What We’re Reading…or Not Reading
J: I read a book! Well, I read a couple, but my recent history suggests this is a rare thing. Of course, there was Ben Monopoli’s The Cranberry Hush. Loved. I think I might have a reader-crush on him.
M: I thought you’d like that one. Vince is very Holden-esque
J: Holden, yes. Vince, yes. But mostly the authors who created them. Also, our stalking has paid off once more. Interview with Mr. Monopoli coming soon! (We should maybe clarify that our stalking is in no way shady and almost always welcomed by the authors in question…)
M: Read his books and prepare to ask questions. There may be spoilers in the interview, but we’ll be sure to warn everyone.
J: I have The Painting of Porcupine City queued and ready to go soon. I’m also reading Elizabeth Hunter’s A Hidden Fire.
I’m only half done, but I do not hate
not even a little bit
in fact, I think I’ll love and have to order the next three immediately
M: I love that
finding something you like and being able to read more
J: I think you would like this one
but I’ll wait to rec until I finish
M: I’m not a huge YA fan
they have to be pretty good
J: it’s a vampire one
but I did not know that when I started. It doesn’t necessarily read like a YA, either.
M: I read the beginning of an erotica BDSM trilogy by Lila Dubois. The first book was free – Undone Rebel – not sure if it still is. It was good. Not annoying, sexy
but I like a well-written, sexy story
J: it looks kind of cute, actually
M: it was
I liked both hero and heroine
cute, sexy, and free
J: one of the reviews says geek-turned-dom
tell me it’s the hero
M: it is
computer geek 😉
i have such a soft spot for the geeks
M: geek dom
M: I was very pleasantly surprised.
J: I’ve got it but haven’t started it
but I will
M: it’s definitely BDSM-y
Started a romantic suspense – jury is still out. Started pretty well, but then…
got kinda draggy and now looks like it will succumb to the Silly Romance Overreaction and Misunderstanding
I need to catch up on my reviews
which makes a good segue
I’ve gotten a few emails from authors patrolling reviews of books similar to theirs on Amazon
Sending the emails to the reviewers and asking them to read and review their book. This last one actually sent the book as a pdf attachment.
J: I actually got a review request to my email, too
I didn’t connect the two until you said something
M: I find this annoying.
I mean, I understand coming up with new and creative ways to get your book put there. All authors struggle with marketing.
But I’m pretty uncomfortable with people picking up my contact info from Amazon and
using it like that
And it likely violates a number of Amazon policies, not that that means much anymore
Something like that would never occur to me.
Maybe that’s why I suck at marketing myself
But I could never do anything like that, something that I find so annoying and, well, just uncomfortable
J: liam and I had a discussion about marketing the other night
I want to try a few new things in the future
M: I’d love to hear. Honestly, the only thing I’ve found that really helps is write a better book
“better” in terms of something that really connects with readers
J: we had visual aids and stuff
M: haha – omg
would have loved to see that
J: it was actually pretty funny
a container of romano cheese
there may have been a mess to clean up
“this container of cheese represents my sphere of influence. I have reached them all. This piece of lonely cheese out here represents someone who would love my book but has no idea it exists. how do I reach that piece of cheese?”
“well, all of this cheese–” he dumps a handful on the table “–has to go tell that cheese.”
“but they don’t know that cheese. no one I know knows that cheese.”
M: mmm, cheese
word of mouth is so powerful. that’s the best way to reach people
figuring out how to get them to talk is the thing
J: that was another point. “this cheese may EVENTUALLY reach that cheese, but do we want to wait that long? how do I go directly to THAT cheese?”
J: I guess the most important thing is for people to just keep spreading the word if they find a book they like. Goodreads helps, but not everyone is on Goodreads. Same with Facebook and Twitter. You think?
M: I do. That’s why I love talking about books I enjoyed. I want other people to have a chance to enjoy, too, and help spread the word for the author.
J: So, who do we stalk this week for the blog? Whose amazing skills do we want to learn about next? Suggestions? Maybe Elizabeth Hunter?
M: Sounds good. I’m off to spread the stalk–I mean love.