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December 27, 2013

2013 Wrap-up

Another year is coming to a close. 2013 has been a great year on the blog. My reading was down a little this year. My goal was 84 books, but I've only read 67 so far. But I'm happy with that; to me, anything over 52 books read is an accomplishment.

If everything goes as planned, I will have posted 460 times this year. I posted 41 tips (see the list here) and 46 reviews. I also hosted 97 authors, some of them multiple times. The other posts were featured books from my To Be Read pile, bargain ebook deals, and other book news.

Top 10 Posts of 2013

10: Review of The Shanghai Factor
9: Who is Sylvain Reynard?
8: Choosing a Blog Tour Company?
7: Benefits of Freelance Writing and Guest Blogging
6: Blog Tour - Guardians Inc
5: Holiday Buying Guide 2013
4: Test Your Knowledge of Regency Slang (Rose Gordon)
3. Make Friends with Bloggers
2: Author Media Kit Components
1: Julian Rosado-Machain: I'm an Author!?

2013 guest writers
(thank you for contributing to Girl Who Reads this year)

Ally Malinenko - What Got Left Behind
D. Kai Wilson-Viola - Revolution - Not Resolution
Sherri Hayes - Meet the Author
Michele Richard - Writing Against the Grain
Rose Gordon - Meet the Author and Test Your Knowledge of Regency Slang and You Want to Write Outside the Box, Then Step Outside the Box
Jennings Wright - Inner Editor and character interview
Lissa Bryan - Writing a Well-Researched Novel
Liss Thomas - character interview and Meet the Author
Deanna Nowadnick - Meet the Author
Rangeley Wallace - Tools for Writing and Life Experiences Influence my Writing
M. B. Feeny - deleted scene
R. E. Hargrave - Meet the Author and Her Bookshelf
Traci L. Slatton - Writer Wednesday
Schledia Benefield - Friday Fun
Julian Rosado-Machain - I'm an Author!?
Siobhan Kinkade - Meet the Author
Dianne Gardner - Writer Wednesday
LJ Harris - Friday Fun
Bruce Bradley - Meet the Author
Eleanor T. Beaty - The Character vs. The Inspiration
Lisa Bilbrey - character interview and Book Publishing Tips
Brandi Megan Granett - Meet the Author
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro - Stories Don't Come Easy, Even to Psychics and A Cosmic Oddity and When and How I First Found Out I am Psychic 
Jennifer Loiske - The Book That Wasn't Suppose to be Written
Bradless Frazer - Interview
Coral Russell - I'm a Scrawler and Sacrifice Trivia Quiz and Meet the Author
James Robinson - Meet the Author
Venessa Kimball - What is in Her Writer's Toolbox?
Dianne Gallagher - Rewrite Junkie
Gene Doucette - My Favorite Scene? That's Complicated
Zoe Brooks - Love of Shadows Word Puzzle
Laura Preble - Raising a Book Without Losing Your Mind
Jolie du Pre - A Good Way to Supplement Your Fiction Writing Income
K. P. Kollenborn - Advice on Writing Historical Fiction
Paul Landes - Faction - the New Fiction and A Writer's Best Friend
Michael Frissore - Humor in the Craft
Sydney Logan - The Making of a Book Cover
AK Taylor - Meet the Author and Writing Polar Opposites - YA Fantasy to Nonfiction
Rachel Waxman - Music Plays a Role in Writing and Plot
Kathleen S. Allen - Meet the Author
Ellen Harger - I Argue with Characters
Lorenz Font - Meet the Author and The Publishing Process
John Abramowitz - Building Character
Molly D. Campbell - The Soul Selects Her Own Society
MaryAnn Kempher - Meet the Author
Lia Fairchild - Dabbling in Different Genres
A.B. Shepherd - Meet the Author and My Inspiration for The Beacon
Kimberly Dalferes - Meet the Author
Laura Libriciz - The Decisions I Make While Writing
Jennifer Garcia - What I Learned from my Father
Bella Andre - Interview
Travis Simmons - Meet the Author
Aria Glazki - Silent Rejections and the Successful Author
Vera Jane Cook - Meet the Author
Katherine Polillo - Interview
Jeanette Battista - Writing a Novel in a Month or How to go Crazy in 30 Days
N.K. Smith - How Mental Health Shaped my Storytelling
Pavarti K. Tyler - A Teenage Protagonist Does Not a YA Book Make
J. L. Spohr - What Keeps Me Up at Night 
Alexandria Richland - I am Worried About Trenton Merrick
Rita Webb - character profile
M.R. Cornelius - Writing Sucks!
Diane Adams Taylor - Interview
Elsie Park - Meet the Author
Jane Shoup - Think With Your Fingers
B.Y. Rogers - The Iron Writer
Cindy Saunders - The Ultimate Cliffhanger
Jude Ouvrard - Meet the Author
Kathy Flute - Essential Tools for Publishing Your Book
Jamie Baywood - Interview
Selena Marimba - Romantic Fantasy Writing - How Do You Get Started
Dianne Harman - A Writer's Journey
JB Lynn - A TV Series?!?!?!?
Katherine Lowry Logan - character interview
Danielle DeVor - Interview
K.B. Hoyle - Meet the Author
Lori Foster - Interview
Quanie Miller - Interview
Kirstin Pulioff - Interview
Bernard Besson - Exploring Truth in Fiction
Maria Grazia Swan - A Great American Novel Italian Style
B.J. Robinson - Fun Facts
Lenora Henson - Finding Inspiration
Ian Hutson - Personal Background Influences Writing
Joss Landry - World Vision Expressed Through Fiction
Shane KP O'Neill - Meet the Author
Scott Wyatt - What Motives Me to Write
Sam Whitehouse - What Inspires Me?
Alison DeLuca - Using Tumblr, or How to Become an Artic Monkey
Bianca Turesky - Interview
Sherrill Willis - Interview
Lynne Cantwell - It's Just Like Starting Over
Alexandria Rhodes - Meet the Author
Chryse Wymer - Hyphens, Em Dashes, and En Dashes
Rebecca Hamilton - Friday Fun
Gabrielle Arrowsmith - I Hear Voices
Karen Pokras Toz - Street Teams

