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Friday, April 27, 2018

HowToDoItFrugally Authors Helps Writers Extend the Life of Great Book Reviews

HowToDoItFrugally Author Helps Writers Extend Life of Great Book Reviews


Sometimes a book review so good comes along that authors are loathe to let it die. They might include it in their media kit or add it to their websites. But then they run out of ideas for it. 

But wait! Its life can be extended with new Nonfiction Authors Association’s member Carolyn Howard-Johnson's blog.

The New Book Review (www.TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com) is a review blog that doesn't judge a book by its cover or by the press used to print it at no charge. If one reviewer loved a book, that qualifies it for more coverage. If a book is so new the author may submit a synopsis. Authors, publicists, and reviewers are asked to follow the guidelines given in the left column of the blog and, in return, are asked only to let their fans and the media know it is there through their networking channels. That helps expose every review on the blog (a cross-promotion of sorts) and gives authors an opportunity to reach the reading public.

Many authors who submit include author bios and information on their reviewers. In turn, authors use information in each review as a resource—the names of reviewers, review sites, publicists and more. A search engine helps visitors to find past reviews using keywords.

The blogger, Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. She is dedicated to helping other writers with free services like The New Book Review as well as the the books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers which have won multiple awards. That series includes both the first and second editions of The Frugal Book Promoterand The Frugal Editor which have won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next 
Generation Indie Books and the coveted Irwin award. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethicallyis the newest book in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers.

Howard-Johnson was an instructor for UCLA’s renowned Writer’s Program and is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. 
                  

More information on the blogger and writer is available at www.howtodoitfrugally.com. She also blogs at www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.comand writes the Back to Literature column for www.MyShelf.com

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