The Indie Corner: How To Approach Book Bloggers

The Indie Corner: How To Approach Book Bloggers

 

APPROACH BOOK BLOGGERS

 

Getting a review for your book is one of the most effective ways of publicizing your work and yourself. Because of their “editorial content” book reviews are even more believable than classic “advertising”.

Nonetheless, most book reviewers are reluctant to review books from self publishers and Indies because of the prejudice that all self-published books are ill-conceived and poorly produced. Unfortunately this is not always far from the truth. (Next on The Indie Corner)

Joanna Penn –New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as owner of thecreativepenn.com– brilliantly sums up in just a few words the entire concept of book marketing.  In her Successful self-publishing. How to self publish and market your book Ms. Penn says: “Writing is about you. Publishing is about the book. Marketing is about the reader“. Marketing means connecting with a bigger network of people; building an author platform, using social media and book bloggers will give you a big help promoting your work, but you need to be savvy about how to create interest. Here some tips and tricks on how to approach book bloggers as an Indie.

  • BE SMART

Be smart and do your homeworks! Do not send a review request without doing your research online first. Take time to browse the website and read reviews, spend a few minutes to make a personal connection. Don’t forget to check the policy page, if you ask a question easily answered on the review request policy page, you’ll create the impression that you are lazy or that you don’t care enough.

Learn about the reviewer, look for serious and professional reviewers and query those you think would be a good match for your book- don’t just query the ones with big followings.  Remember: Quality rather than Quantity.

  • BE PROFESSIONAL

Email etiquette is a must.. Your email alias, your subject line and your content all have to be clear and appear appropriate to your recipient. Failure to do this can get your email ignored and/or deleted as junk or spam. Using “Howdy“, “Cheerio” and “See ya ’round” are an excellent way never to be taken seriously or viewed as professional.

Linking is essential, if you know how to make a good use of it. Always link to your contacts (blog, website, socials), remember to link the words that describe the topic and avoid those long strings. (Author’s Page rather than http://www.etcetc.com/author/page/1234)

  • BE EFFICIENT

Once you are certain you have a top-notch product you should be proud to send it to reviewers. A well structured email can get you faster responses : a blurb of the book and a short bio are essentials, keep it simple and avoid super long emails. A good way to incorporate all the infos the book blogger might use (book cover, synopsis, author’s bio, etc) is to work on a tip sheet or a press kit . (Next on The Indie Corner)

If you want a sustainable career as an author you will need to build your own email list of bloggers/readers who like your books. Taking the time to build your own network of trusty reviewers will pay off in term of book exposure. Plus you will have your personal cheer squad!

  • BE POLITE

Always ask if the blogger would consider reading and reviewing your book, beware the “attachment madness” and do not attach it right away. It’s a bit presumptuous and most book bloggers see that as a rude imposition.

A lot of bloggers consider demands quite annoying too. “Post your review here, here and here” can sound a bit pushy, and for many is a big show-stopper. Once again, be sure to read the request policy page where usually those infos are (or should be) provided.

Same with time frame. I am not offended by a time frame, as long as it is reasonable. A good/professional book blogger should always provide -if not the exact date when the post will be up, at least a waiting list. Always keep track of all your queries, and make sure that  bloggers who agree to write and post a review actually do that. Pure and simple work ethic.

It is really that simple; be smart, professional, efficient and always polite! The book bloggers community is a great resource, choose wisely and build worthy connections.

If you are either a writer or a book blogger, I would love to hear your thoughts down in the comments.


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Great Summer Readings for Kids and YA

Great Summer Readings for Kids and YA

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Isn’t this the sweetest picture ever? If you have kids you sure know what I mean: your lovely child sitting quietly with a book in his/her hands.. Key word: quiet!

No kidding.. kids are cool! Hungry for knowledge and ready to experience the world. Super energetic –probably sugar fueled– and always on the move. But you know that can be quite hard to get them reading, and -let’s be honest- when comes to kids, it’s hard race to compete with the Internet, videogames, movies and social networks.

