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Book Blog Tours – an opportunity you should take advantage of!

When I published my book in the summer, I realised that I was going to have to take charge of marketing and getting it out there to the public.  It was a tad daunting to say the least! But thankfully there is someone out there who can help: Samantha Robey at CPL Blog Tours  – http://www.clpblogtours.com/.  For, what I thought was a very reasonable price, she will organise an online book tour for your book.  This means it will be reviewed and featured on several blogs.  High-Heels And Slippers! was featured on fifteen different blogs. You may even have the opportunity to write a guest blog piece or take part in an author Q&A.   All of this is fantastic exposure for your book and increases your profile as a writer.  Added to that, hopefully, if your book is well received, you will have some great reviews which may lead to more sales and you can use them for further advertising.

I found Samantha to be professional, extremely efficient and great at communicating.  She’s also a writer herself, which means she understands her clients’ needs.

She has recently published her first novel, Destined To Fail.  You can buy a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Destined-to-Fail-ebook/dp/B005XNI560   

Samantha was kind enough to take part in her own Q & A for me which you can read below.  You can also click on this link to find out more about her blog tours: http://www.clpblogtours.com/    

I would definitely use her services again and I urge you to consider doing the same!  Thank you Samantha! 🙂

Samantha Robey Q&A

As a book blog tour coordinator you must have read plenty of book reviews! What advice would you give someone about to write their first ever book review?

I am flashing back to when I wrote my first book review for Chick Lit Plus, which was for The Agency by Ally O’Brien on October 16, 2009. Wow, long time ago! My advice would be to try to just be you in your writing. When I first started reviews, I thought I had to sound really stuffy and knowledgeable and use industry words and have a dashing tagline at the end of each. That did not last very long. Now, my reviews reflect my personality and let me have more fun with each review that I write.

What do you think are the benefits for putting a book on an online book tour?

The exposure you receive. With CLP Blog Tours, I have had authors be found by national magazines through the tour site alone, which was super exciting to me – and her! But it’s also a chance for bloggers to meet you, and then their followers to meet you. The internet is one big hangout – you just have to join the party!

Has anyone ever submitted a review you felt you couldn’t publish?

Thankfully, no. I know the majority of my Fantastic Bloggers really well, and continue to get to know and enjoy working with the newbies to the group 🙂 I have read book reviews on other sites and even Amazon that just cut down the author and make me want to cry for them. I do let my bloggers know that if they don’t think they can give a positive review, they have the option of choosing a Novel Spotlight instead. That way, the author is still getting the exposure, but without an unfavorable review. I do think there is a difference though between a negative review and one that gives constructive criticism. As an author myself, it’s impossible not to expect an unfavorable review, and I think there can be helpful ones.

You have also recently published your own book, Destined To Fail.  Did you always know you were going to write a book? 

Yes. I knew from the time I was a little girl that writing was I wanted to do. In truth, I thought everyone wanted to be a writer. It took me years to figure out that not everyone can spin a story – and I don’t just mean fiction. I wrote killer essays in school and did it with barely a thought. I wasn’t just book smart, I had a way with words – or so I was constantly told. When I was in high school, I finally caught on that maybe I was talented at this thing called writing and should pursue it. I’m so happy I did.

Some writers are creatures of habit and follow the same writing routine every day; is this the way you work?

In a way, yes. I like to write in the mornings, and I always have a set goal each day. Sometimes it’s a word count, other times it’s finishing a section. And I wrote my first book in the same fashion that I am doing for my second. Write out the whole first draft, then come back and start slashing with my red pen. Some like to edit while they are writing, and I just can’t do it. I would get too caught up in the edits and miss the flow of writing.

What was it like to receive your first book review? 

Mind boggling. I was writing book reviews for two years when I got my first review. It was surreal to read what another person was saying about my characters. I never thought that way as “just” a book reviewer. I spoke about the characters, like and dislikes etc, but to read someone talking about my characters took me to a whole new level. It was very touching, and quite emotional. I cried, of course.

What advice could you give to other writers considering epublishing their work?

Take your time, make sure you have everything 110% before hitting publish.

Do you have a favorite writing-snack?

Ice cream! I think that’s just my favorite overall snack. I’ve been trying to get healthier, and lately I have been eating a lot of crackers and cheese when I take my breaks.

Which writer, alive or dead, do you most admire and why?

Always a tough one, but I have to go with my favorite of all favorite authors and say Ann M. Martin. She was such as inspiration to me since I was a young girl fascinated by the Baby-Sitters Club.

If it’s raining outside are you wearing a raincoat or carrying an umbrella?

Usually it’s just the raincoat. Or really, a sweatshirt with a hood. I did have a really cute black umbrella with pink polka dots, and the wind ruined it one day. So now it’s the sweatshirt!

If the presenters of the TV show What Not To Wear turned up at your place of work, with the $5000 gift card and offer of a style makeover, would you be outraged, mortified or relieved? 

Relieved! I would gladly welcome them in. My sense of style bores me, but I have no idea how to change it. Come on in!

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The Callum Interview!

Your chance to interview High-Heels And Slippers! heart-throb CALLUM DOHERTY  – post a question for him on Josie’s blog right now! http://highheelsandslippers.wordpress.com/  (I wonder if this is a good idea? Eek!)

Also check out my guest post on “The Thing About Writing” @ http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/ and thank you Kathleen for the FAB 4 STAR review: 

High-Heels & Slippers! was one hell of an entertaining book to read!”

YAY! 🙂

I hope you’re having a productive day everyone! Ella

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Writing Retreats!

Thank you to Tea And Scribbles (FAB name for a blog btw!) for posting my guest post on writing retreats today: http://teaandscribblesbooks.blogspot.com/ 

If you have time please nip over to have a look and check out all the book reviews at the same time! 🙂

Cheers – Ella 🙂

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News!

