As an avid reader, blogger, and Shelfari Librarians & Editors group member, I am often surprised how few of the tips in this e-guide have been folAs an avid reader, blogger, and Shelfari Librarians & Editors group member, I am often surprised how few of the tips in this e-guide have been followed by authors. Don’t just publish your book and hope that we will come. Help us find you.
I picked up "Smashwords Book Marketing Guide – How to Market any Book for Free" (Smashwords Guides) because it was free, short, and available for Kindle. [I am also a bit nosey.] This guide provides authors and publishers basic practical advice on how to market their books. The title is pretty clear. No bait-and-switch here.
Yes, this e-guide is a marketing tool for Smashwords. I think that it is a good way to get the word out about their services. Although I am not an author, I can see why people would use it. I have a couple of books from authors who used Smashwords and can see that they have put some of the tips to work. If you are curious about Smashwords, this guide is a good place to start.
Yes, you can get something out of reading it even if you don’t plan to use Smashwords. Yes, you can probably find similar tips all over the web. However, with this book, you don’t have to hunt them down. You get 30 solid tips (paired with comments from Coker’s PR perspective) all in one place for easy reference.
So, take 30 minutes to read the 39 pages and review your marketing plan. Do you have all of the relevant marketing tips covered? If it helps you tweak at least one area in your marketing mix, then it was worth the reading time and monetary investment (IT’S FREE PEOPLE – as of 5/21/12). If you are ahead of the curve and it is too basic for you, considering passing the book on to another author who could use the help. Consider it karma-worthy. Your thoughtfulness may come back to help you someday.
I am taking my own advice and making some updates to my marketing plan based on the "Smashwords Book Marketing Guide – How to Market any Book for Free". Sometimes it pays to be nosey. ...more
"Shades of Truth" is the first book in Naomi Kinsman’s youth Christian fiction series, From Sadie’s Sketchbook. It is a warm tale about trying to grow"Shades of Truth" is the first book in Naomi Kinsman’s youth Christian fiction series, From Sadie’s Sketchbook. It is a warm tale about trying to grow up while finding and developing a Christian faith. Twelve-year-old Sadie Douglas moves from California to Michigan when her father gets a new job. In Matthew Douglas’ new role, he is a mediator between Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (and the bear researchers working with it) and local hunters who believe that the bears pose a serious threat. Sadly, Matthew’s job pits many of the hunters’ children against Sadie, making the transition into her new life difficult.
While trying to navigate between challenges at school and home, Sadie discovers new interests that help her to cope with the things going on around her. Sadie deals with SO many issues (keeping old friends, making new friends, dealing with a sick parent, bullying, misunderstandings) and changes that I wasn’t sure that Kinsman could pull off a good finish and tie in faith without the story falling a part. It was a little much from my adult POV (but perhaps accurate for kids in this day and age). I think that Kinsman does a good job of keeping the reader engaged, in spite of all the story layers. (The emails to California friends are a nice way to handle Sadie’s “old” life).
The plus side of all these issues is that Sadie is a character that many young girls can probably relate to well. I found Kinsman’s approach to weaving in the discovery of faith, from a young person’s POV, both realistic and refreshing (not heavy-handed or preachy). I think that adults can relate to the "developing a closer relationship with God" aspect of the story as well.
I snidely expected this to be a peachy-keen type of story. Not so. Sadie has to learn some hard lessons. Thought-provoking and drama-filled, "Shades of Truth" makes for good conversation. I would read other books in the series.
Recommended for: ■ Middle school (and up) readers ■ Christian readers
NOTE: I received a free advance reading copy of "Shades of Truth" through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
“A more appropriate title could not have been chosen for this book for me. I won an advance reading copy of "You Have No Idea" through a Goodreads Fir“A more appropriate title could not have been chosen for this book for me. I won an advance reading copy of "You Have No Idea" through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I normally steer clear of biographies about modern-day public figures, as I don’t really want to know the minutiae of their lives. However, I have vowed to read five auto/biographies this year so I signed up for the giveaway based on the subtitle only – without noticing the subject or author. I thought, “Famous daughter equals biography. I’ll take it.” When the book arrived in the mail, I had no idea who it was about. I opened envelope and saw the cover. I did a mental eye roll thinking, ”Not a tell-all about beauty pageants book.”
