Year-end Teasers: The 2016 spotlight


Your favorite bestselling authors have been very busy over the past 12 months. Altogether, BestSelling Reads member authors have published 46 titles. Here’s a quick look back at all the great reading available for your enjoyment this year.

Claude Bouchard

Scott Bury

Barb Drozdowich

Julie C. Gilbert

DelSheree Gladden

Emily Kimelman

Emily’s Sydney Rye Kindle World also launched in May 2016.

Seb Kirby


Toby Neal

Renée Pawlish

Kathleen Valentine

Even though Kathleen passed away at the end of October, she published two books in 2016:


Teaser Tuesday: Top Advice for Authors Promoting Their Book by Barb Drozdowich


Don’t you just wish you could ask Book Bloggers for some pointers on marketing books?

I did!

And I got 502 responses….


Do you need help with your book marketing?

Take the advice of 500+ book bloggers!

In a survey of 500+ book bloggers, the question was asked: “If you could give an author one piece of advice about promoting their book, what would it be?”

The answers are fascinating! They show authors what is important to book bloggers and what they need to promote your books.

With book bloggers and other online sites being more and more involved in the marketing of books, authors need all the hints they can get. Let these answer guide you through the world of online promotions.

Top Advice for Authors Promoting their book can be purchased from Amazon, B&N, Kobo 

BarbDrozdowichPicSocial Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance – mostly Regency.

She is the author of 7 books and over 25 YouTube videos all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.

Barb  can be found on her blog, FB, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Goodreads, YouTube and Amazon




Be real and create a rapport with the blogger before even thinking of asking them. Also, grammar and spelling matter!

In addition to book cover, blurb, and buy link, give out a little personal information (not too private), so that readers can see you as a real person.

Don’t spam. My pet peeve (and it’s nothing to do with blogs at all) is when an author is constantly posting, once or twice a day on a particular Facebook/Goodreads/Twitter page. Those people do not want to read your advert. Again.

Don’t spam! I never accept a review request via Dear Blogger, or from an author I have never interacted with before. And those who send me e-mails, then contact me on Twitter because I haven’t answered their e-mails are authors I will never read.

Use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, to get the word out about your book.

Please use the right name of the person you are emailing.

Don’t ask a blogger to change a review.

Think long term.

Treat book bloggers and readers the same way you’ like them to treat you. If you want respect and kindness, show respect and kindness.

Ask before sending copies of their books in an email if asking for a review. If they require help with a blog tour, then contact bloggers individually. It may take more time, but the personal touch is always better.

Start promoting early. Use ALL social media platforms. If someone posts a review, share the review on different Facebook groups, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Everywhere. Create your Media kit, Make sure your book is mentioned as much as possible. Hand out free copies to gain reviews on other platforms, use Netgalley. Make sure you exhaust all your resources.

Write all your market copy before you even begin writing the book. That’s when you’re most enthusiastic about it and that enthusiasm will show in the tone of everything you write.

Get a social media person to run Facebook, Twitter, and Pin-interest. Someone who is young and trendy and knows how people think.

Encourage people first, then promote, and get to the heart of your theme so it’s easy to find keywords.

If you have a blogger review one of your books – please share the review. Comment on the post. Make a big deal out of it. They took their time to read your story. You should take some time to share their thoughts about your hard work.

Write to me as a human. It takes about 10 minutes to do an individual e-mail and about 20 to do a round robin. Unless you do the round robin right, you’ll get more response from the 10 minutes.

To stop by the blogger’s site or post about their books and comment with something as simple as “thank you for featuring/reviewing my book” (if a review – whether it was positive or not)

Look at my blog first and tell me why your book fits my reading tastes.

Don’t request a review if you don’t want honesty

Find someone who loved a book of yours previously or similar to yours and ask them to help, it works with me, and also don’t give up, keep looking, keep tweeting, keep posting, because all books are awesome 🙂


Win-a-Book Wednesday: The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers



By Barb DrozdowichThe Authors guide to working with book bloggers bigger (2)

Win a free copy of the first volume of the Building Blocks to Author Success Series by answering the following question correctly:

What is the title of the first book on Barb Drozdowich’s Review List on her blog?

Put the answer in the Comments section, and the author will select the winner from the correct answers.

About the book

Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with book bloggers? 

If Book Bloggers are the new gatekeepers to ‘book publishing success’ how can you tap into that source of free promotions? How can you move comfortably into that world, putting your best foot forward? 

The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of 215 bloggers covering all aspects of communication between authors and Review Blogs. Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let us demystify the promotion of your book on a book blog. 

You’ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, as well as the following:

  • The Query
  • The Review
  • The Giveaway
  • The Guest Post
  • The Book Blurb Excerpt and Cover Reveals and more!

 Start your journey to publishing success today!

About the author

BarbDrozdowichPicSocial media and WordPress consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at colleges and universities, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world.

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