Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book review: The Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers by barb drozdowich

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? 

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 on a book blog. 

Social Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance – mostly Regency.

I read this book first as an author, and then as a book blogger. I found this book a valuable addition to my reference shelf during both reads. As an author, Drozdowich showed me how much work actually [should] go into review queries I receive. She lists many valuable resources including links to where you can find lists of book reviewers. 

As a reviewer, I have to be honest. It took so long after receiving the confirmation that she was sending the book to get it that I thought she forgot about me. I also reached out to her on Social Media after I finished reading to see if she follows her own advice (as any good self help author should, she does.) 

I do want to add one more thing to her list of 'things bloggers want authors to do'. While it's not a necessity, a small note written on the first page always makes me feel appreciated and less likely to procrastinate on the review. A simple "thanks for reading" or "hope you enjoy" goes a long way with me.

Despite the delay in receiving the book, I'm still offering a 5/5.

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