One of Publishing’s Unsung Heroes

Hello, I’m Elizabeth Noble and thank you for stopping by today! Thanks to Lou for hosting this site and giving me a spot to post every month.

When writing a story there comes a time when there’s a whole finished manuscript that will eventually become a book. The next logical step in the writing journey is submitting the book to a publisher. That’s a boring process which mainly consists of a lot of waiting for an answer.

We’ll skip that part and jump to the fun part.

New book release day!

There’s a nice, shiny, new book being turned loose into the world.

One would think that all the hard work is finished, it’s time to kick back, enjoy the new release and work on other projects.

Yeah. Not so fast, Sparky.

Let’s back track to that submission part for a few minutes. Publishers have things called ‘author guidelines’, most have those instructions on their websites and they outline the process of placing a manuscript with them. Some publishers ask a potential author to explain their marketing plan and if they have an established fanbase, or how they plan to acquire one.

Huh? What? I have to market my book?

Yep, Sparky, you do.

Most authors probably don’t have degrees in marketing, or even office experience at a public relations company. That means once a writer becomes a professional author they get a crash course in marketing and promoting their book.

Yes, publishers do some of that work and employ people to help out and offer advice, but the bulk of that job falls to authors. There are many varied and sundry ways to go about that marketing. One popular method is the blog tour.

What exactly is this blog tour creature? Well, just what it sounds like. An author will have excerpts of their new book, maybe a post talking about something (like this one), a contest and of course buy links so readers can purchase said book, on a different blog every week or so.

There are a number of blogs, large and small, for authors to approach and request space. Many are run by the unsung heroes of the publishing industry: The Blog Owner/Reviewer.

Most reviewers/blog owners aren’t paid. Their jobs are a labor of love. They read books and offer reviews for other readers because they want to share a good story. It’s the reviewers who run blog websites that offer a place for authors to find new readers, inform existing fans of new releases and generally market our books.

Oh, and they do all that without charging authors. Yes, some blogs get a little bit of income participating in programs like Amazon associates, or offering paid for ad space. However, ninety percent of what you see on the many book review sites is all done free of charge. Review blogs ask only a few things in return for their services. Something interesting for their readers to read and a chance to win a prize. If they review a book, that’s done without a charge, other than they’re provided with a copy of the book.

So, the next time you stop by a blog to read a review, enter a contest or catch up on what one of your favorite authors is doing take a minute to acknowledge the people who run that blog. Maybe say thanks. Without them we’d all have a much more difficult time finding a good book to read.

Until next time happy reading…and oh yeah, check out my upcoming release, High Test. It’s got a great blog tour thanks to so many blog owners/reviewers! Leave me a comment on how you feel about blog tours to be entered into a drawing for a free eBook off my back list, new release, bundles and anthologies excluded. Prizes will be made available through the Dreamspinner Press webstore.

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Elizabeth

www.elizabeth-noble.com

The Importance of Young Reviewers (also The Sun Child Chronicles News—cheap book, new book, giveaway)

Lou Hoffmann Icon-logo-squareHi! Lou Hoffmann here, apologizing. I missed my slated date for October by two days, but Charley doesn’t take the stage until 6 days from now, but I figure I can still slide in here with a few thoughts and some quick news.

First the “thoughts” (since I do have a couple today). Young readers writing reviews is a truly wonderful thing. I fairly recently became aware that sites exist on the web where students can share their reviews of what they’ve read, as well as connect with others and find out what others are reading and loving. A couple examples: Scholastic’s “Share What You’re Reading” section of their teacher resource, and Biblionasium—the latter with a great interface for young readers, inviting and easy to use. I know of only one sight, though, where authors can specifically ask for reviews from reviewers, and where the reviewers are encouraged to learn the art of the review—LitPick, it’s called, and their administrator, Tynea Lewis was recently named in ILA’s 30 under 30, recognizing her work there. Fellow YA author Michael J. Bowler told me about this site last year, and I quickly took advantage of what the site offers. You can post your book for review by any interested reader, or you can support the site’s work by purchasing a guaranteed or rapid review. (No, they don’t guarantee a good review, only that one of their student reviewers will indeed review it.) I have had The Sun Child Chronicles books reviewed by a student reviewer, and although the young reader, Nictaf, did indeed award five stars, the joy of reading evident in the words of the review is a far greater reward. That’s why I believe having young people review books is important—because it gets them reading, and reading is most fabulous. Nevertheless, I am proud of those five stars, and LitPick gave me a badge to show them off.

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LitPick review of Key of Behliseth
LitPick review of Wraith Queen’s Veil

Now, about The Sun Child Chronicles…
In case you’ve missed it the ten million times I’ve already said it, Wraith Queen’s Veil releases this week, officially, on October 6th. I’ve got a blog tour going on, and I’ll post the schedule before I click out here today, but first some other news.

Today through Wednesday, Key of Behliseth is only 99 cents.

Yep. Book one for 99 cents today, book two release on Thursday. Pretty good set up, I hope you’ll agree. There will be other chances to save while the blog tour is going on, but, well… 99 cents, right?

Yes, I’m touring blogs. I hope to have some fun with the posts and maybe leak a few state (book-related) secrets along the way, and I also hope you’ll join me. Here’s the schedule. I reserve the right to switch up the blog topics, but this is how I think it will go for now. I’ll update with exact post links as they become available.

