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Monday, December 19, 2011

Guest Post: Seeking Guidance From Our Readers by Melissa Foster

Today we have not 1, but 2 posts supporting Melissa's newest book, Come Back to Me!
Our review and giveaway post will be this afternoon, 
but first, a Guest Post and appeal from Melissa!

come back to me cover




Writing a book is like birthing a baby. We write, and write, and write some more,
and then we edit, rewrite, and refine, until finally, the finished novel is born and we
are ready to hand it over to the world for all to see. Then, we hope and we pray that
our readers will enjoy the book—and often, we wait a very long time for our books
to be found. This is where you come in.


With over a million available books, it’s quite easy for one tiny title to get lost in the
fray. So tell me, dear readers, where do you turn to find your books? What’s your
go-to place? Recommendations from friends? Book blogs? Amazon? Book review
magazines?


What can authors do to make things easier for you?


There are so many venues for books—Amazon, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Shelfari, Blogs, Magazines. It’s a bit overwhelming for authors to figure out where to best connect with our readers. Because of this, I’ve recently opened the WoMen’s Literary Café, a venue where readers can see new releases the first week of each month, and where new and interesting titles are showcased throughout the month in combination with promoting our readers and encouraging reviews for our authors. 


We’re giving away free ebooks every Friday of 2012, and bringing new authors for you to discover on a weekly basis. WLC is staffed by authors and supported by bloggers and reviewers. Special people like authors Stacy S. Eaton, Amy Manemann, T.M. Souders, Wendy Young, G.E. Johnson, Emerald Barnes, Christine Cunningham, and Bonnie Trachtenberg, and the blogging community, led by Maria Snell and many others. Together, with your help, we can make the WLC community everything you hope for in a literary venue. Please share with us how we can make things easier for you to find us.


You can make a difference. If you share, we’ll listen.

1 comment:

  1. These days I pretty much get my book recommendations online. I am most interested in reading newly published and/or self-published authors at this time. I look to book blogs, social forums, writing groups, and such for my selections.

    One thing important to me in my selection is that the author be personable and appreciative of the efforts of those who support and promote him or her. For example, if a blogger posts a review of your book--comment on the review post, interact with your readers!

    I recently created and published a page for an author and have yet to hear two words: Thank you. Seriously! I've had viewers comment and share the page in social forums and such, but not a word to me personally from the author. Yes, the author approved the page, electronically, but it kind of peeves me that the author has not acknowledged the page. Will I promote this author again? Who knows...

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