To celebrate, I thought I'd go through some of the amazing things that have happened this year!
January 4, 2012- January 24, 2013
-I was lucky enough to be invited to Penguin Blogger Night at Penguin's Toronto office. Traffic made me think I was going to miss it, but thankfully I managed to arrive with lots of bookish awesomeness time to spare. I also got the opportunity to meet a couple of bloggers and YA authors Morgan Rhodes and Adrienne Kress! Such a memorable night!
-I interviewed New York Times bestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz & got to meet her at a signing for Gates of Paradise in Toronto! I also learned that day that meeting authors in person is like meeting a celebrity....you just want to pet them to make sure they're real! ^.^
-Beta read a novel for the first time! I learned so much about the journey a novel takes before it's published through this experience. I hope to do it again sometime in the future :)
-Advocated #TeamASH in the YA Crush Tourney hosted by the ladies of YA Sisterhood! This was one of the most fun things I did this year-- tweeting, fangirling and supporting my boy Ash from the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa was an honour! The ladies that helped me out in tweeting during both of his matches made the whole experience even better-- thank-you girls! You know who your are! ....Even though we didn't win in our second match against Four, we got INCREDIBLY close (and with everyone getting excited about Allegiant and the Divergent movie, I didn't think the polls would be that tight)! Once again, thank-you YA Sisterhood for picking me as Ash's advocate-- I had a blast!
-Developed multiple publisher connections! Approaching publishers used to scare me (as crazy as that may sound) and this year I finally took the plunge and emailed a few Canadian publishers.....now, I can definitely say I'm a lot more confident in making requests.
-Got QUOTED in Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout.....Just typing those words seem surreal to me!
-The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger ended the year with over 500 GFC followers, 283 Bloglovin' followers, over 1000 Twitter followers, 221 Facebook Likes, 450 Instagram Followers, and, just a couple days ago hit 100,000 PAGEVIEWS!
That number NEVER seemed possible to me....I'm still picking up my jaw from the floor!
Although my blog definitely isn't the fastest growing blog out there, I still can't believe there's this many of you that care enough to hit "follow" and stop by to leave such wonderful comments! I want to tackle hug every single one of you!
Whether you've been a follower for a while now or just came across my blog today, I appreciate and thank-you for all of your support, enthusiasm, swooning and fangirling....You've all made reading even more fun than it was before!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,
PS. Can you tell I'm minion obsessed?! They're just so adorable ^.^ !