Armchair BEA is a fun online event that those of us who could not attend BEA in New York City can participate in! There's ways to network with other bloggers, posts on blogging tips, giveaways, and happenings at BEA from people who are there. Visit the Armchair BEA blog to see a schedule of events!
Today's topic is tricky for me. The creators of Armchair BEA have asked us to, "share your top tips for getting beyond your blog! Have you done any freelance writing? Are you monetizing your blog and how so? How do you make connections outside the book blog community on the internet?" I haven't freelanced, I'm only an Amazon Associate, and there's not a lot of ways to get involved in the bookish community where I live. Since none of these really apply to me, I've been encouraged to talk about a fun aspect of my life, separate from books.
There's not a lot I do that's separate from books! Haha. I'm a graphic designer, and I own my own business called Enchanting Simplicity Graphic Design Studio. Throughout my design career, I have freelanced for Microsoft working on some XBOX things, created a brand identity for a motion picture company, designed websites for schools and small businesses, done a lot of wedding announcements, and designed t-shirts, album covers, advertisements, and books for various performing groups and organizations. I love, LOVE what I do. In the future, I plan to get beyond my blog by designing book covers for self-published authors (and maybe someday I can get on a design team for a major publisher like Harper Collins, Random House, Macmillan, etc. That's my dream!). Book covers are very exciting things to design, and I already know I love working with authors and other people in the book industry! If you're looking for a book cover, let's talk!
When I'm not designing, I love making jewelry, watching re-runs of my favorite shows (like Friends, Saved by the Bell, Wings, etc.), hanging out with my friends and family, and going to MOVIES. I am a major movie-lover. I also love traveling around the world. Reading has really opened my mind and taken me to amazing places. I've got this constant hunger to find the locations I read about, and if they don't exist I like to find places that remind me of them.
Well, this is my life beyond the blog! What's your life like when you're not reading or blogging? And what are you doing to achieve the goals you're hoping to achieve through book blogging? Link me up, and I'll come visit!