Gosh it’s been a while since I did a blog here, or for Josie, so I thought it must be time to catch up and let you all know what’s going on at the moment.  It’s been quite busy in the High-Heels And Slippers department and I haven’t had much time to write much at all (even though I am VERY excited about getting my second book, currently named Holding Me Up, ready for publication).    Truth is that book marketing takes up a lot of time!  

I am ECSTATIC  to let you know that High-Heels And Slippers is now officially available for $12.99 in paperback at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/High-Heels-Slippers-Ella-Slayne/dp/1466239328/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319042043&sr=8-1

A shipment of books is currently on its way to me  in readiness for a book launch party planned in November (eek!).  Must give another shout out to Marek Jagucki for the AWSOME cover!  Such a talent – check out his website: http://www.mjcartoons.co.uk/

I’m also so excited to let you know that the High-Heels And Slippers online blog tour will take place between the 28th November and 19th December.   Thank you to all the FIFTEEN (eek!) reviewers taking part  I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book! And a BIG thank you to Samantha Robey who swiftly and efficiently organised the whole thing!  Click on this link for her contact details and details of the tour: http://chicklitplusblogtours.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/high-heels-and-slippers-by-ella-slayne/

I will be posting updates on the blog. 🙂

I’m also thrilled to taking part in an author Q&A at Chick Lit Central on January 5th.  This website is a must for Chick Lit fans! Check it out: http://chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspot.com/

So it’s all go and no doubt Josie is feeling a tad neglected but I’ll get to her in the next few days – I promise!

Hope you’re all having a FAB week! Please feel free to stop by the blog and say “hello!” 🙂

 

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Blown Away!

Ok so the internet apparently turned twenty a couple of days ago.  Seems unbelievable that it’s only been twenty years since it was launched and now it has become such an integral part of our lives.   I’ve been even more aware of this since I released High-Heels And Slippers as an ebook.  Not just because of the whole epublishing thing, which would simply not have existed twenty years ago, but because I’ve been researching and sourcing relevant networks, forums, websites.  It is absolutely incredible how much is out there.  How much support and advice you can find just by doing careful internet searches.  And it blows me away!

It’s fantastic that you can reach like-minded people all over the globe, that you can share info and learn from each other.  I love humans – I love humans because of what we can achieve, because we have this wonderful urge and ability to reach out and communicate.  It’s empowering and humbling at the same time.

I’ve been reaching out on Twitter, Facebook and the internet.  I’ve joined new forums like SheWrites and ChickLit Writers. I’ve subscribed to more blogs so that I can learn from the poeple who write them. I’m making comments and asking questions. And I’m meeting some lovely people along the way – thank you to the internet for making this possible.  Happy 20th Birthday!

Have a great day everyone! 🙂

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I Felt The Fear – And Did It Anyway!

Gulp! I have self-published High-Heels And Slippers as an ebook.  And it feels super-scary and super-exciting at the same time.  And it has been a HUGE learning curve! 

I’d been thinking about it for a while but had stalled because of the fear of rejection and the negative image that self-publishing has had in the past.  But all that has changed, more and more people are using ereaders and with that authors now have the opportunity to put their work out there, if they choose, without the middle man.  There is no doubt that the world of publishing is changing and I decided to take advantage of that.

I am not a computer whizz by any stretch of the imagination.  A lot of time was spent stressing over the formatting.  I downloaded software and  taught myself about the difference between a word document, epub and html.   There’s so much information available and thank goodness most of it in comprehensible for a computer-dummy like me!  I bought my ISBN numbers, I set up accounts on Smashwords, Amazon Kindle and Pubit.  I read ebooks on epublishing and emarketing – which I’m still reading of course! 

There was so much to learn and at times I thought my head would explode!   I have to say that I found the Smashwords StyleGuide by Mark Coker essential reading and would highly recommend anyone thinking of epublishing their book to read it – here’s the link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52  There is also a marketing guide which is very useful: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305  They are both FREE!

After the initial struggles, the rest of the process was relatively easy.  In less than 24 hours my book for sale on both the Amazon and Smashwords websites!  I put a link on my Facebook page and almost immediately someone bought my book – it was incredible!   Since then I’ve had some more sales  – it feels amazing after three years of work that there are people out there reading my book! 

I’m not sure whether self-epublishing will ever replace the benefits of having a professional agent though, obviously it’s a huge benefit to be able to access the wealth of information and contact that someone in the world of publishing has. But I do think self-publishing my book and having it out there in accessible to the public is much better than having it sitting on my computer hard-drive or stuck in an agent’s slush-pile. 

Now of course I’m working on my marketing strategy and I’m waiting for the feedback  – eek! I must confess to bouts of panic as I wonder what the response will be.  It will be the feedback of the readers who will determine the success of my book. 

Ultimately though, I feel empowered by my epublishing experience and I’m so glad I took the plunge!

What about you? Are you thinking of breaking out into the world of epublishing?  Or are you too apprehensive? Maybe you already have?  Is it working for you? I would love to hear about your epublishing experience! 

Ella 🙂

PS: High-Heels And Slippers is available now @ http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/75878  and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005E8KCUG

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A Little Motivation – if you need it!

Three quotations to provide a little motivation  – because this writing malarkey can seem a little overwhelming at times! 😉 I’ll be using these as inspiration this week…

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. Anon 

Yep – time to get those ideas down on paper.

The best way out is always through.  Robert Frost

I know! I know! It’s just that editing is sooooooooo hard!!!

Constant dripping hollows out a stone. Lucretius

Just gonna take it one step at a time…hope it’s a good week whatever project you’re tackling! 🙂

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