I’m not in the “parents league” but I know about kids. Matter of fact I still am one of them -at heart! I read children books, watch cartoons,  I still go playing on the swings in Central Park (or wherever I see one of those), never pass up an opportunity to pop bubble wrap and  I keep saying things like “when I grow up” even though I am grown up.

Does it make me a reliable source? Here some of the coolest stories I have found-read-loved!

Middle Graders (age 8-12)

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Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in Tiger Trouble, by Grant Goodman

Agent Darcy is 13 years old and she’s an agent-in-training at the Bureau of Sneakery. Her rival, Agent Serena, is sharp competition and Darcy doesn’t deal well with failure. 

Ninja Steve, 12 years old, lives in the village of Ninjastoria. His sister, Nora, is a ninja genius who graduated from college at the age of 16 (with a double degree in Ghost Studies and Spin-Kicks). 

When Darcy gets sent on her first mission, she’s off to Ninjastoria. And when an ancient ghost is freed from his prison, they’re going to need to rely on teamwork to seal it back up. 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


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 It’s 1929, and twelve-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family.

But, despite the Gatsby-like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household—specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of the house who now refuses to leave her room.

The other servants say Rose is crazy, but scrappy, strong-willed Martha thinks there’s more to the story—and that the paintings in the Sewell’s gallery contain a hidden message detailing the truth. But in a house filled with secrets, nothing is quite what it seems, and no one is who they say. Can Martha follow the clues, decipher the code, and solve the mystery of what’s really going on with Rose Sewell?

 Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


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Wish, by Barbara O’Connor

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade.  But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true.

That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. 

From award-winning author Barbara O’Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Young Adults (age 13-18)

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The Quantum Door, by Jonathan Ballagh (review)

The mysterious woods behind Brady and Felix’s house have been deserted for years. But things change when a fence goes up and the brothers notice strange things happening at night.

From the moment they dare cross the fence, the brothers enter a world of dark technological secrets that will rock the foundation of everything they know to be true.

And once they enter, there’s no turning back.  Some places are better left alone…

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


cover78858-mediumBeware That Girl, by Teresa Toten (review)

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner.

As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had. 

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?

Get your copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


cover83093-mediumDreaming of Antigone, by Robin Bridges (review)

Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, including a drug problem.

Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she–the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe–is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him. 

Heartwrenching, smart, and bold, Dreaming of Antigone is a story about the jagged pieces that lie beneath the surface of the most seemingly perfect life…and how they can fit together to make something wholly unexpected.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


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ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . . ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . . 
When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds.

In one, she travels to France, where she dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue but nothing is as it seems. 

She will fall in love and discover new sides of herself. But a terrible family secret may break her.
From “New York Times” bestselling author Aimee Friedman comes an irresistible, inventive novel that takes readers around the world and back again, and asks us what matters more: the journey or the destination.”

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


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Millennials: Are You One of Us?

 

9d861ac5027505d5d61fe9eb36448da7One of the best part of becoming a self-proclaimed “book blogger” is when authors and PR people from publishing companies reach you out asking if -by any chance- you’d like to read this or that book and help them spreading the word.

Duh!! I’m a bookworm. Sure I would like to read your new/soon-to-be-published book!!

A week ago, Jack Cahn -a first-time author and college student- offered me to read an advanced copy of When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America,  written with his twin brother David.

I knew JaWhen Millennials Ruleck and David Cahn -the Twin Titans of Stuyvesant High School– from the media attention they received in 2013 because of their involvement in school activism, and I am an avid reader of their Huffington Post posts too (read here David’s entries and here Jack’s entries).

Jack and David’s book -which I will review soon- is written by and for a specific demographic cohort called Millennials.

According to all the legitimate sources I have consulted, I am -my birthright- one of them. Yes people, I am a Millennial.

