Hey All, I'm very excited to tell you about a HOA* event that I will be part of together with Sheila from Book Journey, Vera from Luxury Reading and Jessica from Crossroad Reviews.
Watch us this Friday, September 19 (Show Time: 9am PT | 10am MT | 11am CT | 12pm ET ) as we chat with host Mia Voss from The Mia Connect, who has asked us to share with her audience our knowledge of book blogging: and what it means for readers, authors and publishers.
When: Friday, September 19
Show Time: 9am PT | 10am MT | 11am CT | 12pm ET
About the show:
This week on +The Mia Connect Power Chat we tackle the topic of Book Blogging! What is it? Who does it? Book Bloggers provide a great service in helping the every day reader find exactly what they want and the type of books they like best!
On this show we will dive into several perspectives:
Readers - Learn how book bloggers are in the know about what is trending _right now and we'll chat about the next great read - blog reviews can be so much more indepth than an amazon review!
Writers & authors – Book bloggers are reviewing the latest & greatest books, they help book sales, publishers pay attention to them and send them the books that they want everyone to know about, they know what’s trending. Book Bloggers can make a difference in your books sales!
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Seeing a package in my mailbox gets my heart racing. Yipee! Another book to add to my collection of great books sent to me by authors, publicists, publishers, blogger friends, Goodreads win and so forth. (We bloggers are very resourceful when it comes to getting free books! Heh heh!) But this same enthusiasm for wanting to read almost every book whose cover has us salivating is also our downfall.
Too many books begin to pile up, deadlines for reviews start to close in on us, work is hectic, the kids need our attention, and our house looks like the tornado from The Wizard of Oz blew through it. How do we get it all done without losing it?
First, we take a deep breath and tell ourselves it can be done. With the right mind frame, the right tools and a few organizational tips. Here's what is helping me keep sane as a book blogger, tour coordinator, and full-time working mom:
1. Set specific goals for accepting books.
Let's face it, you can't accept every book offered to you. Make it a goal to accept only books that you know you will have time to read. Keep a working calendar handy so that you can track what is going on in your working life every month. You're organizing a major event in May, along with planning for your summer vacation and helping the kids with their end-of-year school projects? Adjust your review schedule and think about accepting fewer books for that month. Calculate how many books you can realistically read in a month and set a goal for which ones you will accept--will it be books to complete your challenges, books from your own shelf or books from a specific publisher or tour company?
2. Create a spreadsheet.
This is easier to do than you may think. I use Google spreadsheets and I love it. No prior experience required. Keep a list of books you are reviewing and note the date you received it, the date you are to post the review, name of publisher, publicist or author who sent it to you, the tour company, if it includes a giveaway, author interview or guest post, and the sites you crosspost to.
3. Categorize your Lists
I keep several lists by genre because I'm an eclectic reader. I have a spreadsheet for children's books, middle-grade, YA and adult. I also have one just for audiobooks. It's a good idea if you host giveaways to have a spreadsheet to track which books you're giving away, start and end dates, winner info and when you sent info to publisher. It doesn't matter how you categorize your lists, just make sure it helps you keep track of what you're reading. You might begin to see a trend, which is fun.
4. Have a Family Calendar
Every year at Costco I buy the oversized More Time Moms Family Organizer which I thumbtack to my kitchen bulletin board. On it I keep track of: my published posts for all my three blogs, doctor and dentist appointments, family events, music lessons, anniversaries, book launches, dance lessons, sports, ped days, school activities, etc. Yup, it all fits in there! And with cute stickers too. With everything on my mind, this calendar keeps me sane because I can see all I have to do at a glance.
5. Make Use of Printables for Home Management and Blogging
I just discovered Life Your Way that has free downloadable printables. I'm a list kind of gal and when organizing lists are already made out for me, and I only have to check things off, that saves me time and energy.
6. Take the time to regroup once a week
On Sundays, I try to unplug and look at the week ahead of me and what I need to do. I prepare myself mentally. I make an action plan and I prioritize things that are essential to do that week. I try to plan my meals too. Our mind is a powerful tool. When you can see the big picture and are prepared for it, it's less overwhelming. And things actually get done!
