Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NBTM blog tour: The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers by Barb Drozdowich

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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? They are the New Gatekeepers to book publishing success – but how can you tap into that source of free promotions by putting your best foot forward?

The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of 215 blogging professionals collected in a survey covering all aspects of communication between authors and Review Blogs. Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let us demystify the promotion of your book on a book blog.

You’ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, and the following:
The Query,
The Review,
The Giveaway,
The Author Interview,
The Guest Post,
The Book Blurb Excerpt and Cover Reveals and more!

The Guest Post

What is a guest post and how can it promote your book?

As we have discussed before, book bloggers are the new slush pile. They are inundated with review requests. Their email inboxes seem to magically fill up with emails from publishing houses, PR people, authors, and their assistants. Book blogging is a hobby, and while I personally feel that it’s the best hobby a person can have, it shouldn’t take over a person’s life.

Some bloggers read faster than others, so posting 4 or 5 reviews a week is doable. Some blogs have multiple reviewers and they can post 10 or 15 reviews a week, as they post multiple times a day. We can assume that most book bloggers post reviews because they want to share their love of books! But there are other ways to publicize your book.

In today’s publishing environment, readers want to get to know authors. Well, we want to get to know the public persona of the author. We don’t really want to know the day to day minutiae of the author’s life, but we want to know what they are like as an author, what their interests are, how they research the books they write, and how they come up with ideas (especially totally non-creative people like myself). I’m continually fascinated by the over-used question of where do your ideas/inspiration come from? We want to know what books they’ve written, and what’s coming up next. Many of us want to go to book signings or author chats. We want to be able to get a feel for their writing before we spend money on a book.

One way we can do this is by reading a guest post the author has written. Guest posts are a little window into the thoughts and ideas of an author. And to the addicted reader, they are a source of fascination and entertainment.

Publishing has certainly changed, allowing authors different ways of bringing their creations to the market. But the one thing authors really need to do, now more than ever, is know how to get the word out--to promote--all by themselves. One of the most important ways is to reach out to the book blogging community for their help. Author Barb Drozdowich has created a thoroughly comprehensive guide to aid writers with The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers.

This book may be under a hundred pages, but it holds a lot of information for authors to peruse, think about, and implement as they prepare to promote their book. There are chapters on the different things authors need to do when they go out on a book tour like being interviewed, writing guest posts, knowing the importance of a well-written blurb and exactly what to send bloggers when seeking assistance with marketing a book. As a book blogger, I felt the author did a wonderful job addressing a wide variety of issues and as a new author, the info presented was helpful.

Written in easy to understand language, the book blogging lingo is explained, and the sections on bloggers' responses to the author's survey were informative.  The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers is a worthwhile purchase for authors who need to put on their public relations, marketing, and press hats in order to publicize the publication of their books.


Cover comment: 

Book source: 
I received a promotional copy in exchange for my honest review during a blog tour.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Social Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at University, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of 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.

Bakerview Consulting (Business Site) http://bakerviewconsulting.com
Barb Drozdowich (Author Site) http://barbdrozdowich.com
Sugarbeat’s Books (Book Blog) http://sugarbeatsbooks.com
Facebook (Author blog) https://www.facebook.com/BarbDrozdowichAuthor
Facebook (Bakerview Consulting) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bakerview-Consulting/576090425782155
Facebook (Sugarbeat’s Books) https://www.facebook.com/SugarbeatsBooks
Twitter http://twitter.com/sugarbeatbc
Google+ https://plus.google.com/110824499539694941768
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/sugarbeatsbooks
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/barbdrozdowich
Goodreads http://goodreads.com/BarbDrozdowich
Shelfari http://shelfari.com/BarbDrozdowich
Amazon Author Page http://amazon.com/author/barbdrozdowich


Barb will be awarding a $20.00 GC for Amazon or Barnes & Noble to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
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  1. I guess it depends on the month. If I've got a special event or promotion going on I can get way swamped...so many I can barely sift through them all! But in a typical month, I'd say anywhere from 5-15

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  2. I just grabbed a copy! Thanks for highlighting this. :o)

    1. Hi Kimberly! Thanks for grabbing a copy! Please let me know if you think the book is helpful. Good luck with your promotional efforts! Barb

  3. Hi Andra Lyn, Sometimes the requests are overwhelming, aren't they?? I think that's why authors really need to be as careful as possible when approaching a book blogger. We can't fill every request, and it is so easy to delete form letters....keep reading!

  4. I'd say that on average I get about 14-15 review requests almost every month. I can't handle them all so my wife picks out her favorites and picks up some of the slack.

    1. Hi Carl, I'm like you, I get so many requests that I almost resort to games to pick out which ones I will feature. That's why best foot forward is important! Thanks for dropping by and learning about my book! Barb

  5. A wonderful book and very helpful for authors and bloggers. I think Authors would be surprised how many book request we all receive each day.

  6. Hi Babs! So very true! Requests often number in the hundreds for busy blogs! I wish I didn't have to work and could read all the time, but I still couldn't read that number of books! Thanks for dropping by! Barb

  7. That brings up an interesting point! Laurie, how many feature requests do you get each month or even each week? How many does everyone else get? I think authors would be amazed at the number of requests we get! I personally get around 200/month

  8. I am not a blogger or an author, but even I (as a reader and librarian) get at least a few requests for reviews each month. It's kind of unusual.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  9. Hi Catherine! Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for sharing! I find that pretty interesting also! Barb

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  11. Hi Laurie,
    Thanks so much for hosting me and my book yesterday! I appreciate your efforts and I thank you for your help!

  12. I'm not a blogger, but in a general manner I am still contacted by authors for review requests.


  13. I get about one to two requests a day from independent sources, I usually have about 20 or more titles waiting in line for the review site that I write for and then there are always the ones I see while I am wandering and like the look of and request myself, lol. Yes, the term addict was chosen with reason! Thanks for the giveaway.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com