Despite there are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.* The credit of naming the Millennials goes to authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, which -in their latest book titled Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation– defined the Millennials as a “civic-minded generation with a strong sense of community both local and global“.

Pretty cool, huh? Sure is, on paper. Here comes the reality check.

o-THE-REAL-ME-GENERATION-facebookAfter further research I found out that Millennials don’t exactly enjoy widespread appreciation, nor consideration among society; lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents, tech junkies and guinea pigs for everything marketing related.

We might be more tech savvy, more entrepreneurial, more tolerant and even more optimistic about the future, but we also are the generation with the highest joblessness and debt out of school.

Statistics show that we are the best educated generation of history but -apparently- our political views don’t make any sense, our ideas are unrealistic and we will never reach higher political positions.

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We are good buyers though. No kidding. In fact, there are a lot of books about how to make us buy even more things:

  • Marketing to Millennials: Reach the largest and most influential Generation of Consumer Ever, by Jeff Fromm and Christie Garton (Book) – (eBook)
  • Your Customer is the star: How to make Millennials, Boomers and Everyone Else Love your Business, by Micah Solomon (Book) – (eBook)
  • Managing the Millennials: Discover the core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce, by Chip Espinoza and Mick Ukleja (Book) – (eBook)

Just to name a few. That’s quite sad, isn’t it?

My question to you, brave reader, is: What’s really hiding under the sand? Who’s keeping Millennials out of the big game? Why society doesn’t give Millennials credit? Are Millennials really narcissistic personalities characterized by a damaged sense of self?

When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America by Jack and David Cahn is an extraordinary reading that I recommend (pub.date August 2nd, 2016). If words and ideas can change the world, and if “it depends on us, on the choices we make, particularly when big changes are happening and everything seems up for grabs“** than we -Millennials- have a lot of work to do.


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** President Obama to the class of 2016 at Rutger University 250th Anniversary Commencement

***This post reflects my personal opinion. I am not sponsored by none of the people mentioned above. The reason why I am  highly, strongly, shamelessy suggesting to buy Jack and David’s book is mostly because I believe in the message that carries. I will never get tired to recommend any writer who is not afraid to share good ideas and knows how to use a perfect consecutio temporum!

****If you don’t know what the consecutio temporum is…get out of here!! Kidding, just google it!

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TGIF and Ready to Party..Nerdy Style!

 

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Walking out of subway meeting my friends. Today it’s not a “Good morning” kinda day. No.. today we go for a more cheering..

Thanks God it’s Friday!!

Yes! We made it through another week. We survived. Fist pump. Pat on the back and we are ready to party….Nerdy Style!

When you are a NERD, things you do for fun are slightly different than the normal. Usually we do no clubbing, parties, brunches….That’s muggle living!

We like to play it hard though: we love reading marathons, visiting museums, becoming amateur astronomers, browsing old and indie book stores and of course, buying books.

This week end I’m going to host my first “Best-Selling Books Marathon“, a very informal and relaxed gathering with a bunch of best-selling books that we have ditched mercilessly during the past weeks.

We have:

  • A Court of Mist and Furyby Sarah J. Maas
  • The Outliersby Kimberly McCreight
  • 5th Affairby James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • The Apartmentby Danielle Steel
  • The Lake House, by Kate Morton
  • The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

And you? What are your books for the Week End? Happy Friday and Happy Week End you all!

 

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Are You Up For A Challenge?

Reader of the Month – May –

The reader of The Month Challenge is officially open! Join us!

Rules are simple:

  1. Read a Book…

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*read as much as you can. The more you read, the more chances you have to win!

2. Be subscribed and be an avid reader!

3. Be an active member. Don’t be shy! The more active you are the more chances you have to win the challenge!

4. The Serial Reader Book Club is all over the internet: TwitterFacebook and Goodreads… go check that out! 🙂

 

PRIZE :

1. Book of your choice ($15 max)

2. The Serial Readers Tote bag

If you have any question feel free to ask 🙂
May the best reader win..Good luck and happy reading!

