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11 Book Promotion Ideas for Writers

This is a guest post by Heather Weidner.

Thank you so much for letting me stop by and share my thoughts on book marketing. Writers are always looking for ways to promote their books. You need ways to create a buzz about your book. Here's my list of some ideas.
1. Newsletter Swap Find another author who has a newsletter and readers similar to yours. You create a newsletter that she sends out, and then you do the same for her. Each group of readers get introduced to a new writer.
2. Guest Blog Find other authors/book bloggers who will let you do a guest post or an interview on their site.
3. Twitter Party/Chat Host a Twitter Party or Chat. It's usually better if you can recruit several authors to help. Talk about your books and writing and have small giveaways.

4. Facebook Takeover Find an author who will let you take over her Facebook site for a promotion. Promote the event. Then on the day of the takeover, chat with readers and offer small giveaways. Usually, these are done for several…

El Deafo | Cece Bell

And being different? That turned out to the best part of all. I found that with a little creativity, and a lot of dedication, any difference can be turned into something amazing. Our differences are our superpowers.”
Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel/Memoir. Number of Pages: 233. Perspective: First. Location: Virginia.
This graphic novel follows the author throughout her time as a young girl in the 1970s and her experiences losing her hearing from meningitis at the age of four. She learns how to make friends and accept herself. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This was a beautiful story about someone who copes with becoming deaf. I took an American Sign Language course in college and we talked a lot about the deaf culture; it was interesting to learn about some of the daily challenges that someone who is deaf faces. This book explains those challenges in a way that children can understand and relate to. We have come a long way with accessibility since the 70s, but we all could use …

Looking for Alaska | John Green

At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved.”
Genre: Young Adult. Number of Pages: 221. Perspective: First. Location: Alabama.
This book follows Miles as he starts high school at a boarding school. He makes a group of friends, including the mysterious Alaska. The book is separated into before Alaska and after. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This was a quick read and I did really enjoy it. I think I would have liked this a lot more if it was the first John Green book I read. However, I loved The Fault in Our Stars andPaper Towns. To me, this one was not as original and exciting. It was a coming-of-age story and the boarding school format allowed for a lot of freedom for the teenagers to basically do whatever they wanted with little adult supervision (which of course leads to exciting storylines). 
It’s a fun friendship adventure with a little bit of mystery. I have to admit, the ending did not feel like 100% closure to…

Attic Box Book Subscription Box Review

I was generously given a free sample of the monthly book subscription  Attic Box by Blue Spider’s Attic!(In exchange for an honest review)
It was so exciting to receive a box in the mail full of surprise goodies—who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail?! It came wrapped up in pretty blue tissue paper and book themed newsprint. The awesome thing about this box is that it comes from a second-hand bookshop, so all of the books are customized to each subscriber based on preselected genre preferences (I requested Young Adult or Contemporary). Even though the books are used, they are all in like-new condition. The Books
I received three secondhand books in this package (reviews to come): The Good Woman by Jane PorterAllure of the Game by Danielle SantiagoKindred Spirits by Sarah StrohmeyerThe Goodies
This box also comes with a variety of goodies based on a monthly theme. This box’s theme was Poseidon’s Posse, so it was based on the god of the sea and other ocean-related fun!  Here are the …

It's A Writer Thing -- On Plotters and Pantsers

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 

Hello, Wonderful Writers!
It’s NaNoWriMo time! If you’re a writer and you’re reading this, you probably know what NaNoWriMo is. If not, here goes: November is National Novel Writers’ Month, and each year, all November long, writers all over the world commit to completing the first draft of a manuscript, usually 50-thousand words long, though some of us commit to longer works. The web community around NaNo is super fun, and if you’re a writer who isn’t familiar with it yet, definitely check it out.
I’ve been doing NaNo for a few years now, and I spent the last couple weeks of October getting my next WIP all plotted and set up in Scrivener so I was able to jump in and start writing on November 1st. This process, which is something I do for all new MSs, got me thinking about plotting versus pantsing.
I know this is one of the hottest debates writers can have, and I’m not here to try to lure anyone over to the side of the Jedis (*cough plotter cough*)…