Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Review: The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers by Barb Drozdowich #Giveaway

For the first time ever, I have reviewed a book for Goddess Fish Promotions and boy was it ever worth it.

Barb will be awarding a $20.00 GC for Amazon or Barnes & Noble to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

My Review
Ms. Drozdowich has done a wonderful job of taking all of the questions I have ever had about approaching a book blogger and plopped them all into one very well written book. Through the use of research (I’m a scientist so I like this aspect very much) and her own experiences as a book blogger, this book was born.

Ms. Drozdowich has now become an author and I’m sure that by utilizing her own advice she’ll rise to the top of the book charts.

She breaks down how to approach a book blogger by telling us what they like and don’t like, which is pertinent information for us authors.

If you’re a new author, get this book, it will guide and light your now darkened path. For older authors who need an extra tip or two on how to get into the good graces of book bloggers, then this book is for you, too.

I give this book five out of five book shaped chocolate bars.


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

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 (Sugarbeat’s Books) https://www.facebook.com/SugarbeatsBooks

Buy link:

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  1. Replies
    1. Hi Cathrina!
      I want to be as helpful as possible to as many authors as I can with this book! Please let me know what you think of it when you get a chance to read it!

  2. HI Nana!
    Thanks for your kind words! Very much appreciated! The whole goal of this book when I started was to be helpful to authors - new authors and more experienced authors. Seems like you feel I succeeded :) Made my day!

    1. Yes you did. There are some tips I've already started putting into practice. Thank you for making things easier for us authors.

    2. Excellent! Those that know me, know that I just want to be helpful - especially with this book :)

  3. Wow, this book sounds tailor-made just for me! I definitely need it and will be checking it out. Thanks for sharing, Nana.

    1. Hi Julie!
      Please let me know what you think! Positives and negatives! Thanks for dropping by!


  4. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  5. Hi Cat!
    I'm excited to hear what you think about it! Thanks for dropping by saying hi!


  6. Wow! That's a lot of great information--thanks!

    1. Thanks for dropping by! I appreciate it!


  7. Very useful, Nana!

  8. Replies
    1. If you get a chance to read it, please let me know what you think!


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