 

TGIF and What’s New at the Book Club (Goodreads)

TGIF and What’s New at the Book Club (Goodreads)

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Today is the first day of April and it’s time for some changes for the Book Club on Goodreads. We gained around 31 new members over the last month and we have a lot of ideas! Let’s see what’s new:

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A well-worded  question is the quickest way to connect with other readers and also a good conversation starter. Poll Wednesday will be online every week 🙂

Follow the link on the main page and you’ll be redirected to the group page on Goodreads.

Vote and share your thoughts with other readers!

READEROF THE MONTH

Make a comment, vote on a poll, share what you’re reading at the moment and join us on Twitter and on our Facebook Page,
you have an entire month to show me how a good reader
and active member you are. There will be a new Reader of the Month Challenge every other month, next one will start May 1st.

Sign up and try your luck..win the title and the prize!

P.S. We have our first winner for the month of March! Congratulations Cheryl!!

Book Talk aka The ArenaBOOK

Is there a book you’d like to read and discuss with other readers? Book Talk is a “group reading” made by genre, you can join the one you like the most -history, YA, business, fiction, true crime,…- write the title and ask other members to join you into the arena 🙂

Join us Facebook , Tweet with us and be part of the Book Club

Are You Afraid of Your Own Mind?

Are You Afraid of Your Own Mind?

A Dark Assortment, by Mikey Campling

A Dark Assortment is a collection of seventeen stories just mildly scary.
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I liked this book for a very simple reason: it made me use my imagination; it made me think and create something unique, something that only my own fears and experience could mix up together and turn into a work of fantasy.

Read this book and let your mind play with it..they’re just stories, aren’t they?

 

 


Get your copy now! On Amazon.com

 

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Books of the Week

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It’s the end of the week!! time for me to sum it up and share with you the best and the worst of books that have been read and reviewed.

During one of my incursions on Pinterest a nice quote got my attention: Think positive & Positive things will happen“. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that but, is that really true?  is it true that one positive thought can change things?  I decided to go on the hunt for  scientific proofs; you will be surprised by how many books you can find . The Little Book of Big Changes is pretty exhaustive about Mindfulness, Neuro-plasticity and the power of positive thoughts.

On the road to self improvement I started considering the idea of working on my skills and Transform your communication skill is the perfect book if you want to be the best communicator in town. Good book if you’re a student or even if you’re already working. In case you’re considering a career change, there’s The A-Z of Careers and Jobs.

Back in the game is the perfect mid-week easy reading, the story of a newly divorced woman who finds herself after dating dangerously for a year. I know, it could sound weird but I promise you, this book will make you think about how much pressure women have to face.

A week can’t pass without me reading a criminal justice book, Letters from Marion is the account of a first time offender who’s being incarcerated in one of the most tough prison in Illinois.

The week end is “Me Time”,  A walk in the woods makes me want to go out and breath some fresh air while consider the idea of starting a detox program and try some Green Smoothies.

Well, Readers… I’ll see you next week with a new bunch of books! Happy Reading!

 

 

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My Love is a Bookworm – Adults

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… here some ideas for you!

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Give the Gift of Reading on Valentine’s Day

All the birds in the sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Book) – (Ebook)

Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys (Book) – (Ebook)

Perfect Days, by Raphael Montes (Book) – (Ebook)

Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard (Book) – (Ebook)

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My Love is a Bookworm- Teen&YA

In case your Valentine is a lovely bookworm, here some ideas for you!

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P.S I Still Love You, by Jenny Han 

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell 

All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven 

I’ll Give you the Sun, by Jandy Nelson 

Every Last Word, by Tamara Ireland Stone 

 

LOVE

∼ Give the Gift of Reading on Valentine’s Day ∼

Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire

Hopeless, by Coleen Hoover

Alice in Zombieland, by Gena Showalter

Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

Passenger, by Alexandra Braken