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Dos and Don'ts for Soliciting Book Reviews

Posted by Maria Murnane on November 25, 2014 at 9:35am 0 Comments

A couple posts back I provided an example of smart book promotion, in which an author successfully landed a glowing review in a popular online publication just perfect for her target audience. Today, I'd like to dig deeper into the subject of book reviews by offering a couple dos and don'ts:

 

DO research reviewers that are appropriate for your genre.

 

A great way to find potential reviewers is to do a Google search for book bloggers. Book bloggers love to read, and they love to write about what they read, regardless of the publisher (indie or traditional).

 

Another way to find potential reviewers…

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[SWP: Behind the Book] The Sweetness: the girl on the cover

Posted by Sande Boritz Berger on November 24, 2014 at 7:30am 2 Comments

“So,” some may ask, “is that you on the book cover?” I shake my head…no. There’s no need to explain that the child adorning the cover of my novel, The Sweetness, was born years before me; and no need to say “but we are related,” and certainly no need to mention that, although we are second cousins, we have never met. Yet what burns inside me is a yearning to tell all, every single detail about the story.

The truth is, though it would take years, writing became a way of breathing life into the girl seen on the cover of The Sweetness, her face unforgettable, her eyes, in particular, haunting and as inquisitive as the persona I created for her in this novel inspired by my family’s complicated history. Her real name, Rosha,…

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The Blank Screen: If You Don't Have Anything to Blog About, Should You Blog Anyway?

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on November 18, 2014 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

There is the blank page. We all know about that one. The void all intrepid writers face when we are about to begin a full-length writing project, the intimidating primordial blankness which, at the start, appears as insurmountable and pitiless as The Wall in Game of Thrones. Then there is the blank screen, which, despite the fact that I compose all of my long projects on a computer, to me is different. The blank screen is what I confront when it is time to blog, and I have not a thought, idea or clue about what to blog about, and, according to the deadline I have given myself, my blog is due immediately.

I am experiencing it now, ergo, this blog. Anybody with me?

When Deborah Siegel and I first started She Writes, I had blog-o-phobia. Accustomed to spending years on a book and having months…

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On Leaving the Boring out of your Book

Posted by Pamela Olson on November 18, 2014 at 3:14pm 3 Comments

Confession time: I come across in my memoir as more collected and clever than I really am, and my life seems more exciting and interesting than it actually is.



This is due not to dishonesty — everything in the memoir is true. It’s because of the nature and structure of storytelling. Unless there’s a good story-based reason, it’s generally advisable to skip the part where the protagonist was awkward or tired or missed the point, the seven meaningless dead ends before she found the way forward, or the nine so-so people she met before running into a kindred spirit who changed everything. Not to mention the cumulative hours she spent in line at the grocery store or where she went to get glycerin suppositories to deal with a bout of severe constipation.



All this is very innocent on the…

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Buying a Brand New Property in Constantia

If you are looking for a property to buy in South Africa, there are many locations that are simply beautiful and offer great investment opportunities. One of these areas is Constantia. It’s the perfect location for up class living and enjoying life in one of the most sought after areas in South…

Looking for the Perfect Gift? Consider Fragrances for Him & Her

Sometimes you just don’t know what to buy that someone special, and it can feel hopeless to try and find out what they like. But to find the perfect gift idea, consider fragrances for him & her. These gifts are very versatile and there is such a wide variety to choose from that there will definitely be something…

Capture the Perfect Moment with Asian Wedding Photography in London

A wedding is one of the most important events of your life. This is a magical day that the party wants to relive forever. However, the problem with many people is that they want to spend their money on the cake and the flowers and their dress above bringing in a high-end, quality photographer. They see the price tag of the photographer and instantly assume that it is just too much and, besides, they have a cousin who can take awesome pictures, or they know of someone who might provide…

Footwear Industry Facts and Statistics [Infographic]

Did you know?

In Europe pointed toes on shoes were fashionable from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries.

The first lady’s boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840.

This amazing visual representation, brought to you by Cocorose London, revolves around some of the less known facts and statistics about UK footwear industry.…

. the season .

it is that time of year,

it comes and goes

in waves they say.

unannounced, this is the memory,

physical and mental,

if that wordis is politically allowed

these days. in disorder, subconcious,

tide rising , lifting scum .

once realised, that it is time

again, settle back in to the season.

be known that i cannot keep things alive,

i have no power, no means of identification.

i cannot save you.

we are the…

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