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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

About the Book Bloggers

Julie at A Tale of Many Reviews tweeted this link to a really great post about how book bloggers can help writers. It gives a lot of tips on how to reach bloggers, and it's much more helpful and specific than anything I've said. So if you're a writer, and you want some ideas on how to get the word out about your book, I would highly suggest checking this out. Read: here.

The one thing the blog doesn't mention is what happens after your book is reviewed. If you submit a book for review, no matter how they review it - even if its a scathing 1-star review - your only response should be: "Thank for you taking the time to read and review my book. I appreciate the time and work you put into it." That's it. That's all you can say.

I meant to write more, but Charlie Sheen is on 20/20 right now. And he just referred to beating up his hookers and porn stars as "tomfoolery and skulduggery." And Ambien made him do it.

So yeah... I gotta go. Read the book blogger tips. Be nice. Have fun. Don't do drugs or hurt porn stars.

31 comments:

  1. LOL. The blog is definitely informative, but the Charlie Sheen comment just had me lol irl. *chuckles some more* thank you.

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  2. There's another side to this: As a writer about books (amongst other things!), it's really exciting when authors contact me and want to send me books to review. Then I can interview them, and we both win - I get to write about cool things for my website, and the author gets some free publicity!

    Enjoy Charlie:-)

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  3. AGREE! Those Book Bloggers really helped you, I think! At the beginning that was all I saw people doing was blogging about your books and now...you're being talked about by way more than just book bloggers and friends!!! ;) And LOL! at your Charlie Sheen comments.

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  4. Guess good old Charlie needs to go back on the drink if the anti-depressant isn't keeping up with his moods... Yeeesh! (He's living proof truth IS stranger than fiction...) Great job on the publishing front. Your insights into it are greatly appreciated from someone who's just started into the indie publishing arena, learning it from the ground up as it were. You're truly an inspiration. =)

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  5. That was a very helpful blog post about the Book Bloggers. Came just when I needed it....And yes, I agree with Kelly. You are an inspiration!

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  6. Don't do drugs? I'll promise to avoid uppers but that's as far as I'm gunna go.

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  7. Great post. Thanks for pointing in the direction of some great information on book bloggers - perfect timing! :)

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  8. Amanda: I could really, really use your help!

    I've just written my first ebook, and would like your advice on how to promote and distribute it.

    I was thinking of going through Lightning Source, but how did you do it?

    Here's mine - due to be launched on March 14th:
    http://www.wix.com/ourmanintokyo/reachforyourdream

    If you'd be kind enough to send me a quick note of advice on how you distribute and promote your books, I'd be hugely, hugely appreciative!

    There's an email form on the page (I don't want to post my email address on here and risk being overwhelmed by spambots - it's happened before!)

    respectfully,
    Eric

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  9. I am where you were a year ago...I'm twice your age and taking the plunge...wish me luck. https://sites.google.com/site/cdsouzawrites/storiesandother

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  10. Was just surfing the net to find out how to get the word out about my new book entitled 'Ravenwild'.

    You can read the first two chapters at:
    www.Ravenwild.com

    Let me know what you think.

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  11. Question:

    I'd like to get my book 'Ravenwild' formatted into E-book at an affordable price. How is that done so that Kindle and the other readers will accept it?
    www.Ravenwild.com

    You can email me at: Mike.Longenecker@gmail.com

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  12. I'd like to see the information about "beating up" -- all the stories I've read say they were "scared for their life" and when pressed further it only seems that means "she thought she might OD" -- which is possibly the one place where I agree with Sheen. If that actually is the case, it's not like he's the one shoveling coke in her nose. If you're worried about mixing too many drugs, don't do it. Or you know, do. And live with the consequences. (Or don't.)

    If he actually was physically violent, that's another story. I've just missed any verifiable information about that -- which isn't my business either way, none of this is technically any of our business, but since I've been on a tear after being fascinated by such gems as "tiger blood" and "adonis DNA," I'm curious now...

