Wordless Wednesday: The Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers


I’m thrilled to help spread the word about this book because Barb Drozdowich is my design/newsletter/blogger guru. She has been fantastic to work with and knows quite a bit about how writers can make the most of the blogosphere.

Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with book bloggers? They are the New Gatekeepers to book publishing success – but how can you tap into that source of free promotions by putting your best foot forward?

The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of 215 blogging professionals collected in a survey covering all aspects of communication between authors and Review Blogs. Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let us demystify the promotion of your book on a book blog.

You’ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, and the following: The Query, The Review, The Giveaway,The Author Interview, The Guest Post, The Book Blurb Excerpt and Cover Reveals and more!




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Torn Together

Emlyn Chand - Author PhotoAs writers, we sometimes focus on our own craft to the point of ignoring everyone else. This January I’ve felt the burnout from that singularity of purpose and offset the workaholic effects by reading as much as I can. When you’ve been away from the pleasure of reading someone else’s polished prose, the pages of a book can be a relief (especially after the pains of grading undergraduate grammar!).

I’m reviewing Emlyn Chand‘s latest novel, Torn Together this week as part of a blog tour. You may have seen her Inside the Writer’s Studio interview with me a while back. Em is a force of nature both as a writer and entrepreneurial power house as the head of the indie promoter, Novel Publicity. She’s had so much success in marketing authors, commercial publishers using her services as well. Yet, she still finds time to write. This novel is a departure from her children’s and Young Adult novels yet no less passionate or painstaking.

I loved the voice of the heroine, Daly, who is in the thick of the modern woman’s struggle to find her purpose in life and of course, love. Daly’s love interest comes in an unexpected package and her trip to India is at the heart of the story. The dialogue is witty and the banter between the characters believable.I had more than one laugh at the antics of Kashi’s Indian sisters shopping with our heroine. The unexpected ending, however, reminds us that while the search for love is important, the story doesn’t always have a Hollywood finish. That’s all I’ll say without using a spoiler alert.

In honor of the multicultural romance and in case the references to India make you hungry (as they did me) here’s an easy recipe for you to try. Tamarind Fish Curry. I bet Daly and Kashi had many spicy meals like this as their romance heated up!

I loved the dedication at the beginning of the book: “To Hitesh, even though “happily ever after” was never ours to have.” The melancholy tone reminds me of paths from the past that were once so important to me and have seen faded into the mist.

If you like your heroine with heart and your stories mixed with culture and adventure, grab a copy while it’s still at the 99 cent bargain price!Torn Together Cover


About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

About the book: Life, love, and an unforgettable trip to India–readers call “Torn Together” an emotional roller coaster ride. What’s all the fuss about? Grab your mother, daughter, sister, or closest friend, and get reading. Make sure to keep a box of Kleenex handy! Get Torn Together through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo Books.

About the author: Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky! Connect with Emlyn on her website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Torn Together! Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Torn Together tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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What's a Review Got to Do With It?…

I shared last week how book bloggers make the book world turn by their volunteer efforts to read and recommend their favorite titles. What’s stirred up a lot of angst  is the use of paid reviews by authors. I’m hosting Jamie from Jamie B. Musings to give us the real deal on reviews: who does them, why, and how we can respond as writers and readers.
She’s  a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she’s not busy writing posts for CultureShock, she’s taking pictures for her new obsession (That Photo Blog) and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released in May.
Reviews: a word that brings up so many different thoughts and emotions. There’s the terror when you realize someone just sent one out, wondering if they enjoyed your work or thought it was garbage. For some, a good review makes their day, while a bad one makes you question what you were thinking by ever putting pen to paper. Others don’t even look at them.
Lately, reviews have been getting a lot of controversy after a writer was caught praising his own work while trashing that of the competition. I remember first reading about it. I was totally shocked. Why on earth would you want to trash the work of a fellow writer? What purpose does it really serve? It makes you wonder… what is a review anyway? Can you trust them? I personally take any and all reviews about a book with a grain of salt. Just because everyone is raving about the latest publishing phenom doesn’t mean it’s well-written. Likewise, just because someone is trashing something doesn’t make it bad or mean I won’t personally enjoy it.
Back when Law Abiding Citizen was released, my husband and I decided to see it instead of some of the other choices. We both loved it so much, we couldn’t wait for the DVD to come out so we could watch it again. The reviews were not so kind. I still am trying to figure out why that movie got so much hate directed at it, but then that’s art. It’s totally subjective and what connects with me is not going to necessarily connect with you. I take each one as one person’s opinion and wouldn’t even dream of choosing a book or anything else just based on what critics or someone online said about it. Do I still like seeing that someone took the time to write a review about my book? Absolutely. I love it! I also love sharing my thoughts on other’s work. I just try to put it all in perspective and realize that it’s not the be-all, end-all.
What do you think? Do you know someone who’s been a victim of fake reviews? How seriously do you weigh a review when deciding on a product? Would you take a chance of something that had bad reviews if the premise sounded interesting? Comment and let’s talk about it…
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