7. Get enough sleep, limit junk food and exercise!
I know, this one seems like a no-brainer but they are the first things to go when we are overwhelmed and pressed for time. Getting to bed one hour earlier, choosing nuts and yogourt over a danish and taking the stairs instead of the elevator do make a difference. They do, I promise you, they do. :-)
Laura Fabiani is an author and book blogger who shares her love of books on Library of Clean Reads. She is also owner of iRead Book Tours and Italy Book Tours. Fabiani offers and coordinates virtual book tour services for authors and publishers.
"The heir to a gondola empire rejects his birthright but comes full circle in this fascinating glimpse into late-Renaissance Venice by art historian–turned-novelist Morelli."
- Kirkus Reviews
Join us for this historical fiction book tour from April 28 to May 23! If you're interested in this tour leave a comment or contact us.
Book Title: The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli
Category: Adult fiction
Genre: historical fiction
Published: March 3, 2014
Available in: Print and e-book formats
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: April 28 to May 23, 2014
Content Rating: PG-13
From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.
When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.
Praise for The Gondola Maker:
"I'm a big fan of Venice, so I appreciate Laura Morelli's special knowledge of the city, the period, and the process of gondola-making. An especially compelling story."
--Frances Mayes, author, Under the Tuscan Sun
"Laura Morelli has done her research, or perhaps she was an Italian carpenter in another life. One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands."
--Pamela Sheldon Johns, author, Italian Food Artisans
"While a wealth of period lore and beautifully rendered setting—the city’s unique sounds, smells, and heritage—dominate her novel, Morelli creates poignantly convincing characters in this handsome coming-of-age novel about adoration, pain, and destiny."
- Publishers Weekly
Meet the Author:
Laura Morelli earned a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She has taught college art history in the U.S.
and at Trinity College in Rome. She is the creator of the authentic guidebook series that includes Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, published by Rizzoli. Laura is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler and other national magazines and newspapers. A native of coastal Georgia, she is married and is busy raising four children. The Gondola Maker is her first work of fiction.
Connect with Laura here: www.lauramorelli.com
Book Tour Schedule
This tour is fully booked
April 28 - Chronicles - review
April 30 - The YA Lit Chick - review
May 1 - Pix Me! Photography - review
May 5 - Reading, Writing, Working, Playing - review / giveaway
May 6 - View From the Birdhouse - review / giveaway
May 7 - Peeking Between the Pages - review / giveaway
May 7 - Paulette's Papers - book spotlight
May 8 - She Reads Novels - review
May 9 - Book Dilettante - review / interview
May 12 - Savings in Seconds - review / giveaway
May 13 - Library of Clean Reads - review / author interview
May 13 - Historical Tapestry - book spotlight / guest post
May 14 - The 1000th Voice - review
May 14 - Bless Their Hearts Mom - book spotlight / giveaway
May 15 - All Things Bookie - review
May 16 - Based on a True Story... - review / giveaway
May 19 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review / spotlight
May 20 - FLY HIGH! - guest post / giveaway
May 20 - Views From the Countryside - review
May 21 - Tales of the Marvelous - review
May 22 - Musings from Sri Lanka - review
May 23 - In This World of Books - review
May 23 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review
May 26 - Every Free Chance Reader - book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 - Ivory Owl Reviews - review / author interview
May 28 - Black'n Gold Girl's Book Spot - review
June 2 - Essentially Italian... author and book spotlight
June 5 - Historical Fiction Connection - book spotlight and giveaway
June 6 - 2 Kids and Tired Books - review
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Not only does Lauren do a fantastic job of organizing the tour and communicating with you at every step of the way, but I found the tour hosts that signed up for her tour to be of a higher caliber. The reviews that I got on this tour were thoughtful and well-written and I noticed an uptick in sales during this tour. I also appreciated the fact that many of her tour hosts that wrote reviews posted them on multiple sites, not just on their blog or Instagram account. This is invaluable to an author. I highly recommend Lauren and iReads Book Tours. - Allyson Rice, author of The Key to Circus-Mom Highway
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- Michelle Cox, author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novels
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