    BTW- I've had some thoughts about the circus around Charlie Sheen right now, not to blow it up to the proportions of saying he's Charlie Kaufman himself but as I say the lines he drops in some of these interviews are almost as good as the one's he's been putting up his nose, and ten times better than any of the crap he's done on that godawful show. He missed his true calling as a gonzo improv lunatic.

    http://www.modernmythology.net/2011/03/cult-of-personality-charlie-sheen-layne.html

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  13. Also FWIW I have a novel coming out soon, as well as a non-fiction book, and am definitely trying to figure out where to work the reviews as I've had a hard time getting traction with that on past publications. (Some, yes, with publishers, as well as indie approaches.) By trouble I don't mean "bad reviews" I mean reviewers that say they want to review it and then you send the book and nada. Which is if nothing else a waste of money. I just added you on twitter as @agent139, I'm also jamescurcio at gmail dot com. Love to talk if you have a minute.

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  14. Hi, I just read about you on Huffington Post. While I'm not much into the paranormal genre I wanted to say congratulations on your success.

    It is heartening to see the public decide which books will be successful without a massive PR campaign pushing often mediocre books into the best sellers list.

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  15. Thanks for pointing us to that post. Very cool.

    Charlie Sheen is such a train wreck that I can't help watching. I hope that he finds some peace but then I also hope that he doesn't stop doing all these interviews (and tweeting) bc he is sooo entertaining just being his insane tigerblood self. What a "special" mind.

    Kendall Swan

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  16. Congrats on the ebook success train! My zombie novel has been rejected by a gazillion agents - most of which are too busy with stuffy tea parties and polo matches to even come close to knowing what my target audience prefers. So I've decided to epub by the end of next month, if not sooner.

    Thank you for all of the great info on your site! Your story is all killer and no filler.

    p.s. I lived in Rochester, Mn from 2007-09 and did afternoon drive on 102.5 The Fox. Used to go to Todd Park a lot and play that monster disc golf course there in Austin. Pretty sweet. The Burger King there, not so sweet.

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  17. I LOVE my book blogger friends! They're so supportive and turn what could be a lame and tedious process (promoting your books) into a fun time that feels a lot like goofing off..

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  18. Amanda, this is a shot in the dark, but if you don't ask then the answer is always 'no' right? I'm helping produce a movie that has generated some interest from hollywood talent....it's an independent feature film set in the horror/psychological thriller genre. I would love to pitch it to you...if you're interested my contact info is jfal212001@gmail.com

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  19. are you gonna write another book after ascend or wisdom. cause i just love your books and there is so much more to know about everything!!
    I LOVE your characters

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing that! It came exactly when I needed it. Alan's website is truly a goldmine for information! Your blog is full of tips and inspiration. Keep on posting. Congratulations on your success!

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  21. what software are you using to create your books? adobe?
    suzieqfree@gmail.com

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  22. Hi! I was just wondering if there is coming a second book of Hollowland? I really hope so!

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  23. sorry, my english isn't good. I'm from Catalonia, spain.
    your books are only in english?

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  24. I'm happy if the Author just talks to me, to be honest. Most of the time I get nothing. Tess Oliver is nice, we've had a few conversations. :)

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  25. Hey there! I'm from South Africa and let me just put it out there that I haven't read any of your books yet... But I really admire you for the successes you have achieved as a writer. Well done and thanks for giving us aspiring writers a glimmer of hope and inspiration. PS: I'm going to follow your blog because I find it quite amusing. :)

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  27. As a writer, book bloggers scare the crap out of me. :) As an avid reader, I adore them. Maybe some day I'll resolve those two feelings and properly utilize them for my own published work.

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  28. Ok Amanda, We won't do drugs or hit pornstars,but can we still do tomfoolery and skulduggery? HaHAHA Charlie Sheen is a hoot!!!

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