Ever wonder about the story behind some of your favorite book bloggers’ websites? Well, you’re in luck, because once each month Chicks on the Case features an interview with a well-known blogger. Our February spotlight is our good friend Marie McNary of A Cozy Experience.
Please tell us about your blog. Why did you decide to write it? What are some of the challenges and/or successes you’ve experienced along the way?
My blog is called A Cozy Experience. I started in October 2016 out of a love for cozy mysteries. Cozies are a genre where I finish the book SO FAST and I’m never ready for it to be over. I wanted a place where lovers of all things cozy could come together to read, experience, and celebrate the experience of a good book. When I first started the site, it was to sell cozy book boxes and I did that for about a year. These days I do not sell the boxes anymore, but provide a website that is packed full of all cozy mystery related awesomeness. I also run the Cozy Experience Online Book Club where we read and experience one cozy mystery each month and end the month with a book chat with the author.
Do you also post your reviews elsewhere (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.)? Why or why not?
I try to post my reviews in as many places as possible. The publishing world seems to be ever changing and one gift I can give my favorite authors is my posting my review of the book whenever others may look. Currently I post to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, BookBub, NetGalley, and the Cozy Experience blog and social media.
What are some of the best or most surprising experiences you’ve had related to your blog?
All the wonderful people I have met! The cozy mystery community is wonderful and supportive. From fellow readers and bloggers, to the authors themselves. I love all the people I have had the opportunity to e-meet and can’t wait to meet everyone in person some day. One time I had a fellow cozy reader recognize me in my local library, which was super cool. I still get a rush every time “book mail” arrives at my door and feel honored that authors and publishers trust me to read and review these books.
What advice would you give to new bloggers and/or to authors who would like to connect with book bloggers?
For Bloggers: Do it! Starting a blog has never been easier and the Internet is full of resources to help. You have an unique point of view and perspective that only you can give. Start slow. Connect with others. Create an editorial calendar to help yourself keep track of it all. And HAVE FUN with it.
For Authors: Thank you for trusting us to read and review your work! While we would all love to read and review every book, sometimes we cannot get them all done. Please do not take it personally! If a review won’t work into a blogger’s schedule, don’t be shy to ask about other ways to work together. Most book bloggers would be happy to allow guest posts and interviews, which are less time consuming for us to get out and would still get you in touch with our audience.
You’ve recently started a new business to help authors promote their books on Facebook. Please let us know more about it!
Through blogging at A Cozy Experience, one area of the cozy mystery world that seemed to be missing was social media support for authors. Now days authors have to do so much work promoting and selling their book when they should be spending their time celebrating their masterpiece! I provide custom Facebook Parties for book authors. I take care of the party from start to finish (promotion, writing the party, hosting the party, giveaway follow up, etc.) All you have to do is show up and enjoy the event.
Thanks so much for hosting me today!
Thank YOU for letting us host you!
Read more about Marie below and say hello in the comments!
I am just your average coffee drinking, pro-wrestling loving, book reading girl. My hubby, Josh and I own our own marketing technology business. I spend a good amount of my time chasing after my three boys. I have twins that are seven and a nine year old. I also love baking (and trying the recipes found in my favorite cozies). I love to connect, so drop by any Cozy Experience social media and say hello anytime!
Visit Marie at: https://cozyexperience.com/