EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED
Written by Jillian Lauren and Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
ISBN # 978-0142181638
The Courage To Get What She Wants
What does it take to get a second chance at life?
AUNTY LEE’S CHILLED REVENGE
Written by Ovidia Yu and Reviewed By Ashley Hall
ISBN # 978-0062416490
William Morrow Paperbacks
Colorful Culture with a Side of Fanaticism
Calling all cozy-mystery food loving fanatics- Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge is for you! The third in a series, Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge is a delightful cozy mystery that even those who are not typically a fan of the sub genre (such as myself) will enjoy. It is also a great standalone novel for those who have yet to read the previous two.
Ashley Hall is an avid reader and writing enthusiast. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area where, when not reviewing books or attending to her multimedia business, AH Media Arts, she enjoys tea, dancing, red lipstick and rock music.
ROCK WITH WINGS
Written by Anne Hillerman and Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
ISBN # 9780062270511
A Different Lens
Anne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman, is continuing her father’s series with additional characters, new perspective and her own glorious interpretations of the landscape in the Navaho nation.
ONLINE MARKETING FOR BUSY AUTHORS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
Written by Fauzia Burke and Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
ISBN # 978-1-62656-785-6
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Plan, Prioritize, and Promote
Fauzia Burke’s Online Marketing for Busy Authors is an excellent resource. As the title suggests, she cuts to the heart of marketing, telling readers what they need to do to succeed. Unlike the short-cut to success programs where one size fits all, she gives readers a number of questions and invites them to draft their answers right in the book. In other words, she allows them to tailor her suggestions to their needs. She knows what she is doing and how to make her strategies work.
She divides a writer’s or publicist’s time into three phases: Getting Organized, Turning Your Thinking Into Action, and Staying the Course. Getting organized involves planning, prioritizing, and knowing your reader. Her suggestions for action are realistic and well reasoned. She talks about tracking what does and doesn’t work in her final suggestion. All of it is intended to help a writer push her work out into the world and leave her time to write her next book.
Author Fauzia Burke is the founder of FSB Associates, “one of the first firms to specialize in online publicity and marketing for publishers and authors.” She’s launched over 2000 publicity campaigns and many of the books she works with become bestsellers.
Burke presents her information in the most efficient style possible. She uses bullet points, bold print, and short clear sentences to make it easy for readers to take what is useful to them. Pulitzer finalist S.C. Gwynne has written the foreword, and Burke keeps her emphasis on marketing techniques rather than telling stories of her successe+++s as a less experienced person might do.
Get a copy for your current book and save this concise marketing guide for your next venture as well. Be your own best advocate with the help of Fauzia Burke’s advice.
DIMESTORE: A Writers Life
Written by Lee Smith and Reviewed by Ann McCauley
Published 2016 by Algonquin Press
Raised to Leave the Holler
Lee Smith ‘s descriptions of growing up in Appalachian coal country in the post war 1950’s will make readers forget the distractions of everyday life, as they lose themselves in this poignant memoir, Dimestore . If you have read any of her novels, you will love it. Or if this is your first Lee Smith book, you are in for a treat, and I guarantee you will be looking up her earlier works.