9/29
MM Good Book Reviews”: “Interview, Excerpt, and Giveaway”

10/5
Harmony Ink Press Microblog

10/6
C. Kennedy, Author blogspot: “The Beasts in Lucky’s Worlds: A loving look at the horrible, wonderful, treacherous, loyal, extraordinary non-humanoids in Lou Hoffmann’s The Sun Child Chronicles”

Divine Magazine: “Recommended Equipment: A Wizard, An Uncle, and a Faithful Horse”

Queer Sci-Fi—Sci Fi, Fantasy & Paranormal With a Bent Attitude: “Wraiths, Shifters, and a Ghost”

10/7
My Fiction Nook: “Familiar and Unfamiliar Places in Strange Worlds”

Prism Book Alliance: An author interview

10/10
The Novel Approach “An interview with Han Shieth and Henry George (a couple of badass characters)”

10/12
Drops of Ink: A different author interview.

10/15
C. Descoteaux Writes: “Why Bad Things Happen to Good Characters”

10/18
Emotion in Motion: “Character interview: Lucky and Rio (Yes, Virginia, there is a little romance in this fantasy)”

10/19
Rhys Ford: “How to Play the Game of Stars”

10/20
Rainbow Gold Reviews: “Blog Tour Finale: Why Magic? And Win a Signed Paperback Wraith Queen’s Veil!”

I also hope you’re feeling lucky (well at least luckier than Lucky, the series protagonist who has some tough times ahead) because a Rafflecopter giveaway is going on, with four pretty cool prizes.

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That’s it for my post this month on Authors Speak. Happy reading ’til we meet again!

Shelly Davidson’s *Resurrection* Blog Tour—new release, awesome giveaway

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Resurrection
TITLE: RESURRECTION
AUTHOR: S. DAVIDSON
GENRE: M/M MILITARY ROMANCE 18+
PUBLISHER: ENCOMPASS INK
COVER ARTIST: RUE VOLLEY
LENGTH: 296 PAGES
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1, 2016

The Blurb:

Two men with painful, complicated pasts who have shut themselves down from ever loving again. Complete opposites of one another, one raised in a strict military household, who grew up with the sole purpose of becoming a soldier and defending his country, only to have that cut short by an IED; and the other raised in the rodeo, small town and ranch life his safe haven; and their chance meeting.

How the two of them end up in some small town diner can only be credited to divine intervention. But are both men too damaged? They say God works in mysterious ways. Well, he certainly had his hands full when he chose these two for saving.

Is it too late?

A special note from Shelly:

Most of the publicity, blurbs, and what not deal with Jamie and his dealing with PTSD. There is another character – Chris, who is caring, compassionate, and took care of his dying partner for 18 years. Chris is someone who used to ride professional rodeo and has a thing for bringing home strays!

Author bio:

Who is Shelly Davidson? Shelly is someone who has been writing literally her entire life (and that’s a LONG time) and has always written M/M. Her first story was back in high school and she hasn’t stopped since. Of course, Shelly never dreamed of getting published, so needless to say, she’s in heaven! Shelly loves her characters. Her writing focus is real people, flaws and all, who are hurting or damaged, but deserve a little joy in their lives. Shelly was born and raised in Arizona, but currently lives in California because that is where the money is! She is currently single, but has a grown daughter and an adorable grandson both of whom she loves dearly. While she usually stays pretty much to herself, she does have a Bachelor’s in Social Services and a diverse background that ranges from theater to health care and currently works in accounting, she swears it’s not as boring as it sounds. While this is her first publication, it is by far not the last! She plans on being around for quite some time! You’ve been warned!

And a little extra:

Shelly’s writing influences:
Storm Constantine because the world of Wraeththu that she created is so amazing.
Gordon Merrick because his was the first ’gay’ book I ever read and it changed my life.
Stephen King, well, because he’s Stephen King!

Shelly’s “office”:
LOL. My bedroom in my small, cramped apartment, where if you back up too fast, you hit the ironing board and can’t turn the chair around more than 45 degrees because the bed stops it! Wow, used to carry a notebook everywhere I went but I type much fater than I write so I keep it pretty much to my desk. My very crowded, very messy desk!

Contact Shelly!

sito webhttps://sdavidsonauthor.org/

 

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If you want, you can write her at: sdavidsonauthor@earthlink.net

 
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Elizabeth Noble—Ringed Love Blog Tour

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Hello and thank you Lou for hosting me today. The first chapter of Ringed Love is posted on Dreamspinner Press, so over the next two weeks I’ll be offering the first one hundred or so words of each subsequent chapter.

Today’s excerpt is from chapter 11.

Excerpt:
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Todd regarded the note in his hand and flicked at the corner of the paper. He sighed and squared his shoulders before meeting the gaze of the man in front of him. “You sure about this?”

The sheriff nodded. “Is Nick home? I wanted to talk to him as well.”

“Um, yeah, sorry, come in and be comfortable. He’s out in the barn. I’ll go—”

“We can walk out there,” the sheriff said and put one hand on Todd’s shoulder. Todd realized it was partially to steer Todd to the barn and partially to steady himself. His limp was worse, but Todd didn’t mention it, not wanting to embarrass the other man.

Blurb

New Colorado Protectorate fell with the assassination of Chancellor Clarke. Like many others, Todd and Nick Ruger left the land of their birth and made a home to the north in Yellowknife. Their world was ever changing. The time came to say a sad farewell to some of their friends and loved ones, but they were taken in with open arms by others and in turn offered shelter to yet more. Through the years they remained steadfast in their duty as sentries to protect and defend those that needed it the most.

Time marches on but through it all they hold each other dear and cherish the love they’ve shared. There are still angry ghosts, Windigos and water spirits to contend with. Their lives change, offering them new roles. When the time comes, they do what sentries have done for generations prior and teach others the skills to carry on as sentries. The Rugers lives were rich and their hearts full with their devotion and love for each other. The tradition of the sentries lived on forever. It was the legacy of Todd and Nick Ruger. That was the way it was always meant to be.

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Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fanfiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and her sidekick, tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening and winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!) and stargazing all year long. When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.

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