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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The Indie Corner

The Indie Corner

The Indie Corner

 

 Welcome to The Indie Corner!

As you may know, The Serial Reader (aka me) is open to receiving Advance Reading Copies and Review Copies of books. Soon after I’ve been listed on The Indie View, I got a huge amount of authors reaching me out asking for a shout-out on major platforms as Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter and every other “book-friendly” websites. As a matter of fact, I am overwhelmed with requests!

To be testimony of such creativity is definitely the best part of being a book blogger! If you are an Indie author, just let me congratulate you! I admire your talent and courage to go after your dream to become a writer!

Now, what’s The Indie Corner?

The indie Corner is a new section here on The Serial Reader where everyone can learn from each other and share their own experience in the publishing world. There will be interviews, tips and tricks and everything else you might want to know about being an independent writer.

I am not a professional reviewer. I am an avid reader and a newbie blogger. I love working with Indie authors, share my thoughts and help them promoting their work in the most effective way, and it is my sincere desire that The Indie Corner can serve as a catalyst to meaningful discussions about the perks of being a writer.

As always, feel free to comment and share your thoughts….and if you are an Indie author I really hope to see you around!

Welcome to The Indie Corner!

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Books of the Week

Books of the Week

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How on earth has this week gone by so quickly? Well, at least I had time to read a bunch of books..

This week The Essential Books to Understanding.. covered candidate Bernie Sanders, a short collection of very interesting books that will help you understanding the man and the politician who’s running for president. (Previously The Essential Books To Understanding Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump).

Beyond politics I am a True Crime enthusiast, Dead Ends by Joseph Michael Reynolds is one of my favourite books about Aileen Wuornos. Written by the Reuters reporter who initially broke the story, in 1990, Dead Ends is the firsthand account of Wuornos’s capture, trial, and sentencing to death by lethal injection, that goes deep down where nobody ever before.

The “word of the week” has been “Brexit”. On June 23 Britons were called to vote about whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union or leave it for good.  A State of Independency by Mark Brolin will give you an objective and critical analysis of what’s really going on in the Old Country and why Brexit is good.

Don’t get a job, live your dream by Scott Haug, a new sel-help book, contains 7 important reasons that will help convince you to live the life you truly want to live.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund has been a real challenge for me to read..784 pages of a really dark and disturbed psychological thriller. Epic but well written.

Something different that took me out of my comfort zone: poetry. Djinni Hunter by Thomas Kozumplik is a splendid collection of poems that I am still enjoying.

Well, readers.. that would be all for now!  As always, feel free to comment and share your best books of the week. Happy week and happy reading!

 

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Judge ’em By The Cover: How to Create an Amazing Summer Reading List

 

Surfing the net in search of tips and tricks on how to create the perfect Summer Reading List?

I usually take advantage of social book sites as YourNextRead.com and Goodreads, the massive community of book lovers. But with 5,100,000 users, browsing the infinite lists and finding the right book can be hard.

This time I’m going for anJudgeACover.jpg easy and extremely practical tactic: “Judge ’em By The Cover“.

I know, I know.. Never judge a book by its cover. But despite how true it might be, the reality of the book industry is that the majority of readers use the cover of a book as a deciding factor in whether or not they should buy the book. With millions of books we can choose from, the first “sales pitch” is the cover.
Sure the content is essential, but how you present it maybe be equally important so as to grab the attention of your target and a well designed cover is the first assurance of high quality.
Sloppy and unappealing fonts, pixelated images or bad illustrations will turn off the reader right away. If it is not striking enough to draw attention, it will be passed over. At least by me.
So this is how I’m gonna play it. I will add to my Summer Reading List only those books with fancy and well-designed covers and see how it goes.
And you? Do you judge a book by its cover? Answer the poll and share your tips and tricks for the best summer reading list.
Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Books of The Week

Books of The Week

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Hello fellow readers.. and Happy Memorial Weekend! In case you are looking for something to read, here’s what I have been reading during my week.

Just let me tell you this week has been great! I have literally devoured True Crime Addict, the story of Maura Murray beautifully written by James Renner. If you like true crime, this one is honest, fascinating and…addictive. A sincere account of one of the most complicated and mysterious disappearance in America.

