Friday, March 31, 2017

Go List Yourself!


Go List Yourself!

You love books. You love to read. You appreciate well-written books and the time it takes authors to publish them. You have strong opinions about the books you read. You hate wasting time and money on a mediocre book. You race to your computer to write a review as soon as you’ve read the last page of a book. You love interacting with other book bloggers and readers.

Does this sound like you? If you maintain a book blog, you’re probably looking for ways to increase your followers, readers and visitors. Listing your book blog with a blog directory is a great way to gain followers. Maybe you’ve already listed your book blog with an online directory. I believe that you should be sharing your book blog on as many listings as possible. Taking advantage of every available blogger listing site is just good common sense – especially if the listing is absolutely FREE. The more groups and listings you join the more people who will know about you and your book blog.

The Book Blogger Listing is new. This is your opportunity to join something fresh and exciting. And...it’s FREE! I’ve started this book blogger directory because I’m just like you – I LOVE books and I love telling readers all about the books I read via my own book blogging website. The Book Blogger Listing website is maintained solely by me, Susan Barton. I’m a marketing professional with over two decades of marketing experience. I invite you to join this site by submitting your listing. From there you’ll receive:

  • A free custom header for your listing
  • Immediate access to the Book Blogger Listing Events Calendar (share your upcoming events)
  • Free social media sharing of your blog listing
  • Discounts, freebies and giveaways

I’m looking for book bloggers who regularly maintain book blogs. Blogging about books (any genre) on a regular basis is a must. If you’d like a FREE listing on the site, please submit your URL via the form in the menu. I look forward to listing you!



*I hate spam as much as you do. I promise I will never spam you under any circumstances. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Interview with Book Blogger Anne Clarence


The Book Blogger Listing will be introducing our book bloggers to readers over the next coming months. First up is student, Anne Clarence. Anne has a lot to say about book blogging, writing and reading so let's get started! 

1. How long have you been book blogging?

Actually only two months 😳.

That absolutely does not matter. You have to start somewhere!

2. What made you start blogging about books?

Since I loved reading so much, I always wanted to discuss my favorite books with people. But none of my friends are interested in listening to me babbling about books all the time and neither are my parents. So I got the idea of making a book blog so I can share my love for reading with everyone.

3. What book genres are your favorites?

Fantasy Romance! Hahaha! I've been asked that SO many times that it’s become a gut instinct.  With romance, I’m especially obsessed with a love-hate relationship. I mean, watching them trying to resist the passion and chemistry is just so cute and sweet! Besides Fantasy, I’m actually very open to all other genres. Fantasy Romance happens to be my absolute favorite. I also love books that involve competition in any form, a.k.a schools, games, etc.

4. What book genres are your least favorites?

I actually don’t have a least favorite, I mean, I’m opened to all genres. But my last choice is probably non-fiction. I still like to read it, it just usually wouldn’t be my first choice in casual fun reading.

5. How many books do you read each week?

That depends on how much money and time I have. It can be all the way from 10 to 1. I’m not exaggerating, I can go on full reading mode and read like a flash. 

6. Do you write reviews about every book you read?

I want to, but I’m currently still a student so I don’t have that much time. If I could I would. 

7. Do you always finish a book, even when you're not enjoying it?

Yes. If I’m not enjoying it, I’ll just skip-skip-skip to the ending. Just scanning through it at least.

That’s certainly very honest of you ;)

8. Do you do any writing of your own?

Besides book reviews? Well I’m currently working on a fantasy romance novel that involves world building and all that goes along with it, but with schoolwork and the blog I just can’t find the time. I wish to continue with it and someday publish it, so people can enjoy it

9. How often do you post to your book blog?

Normally every Friday.

10. Do you still see yourself book blogging in five or more years?

Yes! If everything goes well and all, I guess. I mean, I’m currently enjoying the feeling of blogging and I really hope it lasts. 


ABOUT ANNE CLARENCE:

Anne is a book blogger, reviewer, and interviewer. She’s a high school student who lives and breathes to read books on her Kindle, Andrick. 

Anne invites readers to connect with her via her book blog, Anne's Book Reviews, and on social media:






Want to be interviewed? Let us know! Submit a contact form in the sidebar. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Free Chapter Excerpt

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is set to be released on July 14th, but you can read a FREE excerpt here.


