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Bookstagramming 101: 6 Tips for Getting Started

Three years ago, I didn’t know what bookstagramming was and now it is one of my favorite hobbies! What is bookstagram? Taking beautiful pictures of books for Instagram and other social media posts. It’s also a fun way to market your own books and to support other authors.

Here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve picked up.

1.) Organize the books on your shelf by their color. That way you can easily grab whatever color(s) you need for extra props for your pictures.

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2.) Get swag from preordering author’s books and use them to take pictures. It’s also a great way to support authors! (Psst, You can still snag A Royal Christmas Quandary preorder swag.)

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3.) Start a bookstagramming box with odds and ends to take out whenever you decide to do a photo shoot. I take several pictures at the same time and so I only have to clean up the mess once. I also spread out the dates when I post them so that my account doesn’t look too repetitive.

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4.) Use what you already have lying around your place or yard. I.e. clothes, shoes, dishes, office supplies, flowers, etc.

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5.) Don’t forget to use #hashtags. Try to use at least 10 for every post. I always start with a hashtag of the title of the book and the author’s name. I only tag the author’s account if my review is 100% positive.

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6.) Follow other bookstagrammers. Some accounts that you might find inspiration from:

Do you have any other bookstagram tips or favorite accounts to follow? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Samantha Hastings

Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. …

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