Thanks so much for the input! I figured that I would have to be "out there" for a while and establish a base first, but your tips on keeping the blog simple are much appreciated! Thank you again!
I got my first ARCs from Goodreads & LibraryThing.
I contacted the publishers letting know about my posts for their books and slowly built up a relationship.
I also use NetGalley & TLC Book Tours which offer a wonderful service.
Remember: it's NOT about you, you are simply part of an encompassing marketing plan.
Thank you so much for the leads. I will certainly see what I can do to build up relationships with the publishers.
Don't worry, this never has been about me :) My 8 yr old daughter and I just LOVE to read and think this would be a GREAT way to get exposed to more literature we may not stumble upon on our own. I also LOVE books, LOVE to write, and LOVE to read and any way I can help someone else get their book out there in the open for all to see and appreciate is totally worth it!
I'm offering a free e-book version of my book, Dirty Little Angels.But it's a bit dark, and I don't think it would be appropriate for an 8 year old. If you're interested, though, let me know. Here's a brief summary in case you're interested:
Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses’s lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses’s twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.
I will certainly watch out for that! I would LOVE a connection with the smaller publishers or individual trying to get real feedback! I am working on a book currently, if I ever buckle down and get it done- I'll send it your way for a review :)
Thanks and here's hoping for better luck for the BOTH of us!
Honestly, don't go into blogging thinking you'll get books right away or asking for them right away. It makes you look like you're only in it for the "free books." (Which are NEVER FREE. They were given to you with the consideration you'd read them for review) Start with books in your own library, borrow from the library, build your blogging and reviewing skills. Post a short little bit on your site about how you'll accept books, formats you'll accept, etc and they will come to you.
Friend indie authors!
I will certainly build up my reviews on my site and keep trying to get my name out there! I for sure don't want to come off like I am just after free books, it isn't my intention at all! Thanks for the tips!
I see so many new bloggers starting up and saying that they want to know where they can get free books or books to review. Publishers LOVE to see backlist titles reviewed and I don't know why many of these bloggers don't just focus on reviewing what they have around their house first.
Not lumping you into any category at all, just sharing thoughts!
I totally understand that. Thats how we started was just books we brought home from the library, books we own, and books we wanted to buy.
Yep, changing the way companies do business. Every customer with a Twitter account can cause much embarassment and hassle.
That's good for the consumer.