Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/1/16

May 1, 2016 Sunday Post 19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead.

Last week on FYFA (and in my life):

Started working on another proofread for Booktrope this week. Got halfway through and then found out that the company’s going out of business! If I’m being honest, I’m not that sad – I had recently marked myself as unavailable with them anyway because I just wasn’t making any money from the books I’ve worked on for them. They had an interesting publishing model, where everyone who works on the book makes a percentage based on how much the books sells, but it didn’t really pan out. I’m considering my work with them a failed experiment. Luckily, I have the luxury of failing without costing my family too much (besides my time, which is definitely precious). Oh well, live and learn.

Other than that, not much going around here in the Hewitt household. Went on a field trip with my kiddos to the Art Institute in Chicago and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. I like art, but I don’t really get it a lot of the time. Still, it was fun to share that experience with my kids now that they’re old enough to care. And we giggled together about some of the art that my daughter insisted she could have done herself. (Yep, she probably could have – like I said, it’s way over my head.)

Here’s what you may have missed this past week:

And, while this wasn’t technically on my blog, my guest post about hosting a successful meme or challenge was featured over at 125 Pages! Head over there to read it and to enter the giveaway too (it’s part of Laura’s blogoversary celebration)!

Next week on FYFA:

  • April Recap
  • Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry – Review, Author Top Ten Lists and Interview!
  • Let’s Discuss – Something bookish!

ARC April Update:

I ended up reading six books for ARC April: The Mirror King, Revenge and the Wild Salt to the Sea, A Daring SacrificeBurning Glass, and Down with the Shine. All of these have reviews on the blog except Salt to the Sea (that one will come next month, but there’s a quickie review on Goodreads for now). I also started The Cage, but didn’t end up finishing it in time!

Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:

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Lots of things to celebrate next week! I hope you’ll stop by these blogs and send the bloggers some cheer in honor of their special days! (And check out the calendar to see what you might have just missed or what’s coming up.)



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For Review:

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Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:

Other Current Giveaways on FYFA: 

(Besides the ones listed above)

Pre-Order Deals:

Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:

There are tons of giveaways going on around the blogosphere!

Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!

19 Responses to “Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/1/16”

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      I like the Impressionists, but lots of more modern art just kind of baffles me. There were seriously some art pieces that looked like they were done by a three-year-old. My dad always raves about this self-portrait my daughter did in the third grade. He says it looks really avante garde. Of course, he’s mostly joking (kind of – my dad can have some strange ideas!), but after walking through the museum I think he’s really onto something! 🙂

  1. tonyalee

    I get SOME art. I am one of those that likes the most abstract things out there LOL my husband complains all the time about the childs play art I like 😀 😀

    Also, THE MEMORY BOOK! I am excited for that one!

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      I actually thought some of the art was kind of cool, even if I didn’t get it. But there were some pieces that really did look like a three-year-old could have done it, and that sort of thing leaves me scratching my head a little.

  2. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

    So happy you actually finished a lot of ARCs for ARC April… I’m saying this as someone who read 1 out of 4 ARCs that I was planning for. So epic fail on that challenge! But I already k ew that I wouldn’t be able to follow through because I do not follow a set TBR pile..

    I like going to museums! Especiay themed ones. One of my faves is The Getty Villa in California because it is modeled after a villa in Pompeii..and I love ancient stuff!

  3. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Yeah, I definitely think one must be older to truly appreciate art! I think it was in high school for me when we started learning about the things we’d be seeing in Greece and Italy and now I do have a greater appreciation for it. I might not always understand it or remember the specific era or type of art it is, but I definitely like seeing things more!

    Great haul! I’m looking forward to TR&TD whenever I get around to reading it! LOL! Want to read the short stories that come before it all too. Of course, they come before the first book, but oh well! Want to prolong this series as long as I can!

    Hope you enjoy all the reads!! Looking forward to seeing you (again!) in two weeks!! 😀

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  4. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    I am in the same boat with you about artwork. Sometimes I just don’t get it. That sucks about the company you’ve been working with. Although, it sounds like you’d already made up your mind, so better to move on now than later when you’re really invested.

  5. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I think I looked at the BookTrope site once out of curiosity and didn’t really understand it :-/

    I’m with you about the art thing. I’ve always liked art, took classes in elementary, middle, and high school even, but I never actually “got” it at museums and whatnot. And at modern art museums, some of the stuff is seriously like just a white canvas with a dot on it and stuff like that that we could all totally do ourselves lol. So if this book blogging thing doesn’t pan out… 😉

  6. S. J. Pajonas

    Ugh. The BookTrope stuff really bothers me. I know so many authors that used them, and then on the back-end I feel like everyone else got burned in the process. I didn’t know you edited for them! 🙁 Hopefully now you can just do editing for real pay.

    I love art but museums make me sleepy. Every time I go to one, I start to yawn. EVERY TIME.

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      Yeah, I was trying Booktrope out as a sort of experiment, but it really wasn’t working for me. I’m sad to see it go in some ways, but I didn’t see how anyone was making any money from it.(I made pretty much none, which was frustrating.) I was a bit confused by how the marketing was working – or not working at all – one book literally sold four copies the month it was released (and then proceeded to sell four more over the next eight months). I was thinking, even if the author only convinced her friends to buy the book, she’d have more sales than that, right? Obviously, the marketing team didn’t have the right tools to do the job!

      Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction recently posted: April Recap
  7. Greg

    I like art but it’s usually genre art, illustrations. I don’t get the high brow art either! Neat that you guys went to see it though, it’s fun to go to those palces and see things. I love the Field Museum but haven’t been there in years.

    I want to read Down With The Shine and Ruined looks good too.

  8. kimbacaffeinate

    It depends on the art, some is out there..LOL Sometimes a quiet uneventful week is nice Nicole. Hope the week ahead is filled with good read and smiles 🙂

  9. kaja

    Thank you for sharing my links, Nicole! 🙂 I like your birthday/blog anniversary feature a lot.

    I’m sorry that proofreading job didn’t pan out. That DOES sound like an interesting publishing model! I wonder if there are more successful examples of it…

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