Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In Praise of Book Bloggers

I have a confession to make. I've fallen in love with book bloggers.

In the last 24 hours I've been checking out book bloggers in the hopes of finding a few reviewers for Treasure Me, which will appear in the Amazon Kindle store next week.

A few more confessions: I'm rarely in cyberspace. I don't own a cell phone. If I find time to sit in front of the tube, it's usually for a dose of BBC America or to watch a movie with my four young adult children. We have a rule: Mom can't spoil the film by revealing the plot when she figures it out. If I am on my computer, it's usually to flesh out a first draft. Most revisions (and more revisions and more revisions) are completed long-hand. Usually with Nala staring at me as I scribble away in my easy chair:


Sandy, my golden retriever, also harasses me as I revise (biscuit! biscuit!) but I don't have a pic of her presently; she's wandering the house in search of socks to steal.

Back to book bloggers. They're amazing. Sweet, special people drifting through cyberspace with the message that literature is a good thing and you ought to pick up a book and read.

Regardless of your tastes, there's a book blog that's right for you. Women's fiction, high literature, mystery, suspense, romance, experimental fiction--somewhere on this pretty blue planet a dedicated bibliophile is spending her precious time posting in her blog so that you'll know what to read, what's new, what's not-so-new but damn good so you should hurry to the library and dig the book out from the stacks. Some bloggers are open to reviewing e-books (thank the heavens) which allows many novels that weren't published in the traditional method to reach the light of day.

Here's my last confession: I spent several years watching my various novels garner interest with the heavy hitters in NYC. I was sure Random House would pick up Second Chance Grill. An editor at the Penguin Group was so enthusiastic about publishing Treasure Me, and the rest of the Liberty series, in hardcover, that I spent several months sweating bullets while writing a series proposal. When Wall Street melted down, so did the editor's interest. Which I understand. It's difficult to consider releasing a debut novelist when your publishing house is laying off your compatriots in droves.

Through it all, book bloggers continue to write about books they love and books they dislike. They keep interest in literature alive and--I suspect--they introduce younger readers to the delights of fiction. You can never get beneath another person's skin. IMHO the closest you'll get to understanding another human heart is through fiction. So please read. And visit those book bloggers in cyberspace for the sweetest celebration of literature you'll ever enjoy.

37 comments:

  1. Love this!! Thanks for the kind words for all us bloggers who are addicted to books!!
    Laurie
    http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.com

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    1. Just found this in a Twitter retweet - I completely agree - as an author I love finding blogs from readers. It complements the big review sites, and I thank you all for taking the time to read my book and comment on it.

      Just wanted to add my appreciation

      Erika

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  2. Laurie, Thank you for your kind comment. This week has been a real eye-opener. I had no idea--absolutely no idea--that there were so many lovely book blogs available.

    I'm checking out your site now, trying to figure out how to "join." Sheesh, blogging is difficult for a novice.

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  3. Thank you Christine for the nice comments about book bloggers. There are a lot of us out there. I always say you can never have too many books to read and review for others to make the choice to read.

    Babs
    The World of Book Reviews

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  4. The blog is very good!
    Congratulations!
    http://nelsonsouzza.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi Christine,

    Thank you for the lovely comments about book bloggers! I say, we're all very passionate readers and we love to read and let other readers know about great books out there!

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  6. Babs, Nelson and Nas--thank you for reading along! I've now carved out a few minutes of each day simply to dip into the many, interesting blogs available. What fun!

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  7. I couldn't agree more! I haven't been blogging for very long, but I love and adore books, blogs, and bloggers! I had no idea that this magical world existed - but I am so very glad and grateful that it does!

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  8. I'm with you, Stacey--I had no idea so many fabulous book blogs were available. A treasure trove in cyberspace!

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  9. Thank you for the kind comments on book bloggers, Christine. The love of books and just reading in itself in today's world is a wonderful thing!

    http://tracystreasureofbooks.blogspot.com/

    Oh yes, I am a new follower also on GFC as countrysunset40.

