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Social Media Marketing for Independent Authors
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Independent authors have unique opportunities to reach readers far and wide through social media. These platforms allow writers to amplify their voices and foster a personal connection with their audience, transforming followers into a devoted readership. Engaging directly with readers through thoughtfully shared content, authors can create a community invested in their literary success. read more
Getting Valuable Book Reviews
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Today, Yvonne Blackwood offers her insights and experiences in a candid revelation of what works—and what doesn’t—when it comes to harnessing the power of book reviews. read more
Engaging with Book Bloggers and Influencers as an Indie Author
Engaging with Book Bloggers and Influencers as an Indie Author 1024 576 Reader Views
As an independent author, or any author for that matter, it’s easy to get lost in the vast landscape of the literary world. The writing part of your job is only half the battle; the other half is getting your book into the hands of readers. But how? One effective way to increase your reach and impact is by building relationships with book bloggers and influencers. Let’s take a look. read more
The DO’s and DON’Ts of Submitting to Book Reviewers
The DO’s and DON’Ts of Submitting to Book Reviewers 1024 576 Reader Views
Book reviews are a great tool to encourage people to buy your book. The best way to get reviews is to roll up your sleeves and look for reviewers online that look professional and reliable. But before you send your books in, you must make sure you follow their guidelines. Yes, this means you must visit their website and find out everything you can about them. What genre they prefer, submission guidelines… etc.; and read a few reviews to see if they sound professional. read more
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: The 2022-2023 Literary Awards Program
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: The 2022-2023 Literary Awards Program 1024 576 Reader Views
Today, we’re excited to share with you that the 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards program is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! read more
So a Reviewer Said Yes. Now what?!
So a Reviewer Said Yes. Now what?! 1024 576 Reader Views
Here are a few ideas to dress up a review copy. They will do big things for your submission. They make it easier for your reviewer to get the information she needs for her review, including metadata. read more
“How to Handle Book Bigotry”
“How to Handle Book Bigotry” 1024 576 Reader Views
I believe—know—that attitudes toward self- and indie-publishers have become more accepted over the decades. When my first novel was published, any book published by anything other than university presses and New York’s Big Five were derisively called “vanity publishers.” Still, book bigotry or its near cousins hasn’t disappeared entirely. read more
Long Books vs. Short Books
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As a kid, I took a lot of pride in reading big books. Most of my favorites were absolutely massive tomes, and I could finish them within a few days. As an adult, the amount of time I’m able to spend reading has definitely been cut down, but I still really enjoy long books. read more
Reading Outside our Genre Circle
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Before I became a book reviewer, I would only read a couple of specific genres, most likely from the same authors. Only when I had nothing to read, and could not find the usual, would I venture out of my comfort zone and read outside my genre circle read more
Bringing It All Together: Reviewing Short Story Collections
Bringing It All Together: Reviewing Short Story Collections 1024 576 Reader Views
I love short story collections. They are compulsively easy to read, far more so than novels. I also like to think of them as introductions to authors I haven’t read before. Short stories are a great way to sample a writer’s style. Anthologies of short stories can be tricky to get right. Some are straight forward collections of a single author’s work. I tend to only buy these if I’m already familiar with the author through their other work, whether that be a novel or a separate short story that I read and enjoyed. read more