Archive for July, 2011

Across Eternity by Aris Whittier, review for readersfavorite.com

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

This book has a brilliant theme and great reading. I was surprised by this romance and the way it was laid down on the pages. It is based on a theme of re-incarnation or the existence of more than just one life that hasn’t been overdone yet. This author picked a great theme, one that many adults wonder about and would love to read. (more…)

How to promote your book—before and during launch

Monday, July 25th, 2011

1. Send out free PDFs, or ebooks, to bloggers who have tons of followers. If your book is non-fiction, send out digital copies to influential journalists. Ask the bloggers a review it in their blogs.

(Some bloggers or reviewers need a month to read the book. Always ask way beforehand.

2. Pull out excerpts of the book to use as articles. Post them on free sites.

3. Create videos. Keep it short and sweet (under 10 m.)  (more…)

Tangled Hearts, an LDS Novel by Roseanne Evans Wilkins (review)

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Tangled Hearts, an LDS Novel by Roseanne Evans Wilkins

What a great read for anyone who enjoys romance with LDS standards! It is clean, refreshing and fun. Roseanne takes the tale of family and enhances it with twists and mysteries. He puts two very different sisters in the same household until the younger one marries and the older one isn’t allowed in the wedding. One day, after years of no seeing her sister, Serra opens the door of (more…)

17 Things to promote your book even before you write it

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

If you wrote a book and are thinking in promoting it now, you are already one year too late. Promotion starts as soon as the book takes form in your head. Here are some very important things to keep in mind

  1. Send out free PDFs, or ebooks, to bloggers who have tons of followers. If your book is non-fiction, send out digital copies to influential journalists. Ask the bloggers to review it in their blogs.

(Some bloggers or reviewers need a month to read the book. Always ask way beforehand.

  1. Pull out excerpts of the book to use as articles. Post them on free sites.
  2. Create videos. Keep it short and sweet (under 10 min.)

Talk about you. In another, talk about your book. Then in another, read an excerpt from it. Post them on YouTube.

  1. Create a book trailer. (optional) Find pictures that reflect the content of your book and then use excerpts from the book to tease people to read more. Never tell the ending.
  2. Schedule a launch day and make sure plenty of things are planned that day. Notify your email list, Facebook, Goodreads, Shelfari, Twitter, a week before and then the day of. Don’t forget to post the different links to your videos and trailer’s each time.
  3. Offer a digital copy as a prize on other websites and blogs. Offer the blogger or website owners a free paperback book for their help.
  4. Ask other bloggers to do an interview and send them lots of questions with their answers. (You can send the same list to all of them and they will pick how long and what to post from it.)
  5. If you assign these bloggers to do your review on a different day of the week each, this is called a Blog tour. Make sure every day has a blogger assigned to it. You’ll gain maximum exposure for minimum costs.
  6. Offer a chapter as a downloadable PDF. Encourage readers to share it with others. Include a summary of the rest of book to encourage people to buy it. Never tell the ending.
  7. Publish the book’s table of contents on your website. Include a small overview of each chapter. Optimize the page for search engines. (List many good tags.)
  8. Encourage people to write a five-star review of your book on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads.
  9. Publish reviews and testimonials of the book on your website. Include reviews from Amazon.com and other sites.
  10. Arrange interviews with radio hosts interested in your subject matter. This is a win-win since it provides them with valuable content and you with valuable publicity.
  11. Makes sure you always say thank you to all that help you and join their sites to show that you care for their help.
  12. Make bookmarks or business cards. (Check online for cost-effective sources.)
  13. Always have copies of your book, bookmarks or business card with you or in your car.
  14. Be creative, persistent, grateful for the help of others and you’ll see your book sales go up.

Don’t forget to share your success with others and help them get ahead. Is always sweeter when you get to the top and your friends are cheering you on.

The Princess Sisters by Stacy Lynn Carroll a review.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
This is a truly enchanting tale, well written and with great imagination. It is a coming-of-age book full of real life situations. It is an easy read, the characters are well defined and they could be any of our kids. The many real life experiences the characters live are so aligned with reality that you may think this is a biography instead of a fictional novel. It teaches many needed life skills for young men and women alike.

Five girls, related to each other and of the same age, are given the names of five princesses. Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel and Bell. This should please them to no end, especially being as their last name is Princess. However, the girls do all in their power to have nothing to do with their cartoon counterparts.

They live next door to each other and have been friends since they were born. Because of this they don’t have friends outside their family. Their lives could be harder if it were only one girl with a princess name. Instead they have been good so far except for the pesky teasing they get from everyone in school. That all changes when a handsome young man moves in across the street from the girls. They became fast friends and do everything together during the summer.

Now the princesses are ready to go to High School and become somebody different than princesses … that is until a horrible witch discovers their secrets and makes them public. On the first day of school they find out that life will be quite miserable for them, as they are called names and made fun of by all the other students. Being bullied in school was just raised a notch higher. Life is hard enough without having to live in fear of High School.

The princesses at first don’t know what to do, but one of their fairy grandmothers gives them an idea. From that moment on they work together to change the view the rest of the students have of them. Will this last resort work for them?

This book is entertaining, a page-turner, and a great clean read for Young Adults and their families alike.