Book Sprout – Bloodstone (The Curse of Time Book 1) #marketing #ideas #writingcommunity #payingitforward

Now, that my publisher Next Chapter has decided to go wide, it seems like a sound decision to offer my YA Fantasy Bloodstone to potential reviewers on Booksprout, which is a garnering reviews site, with 40,000 reviewers. I’m trying it out and will be comparing Booksprout to Book Sirens which I have already been using for some time.

My author page on Booksprout: https://booksprout.co/book/97046/bloodstone-a-paranormal-fantasy-adventure-the-curse-of-time-book-1

To download an ARC review copy: https://booksprout.co/arc/83725/bloodstone-a-paranormal-fantasy-adventure-the-curse-of-time-book-1

Booksprout appeals to me as it links to many book buying sites, that BookSirens doesn’t, (Sirens only has Amazon, Goodreads, and BookBub,) whereas the sprout offers the possibility of reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, Smashwords as well as Goodreads and BookBub. Obviously, not all reviewers will post to all sites and you are limited in number to how many you can choose but still… it seems like a good option.

Also, it seems fairly easy to use. They claim that you can set up an ARC in ten minutes. I didn’t time myself but it seemed quick!

Also, the Sprout offers a free service – first 20 reviews for one ARC for free. Only downside is basic ARC Freeloader protection on the free version – there is a way to check a reviewer’s email for ARC reviewer’s blocks. This tool debugs why a particular reviewer may not be able to download your ARC. It will display any known or potential blocks that would prevent them from doing so.

So, try the free version at your peril. You can upgrade at a click of a button to pay for the full service including total piracy control. This starts at $10 a month for up to 50 reviewers per ARC.

Oh, and beware if you get any emails saying a reviewer couldn’t download your ARC. Ignore, or point them in the direction of the Sprout… all this is handled by the Sprout, this is a red flag.

Another reason for trying to increase my readership and reviews is the imminent release of Book 2, Golden Healer. The finished manuscript is awaiting edits with my publisher, the cover is done – and looks spectacular… cover reveal soon.

Let me know if you would like to be part of my release Team! For Book 2, Golden Healer.

If you are interested in reviewing Bloodstone on Booksprout, or perhaps if you’ve already read Bloodstone and are willing to add your reviews to sites such as Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, and Smashwords, etc, please do! I need all the help I can get and am happy to pay it forward.

I do believe that Bloodstone and The Curse of Time series deserve a wider audience, like so many indie and small press books. And I hope you might help me to achieve that aim.

With regard to paying it forward, I recently starting a Bookstagram review account where I share my reviews. I’ve written close to 200, so not sure how long this will take me to catch up! So, please do follow, like and share to help me grow this and to encourage me to do so! I will mainly be sharing independent, small press authors with a few traditionally published favourites too. Plus some quotes celebrating my love of books, etc…

My new Bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjm_reviews/

Once I’ve tried out the sprout and concluded my thoughts on the sirens I will give you the lowdown on my observations. And, I still have to try Voracious Readers… Next!

So, if you have any experience with any of these review garnering sites please comment below.

Blogging Sites For Authors and Bloggers

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Good Morning bloggers and authors. I would like to share with you some great sites I’ve found for helping, sharing and linking with fellow authors and bloggers.

Free-Blog-Publicity-Tips

Here they are:

Koobug is about authors.”

“Koobug is a place for you to read authors’ blogs, learn about their books, interact with them, and start blogging for yourself.

Koobug is a site for writers to show and sell their work. We feature links to buying elsewhere, and will soon be releasing our own book reader apps and software, giving authors a much better cut of the price.

Koobug was created by writers and authors – both traditionally and self-published. We want our site to encourage and let people discover high quality writing. We hope this site inspires you to start or continue writing, and that it helps you to achieve great things. Write to be read.

Koobug is evolving; you can follow that evolution on our own blog, in the ‘latest from us’ section.”

Link: http://koobug.com/

A twitter find today: Free Facebook advertising from LP Training.

This sounds good, still to investigate thoroughly but you can download or click the videos to watch.

Link: https://lptraining.leadpages.net/facebookadvertising/?utm_content=buffer92d11&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Word Factory – Writing sites round up in January

Including submitting tips from the Curtis Brown Agency:

Link: http://www.thewordfactory.tv/site/january-round-up-2/#more-3063

Blots and Plots. How to find a freelance editor:

From Jenny Bravo, some tips about finding a freelance editor.

Link: http://blotsandplots.com/2015/01/26/find-a-freelance-editor/

First draft post:

Author Rebecca Bradley Interviewing Rebecca Muddiman about her first draft process:

Link:  http://rebeccabradleycrime.com/2015/01/23/whats-your-first-draft-like-rebecca-muddiman/comment-page-1/#comment-21273

Free e-books for writers:

Guest post from Ronovan from Ronovan Writes on Jen’s Pen Den, with five excellent book suggestions for writers, including Write Good Or Die!

Link: https://jenspenden.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/free-ebooks-writers/

Making your own e-books:

Six part series of making your own e-books by David Cronin on Sally Cronin’s blog:

Link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-ebook-doctor-formatting-your-book/

Bloggers link up:

This link up is from Vicky who “works from home as a writer, social media marketer and sometime bookkeeper.”

Link: http://www.singlemotherahoy.com/2015/01/linky-linky.html

Monday Blogs:

Got something to say on a Monday? Look no further shout it out using #MondayBlogs Twitter Hastag via Rachel Thompson of Bad red head Media. There’s a Giveaway too, but hurry it finishes very soon.

Link: http://badredheadmedia.com/2015/01/05/january-2015-mondayblogs-giveaway/?utm_content=bufferf3eff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Directory of Memes:

I had a go at doing this earlier on in one of my previous blog posts. Lisa Wolf of Book Shelf Fantasies is compiling a directory of memes so contact her if you would like to be added.

Link: http://bookshelffantasies.com/book-blog-meme-directory/

Creative commons licenses for your blog:

Link: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

To finish off this Tuesday morning post I’d recommend stopping by photogwriter blog, this stunning photo of Seattle King County Public Library is from SHARI BRADBURY, photographer and writer.

Link: http://photogwriter.com/2015/01/22/the-seattle-king-county-public-library/comment-page-1/#comment-851

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