Episode #036 Book blogging & self-publishing with Steph Pegler

Authors and readers who are fascinated by the world of book blogging will definitely want to tune into this week's podcast episode. On the show, Kim interviews Stephanie Pegler, the Perth-based founder of Chicklit Club, a book blogging site dedicated to news, reviews and author interviews. Founded in 2007, Chicklit Club has grown over the past decade to include 3,500 reviews of books mostly under the umbrella of women's contemporary fiction. Steph also publishes two other blogs - We Heart Writing, for those looking for inspiration and writing tips, and Connect, an online hub where authors share guest posts on a range of topics. 

During the interview, Steph talks a lot about why she loves the 'chick lit' genre, how it has evolved and her thoughts on why the term 'chick lit' continues to attract so much disdain. As a long-time advocate for women's fiction, who has seen it all, she also shares her views on what trends have come and gone and what she sees taking off at the moment.

In addition to blogging, Steph is also a freelance journalist and an author. Her debut novel, Don't Mention the Rock Star, was published last year under a pen name, Bree Darcy. During their chat, Steph reveals why she chose to self-publish her first book, espeically given her many connections to the traditional publishing industry. She also talks in detail about she handles rejection and negative reviews and her top tips for self-publishing newbies. 

For authors wishing to have their book reviewed or to be featured in an interview, Steph offers plenty of advice on the do's and don'ts when approaching book bloggers to pitch them your work. You can find Chicklit Club's book review policy here. 

She also shares an exclusive on what she is currently working on, including her first-ever non-fiction book, aimed at helping book bloggers create a brand, monetise their blog and build relationships with professionals within the publishing industry. It is slated for release in 2017 to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of Chicklit Club.

At the beginning of this episode, Vanessa and Kim touch on editing and how they feel about this phase in a book's journey. They discuss what the editing stage looks like when you're self-editing your own work and when you're working with an editor on a structural and/or copy edit. They also provide some handy tips to help navigate this often daunting part of the process.

To connect with Steph, you can find her at at her author website or via the Chicklit Club, We Heart Writing and Connect websites. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.