Submitting to Bookley:
-To submit your article to be published on Bookley Book Blog, email email@example.com with the subject line as your first name, your grade, your school, and your type of article.
-In the body of the email type in or paste your article. Remember to include the title, author, and illustrator for each book you talk about in your article. Also, write what ages you think would enjoy the book(s) the most!
-An article is composed usually of a title (something short and attention grabbing that relates to your article) and the text that makes up the rest of the article.
-Finally, attach your images to the email or include links to images from the web if it is a photo that you did not take yourself.
-Images are not essential to have, but they add a lot to an article and should be included whenever possible.
-More information about taking photos and using web images below.
-Submitted articles will appear on the front page of Bookley within 1-2 days.
-Once your article has been approved and posted, remember to visit Mrs. Dalloway’s and talk to a kid’s specialist to pick up your free ARC.
Types of Articles
There are many different kinds of articles that you could write and we want you to be as creative as possible. Just remember that this is a blog about books, so all posts must be book related. Examples of all of these types of articles can be found on the Bookley Blog. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Pick a book that you’ve finished reading recently that you loved and would want to tell your friends about.
- The structure of a book recommendation is simple. Start with a very brief description of the book, 1-3 sentences. Try to make your first sentence attention grabbing so that the person reading it will want to read on. Don’t give away anything that would spoil the book for the next reader! Follow this with a few sentences about what made the book great to you. This could mean talking about a character, a place in the book, or something that happens with the plot. You can also compare this book to other books to entice readers to buy it. For example, “if you loved Harry Potter, you will love Rick Riordan’s new book The Trials of Apollo.”
- Include a relevant photo. Usually this means a photo of the cover of the book, but feel free to get creative with it!
A book review is similar to a recommendation in a lot of ways, the most important difference is that a recommendation should be for a book you enjoyed and a review can be for a book that you didn’t like. You should be honest about your feelings for a book, but you should not hate on a book without cause.
- Pick a book that you’ve finished reading recently. It can be any book, whether you enjoyed it or not, but make sure that there is at least one thing you liked about the book. If you wouldn’t rate the book at least 2 stars don’t pick this as your book.
- A book review has a similar structure to the a recommendation but is generally a little longer. Start with a few sentences describing what the book is about, again, no spoilers! The next few paragraphs should go into detail about what you liked and didn’t like about the book. If you absolutely loved it (5 stars) then there probably won’t be much that you didn’t like and all of your paragraphs should describe different elements of what made it great. If there are things that you didn’t like, you can include them too, just make sure that your comments are useful. For example, if you didn’t like the main character don’t just say “I didn’t like Harry Potter because he’s stupid,” give specific reasons why he’s not a good character. Use the trick known as the “compliment sandwich.” Describe something you liked in the first paragraph, then something you didn’t like in the next, then something else you liked, etc.
- Attach an image, again this is usually a photo of the book cover.
- Give it a star rating. This is usually out of five. Just say at the very bottom how many stars you’d give it, and I will put the stars in before posting. They look like this → ★ ★ ★
List Style Article
- Pick a theme. Of course, all posts must be book related but there are many ways to work within that. Some of examples of titles of listicles (list style articles) are: The 5 Best Sci Fi Books or The 5 Smartest Heroines in Kid’s Books. Make sure that whatever subject you choose you can actually give 5 examples.
- List your examples and give a brief description of why that example is on the list. If I picked The 5 Smartest Heroines as my subject, I would write the name of the character and in a small paragraph below, the name of the book she’s in and what makes her so smart. For example:
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series is one of the smartest girls around, she is always helping Harry and Ron get out of trouble!
- Attach related images. You should include an image for each item on your list. These images can be a little more abstract than just a photo of the cover. Continuing with the example of Hermione Granger, I wouldn’t use a photo of the Harry Potter cover because she’s not on it, but, I could find a drawing of her inside of the book to take a photo of, or “borrow” a drawing that I found on the internet. (see below for info on attaching and sourcing photos).
- Draw a picture of your favorite book character, redesign the cover of your favorite book, draw a scene from a book that never happened but you wished it did. Anything at all as long as it’s about a book!
Remember, we want you to be as creative as possible, so as long as your idea is book related you can make a post on just about anything! If you have an idea for a great post just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea to get it approved.
Specifics & Extras
Adding a Photo:
Option 1: Taking Your Own Photo
- Take a photo that relates to your article. If you are writing a recommendation or review, it should be a photo of the book you’re writing about. You can take photos with a camera, or with a smart phone. Ask your parents for help with this.
- Transfer your photo to your computer. Again, you might need your parents help with this one. If you took your photo on a standard camera, this means plugging in the camera to the computer to transfer the image over. If you took the photo on a smart phone, send it through email to either your email account or your parent’s email account.
- Download and save your photo somewhere you can find it easily. Usually this means the desktop. Make sure your photo has a name that will make it easy to find.
- Attach your photo to the email you’ll send to email@example.com. Once you’ve finished your article and started drafting your email (see submission instructions above) attach your photo(s) by clicking the button at the bottom that looks like a paperclip. This will open a new window that shows files from your computer. Find your file and click open. Once it finishes loading your email is ready to send!
Option 2: Using a Photo From the Internet
- Find your photo. Again, this should be something related to your article. You can find images through google search, and many different places on the web. Make sure to get your parent’s permission before using any website. Clicking a photo on the google image search will give you more options for the photo. Click the button that says “View Image” which will open the photo on a separate page.
- Grab the image URL. There are three ways to do this: a) highlight the website URL at the top of the page, right click, select copy, then paste into the body of your email. b) right click on the image itself, select “copy image location”, paste this into the body of your email. c) right click the image, select save, save your image in an easy to find place (desktop) with an easy to remember name, attach to your email following the directions above. If you use the save to desktop option, continue to step 3. If not, send your email!
- Source your image. This step is very important. Even if you saved the image and attached it, you must still send the URL of the website where you found the picture (see step 2). Not doing this is a form of plagiarism. If you did not take the photo yourself you MUST credit the person who did.
Tips, Tricks, and Extras
- Always proofread your article before submitting or have a friend or parent do so. This is the internet equivalent to crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s!
- Book titles should have capital letters at the start of every word and are usually italicized. You can italicize a word in email or in Microsoft word and other word processors by highlighting the word and clicking the button that looks like a slanty letter I. For example: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
- You can emphasize a specific word by making it bold. Highlight the word and click the button that looks like a chunky letter B. “Everyone must read this book.”
- Don’t get too stuck on one idea. If you start making a list article and run out of examples, maybe a list article isn’t the kind you should use. Just remember to have fun and try new things!