The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers by Barb Drozdowich

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Barb Drozdowich to the blog today. She’s here to share about her book, The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers. If this book sounds like something you think will help you, it is currently 99 cents and available in Kindle, paperback and audiobook. Pick up a copy today!

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Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with Book Bloggers?

If book bloggers are the new gatekeepers to ‘book publishing success,’ do you wonder how you can tap into that source of free promotions?

How you can move comfortably into that world, putting your best foot forward? How can you introduce yourself to these coveted bloggers so that they want to reward you with free promotions?
Look no further, because The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of over two-hundred bloggers, covering all aspects of communication between authors and review blogs.

Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers demystify the promotion of your book. You’ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, as well as these essential promotional tools:
* The Query
* The Review
* The Giveaway
* The Guest Post
* The Book Blurb Excerpt
* The Cover Reveal
* …and more!

˃˃˃ Start your journey to publishing success today!

The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers is available in Kindle, Paperback and Audio formats.

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BarbDrozdowichPicSmallerSocial Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance novels.

She is the author of 10 books, over 30 YouTube videos and an online WordPress course, all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.

Barb can be found on her author website, business website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Goodreads, YouTube Channel, and Amazon Author Page

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Excerpt:

 

Who are book bloggers?

The only thing we all have in common is that we love books; we love books so much that we have created blogs to express our thoughts about the books we read. Book bloggers also have access to a computer. Other than that, they can be male or female, they can vary in age, be quite computer literate, or just barely holding their own as far as technology is concerned. They may be teenagers, sharing their love of Young Adult (YA) as they conquer their high school classes; they may be stay-at-home moms spending their free time sharing their thoughts on their favorite books as an escape from the kids. They may be budding authors using a book blog as a way to experiment with their writing. A book blogger may be a parent/child duo, with the parent encouraging the child to read more. They may be newly retired, looking for a mental challenge and a way to share their lifelong love of books.

Book blogging is usually a hobby; it is something that is done in a blogger’s spare time. If book bloggers make money from ads on their blogs, it generally isn’t much. There are a few exceptions, of course, but in general, book blogging and reviewing books is something book bloggers do for no pay.

Many book bloggers started blogging to simply share their thoughts with other book lovers. Take a look at this selection of the answers I received when I asked the question,

“Why did you start book blogging?”

  • “Because I wanted to be able to share great books with other readers.”
  • “I started reading book blogs after joining GoodReads. I already had other blogs and felt like book blogging was something fun I could also do. I have an eclectic taste in books, and I wanted to share that beyond GoodReads.”
  • “I am very supportive of many changes taking place in the book industry. I am particularly supportive of e-books and talented Indie and small press authors and LOVE helping spread the word about their books. I also personally enjoy discovering new to me authors who can help support my book addiction.”
  • “I love to read. This was a way to share what I like and to find new books and authors to read.”
  • “To talk with other book lovers, and to have a creative outlet online.”
  • “I wanted someone to discuss books with and there aren’t any book clubs in my area.”
  • “To have a place to talk about books, to be a part of a community.”
  • “I love reading and none of my friends understand, so I decided to join a community that not only understands, but embraces my nerdiness.”
  • “To encourage my students, to share my love of books.”
  • “I started my blog as a place to put my writing, but when I discovered book blogs I thought, ‘I have to be a part of this.’”
  • “As a hobby/just for fun.”
  • Nothing is better than finding “that” book. The one that rings your bell. I like helping people find it!”
  • “I wanted an outlet to discuss YA literature—not many people in my real life read the same genre/category as I do or even as voraciously. Online seemed the logical place to go to find other readers like me.”
  • “To have a place to put my thoughts about the books I read, to meet other people who love reading as much as I do, and to be able to create something to be proud of.”
  • “I read a lot. I started writing reviews because I know authors like them. I started posting them to help other readers find great books.”
  • “I wanted to share my opinions on books for others to see. Plus, there aren’t many people I know in my school who read the same books I do, so it makes it hard to gush.”
  • “To share my love of books with the world.”
  • “I wanted a way to keep myself writing at least something down. That way I might not get writer’s block as often for my writing projects. It is also a way for me to discuss my love for books and find new books that are out there.”
  • “Because I wanted to find new readers like me who are big romance fans to discuss books with and share this big passion of mine!”
  • “To create a space where my kids and I give our opinions about children’s books—we don’t always agree!”

Since I received 215 responses to my original survey, you can well imagine there were many answers to this question. I’ve listed my favorite ones above.

The answer from the list that I liked the most was: “To share my love of books with the world.” This topic will come up over and over again in this book. Book selling is a relationship-based activity. So many studies have been done that tell us people buy books based on a suggestion from a friend or a trusted source. That “friend” may now be half a world away.

Book Promo Feature – No Safe Place by Taylor Wilmering

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Taylor Wilmering to the blog. She’s here to share about her book, No Safe Place. If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.