Historical Fiction meets time traveling in Indiana Belle and The Mine by John A. Heldt, two absolute page turner.

Another true crime caught my attention: Brady and Hindley by Fred Harrison. A young couple, gruesome murders and a crime so horrendous that will remain cheseled on the collective psyche of a nation long after the perpetrators are gone.

Generation X or Generation Y? Who are the Millennials? and what’s their role in modern society? Take a look at the best books that can help you understand.

101 Job Interview Questions You’ll never Fear Again by James Reed is a must have! Reed reveals what interviewers are asking and gives you the best possible answers to ace your job interview!

That’s all for now! Until next time! Happy reading!

Do You Like It Weird?

Do You Like It Weird?

I first stumbled across Bizarro Fiction a few months ago, and soon I asked myself what kind of drugs those people were doing. Provoking, borderline pornographic and absolutely idiotic, this genre now has a good amount of indi publishers, it’s own convention and an increasing cult status among readers and writers who like it..weird.

How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers by Max Booth III was the first Bizarro novel I got my hands on (you can find my review here). Hilarious in its craziness.

Since then I got even more curious about this new genre and started reading a lot more of it. The latest one is  The Train Derails in Boston by Jessica McHugh, a horror novel soon to be published (June 9, 2016Unknown.jpeg) by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

” Rebecca Malone has problems. Not just the alcohol. Not just her husband’s inane attempts at writing a bestselling novel, their teenage daughter’s promiscuity, or her certifiable mother. Not even her lover, who wants to take her husband’s place in Cherrywood Lodge, the famous estate she now calls home. Her biggest issues start the moment she discovers a chest of ancient mahjong tiles in the basement of her new house, causing her life to spin out of control with hallucinations, sexual deviances, and grisly murders. Is the mahjong game haunted? Or are Rebecca’s problems part of a different game, started before she was born?”

Bizarro fiction is crude, grotesque but it is also intelligent and tremendously well written. Easy to read and entertaining, this genre might be intimidating but if you let go of a few boundaries you could easily find yourself liking it.

If you’re not convinced yet, go check the Bizarro Central  blog -legitimately one of the best sources of what’s new in the bizarro world-  or look for Bizarro Genre on Goodreads and get weird!

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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!

 

Secrets

Secrets

Sister Dear, by Laura McNeill

Convicted for a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched her life vanish behind bars

cover80627-medium.pngTen years passed and out on parole Allie is determined to clear her name and find the truth. But what she uncovers is far worse than she imagines. Allie is strong, smart and refuses defeat. Undertaking a battle for the truth, she put her parole status and her personal safety at risk.

A dark secret is now standing between two sisters. The very one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

Sister Dear is a beautiful novel, masterfully written, that perfectly describes how painful is for  ex-cons to clear their names, rebuild their lives, and reconnect with the families.

#toogoodtobejustabook just saying!


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

 

Where Pain Meets Strength

Where Pain Meets Strength

Where I Lost Her, by T. Greenwood

This is a true page-turner novel. A journey through heartbreak and loss in search for the truth about a missing child and to salvage a broken heart.
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Once a power couple of New York publishing world, Tess and Jake  had it all. But afte a failed fertility treatment and an attempt of adoption, their marriage goes the wrong way.

A visit to her hometown, in rural Vermont, throws Tess’s world into chaos when she sees a young child in the middle of the road, who then runs into the woods and disappears. The entire town begins searching for the little girl. But there are no sightings, no other witnesses, no reports of missing children. Tess is the only one looking for the truth. At her own risk.

A gripping and beautiful novel from a remarkable storyteller. I couldn’t put it down.

“Spellbinding. I loved everything about Where I Lost Her.”—Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good Girl


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

Goal Setting for Teens

Goal Setting for Teens

What Do You Really Want? How to Set a Goal and Go for It! A Guide for Teens, by Beverly K. Bachel

Being pcover83890-medium.pngroductive and well organized isn’t just for adults. Today more than ever teens have to learn how to manage time, set goals and make the best out of it. This book is a good way to get them on the right path, cutting off all the stress and the anxiety.

This updated edition helps teens understand their dreams, set real goals, priorities and deadlines by using easy strategies that really work.

Boost your confidence and power up the positive! Visualize your success and go for it!

 


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