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Friday, March 17, 2017

Non-Fiction Fridays: The Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers

 I may not be an author but I can honestly say that as a reviewer this book hits on a lot of points and has some great advice for authors who are looking to work with book bloggers.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 1, 2016

Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with Book Bloggers?
If book bloggers are the new gatekeepers to 'book publishing success,' do you wonder how you can tap into that source of free promotions?

How you can move comfortably into that world, putting your best foot forward? How can you introduce yourself to these coveted bloggers so that they want to reward you with free promotions?
Look no further, because The Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of over two-hundred bloggers, covering all aspects of communication between authors and review blogs.
Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let The Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers demystify the promotion of your book. You'll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, as well as these essential promotional tools:
• The Query
• The Review
• The Giveaway
• The Guest Post
• The Book Blurb Excerpt
• The Cover Reveal
• ...and more!
Start your journey to publishing success today!

Summary: Written with the help of over 200 bloggers, the Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers is designed to help newbies and veterans establish positive relationships with bloggers and utilize the tools available to them in order to get the best possible results when promoting their books.

I’ve read countless posts from bloggers and authors alike both praising and criticizing the way the blogger/author relationships are handled and aside from the obvious which is to be respectful, polite and responsible, it can be tough establishing not only first contact but also a healthy and positive relationship. I can only speak as a reviewer as I’m not an author but this book is the least intimidating collection of advice I’ve seen. It’s written with advice from bloggers (My crowd) instead of from “experts in their field” which let’s face it can be intimidating and off putting.

As a blogger I agree with most of the advice given. As a book buyer I definitely agree that word of mouth and peer reviews are what get me interested in a book. I don’t care if an esteemed newspaper/magazine gave a book five stars because I don’t consider them peer reviews. I want to know what Regular Joe and Jane think about the book. I want them to tell me in their OWN words why they loved or hated a book. I love visiting blogs myself instead of the review section on retails stores.

Obviously the author of this book was paying close attention to what bloggers were saying because she very clearly outlines the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of first contact which is a huge deal to many if not all bloggers. The book cuts to the chase of things instead of taking a long winded and time wasting way to what authors should do and what they shouldn’t. Author’s (And even publishers) take note: There’s a way to increase chances of a book being accepted for review and Barb Drozdowich tells you because she’s heard it directly from bloggers.

Click It or Skip It: Click It. Definitely. Especially if you’re an indie author and it’s your first time looking for reviewers to help promote your book.

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