What piece of advice would you offer authors who are just starting out?
Don’t give up! Get connected with other authors, bloggers, and reviewers who will encourage you along the way. I think we all need that and finding people who get you just makes facing each challenge that much easier. And, ask for help! Even when I can’t personally help a new author, I’m happy to ask around or point them in another direction.
Same for new reviewers–
NO SPOILERS! Oy! I cringe! Just keep it short and simple (especially for consumer sites), how did the story/characters make you feel? (this is the #swoof in action) Did you cry, did you hug the book, are you telling all your friends and neighbors and their pets to go buy the book?
Also, you don’t have to be a book blogger to bless authors’ socks off… just spread the book love by sharing your review on retail sites and social media. Write a review, copy and paste, easy peasy! If your swoofer is broken, “I liked this book” will work in a pinch 😉
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