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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Books of the Week

Books of the Week

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Happy Independence Day WeekEnd!! I love the fourth of July… delicious barbecues, friends and a good book, of course! Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, play it safe and enjoy the fourth! … Here’s my best books of the week.

Ready for college? I have the perfect College Starter Kit ready for you, the best books that will help you managing your finances, writing the perfect paper and becoming the best student ever.

Did it ever cross your mind to fake your death? Too much work -if you ask me, and Playing Dead  will show you how this is easier said than done. #NotAGoodIdea

Speaking of hashtags, Babe Walker vs Suburbia in American Babe. Funny, irreverent and absolutely enjoyable.

That’s not how we do it here and a mob of meerkats will teach you about management and leadership. Not just a fable, but an inspiring lesson for every entrepreneur out there.

The Indie Corner is officially open! Interviews, tips and tricks and much more.. for indie authors! Join us! #indiecorner

Social media addicts in search for inspiration try this:  Post this book and explore your inner artist with creative prompts to doodle, color, collage, pictures. And don’t forget to #PostThisBook!

This is all for now! Enjoy your day, have fun and celebrate the fourth! Happy reading!!

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!

 

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!

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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.


 *Source:Wikipedia

** 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!

Are You Ready for a Thrill Ride?

Are You Ready for a Thrill Ride?

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

 Gillian Flynn paved the way for a lot of girls to come. Some got crazy, otherscover80631-medium.png missing and others got crazy because missing. Some of those books were riveting, others not so much. That is why I am a bit skeptical when I see the word “girls” on the title.

Megan Miranda took her chance with this “girl thing” and she came back with a compelling novel!

Just for the sake of  your curiosity, this breathtaking story is about the disappearances of two young women -a decade apart- told backwards.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left Cooley Ridge after her best friend Corinne disappeared without a trace. Back again for some family business, Nic is plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds.

When another girl  -Annaleise Carter – goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbour’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Presented as the next The Girl on the Train or Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel All the Missing Girls is even better! Original, engaging and beautifully written. Megan Miranda’s writing style is something you could easily get addicted to.

All the Missing Girls has it all! A spine-tingling ride from beginning to end.

 


Pre-order your own copy! On Amazon.com (eBook) – (Book)

Here and Now

Here and Now

The Here-and-Now Habit. How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All ,by Hugh G. Byrne.

Is it me or the Self-Help Section in my bookstore is growing bigger and bigger? The latest trend happens to be called “The Mindfulness Technique“, what it really is I’cover82589-medium.pngm not sure yet, but one thing I know is that it promises to help you breaking all those bad habits that ruin your health and happiness while keeping you away from reaching your goals.

Being able to cultivate mindfulness to calm and focus your mind, clarify your intentions and let go of old patterns sounds appealing, but is it also doable on a daily basis?

My answer is yes. In The Here-and-Now Habit, mindfulness expert Hugh Byrne provides simple but powerful practices based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help you rewire your brain and finally start living in the here and now just learning to pay attention to your own thoughts.

Discover how to let go of what holds you back, create new healthy habits and start living your life Here and Now.


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

Where Do You Really Belong To?

Where Do You Really Belong To?

Got Here as Soon as I Could. Discovering the Way Life Should Be, by Sarah Smiley

Do you ever feel that the place you belong to is not the one you’re born or raised? Sarah wasn’t born in Maine, she wasn’t raised there but, somehow, Maine became the only home she’ll ever know and that’s why she got here as soon as she could.cover82598-medium.png

After her husband got transferred from Florida to Maine, Sarah soon fell in love with the lifestyle, the people and of course the places.

A nice and funny collection of memories of the way life should be that will probably remind you those times when all of America was simple and beautiful.


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

 

Do you Body Shame?

Do you Body Shame?

I Do It with Lights On: and 10 More Discoveries on the Road to a Blissfully Shame-Free Life, by Whitney Way Thore

I am enthusiastic about this book and I couldn’t have been happier to read it before the official release date, which will be May 31.
I Do It with Lights On is Whitney’s personal account of her life as a talented dancer, straight As student and young girl dealing with the pressure to be thin.

From developing an eating disorder as a teenager to extreme weight gain in college to her ongoing struggle with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) Whitney tells it all, opening up about the depths of her decover85954-mediumpression as well as her tremendous resilience in the face of constant harassment and mistreatment.

I know Whitney Thore from her reality show My Big Fat Fabulous Life on TLC and that is also how I got to know about the “body positivity” movement. The “No Body Shame” campaign is to help every individual overcome the debilitating effects of societal-induced shame, promoting self-acceptance even if others do not accept us. By doing that real changes in confidence and quality of life are not only possible, but inevitable.

Written with brutal sincerity this book will find its way to your heart and it will teach you that “fat acceptance” only means that even big people still deserve basic human respect!

Stop body shaming and show some support to this AMAZING girl!!

You can find her on Youtube , @WhitneyWay on Twitter ,  on Facebook and on her website.


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

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Tim Burton Strikes Again

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

 

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Watch the trailer here!

 

Tim Burton does his magic and Miss Peregrine’s Home to Peculiar Children jumps at n.4 in the Children’s Series Chart of The new York Times (its previous peak was n.25 on Feb.20, 2014).

The movie (due on September 30) directed by the visual Maestro Tim Burton, is the adaptation of the famous fantasy novel written by Ransom Riggs about a 16 years old boy,  Jacob, who discovers an old home inhabited by children with peculiar abilities. Why they have been quarantined on a remoted island and who’s coming after them is now Jacob’s mission.
An exciting story, illustrated with haunting vintage photography that will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Riggs’ two sequels are also back in the top 150 this week: Hollow City (n.64) and Liberty of Souls  (n.98).


Get your copy now! On Amazon.com (Boxed Set)