Posts Tagged ‘Book Review’

Free Teleseminar on Getting Your Book Reviewed

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Book reviews…Who needs ’em? If you are an author of a traditionally pubbed or self-pubbed book, print book or e-book, then you need reviews. Reviews are helpful marketing tools. I don’t know if readers actually base their decision to buy a book on one review, but I know I like to read them to help me make the choice. I am more likely to buy a book with a good review of course than one with a low star rating.

I recently learned that reviewers are more interested in newly released books than in ones that have been available for more than three months. And not all reviewers will consider e-books or self-pubbed books.

If you want to learn more about getting your book reviewed, sign up for the Getting Your Book Reviewed Teleseminar on Thursday, Sept 8 at 8 pm by The Savvy Marketer, Dana Lynn Smith. The seminar is hosted by Terry Whalin well-respected author and editor who shares great information for aspiring writers and published authors at his blog, The Writing Life blog. You can also download several freebies and sign up for the free Savvy Marketer Newsletter.

 

Book Review: Blogging for Dummies

Book Review

Blogging for Dummies by Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley,

published by Wiley Publishing, Inc., copyright 2010

ISBN:  978-0-470-56556-8

 Blogging for Dummies is another in the series of books for dummies. The series derives their name because the books are designed to teach folks in a simple easy-to-read format about a subject. Blogging for Dummies (BFD) does that. The authors, Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley, use the dummies format to focus on tips and reminders.

I have three blogs that I post to on a regular basis. (or at least I try) Needless to say, I want to create the best content I can for my readers and make it worth their time to visit. Although I use WordPress and Blogger for my blogs, I learned a lot more about the operations and the basics of using these programs. It was an eye-opener to learn that I can actually write blogs and schedule them to appear miraculously on a date I choose. That means when I take my kids to Disney, I can write a post and schedule it to appear when I am not around to post it. Or I can write several posts, save them, and have them ready to go anytime.

Getting readers to visit is a challenge. Just think how many blogs there are in cyberspace now. The competition is fierce. The chapter on Marketing and Promoting Your Blog through RSS, Twitter, Social Networking, and reading your stats offers great advice for the blogger.

Editing photos, inserting them into the post, and adding videos are helpful additions to make a blog more interesting and appealing to the web wanderer. This and how to add graphics from other sources really add to the appearance and interest in a blog.

If you are interested in monetizing your blog, the book has suggestions, as well as ten websites the author finds “interesting and useful.”

The authors claim there are over 100 million different blogs now. I appreciate their suggestions for ones to read and how to make mine stand out from the rest.

Please visit my blogs and let me know how I’m doing!

The Garden for Eatin’ for vegetable gardening tips, book reviews, recipes–whether you are a gardener or not, beginning or experienced

J Q. Rose, Author-My pen name for my March 1 debut novella, Sunshine Boulevard, a mystery/light horror e-book from Muse It Up Publishing

Women Etcetera Blog Go to blogs at the top of the page and scroll to see my latest by Janet Glaser. This is a wonderful, supportive site for women over 50.

Mystery Writers Assistant

I have discovered a fantastic book to assist mystery writers when stumped on police procedure and investigation. I write mysteries–(Mystery/horror novella, Sunshine Boulevard, Muse It Up Publishing, release March 2011)–but I must admit I do not come from a police or investigative background. I make up the story and then check with those who know about police procedure to add the polishing touches to scenes and action.

Muse It Up Publishing

This week I checked out Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland. Lofland is a former police detective and he spills the beans on everything from equipment used by police and detectives to procedures for investigating a crime scene. Arrest and search procedures, homicide, murder, and manslaughter, fingerprinting, autopsy (yep, I about lost my cookies reading this chapter), drugs and drug trafficking,  prisons and jails are just some of the information packed chapters in the book.  Lofland’s actual experiences are narrated in the sections called In the Line of Duty.  In the chapter on Arrest and Search Procedures, Lofland finds himself facing a “Mountain Man” who is crazy wild in a bar. I can tell you that Lofland successfully tames this wild man and arrests him.

If you are a mystery writer or want to be, this book is a fantastic resource to get you started. It may even spark a few ideas for story lines.

Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland–Writer’s Digest Books, 2007