Sunday, February 17, 2013

A New Site Better Than Goodreads?


Publishers Weekly says, the new site Bookish will feature exclusive content about books and authors and will work with USA Today to integrate Bookish into the newspaper’s book page site.

CEO Ardy Khazaei said the new site will "provide as many pathways to [book] discovery as possible." There are already about 400,000 author profile pages and title pages for all books on the site and consumers can search for books in eighteen major categories or genres. Readers can add reviews and rate books and Bookish folks hope that a required registration will limit the number of reviews from readers with nefarious purposes and what has come to be known as swarming. Learn more at: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/55808-bookish-goes-live.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly%27s+PW+Daily&utm_campaign=b2310ceddf-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email. For best results, copy and paste this ultra long URL to find PW's article.
And, yes. I'm suggesting that authors of every ilk give their books this extra exposure if their publishers aren't doing it for them--and maybe even if they are. Authors tend to be uniquely equipped to know their strengths and can modify online presence to target different audiences. 
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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