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After my first internship at a literary agency, I put together a free-flowing post about what I learned. Well, now that I am at Bloomsbury, I want to do the same thing as I go, but share it with my readers since I'm quickly discovering that many of you aspire to do the same thing that I am doing now! With 5 months under my belt and several more to go, I think now's a good time to start recording my thoughts! This post series will be posted on Sunday's whenever I get the time.
Future posts include: Netgalley, requesting etiquette (from the other side!), galley letters and press releases, blog tours (from the other side!), and perhaps some Q&A if any of you have a lot of questions!
Today's Topic: Social Media
I think what's really cool about me interning is that I am a blogger and, well, most people who read this post will be bloggers, too. To most of you, I was a friend and fellow book nerd before I was an intern. And, to some of you, I was an intern you communicated with that you then befriended as a blogger. But, for me, it is very important to keep these two aspects of myself separate because one day I will have to leave blogging in favor of continuous internships and a heavy focus on one day getting hired as a full-time employee at a house.
However, as a blogger that is currently also an intern, social media is suddenly a different animal for me. I obviously still use it to communicate with other bloggers and express my bookish feels that can't help but be let out, but I can't really use it to talk about my internship, per se. Because, as an intern, my internship shouldn't follow me home. There are many, many, many things I experience on a day-to-day basis that I am not allowed to talk about. I can pretty much describe the basics of what I do in office (which I can describe in more detail through this post series), and I can answer basic questions along the lines of where do I send in blogger requests for Bloomsbury? If you're wondering, this is the e-mail address that you send in requests at: teensusa AT bloomsbury DOT com.
Otherwise, I'm not the one to go to for answering questions via social media because my social media accounts are not that of a professional. You can ask me questions at my work e-mail and if I am allowed to answer them I will, and if I am not they would simply get forwarded to my bosses. But any questions asked via social media are questions that I most likely don't have the right to answer as a blogger because, on Twitter and Instagram, I am not an intern, but a blogger once again. There is a difference between the social media accounts of an intern and a full-time publicist, you know?
This screenshot above absolutely warms my heart. I've had several people e-mail to tell me that they're excited to see what I am doing because they one day want to do it themselves and it makes them feel like this is possible for them. Honestly, that is the coolest freaking thing ever! I constantly get asked questions about internship hunting, for basic advice, etc. and I love giving it! I really want to help, you know? But I can't help by answering questions that I don't have the right to answer via social media. These questions include:
- When books will be sent out
- Book requests
- Blog tour requests
- Netgalley requests
- If you will be sent a book
- Mailing address changes (please e-mail those in or I may forget to change them!)
- Any kinds of dates for things
- Whether an author will be visiting your state (honestly, I have no idea! I don't have access to actual author tour information yet I get this question a lot!)
- Anything else along those lines that is not involving the basic request e-mail
Many of you have received some form of this message from me:
I'm really sorry, but I have this rule and it is that if you couldn't ask me a question before I was an intern, then please don't ask me it now.
I have this message because I felt like people have attempted to take advantage of me in the past, which is why I created that rule above. It's totally weird getting DMed personal questions about how to get things from people who I have never talked to before. It's even weirder when friends ask you for favors and you need to take a step back and breathe. The entire situation for me, at least, is weird.
I have sent that message to so many people I have lost count. Dozens of people, most of which are still my friends today because I had to explain to them what I can and cannot do as an intern. And out of all of those people only a single person has gotten mad at me for that message to the point that I blocked her and moved on, so please don't be offended if you do get that message. You're getting it because despite me seeming approachable because I am one of you at the end of the day, the part of me that is an intern is not supposed to be approached about such things when I am not performing my intern duties.
Any questions can simply be emailed to us and they can be answered because this is one of those cases where work environment is separate from personal environment. When I one day work full-time in the industry, my twitter is a place for questions and DMs, but until then my twitter is the home of a blogger that cannot talk about such things.
Instead of being all stressed about books and what she's doing the next day in the office, @LiliReflects wants to freak out about ALL OF THE BOOKS! <3
What do you think of this new post series idea? Do you like it, do you not like it, why? Please comment below with anything you may want to know and if I am allowed to talk about it, it may be a future post here!