President & CEO Heidi Komlofske sits down with Publishers Weekly — well, okay, it was a telephone interview — to discuss Kids’ Book Review, San Francisco Book Review, and Sacramento Book Review. Click HERE to read the article.
Should authors enter book award contests? YES!! Pursuing and winning book awards gives authors the right to say they are an “Award-Winning Author.” Doesn’t that sound better? Of course it does, and you get a little magic that comes from a third-party endorsement because an authority says your work is worthy, and that’s priceless.
The author website or blog is an essential book marketing tool, and it’s important for authors to understand how to get people to their site. Google Analytics (a tool for measuring website traffic) tracks four different ways that visitors land on websites. Let’s take a closer look at these four sources of author website traffic.
Let’s talk about reviews, shall we?
We’ve all read instances where an author acts poorly in the face of a one or two-star review. It’s usually referred to as ‘authors behaving badly,’ usually for good reason.
Well it's not every book that opens with a poem drawn from Middle English, and not Geoffrey Chaucer either. This immediately tells the eager reviewer two things: one, this novel is likely to be a fabulous adventure; and second, that the writer doesn't mind challenging the reader's intelligence in a good way.
Indeed this novel is an adventure, with its goal being the narrator's move from his birthplace near Milan to London in his twenty-sixth year. This adventure, though, is an internal one, exploring neither the Nile nor the Zambezi, but rather the unknown bends and rapid currents of growing into one's self.