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Book promotion: review round up and considering covers

Teaser for Dark Dates 2

My promotional blitz for my ebook Dark Dates is continuing, and I must admit I’m finding it a fascinating process: seeing just how many passionate book bloggers there are out there, and how there really is a book blogging community. So what have I been doing online this past week?

I was thrilled to be the first author to take part in When Pen Met Paper’s new feature, Author Talk, on my by-now-familiar topic of why neither genre fiction nor its fans are stupid. This was followed by a guest post, giveaway and review over at Close Encounters of the Night Kind – and of course, the great thing about digital publishing is once you have formatted copies of your book, giveaways cost nothing – it’s not like having to pay out for hard copies. This was rounded up by a very nice review over at Nocturnal Book Reviews.

Meanwhile, over at Strictly Writing, I’ve been talking about cover design: how do you decide what images best sell your book, especially if you are on a budget?

More ebook promotion – doing the rounds online

I’ve spent much of the last few weeks getting in touch with bloggers to promote my book, Dark Dates. It’s been a lot of fun, though it has involved quite a lot of work – and talking about myself a lot, which is a bit of a weird experience. I even did a radio interview!

The process has shown me, though, that there are a lot of blogs out there willing to engage with an indie author, and it’s really worth connecting with them.

First up was actually a friend of mine: a crafter called Stella My Star who kindly did a Dark Dates themed post.

I did a guest post on writing about vampires (and provided an excerpt and giveaway, which is always popular) over at Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, and a similarly themed post at the Open Book Society, who also reviewed the book.

A post on why London is such a great backdrop to a novel was topical during the Olympics opener, over at Stella Ex Libris, and I did a Q&A over on author Nicole Faith Hill’s blog – she does an indie author spotlight and is keen to support other authors.

I got nice reviews over at Miranda Stork and My Tower of Books – the latter I followed up with a guest post which will hopefully be going live soon.

And last but not least, my cover designer Caroline put together this teaser image for the next book, and wrote about it here.

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