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NoSafe-Place-coverShortly before September 11, 2001, Joe Biden warned, “The question is not if we will be attacked by terrorists again, but rather when and where.”

In the pages of No Safe Place, terrorism has come to America once again.

Sleeper agents for a radical Islamic terrorist group that calls itself Ansar Inshallah have managed to blend into American society and go undetected – until now.

“People of America, I am just one of the faces of Ansar Inshallah. I am your neighbor, your coworker, your friend. You are safe nowhere. Trust no one. And remember that there are many other people like me.”

As Ansar Inshallah’s sleeper cells awaken, Americans discover that appearances can be deceiving and the people around them may not be who they seem.

Homeland Security Counter-Terrorism Division agent John Anderson and his field partner, Agent Erin Walker of the FBI, are racing against the clock to uncover and bring down Ansar Inshallah.

But how do you fight a war when your enemy is hidden among you?

No Safe Place can be purchased from  Amazon

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Taylor Wilmering holds a Bachelor’s degree in International & Cultural Studies, with a focus on the Middle East, and a minor in Sociology/Criminology.

She has been an avid writer since childhood, everything from short stories to novella- and novel-length projects. Most of what she writes now are political thrillers, along with Christian fiction and medical drama.

When she isn’t seated in front of the computer working out the details of another story plot, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, hiking, pistol target shooting, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets (two cats and a dog).

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“In the span of about an hour, unmarked packages were delivered to four different television stations. Padded manila mailing envelopes. No delivery or return address, no stamps, and they all were just left there.”

“Mail bombs? Anthrax?” John asked, dreading the answer.

Officer Lakin shook his head. “No, thank God. At least a few people had the same thought, though, and called the police to report delivery of a suspicious package.”

He handed Erin a plastic CD case. “This is what was in all four envelopes. A case and a DVD, both with the same Arabic writing on them.”

Erin turned the clear plastic case over in her hands. “Al-Tanbih,” she said, reading the Arabic script that had been written in bold red marker. “It’s Arabic for ‘alert’ or ‘warning.’ Looks like this is a message from Ansar Inshallah.” She glanced at the laptop computer that sat open and booted up on the table. “Have you watched the video?”

The officer nodded, reaching over to pull up the computer’s video player. “Here, take a look.” John leaned to peer over Erin’s shoulder as the video began to play.

A man appeared on the screen, his face concealed behind a black khaffiyeh scarf. His ink-black eyes, glittering with malice and determination, were all that could be seen through a narrow gap in the carefully-wrapped fabric.

Staring boldly into the camera lens, he sat up straight in his chair and addressed his audience. “People of America, by now you have learned the name of Ansar Inshallah.” His tone was measured and even, calm and confident. “You have seen what we are capable of.”

Several still photos and an assortment of video clips flashed across the screen, a compilation from the three recent terror attacks.

The images faded away and were replaced by the unidentified man sitting before the camera. “I am just one of the many faces of Ansar Inshallah. Who am I? I am your neighbor, your friend, your coworker. I stand next to you in the elevator, and ride with you on the bus, train, and airplane.”

More pictures appeared on the screen.

The first two side-by-side images were of Mahmoud al-Qasim. His school yearbook photo with glasses, a short and neatly trimmed beard, a friendly smile, and the caption, “Mr. David Ahmad”, had been placed alongside a photo of him with a longer beard and holding a sleek black M4 rifle.

The next two images were of Anika Jankovic. One showed her dressed in jeans and a simple but elegant pink blouse, her dark blond hair hanging loose down her back as she smiled at the camera. The other had been taken in a barren dirt field and showed her with her hair pulled back, wearing dark green military fatigues, and carrying an AK-47.

The final two pictures were of Abdul Hamad: One of his pharmacy photo ID badge, showing him in a neat and professional-looking white lab coat and listing his name as “Jordan Miles”, and the other of him standing confidently with a large and powerful .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol.

The message was unmistakable: Ansar Inshallah was hidden in plain sight. Three people, all of whom had been either partially or completely responsible for each of the three terror attacks, had managed to blend into society and go completely undetected until the day that they had stepped out to fulfill their assignments.

The man continued, his tone still calm and even, but now he sounded smug. “When you are in your office, waiting in traffic, or sitting on your train, bus, or airplane, you will see me. And you will wonder what I am thinking, what is in my briefcase or on the seat next to me.”

More pictures and video footage, these of cars on the highway and crowds of people walking, and several close-up lingering shots of random purses and backpacks.

“You think that I am like you, but you are mistaken.” The man’s tone grew more intense. “You are safe nowhere. Trust no one.” He leaned forward in his chair. “And remember that I am one man, and there are thousands more like me.”

The video faded to black.

Erin exhaled hard as Officer Lakin silently removed the DVD from the computer and replaced it in its case. “It said ‘Warning.’ That’s a warning, all right.”


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