Curious about juggling multiple creative pursuits around a busy schedule? How about tangible actions you can take to shift into a productive mindset? We talk about it all and more with Christine Riccio.
Christine is a Youtuber and New York Times Best Selling author, Her Youtube channel PolandbananasBOOKS has nearly half a million book-loving subscribers. She makes comedic book reviews, vlogs, sketches, and writing videos chronicling the creation of her own novel, Again, But Better. She’s also one of the three YouTubers behind BOOKSPLOSION– Youtube’s longest-running book club!
In our conversation, we talk about Christine’s journey to becoming a best selling author and one of the most influential booktubers. She gives us a behind-the-scenes look into how she started her YouTube career, her writing and filming process, and how she works around her busy schedule. Further into our conversation, we talk about tangible actions you can take to shift into a writing mindset and the importance of self-care. She shares advice on growing your platform and reaching your writing goals, and we discuss her novel Again, but Better.
Over on our Instagram, Christine is taking over our Instagram stories. Make sure to head over to instagram.com/88cupsoftea to check it out!
Books and resources:
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Lost created by J.J. Abrams
The Mindy Project created by Mindy Kaling
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Check out these highlights:
- Christine shares how she discovered her love for storytelling and YA
- She walks us through the steps she took to start her YouTube channel and grow it into the success it is today
- How she turned YouTube into a full-time career
- She shares how she balances her busy schedule of filming and writing and gives us a peek into her work schedule
- We learn how Christine found the inspiration to begin her writing career
- Tips on transitioning into a writer’s mindset
- The importance of giving yourself permission to take care of yourself and practice self-care
- How to cope with negative comments
- She answers some of our very own listener questions:
- “How did having youtube for so many years influenced your process when you started to write Again, but Better?”
- “What advice do you have for others in the booktube or bookblog or bookgram community who want to grow their platforms and work more with publishers?”
- Steps you can take to accomplish your writing goals
“It brings me so much joy just creating a book and painting a story and being in a new world and escaping reality to be with these different characters.”
“Have fun with whatever you’re doing and do stuff that you love.”
“You can do it, it just takes a little bit of discomfort. You just have to push yourself a little bit and all these things will come for you.”
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Learn more about Again, But Better
From one of the most followed booktubers today, comes Again, but Better, a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.
Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?
Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!
Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.
Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.
Learn more about Christine Riccio
Christine Riccio has been on a quest to encourage more humans to read since the third grade. No one really listened until she started making videos about books on Youtube in 2010. Now her channel PolandbananasBOOKS has over 390,000 book-loving subscribers. She makes comedic book reviews, vlogs, sketches, and writing videos chronicling the creation of her own novel, Again, But Better. She’s also one of the three YouTubers behind BOOKSPLOSION- Toutube’s longest running book club. These past four years Christine’s been collaborating with publishing companies and authors to help promote new releases, and traveling to cons across the United States to speak on book related panels to further spread the reading love. Originally from New Jersey, Christine graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in Film and TV and now lives in Los Angeles, CA.