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Blogging has always been a hobby for me; there is no doubt about that. I had been blogging for two years (on and off), when the opportunity came to take on blogging (and YouTubing) full-time. It was a terrifying, but exciting prospect for me. I'd never been paid for a blog post; I had no idea what a DA was; I had no idea how to get into contact with PRs - it was all completely new for me.

In the 3 years I've worked as a blogger, I've only taken on a handful of sponsored posts. Not from lack of opportunity; but as a blog reader myself, I've always found the line between sponsored content and original content, a fine one. 

Over the past 12 months, I have found some websites and blogger networks that have been invaluable to helping me learn about things like my DA score, getting me in touch with companies, and helping me meet some amazing bloggers along the way. There are three main networks I've used over the past year, that I'd highly recommend.

YA Shot Blog Tour: Katherine Webber Interview & Giveaway

Hello everybody! I am so excited to be hosting the first stop on the YA Shot Blog Tour. This tour is a collaboration of authors attending YA Shot this year and YA bloggers. I was so excited to be paired with Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones. I hope you enjoy the first stop on the YA Shot Blog Tour, where I interview Katie about all things bookish.


So today, this video dropped:

World Book Day has always been so important to me, and I have so many memories of walking into a bookshop with my £1 book token when I was young, excitedly treating myself to a new book; usually from one of my favourite authors. As I grew into my teens, and my love for reading continued to grow, I realised there weren't any World Book Day books aimed at teens. As an avid teenage reader, this broke my heart - and that's why I'm so thrilled to be showcasing such an amazing video today, introducing 5 full-length YA novels for just £2.50! (Or £1.50 with a book token!)

When I was sent this video last week and asked if I'd like to help promote these books, I was so excited by it. Encouraging people to read, in particular young people, is one of the reasons I started my blog; and being able to do that with World Book Day is just incredible.

The World’s biggest celebration of reading for pleasure, World Book Day, returns this year on Thursday 1 March. In its 21st year, World Book Day Authors for 2018 include Clare Balding, Adam Hargreaves, Tom Fletcher, John Green and Taran Matharu. World Book Day delivers millions of £1 book tokens (€1.50 in Ireland) to children and young people across the UK and Ireland in order for them to claim a free World Book Day book or a discount on other books.

The 2018 World Book Day Teen & Young Adult books in full:

  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Penguin
  • Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan
  • I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson (Egmont
  • Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu (Hachette
  • Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury

To celebrate World Book Day, I am offering one lucky winner the chance to win all 5 of the books on offer this year from the World Book Day Teen & Young Adult book collection! 

For your chance to win just answer the question below in an email to zoecollins1994@gmail.com with your name and UK address.

How many years has World Book Day been running?

a) 12 years
b) 19 years
c) 21 years

Closing date: Midnight 28th February (a video with the winner will be posted on 1st March). UK only.

Female Heroes: Mary Seacole (Orphan Monster Spy Blog Tour)

 When I was approached to do the Orphan Monster Spy Blog Tour, I'll admit; I was sceptical about the book. I'd seen it was for fans of The Book Thief (which I'd loved), so I decided to take the plunge. Let me tell you something: I couldn't be happier that I did. The book is absolutely phenomenal; I've never read a book quite like it. It's unique, in the best sense of the word. Sarah/Ursula (she's a spy, of course she has two names) is a bad-ass female, so today I'm proud to have Matt Killeen, author of Orphan Monster Spy, talking about one of his favourite female heroes.