  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (July 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062409859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062409850

SYNOPSIS: An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.
Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.
Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntingdon College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She is the author of two novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. Harper Lee has been awarded numerous literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Monday, June 8, 2015

5 Reasons Why Authors Should Promote Other Authors on Their Blogs


If you’re an Indie author, chances are I don’t have to tell you how difficult it can be to have your book stand out over all the other self-published books. You need every edge possible. Over the years, as a book blogger, I’ve noticed an undeniable trend among this blog genre. Many, many book bloggers are also authors themselves.

If you think it might take too much time away from writing, think again. Aside from posting book reviews, which do take a fair amount of time, you can post and share a variety of content – book tours, cover reveals, book blasts, guest posts, author interviews and book giveaways are always popular with readers, and they take very little time and effort.

If you’re an author and you currently maintain a website or a blog, you might want to consider promoting other authors. Why? Because it:

1. Keeps you from having to constantly come up with clever, engaging content for your readers.
2. Brings additional unique visitors to your blog.
3. Gives you a chance to network with other authors.
4. Allows you the opportunity to share a variety of book genres. 
5. Builds your TBR list. 

I hope this post motivates you to begin promoting other authors on your author blog! If you'd like advice on how to start, please let me know by submitting a contact form in the sidebar. Happy Blogging! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

You're a Book Blogger, Now What?


If you've been maintaining a book blog for months or even years you may be content with simply reading books and posting your reviews on your blog. Then again, you may be looking to increase your readers and followers. To build a dedicated following of readers, who will be willing to visit your blog on a frequent basis, you have to continually post new and compelling content. What types of content?

·        Giveaways – Start your own or share giveaways sponsored by other bloggers.
·    Virtual Book Tour Stops - Form ongoing relationships with book tour providers.
·    Cover Reveals – Place a form on your blog letting authors know you’re willing to host cover reveals.
·    Author Interviews – Offer to interview authors or ask them to send their own completed interviews for you to post.
·    Guest Posts – Invite authors to write guest posts that you can publish and share via your blog.
·    Memes – Come up with catchy, weekly activities to encourage your blog readers to participate in. Some ideas could be Fantasy Friday (readers talk about their favorite fantasy novels), Make It Up Monday (participants make up a stories from one-word prompts), Wow Word Wednesday (share new and wowerful words). Use your imagination to come up with unique memes.


The key thing here is keeping your readers, visitors and followers interested and engaged. Keep the new content coming and before you know it, you’ll begin to see an increase in followers and site views! 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How Book Bloggers Can Avoid Blogger Burnout


If you’ve been book blogging for a while then you know how busy this type of blogging can keep you. Once authors get to know about you and your blog you will undoubtedly begin receiving review requests – a lot of requests. Chances are, you do not have unlimited free time to sit at the computer, blogging. You probably have a job, school and a family taking up a large portion of your day. So, how do you blog about books without having it take over your life?


Place Very Specific Instructions on Your Blog

Trust me, not everyone will read your specific instructions, let alone follow them, but at least it’s there in black and white. If you absolutely will not read a particular genre then state this clearly. If you only read certain genres, mention that too. This won’t eliminate requests from those authors who think they can get a genre past you, but it will greatly cut down on requests for unwanted genres.

Decide Ahead of Time How Many Books You Can Read and Review at any Given Time

You might be a fast reader, but you’re not a robot who reads non-stop. You probably have a general idea of how long it takes you to read a book. Not all book lengths are the same of course. Genre often dictates the length of a book. Try calculating a general idea of read time and stick to a reasonable amount of books per month. If you begin to get overwhelmed, you always have the option of adding a temporary notice on your blog stating that you aren’t accepting any books at the moment, but will let authors know when you are.

Ask For Those All-Important Backlinks 

Authors are a diverse group of individuals, just like any other group of people. Most are super nice and appreciative.While your main objective for book blogging should be to help inform readers, you are also helping authors in their quest to find an audience for their books. Writing well-constructed, thoughtful book reviews takes time. If an author is requesting that you read and post a review of his or her book, it's perfectly acceptable to ask them to share your review. Your time is VALUABLE, so don’t sell yourself short. Politely requesting (via a sentence or two on your "About" page) that authors include links back to your original review is a great way to strengthen your reputation as a serious book reviewer. 

Learn to Say No

You do not have to agree to read and review every single book that is offered to you. If a book isn’t your cup of tea, then say so. Remember, your time is valuable. Who wants to struggle over a book simply out of obligation? Reading is supposed to be an enjoyable pastime, not a painful, boring chore.



So, Book Bloggers, what do you think? What works for you? What are some of your experiences? Let me know in the comment section below!