Books Reviewed in 2013:

Phone Kitten by Marika Christian
Granny is a Wolf by Rae Z. Ryans
Prince Nameless by Patti Larsen
Something New by Malena Lott
The Escape Diaries by Juliett Rosetti
My Blog Traffic Sucks by Steve Scott
Fixer by Gene Doucette
Mission: Adulthood by Hannah Seligson
The Journey by John A. Heldt
Unspeakable by S.R. Johannes
The Hitwoman Gets Lucky by JB Lynn
Cupid on Deck by Nancy Scrofano
The Crickhowell School for the Muses by Rachel Waxman
Right Click, Love by M.B. Feeney
The Hitwoman and the Family Jewels by JB Lynn
There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Wellesley Wives by Suzy Duffy
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
The Diabolist by Layton Greene
Sex, Life, and Hannah Vol 3 by Dorota Skrzypek
Defiant Heart by Marty Steere
The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry
Lifeboat by A.B. Shepherd
Truth by Sherri Hayes
The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain
The Never List by Koethi Zan
I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff
Hickey of The Beast by Isabel Kinkle
White Chalk by Pavarti K. Tyler
Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas by Karen Pokras Toz
Article 5 books 1 and 2 by Kristen Simmons
Spell/Sword by G. Derek Adams
The Hitwoman and the Neurotic Witness by JB Lynn
Always Watching by Chevy Stevens
The Scroll by K.B. Hoyle
Spellman Files by Liza Lutz
For the Love of Livvy by J.M. Griffin
A Sealed Fate by Lisa Gordon
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Beacon by A.B. Shepherd
Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard
The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile by Bianca Turetsky
Nearly Departed by JB Lynn
Christmas Carol by Michele Gorman
Coiled Snake by Katie Robison

See all the books I've read this year.


I organized about 25 blog tours and book blasts. I beta read 1 novel and 1 short story. I also worked as a publicist for 4 authors.

I'm averaging (before the holidays anyways) about 850 page views per day. I've more than doubled my Twitter following this year, currently 4,206 (though I've had as many as almost 4,250 followers). I've also increased my Facebook fans - 2,125. As an offshoot of the blog's Facebook page, I created a Facebook page for my freelance work and it currently has 606 fans. I also started a Bloggers group to support authors, mostly my clients, and it currently has 64 members.

I published an ebook featuring my blog tour tips posts - Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour. I've sold more than 120 copies and even did a tour for the book.

2013 was a good blogging year. I'm looking forward to another great year in 2014. I'll be celebrating my 3rd Blogiversary in a few weeks. One of the things I am looking for in the coming year is an additional blogger. I'm looking for someone who will review 1 - 2 books a month (bonus the reviewer will like romance, epic fantasy, and/or horror) and possibly write other book/author related features. If you are interested, let me know.

Happy New Year!

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  1. Wow, looks like you've had a full and wonderful year of book blogging. Here's hoping that the new New Year is just as amazing! :)

  2. You've blogged a lot more than I have this year, but I'm about where you are with my reading for the year. Happy New Year.