it within myself to like Ann Brashares work. Is there an author whose work you find yourself irrationally disliking?
Sarah: I’m glad you clarified with “irrationally” cos my Rational Hatred list is pretty long. Irrationally, though, I guess I would say Elizabeth Scott. And Deb Caletti. I’ve only read one book by each of them, which isn’t a fair basis for judgment but it’s enough to know that we will NOT be sitting at the same cafeteria table.Writing a book review (for a title you’d ideally like to marry if legally possible) is one of the tougher tasks for a book reviewer. What is your approach to writing an informed, glowing review?
Erin: Charles Dickens. I know that's not really YA but since we're forced to read him as young adults, I suppose it fits. I've tried, I really have. But why! What does he take 13 pages to describe a damn graveyard?? Shut UP, Charles Dickens; I don't care if you DO get paid by the word!
Sarah: Before we launched the site, I created a book review structure that allows for maximum swimfanning (if merited) while requiring the reviewer to back up her claims. Like, the review can’t just be “OMG THIS BOOK IS THE BEST YOU GUYS. BELIEVE ME. I SWEAR ON THE HOLY BIBLE.” Thanks to the review structure, we all have to measure books by the same criteria—character, writing style, plot. The “bonus factor” category then provides us with some freedom to spazz over whatever we want. Above all, the “relationship status” enables us to rate a book a lot more thoroughly than simply using stars. So the serious answer is: I use our book report grading system. The less professional answer is: I totally abuse capitalization and exclamation points.What are you most proud of achieving on your blog?
Erin: Avoid cursing as much as possible. :) Luckily I'm pretty foul-mouthed and rude when I don't like something, so it's not hard to be nice when I actually enjoy a book. However, I find it really hard to write a glowing review without spoiling the ending ("you guys! At the end a unicorn springs out from the forest and then everyone joins hands and chocolate sprinkles rain from the sky and it's AMAZING.")
Jenny: Luckily for me, if I love a book, I just post about how much I want its baby.
Sarah: When we started the site, my main goal was to grow a community for people who love YA but are ashamed to admit it. Almost a year later (holy crap our birthday is on July 17th! And we would like a pony! KTHX), I believe we’ve definitely achieved our purpose, which makes my heart super-squee. Of course, we want to continue to expand our community until we have cleansed all readers of their YA shame and/or prejudice, cos that’s what good YAngelists do.How long do foresee yourself blogging for?
Erin: I think we've managed to include a lot of different facets of YA - from current books to amazing classics, YA movie and pop culture news, and lots of mockery.
Erin: Until we get so popular that we get bought out by a corporate website - I have my fingers crossed for Entertainment Weekly - at which point, having sold out, we'll retire from blogging and occasionally check in on the comments from readers-come-lately whilst lounging aboard our luxury yacht, burning piles of money for warmth.Book tours – effective marketing or blog flooding?
Sarah: Yeah, what Erin said.
Sarah: I think blog tours can be effective if they’re done creatively. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, which means most blog tours are a) the same thing over and over again, a.k.a. ZZZ and b) marketing spam.Which author do you believe has found the perfect online medium between marketing themselves, making connections and establishing their identity without spamming on all social networks?
Sarah: Well, John Green is obvs the Master of the Internets, but I think Sara Zarr also does a great job of promoting her books while staying true to herself.What is something that makes you immediately groan when looking at another’s blog?
Erin: Maureen Johnson definitely spams her Twitter, but I find her so delightful that I don't care.
Jenny: Meg Cabot
Sarah: Too many giveaways. Cos guess what? My Free Shizz Quota was filled by my second year of college so I DON’T NEED ANYMORE BOOKMARKS/DOOR HANGERS/PENS/KEYCHAINS. If liquor is involved, of course that’s totally different and PLEASE PICK ME.You can find these lovely ladies at the following places:
Erin: No jokes! Come on, guys, it's a book blog, not a funeral home! If I wanted to read a dry review of a book, I'd ask my humorless coworker about it.
Jenny: Reviews that are always super-positive.
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