Happy New Year! (plus, “Coming Up”)

Hey All!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great time during the Christmas holidays and a wonderful new years! I just realized that I haven’t posted since December 15th (whops! #onholiday), so I thought I’d drop in and give you a quick update on what’s coming up.

  1. My Painted Veil saga. It’ll come. Right now I’m busy with getting my novel finished up for submission, plus working on some other work-related projects. Plus I started my ESL Teacher’s Certificate program online! So, it’s busy, but I’ll try to get the story together, in case anyone was reading.
  2. More cover reveals, book reviews, book tours. I’m on several street teams, so you’ll hear more from me on the YA/NA/Middle-grade book promotion circuit in the new year.
  3. More themed weddings. You liked em’, so you’ll get more!
I’ll also just try to log in and post about life every now and then. Right now life is busy with grad school application essays, career development, etc., but I always love sharing on here. Speaking of developments; this February, I will officially graduate from my BA in English!!! I’m so excited. And I believe I have an anniversary coming up. I’ve been blogging for three years this month! Time’s flown (must have been having fun…)
Until next time!
xo, Em

Cover Reveal: Dear Diary, E.P. Thompson Here

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Judith Natelli McLaughlin and revealing the cover for her middle grade novel, Dear Diary, E.P. Thompson Here !!!


Dear Diary


Judith McLaughlin author pic

About the book:

Dear Diary,

E. P. Thompson here.

Worst. Year. Ever. First semester in sixth grade, and my best friend Debbie has dropped me because my boobs aren’t big enough. Well, she didn’t say that exactly, but I just know that’s the reason. Then I got paired with Adam Berry, the biggest pencil-protecting geek of the decade, for the never-ending, semester-long math project. And as if that’s not bad enough, Thomas Maxwell, the cutest boy in my grade, only pays attention to me when I’m making a total fool of myself.

Weirdest thing of all: it seems Lucas C. Tanner Middle School has a full-on, bona fide thief! Now all the teachers are going crazy and all the students are too, because Mrs. Peule has promised to make this year a living nightmare until the culprit is caught. We have to find out who is ruining sixth grade. Like, now!

Well, at least the criminal activity has taken the focus off my lack of bra ownership. Sigh.

I have to go. I’ll write again soon. Promise.

About the Author:

Judith Natelli McLaughlin grew up reading a solid diet of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, and Shel Silverstein. Her mom was famous for telling her, “You are never alone if you have a book,” and her dad, a lover of words, was always reciting poetry to her.

She went on to write, illustrate, and publish her own poetry book,Poems on Fruits and Odes to Veggies—Where Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem. Her other works include a women’s fiction novel titled This Moment and a soon to be released children’s chapter book, Mackenzie Goode Makes A Mistake—A Big One.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband Brian; her three daughters Katie, Lindsay, and Maggie; and her faithful writing companion, a Westie named Duke.








How to Promote Your Indie Review Books

Hi All!

As many of you know, I’ve been reviewing books pretty much since this blog started almost three (!!!!!!!) years ago. It’s something I love doing, and I’ve also loved getting to connect with so many wonderful authors, both indie and traditionally published. Beyond that, I’ve loved helping out the book community as a whole, and the indie book community, particularly. So many of these books are just as creative and engrossing as their traditionally published counterparts, but don’t get as much promotion, since the authors don’t have a complete marketing team at their disposal. As bloggers, we’re a powerful part of the indie book promotion community, and in order to maximize these awesome books’ sales trajectory-and promote our own reviews- we need to do more than just write the book review.

Here’s some ideas to help promote your fav indie books further:

  1. Use Complimentary Promotion. Make an event of your book review by posting complimentary promotion in the days before or after your review, preferably afterwards. Complimentary promotion includes excerpts, sequel previews or sneak peaks, or interviews. I really like using interviews. My philosophy on this (totally unscientific), is that after you intrigue the reader with your review, you follow up with something about the author. The reader then thinks: “Now that I know why the author wrote the book, I want to actually read what they wrote.” That’s my philosophy, anyways.
  2. Engage in Creative Fan Cultures. What does HarperTeen (one of my favourite traditional publishers) have that indie authors don’t? One answer: EpicReads!!! Don’t know what it is? It’s an awesome (in the true sense of the word), online destination for YA book lovers. It has quizzes, games, contest, author Q&As, and much more. More important than its overall awesomeness, is that it’s a form of participatory fan culture (that’s the four-year degree talking, unfortunately :)). Participatory fan cultures involve fans engaging with media and with one another, in activities that involve their favourite books, films, or television shows. Are you a fan of an indie book? Start a fan culture! Make a book trailer on YouTube, draw fan art and post it, write fan fic. You might meet some fellow fans, plus it gets the word-of-mouth out.
  3. Circulate. Part of the reason that some indie books may not get a large following very fast, is circulation problems. Print copes may be difficult to acquire, and if readers don’t have the technology to read the ebook versions, chances are they won’t be buying them. One way to circulate these books to maximize their exposure, is to donate your print review copy to your local library. Now, I understand if you don’t want to give away your copy because you love it so much (I’m with you), but if you give it to the library, then you can not only check it out, but others will benefit from it as well. Just think about the transmission once people get to read it! They’ll write their own reviews, buy the author’s other books off of the internet, Tweet it out, tell their friends. You can even help the exposure along by, ahem, tweaking the library’s book display and fixing it in a prize, end-of-the-shelf spot. Just be sure to clear it with the author or publisher first if you’re donating an ARC.
Do you have any tips for promoting indie books? Let me know in the comments below!