Stock Up On Your Favorite Books


I love Amazon Ink for the world-building most of all.

This is great promo and I hope people do this for me one day.  Buy extra copies of your favorite books and give them away, instead of lending them out.  Doesn’t feel right to ask for a book back.  That’s like taking an ice cream cone from a little kid!  So, the new reader falls in love with the book and runs out and buys up the author’s backlist.  She’s hooked.  That’s how it works.  Pretty cool, huh?  I found two of my favorite books at the second hand store today.  I’ve lost count how many copies of these books I’ve already given away.


This is the first Lisa Shearin book I ever read and her debut novel.


Debutant Authors

magiclost_cover_fullsizeAll of my Enduring Authors were debut authors once upon a time.  This cover art is from Lisa Shearin’s debut novel.

I’ve had such fun with my Enduring Authors that I would like to feature Debut Authors weekly too.  I remember my debut novel back in 2010, very exciting.  I’d gleaned so many promo ideas as a book reviewer.  Of course, things have changed a lot since then.  Now, a blog tour company can do most everything for you…for a price.  I can do most of what they do…for free.

I cannot create graphics for you.

I do not have any tour hosts.  It’s just me here.

Every Debutant Author will be expected to send a guest post on his or her journey to publication and what they learned along the way.

I can do Cover Reveals, Showcases (cover, blurb, and links,) Interviews, and Excerpts.  I can share all these on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

I can also Review your book, if I like it.  I don’t have time to read books I don’t like.  Sorry.  I understand tastes are subjective, so I don’t need to like your book to feature you as a Debutant Author.

However, I won’t feature Erotica, Erotic Romance, or Horror that relies on blood and violence for appeal.  Nothing personal.  It’s just my imagination is vivid enough, thanks.  I also won’t feature books in which a child is deliberately harmed on the page or a nanny is portrayed as anything other than a committed professional or the Hero is a selfish jackass and I’m expected to believe he’ll be magically transformed into a faithful partner by great sex.  Personal pet peeves.

I reserve the right to decline any book without explanation.

I’ll post about one Debutant Author once a week, first come first serve.

And I’ll keep you posted on this developing feature, because it’s entirely possible I won’t have any takers.  If you’re on the fence, I would just remind you of this Pearl of Wisdom:

No one can buy your book if he or she does not know it exists.


Getting Your Book Reviewed

nayu's reading corner header pink textIt’s essential.  The best way to sell your book is for one reader to tell another it’s fantastic.  Your publisher might be on NetGalley and you may book a blog tour which includes offering your book to be reviewed.  But, there’s one best way to get your book reviewed.


Yep.  Make up a list of book reviewers, read their policies carefully.  Write a very nice form email, personalize it for each reviewer, and ask.  Kind of like your Query Letter.  Still got that, right?  Use the reviewer’s real name and spell it correctly, because that shows you care.

There are plenty of big review blogs, but that’s not good enough, goshdarnit.  You’re going to write a list of blogging book reviewers and you’re gonna spend a whole day writing each one and very nicely asking pretty please.

The featured book reviewer, Nayuleska, has been around for years.  She reviewed my previously ePublished novels, in fact.  If you pop over to her blog, you can do a search for her review of my very first novel, Sugar Rush.  I have the rights back to it, but not to its cover art.  So, I can’t post it here on my own blog.

Be extra nice to her, okay?  Thanks.

Keep in mind that blogging reviewers are doing you a HUGE favor when they read and review your book…

…even if it’s a negative review.

At the very least, those reviewers are getting your book title, cover art, and buy links out there.

Because there’s one very important truth I learned as a reviewer and an author about reviews.

Wait for it.  You ready?  It’s an essential Pearl of Wisdom every author must know and hold close to her heart.

Ready?  Okay.

***A reader can’t buy your book if she doesn’t know it exists.***

Repeat that three times and get to work on your promo.


Renovations & Plans

Good morning, Blog Buds!  After my recent boredom with New Releases, I went strolling down memory lane and hit upon a few ideas.


My biggest idea was to find out how all my favorite authors from my old book review blog are doing these days.  I retired Enduring Romance to read-only in 2011 after my first book was ePublished.

I learned a lot from that blog, from the authors and others I encountered through it.  I always heartily suggest starting a book review blog to any writer pursuing publication.  Besides the daily writing practice, you read a lot of books for free, and you get over fear of promotional activity.  You learn what all is involved in publication and it’s not such a big, scary thing anymore.


Secondly, I’ve begun linking my reviews to their book covers and I’m placing them all in the Footer Widgets.  Scroll to the bottom to see.  The kinds of books I’ve reviewed so far fall under the Books, Babies, and Believable Romance.  Others may be called Book Buffet or maybe…um…

Classic Hotties?

Anyway, I’m also signing up as a host for more Blog Tours.  That way I have more of a choice of books to host.  Like I said, I’ve had a hard time in the New Release aisle.

I’m also tweaking the posting schedule.

That’s it for now.

Promo Research, Being a Newbie, and Blogging Book Reviewers

I’m told Promo sends newbie authors running and screaming into the night.  If you’re one of those, my best piece of advice is to start your own Book Review Blog.  That is what I did years ago at


Among the many benefits of doing so, like free ARCs and sharpening your writing skills by reading those of the best, you learn all about Promo and it will no longer scare you.  That is the path I took, other authors find other ways.

So, I finished and polished a novel and its off in Queryland somewhere.  I turn my attention to writing two more, because I’ve learned I do best when I have two going at once.  But, I also turn my attention to Promo just in case the one in Queryland snags a publisher.  This kind of research must be done regularly, because Promo opportunities change fast.  I was out of it for family and physical problems for, like, four years, I come back and Holy Cow!  There are blog tour companies doing everything I used to do all by my little self!

Very cool.

So, I suggest, after you start your book review blog, sign up for as a Blog Host.  It’s a great way to get into the groove fast.  😉


I’m with two right now, Lola and Prism.

Tour Host Button

Here are a couple more great ones-

Tasty Book Tours-

Xpresso Book Tours-

There are a bunch more.  I suggest choosing one or two which promotes the kind of books you enjoy reading as well as ones similar to what you write.

Throughout your adventures in the Blogosphere, you will encounter many wonderful book review blogs.  I’m still friends with several and they’re authors now too.  Make a list of these wonderful people and swap advice and encouragement.


There are also big book review blogs, like these ones-

You can’t do everything, or you’ll fry your poor hands on the keyboard and you need them for writing novels.  Personally, I’ve found the most traction on Twitter and Goodreads, but I think all writers should have a Facebook Page and personal site too.  This blog doubles as my personal site, which is why I have a domain name.  Buy your domain and get an email address that reflects it.  At this point, I’m still just with regular service.  Once I pub again, I’ll get an email addy which teams with my domain.

Anyway, get out there.  It’s really not that hard, if you keep plugging away.  One of the many things I learned as a blogging book reviewer is that the best authors never stopped trying to improve their skills.



I’m a Blog Tour Host!

LolasBlogToursTourHostBannerGood morning, Blog Buds.  I’ve just been accepted as a Tour Host for Lola’s Bog Tours.  I think this is really cool.  Way back in the day, authors and book bloggers had to scour the blogosphere ourselves searching for each other.  Now, we can just sign up at one place.  I chose Lola’s Blog Tours because her site is visually fun and she handles the genres I’m interested in.

Here is her link-

I found Lola on this list-

I have Saturdays scheduled for Hops right now, but that may change to suit this new adventure.