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  10. I agree, Tracy. No matter how distressing the national news or hectic the day, there's the comfort of thinking, "Ah, tonight I'll slip away to another world in a book."

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  11. Aww, thanks so much for your post about book blogger love! It's much appreciated! I love book blogging, sharing my love of books with more than my regular circle of friends and family, to reach new people and hopefully inspire them to pick up a new book or check out a new author makes all the effort worthwhile!

    Best of luck with your books!
    April @ My Shelf Confessions

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  12. Yay! It's so good to hear that we're being utilized!!! Thanks for the book blogger praise!

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  13. Can't help but love book bloggers, Meg. Independent publishing wouldn't exist without your dedication.

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  14. Fireflywishes: I'm utterly floored by the dedication, as well as the sacrifices book bloggers make on a daily basis. Somehow you manage your work, personal lives AND read, review, post consistently on your blog ... how DO you do it?! Every novelist struggling to reach an audience owes you a world of gratitude.

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  15. Thank you such a lovely post. The praise is heartwarming.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Lindsay and Readingdivas: many thanks for reading along!

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  17. It works both ways Christine. We book bloggers love and adore authors as well :) I could not have gotten to interact with so many authors without my blog.

    http://riteshkala.wordpress.com/

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  18. Such kind words for us bloggers, and such a sweet puppy :) I share your love of BBCAmerica. Good luck with your release!

    danielle.
    www.mymercurialmusings.com

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  19. Masbrat: Authors feel the same way--there's nothing as enjoyable as interacting with bloggers and the fans they draw to their sites.

    Danielle: Many thanks! Thank you for reading along.

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  20. Thank you for plugging of our author interview! You've been great for driving site traffic and subscribers.

    You are a talented writer, so keep pushing on with publicity. If you get your name out there as much as possible, people will look up your books because they've heard of you. But your bonus is that you have wonderful stories, that some self-published authors don't, so you are sure to keep your readers coming back for more.

    Good luck.

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  21. Many thanks for the Monday morning pat on the back, Rebecca! So glad you're increasing traffic to your site. It's a great blog.

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  22. Thanks, I really love this! I have just discovered you, and your book, but I will make it my mission to get hold of it and read it! :)

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  23. Many thanks, Steph. Here's hoping the characters in Treasure Me make you smile!

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  24. I couldn't agree more! I love the blogs! So much so that I have a page dedicated to the book bloggers on my site > http://fandomfanatic.blogspot.com/p/book-blogs_11.html

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  25. Excellent post. It made me smile to see Book Bloggers getting some love.
    If you would like to be featured or interviewed on the Authors Promoting Authors blog, please get in touch. We would love to have you :o)

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  26. Thank you for your kind words. I'm sure you made a lot of bloggers smile. :) Authors are pretty great, too. After all, someone needs to write the books we love!

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    1. Wilovebooks, Many thanks for reading along. I send this essay out on Twitter periodically to show some book blogger love!

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  27. Awesome article! we put a lot of hard work into our blogs and it so nice to know that people enjoy it. As a fellow writer I hope you do well in all your endeavors!

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    1. The people who run book blogs work hard to introduce new voices to the reading public. All authors owe you a debt of gratitude, Janiera.

      Many thanks for reading along.

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  28. Thank you so very much. I know that I have a love affair with books and I just want everyone to know about it.
    I would love to have you visit my corner of the world.
    http://wtfareyoureading.blogspot.com/

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    1. Many thanks for posting your contact info, Frishawn.

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  29. What a lovely post. Thanks for your kind words-- they inspire us to do a better job, and keep celebrating literature.

    www.inde-books.com

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  30. Nice post. I'm a book blogger fan too and recently started my own blog. Please check it out if you like. http://www.booksinjersey.com/

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    1. Many thanks for leaving your contact info--and for reading along!

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