Our interview today is with Lucy. She is an award winning book blogger and writer of The Literary Edit blog. She is very passionate about books, independent book shops and literary festivals. Her blog was awarded London Book Fair’s inaugural Book Blog of the Year. She blogs about beautiful bookstores from around the world and also posts weekly book reviews.
READ HER INTERVIEW BELOW:
When and how do you start your day? What do you do to prepare yourself for a day of work and your morning routine?
I’ve been an early riser for as long as I can remember, so my day tends to start around 5am or thereabouts. I make myself a green tea and then get back into bed where I read for about thirty minutes with my phone on aeroplane mode so that I’m not tempted to scroll through Instagram.
I leave mine around 6am and head to Gertrude & Alice, my local coffeeshop/bookstore, and grab an iced latte before heading off on a morning coastal walk.
What do the day-to-day responsibilities look like to you, would you consider yourself strict or disciplined when it comes to do your duties?
My day-to-day responsibilities really vary, but can include everything from admin work on my blog to a bibliotherapist session (I recently launched these at Gertrude & Alice) to feature writing for one of the clients I work with.
How often or how long do you spend in a day preparing for your work and how does it fit into your schedule?
I tend to be a better worker in the morning, so after my coastal walk and a quick catch up with friends at a café in North Bondi, I try to sit down and get a solid couple of hours of work in before lunch. The amount of work I do can be rather dependent on the weather – as if it’s sunny outside I’ll usually go for a couple of swims a day, leaving rather less time for work.
As reading is essentially a part of my job, I block out a few evenings a week to read, and can often be found on Twitter keeping up to date with the literary goings-on back home in the UK.
What is your favorite part about being a blogger? Will you continue to pursue this career in the near future or you have other plans?
There are a number of things I love about being a blogger – from the books I read that I wouldn’t otherwise come across, to the people I meet and the opportunities I’ve had (such as visiting both Indonesia and Guatemala). It’s a career that I hope is long lasting; I really can’t ever imagine doing anything else.
How did you discover your passion for blogging and how long have you been doing it? What benefits have you derived from it?
My passion for blogging was borne as a result of my love for both books and writing; but were it not for my voracious reading habit, I wouldn’t be a blogger at all.
I’ve derived countless benefits from my blogging career – from landing my dream job working for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, to launching the Bondi Literary Salon and winning the London Book Fair’s inaugural Book Blogger of the Year. I’ve been interviewed by Mariella Frostrup for the BBC and had the chance to travel more extensively than I could ever have dreamed about.
Who is your favorite blogger and what have you learned from him or her.
I love book blog The Guy with the Book. Faroukh – who runs it – won the inaugural Bookstagrammer of the Year and we’ve since formed an online friendship based around our love of books. As well as being a skilled photographer he’s also an avid and ardent reader and his blog is one of my literary go-tos when I’m in need of some bookish inspiration.
QUESTION #7: which blog is your all time favourite and why?
If you had only one chance to play a character in a movie,who will it be?
I’m not a big movie buff so this is a tricky one for me. I’d probably go with Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind as she’s one of my favourite characters from literature.
What does your blogging process look like.
I don’t really have a blogging process per se, as it really varies from blog to blog. I try and use the pomodoro technique which means I write for twenty minutes with no distractions before allowing myself a quick break.
Are you happy about where you are as a blogger? Do you sometimes want more attention or less?
I’m really happy with where I am in my blogging journey. I’ve been incredibly lucky with the opportunities and publicity that my blogging career has afforded me, and while there’s always areas in which to grow and develop I’m pretty happy with my lot right now.
What was the most exciting and exasperating moment for you in your journey and how have you coped with disappointment?
The most exciting moment of my blogging journey was undoubtedly winning the London Book Fair’s Book Blogger of the Year award. In terms of disappointments along the way they have been few and far between, so I try and concentrate on the positives rather than dwelling on any downfalls of blogging.
What does success look like to you in this position? What new projects are you working on and when should we be expecting them?
Success to me is the opportunity to keep reading and inspiring others to read as long as I can. I have a few projects in the pipeline that have been put on hold recently due to Covid-19, so only time will tell as and when I’ll be able to work on them again.
What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job and how do you overcome them?
I struggle with self-discipline, which is something I’m always working on. Having been my boss for the best part of five years I thought it would be something I’d have mastered the art of by now, but sadly not!
When and how did you master the courage to share your skill with the rest of the world and what were the first reactions you received? How do you face the negativity and hate?
I started sharing my blog soon after I launched it; but, as with many bloggers, I only ever imagined that my friends and family would read it. I’m always overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I get from readers of my blog, and have been lucky enough to avoid any real negativity or hate.
What are some misconceptions people have about being a blogger?
I know a lot of people see the overnight success of bloggers, and never stop to think about the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes. There have been a lot of blood, sweat and tears building, nurturing and growing my blog, and the shiny myth of success is one I try not to perpetuate.
What promotional method or practices did you use to promote your blog? Which ones did you find the most useful? How did you get so many people interested in your work?
Getting featured in the press has certainly helped grow the reach of my blog – as well as being interviewed on the BBC I’ve been featured in the likes of Time Out, The Independent, Bustle and Blogosphere Magazine. To be honest though, there’s nothing like a real-life conversation with someone in a bookstore over a mutual love of books to help gain new followers.
Do you ever consider luck, your gender, ethnicity or race as a helping factor in your success?
I don’t know the answer to that question; though it would probably be ignorant of me to think that being a white, middle-class female hasn’t afforded me privileges that others have gone without. When it comes to luck, however, I believe that as Roman philosopher Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
If there are any questions for Lucy, do not hesitate to ask down in the comment section.
I am a fifteen year old book addict and writing enthusiast from Ghana in West Africa. I love potato chips and jelly, pizza too but not so much. If you want to know more about me, you can follow me on other social media platforms. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter!!!!