I am trying to read 150 books this year so I dug into this book based on my #nobookleftbehind policy. I am glad that I did. My first impression was quite wrong. Yeah, I know. Don’t judge a book by its cover. While You Have No Idea addresses the Miss America scandal (how could it not), the book covers the many sides of Vanessa Williams – singer, actress, dancer, wife, mother, daughter – and now author.
What’s really unique (to me) about this book and makes it a worthwhile read is the collaboration with Vanessa’s mother, Helen. They wrote their sections separately so you get to see how events in Vanessa’s life were perceived from each of their sides. (I think that this would be an interesting exercise for others to try with their parents.) Some events Helen knew about and others she didn’t find out about until working on this book. Vanessa was a rebellious teen and, for better or worse, that character trait seemed to follow her into adulthood. Despite the rebellious vs. no-nonsense personality clashing, it is obvious that Helen has been a strong anchor in Vanessa’s life. And Vanessa clearly values and finds strength in her family.
Vanessa Williams is extremely candid about her experiences and the people who have come into (and sometimes out of) her life. I think that readers will be pleasantly suprisedly. Subject matter aside, the book itself is a bit off to me. If Vanessa hadn’t had such an eventful life or had been less candid, the book would have been a tougher read. The writing style is a little blah – almost textbook like at times. The chapter formatting is a bit confusing and sometimes the text rambles into oddly placed anecdotes (like meals).
All in all, it’s an interesting read. If it’s true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, Vanessa Williams just might be a modern-day Hercules. You have no idea. Get the book and find out for yourself.
Recommended for: ■ Fans of Vanessa Williams ■ Biography readers ■ Readers who like stories about strength through adversity ■ Gossip hounds
The first chapter of Trust Me starts with a bang... or rather a crash. Nash McCain (widower and local lawyer) and his daughter Lanie witness a truck fThe first chapter of Trust Me starts with a bang... or rather a crash. Nash McCain (widower and local lawyer) and his daughter Lanie witness a truck forcing a car over the side of Dead Man’s Curve. The driver of the car turns out to be the sister of Ela Danforth.
Ela and her sister recently moved into their aunt's house in search of a new start. As the investigation of the "accident" progresses and new incidents occur, Ela realizes that these events are more than likely related to the very problems that led her to seek refuge in Rockypoint. With her back against the wall and nowhere to turn, she is forced to accept help from Nash despite her misgivings.
Everything really comes down to answering two questions.
Who is stalking Ela? Who can she trust?
About the Romance
Betrayed by loved ones in the past, Ela is determined to keep Nash at a distance from the start. Fortunately/unfortunately, Nash is a patient charmer that is hard resist. I really enjoyed the slow build up of the romance between Nash and Ela. There are no graphic sex scenes (or sex scenes at all for that matter). Just a little kissing on the side.
About the Suspense
I am usually pretty good at figuring out the plot twists early on in a story. I was pleasantly surprised that I hadn't figured out everything when I finished the book. There are no graphic scenes of violence. Some violent things happen to a few of the sub-characters, but they are not described in detail.
At just 128 pages, I read Trust Me in one sitting. The plot is fast-paced and the major characters are well-developed. The characters have a mix of redeeming qualities and flaws that add to the believability of the story. No too perfect billionaires or annoyingly meek heroines here.
I am a big fan of the “Enchantment of the World” series. The series is written for middle-school children. I would highly recommend it for children cuI am a big fan of the “Enchantment of the World” series. The series is written for middle-school children. I would highly recommend it for children curious about the world. Similar to others in the series, this book provides an objective overview of the Qatar's geography, history, culture, and politics. As an adult, it provided me with fast and easy access to a wide range of information that I needed about Qatar.
From the book cover: "It's geography for a new generation, an invaluable resource for facts and figures, and a fascinating, highly visual introduction to the world's countries. Look for full-color photos, original maps, interactive, browser friendly sidebars, handy "fast facts," and an authoritative "to find out more" section including Internet sources." ...more