Scribbler Review

So first off, a disclaimer: I am not being paid or compensated in any way to write this review. It’s just purely for fun. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

Scribbler is a subscription box by authors and for writers. Each month, you get “curated writing gifts,” an autographed novel, a teaching booklet from a bestselling author, an inside look into the publishing process, and a live chat with an editor or literary agent. I signed up mostly out of curiosity (partially because I’m a little addicted to subscription boxes—I mean, I even have one for my dog). So let’s see what I got in my first box:

First off, the box has a really cool design. This won’t help your writing, but hey, it’s better than a boring, plain cardboard box.

Okay, so this was dangerous. It was a box full of shreds of crinkly, orange paper. It kind of irritated my OCD. There’s no point to my telling you this, honestly. On to the actual contents!

First off, coffee! I’d love to review how it tastes, but I do not have a coffee grinder. So expect an update on that as soon as I buy one. This is a little inconvenient for those of us without grinders, but it’s a minor inconvenience.

Here’s the signed book! The title is If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood. It is by Gregg Olsen. The autograph actually comes as a separate sticker you can place in the book, or keep elsewhere. The book itself is highly rated and by a bestselling author. Honestly, I’ll read books in just about any genre, so true crime is an exciting change for me. If you’re not a big fan of certain genres, this box might not be for you. If you are adventurous like me, you’ll love a random, highly rated book showing up at your door every month. The box also came with a booklet about the author and editing notes for one of the chapters. You actually get to see the step-by-step revision process. So in this way, it’s perfect for writers.

Here are two of the “just for fun” items. The coaster made me smile, but the “Do Not Disturb” sign stretched that smile into a wicked grin. There was also a little patch to iron onto a bag, but I don’t own an iron. So…yeah.

So, I would say this box gets a solid 4/5 rating. The coffee was a little inconvenient, and you don’t get to select a genre of book. Also, the chat with a literary agent or editor is scheduled so if you can’t make it, tough. However, writing advice and the book are excellent. Plus, the gifts are adorable (and a little creepy, but I like creepy). It’s got a fairly average price for a subscription box ($27.50 a month plus tax), so I can’t really say anything to that. I believe you do get your money’s worth IF you’re a flexible reader. I will definitely be keeping my subscription.

Published by Keily Blair

Keily Blair is a creative writing student at UT Chattanooga, where her nonfiction won the Creative Writing Nonfiction Award. Her fiction has appeared in Nth Degree, Five on the Fifth, and is upcoming in Trembling With Fear and Night to Dawn. Her creative nonfiction is upcoming in Breath & Shadow. She is currently at work on a fantasy novel and a collection of essays about being a person with bipolar disorder. Her goal is to help other writers let go of stress and anxiety so they can reach their full potential.

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