call for submissions

See You in June!

Wow – April absolutely flew by! In general, I think this year is flying by. So many books, so little time!

Which brings me to today’s post. I’ve decided to put BiblioSmiles on a hiatus for the next month so I can focus on working on the second draft of my YA novel. Between working a full-time job and maintaining a blog (while also still trying to have a social life), I’ve let the project that’s most important to me fall by the wayside.

I encourage you to stick with BiblioSmiles for more great content starting in June, and I urge you to consider submitting a piece of your own! Whether you want to share a book review, an Anatomy of a Bookshelf post, or a personal essay, I’d love to have you on the team! I will be checking email at bibliosmiles@gmail.com during the month, so feel free to drop me a line.

Thank you for reading along and understanding as I take this time to write. And hey – did you know that there have been about forty contributors on BiblioSmiles so far? That means there’s a heck of a lot of posts that you can go back and read! Visit the About page and click on a contributor to read their posts. Or why not try a category like Personal Essays, Interviews, or The Reading Life?

I will also still be sharing posts on the BiblioSmiles Instagram here.

Happy reading, everyone!  See you in June!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

 

Dear Readers: We Want You!

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Whether you’re a new reader or you’ve been here since the beginning, I hope that you love the content you’ve seen on BiblioSmiles so far. Back in February I dreamed of creating a place where bookworms can get excited and share their thoughts on their favorite books, authors, and reading-centric memories. I’ve been blessed with some great friends from high school and college who have written some thoughtful, inspiring pieces, and I hope they continue to contribute! But I want BiblioSmiles to expand and envelope bookworms everywhere in a cozy group-hug. So this is a call for submissions, and I hope you’ll consider taking up your pen (or word processor) and joining the party.

For all you new readers, you can learn more about BiblioSmiles and all of us involved here. Click around. See the sort of stuff we like to write.

Do you want to submit something? Check out the Submit page. These are the kinds of posts I’m looking for, but I’m always open to suggestions and ideas:

– “The Anatomy of A Bookshelf.” Give readers a tour of your shelf/shelves, like our other posts here.

– Book reviews of all genres (I’d love to expand to include graphic novels!)

[Did you see our new Book Review Reference List? You can see which books have already been reviewed.]

– Movie reviews with attention paid to the book the movie was based on

– Personal essays about favorite books or authors, memorable reading experiences, reflections, or opinion pieces

– Have you attended any book signings or events recently?  Are you planning on attending one soon? 

– We love interviews with bookworms and authors. Check out some of our interviews here.

– Spotlight on your favorite place to shop for books, or your favorite place to read.  Celebrate the reading life!

Now don’t get scared off if you’re not “a writer.” BiblioSmiles contributors are all kinds of people: students, teachers, office workers…

We have one thing in common: We. Love. Books.

If you’re interested in submitting or you have a question or comment, send an email to bibliosmiles@gmail.com or fill out the contact form on the Submit page.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I hope you’ll consider adding your own story to our collection!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

Three Months & Call For Submissions!

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This morning I’m excited to announce that BiblioSmiles is three months old. Can you believe it? Thank you to everyone who has clicked on a link, shared a blog post, commented, or followed us on one of our social media accounts… and a special THANK YOU to the fabulous people who have contributed to BiblioSmiles!

The end of May is looking particularly awesome thanks to BookCon in NYC! I’ll be attending, along with some other contributors. And we may just be sporting tshirts. Oh my gosh, I’m so psyched.

Since we’ll be there geeking out and probably snapping a million photos each, now is the perfect time to follow BiblioSmiles on Instagram! We like to post fun photos anyway, like these:

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And now for a super-special announcement I’m sure you weren’t expecting from the title of this post or anything:

We’re looking for submissions!

From the beginning, I’ve envisioned BiblioSmiles as place for bookworms to unite and write about the beautiful thing that unites us: books!

These are the kinds of posts BiblioSmiles is currently looking for. However, I’m always into hearing something new!

– “The Anatomy of A Bookshelf.” Give readers a tour of your shelf/shelves, like our other posts here.

– Book reviews of all genres – I’d love to see graphic novels added to the list!

– Personal essays about favorite books or authors, memorable reading experiences, reflections, or opinion pieces

– Movie reviews with attention paid to the book the movie was based on

– Spotlight on your favorite place to shop for books, or your favorite place to read.  Celebrate the reading life!

All submissions and questions can be emailed to bibliosmiles@gmail.com. Please spread the word to family and friends. Don’t be intimidated; you don’t have to be a “writer” to submit. I’m looking for contributors who are passionate about the written word. Come on, join us!

Here’s to another great month!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

Two Months of Literary Love

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Is BiblioSmiles really two months old already? Was it really two months ago that I posted “The First Chapter?” I can’t believe it.

To all my contributors and readers: thank you for helping make BiblioSmiles a reality! It’s been a busy second month, with lots of new developments:

The Anatomy of a Bookshelf” is now a series of posts. You should consider submitting your own!

You can follow BiblioSmiles on Instagram for lots of bookish photos and updates.

The number of fans on our Twitter and Facebook pages continues to grow.

 

And for your easy-browsing pleasure, here are the posts that have gone up on BiblioSmiles this month:

Gabriele Boland

Review: The Kane Chronicles” – Gabriele discusses Rick Riordan’s trilogy. 
Books That Started it All” – Gabriele asks: “What book made you a reader?” 
Literary Swag– A list of amazing things all book nerds should own. 
Revisiting Reads: The Janie Johnson Series” – Gabriele revisits a favorite childhood series and examines how it holds up today.

Ed Collins

Anatomy of a Bookshelf: Ed Collins” – Take a peek at what Ed has on his shelves.

Andrew Marinaccio

Anatomy of a Bookshelf: Andrew Marinaccio” – Take a peek at what Andrew has on his shelves.
New Words, Old Ways, & Inky Fingers” – Andrew discovers a true treasure in his family’s attic.

Danielle Villano

Love Letters to a Vampire” – Danielle and her friends shared a copy of Twilight. Hilarity ensued.
A Letter to Holly Black” – A response, ten years later, to a letter received from a favorite author.
Review: The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard” – A review of an interesting coming-of-age tale.
Anatomy of a Bookshelf: Danielle Villano” – Take a peek at what Danielle has on her shelves. 
Excerpts From Her Reading List” – Examining how her literary tastes have changed over the years. 
Review: With or Without You by Domenica Ruta” – A review of a powerful memoir.
So We’re Going to BookCon?” – The change from BookExpo America’s Power Reader Day was sudden… 
My Morning View: An Interview with Tammy Strobel” – An interview with blogger, writer, and photographer Tammy Strobel. 
Review: The Eloquence of Desire” – A review of a historical fiction novel by Amanda Sington-Williams.

Kim Whitehead

Five Books to Make You More Irish” – An informative, somewhat hilarious list in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

What would I like to see on BiblioSmiles in the next month? Well, I’d like to see more of YOU! Whether you want to contribute your own “Anatomy of a Bookshelf,” or you want to share a review or personal essay – I’d love to have you! Head on over to the Submit page and show us your stuff. Do you have any comments or suggestions? Feel free to leave them below!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.