It’s my one-year anniversary with Rave Reviews Book Club! I’ve just renewed for another year with them because 1. the exposure can’t be beaten 2. I’ve gained readers and reviewers through them 3. I am part of a network of authors on Twitter who all help each other build a platform and gain exposure. All of this is really priceless, especially for an Indie author. I’m still new and still learning things almost daily to help my author promotion and platform, but this book club has really helped. I’ve been featured as book of the week, invited as a guest on two blog radio talk shows, part of a Book trailer party that got my book video seen, and have been welcome to many other opportunities, some which I haven’t tried yet, but I may do so this year. (There are a writer’s conference and the Spring Blog Party that I have yet to try). If you’d like to know more about this Book Club and author’s resource, go to http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com and see if you might want to join!
There is also another anniversary worth celebrating here. It has been one year and one month since I self-published a book! I’m still writing and getting ready to publish another, but I’d like to thank all of the helpful people I have met through various Facebook and other online groups as well! I’ve learned invaluable lessons such as where to get attribution-free photos, how to use Canva, what are some alternate e-book publishing venues, and how one actually writes a good blurb. I’m still working on that one! I love the camaraderie among indie authors, and though self-publishing is a time-consuming venture, I plan to continue! Look for news in June regarding my new release, a time-travel novel, and the Facebook event I have planned.
Along with the self-publishing journey, it was a year ago in January when I started blogging here at WordPress. I am so thankful for the bloggers I have met who share other writers’ material and posts and offer regular chances, such as Jackie’s “Echoes of My Neighborhood” at acookingpotandtwistedtales.com and Daniel Ray’s Re-blog opportunities at dreambigdreamoften.com. That and the many writing prompt opportunities, as well as the #weekendcoffeeshare, have helped me to meet more writers, network, and learn more about sharing my writing in multiple ways. Thank you, fellow writers!
Want to know how I got to be on an online Blog Talk Radio program on Aug. 27th? Or how I’ve worked my way up to 927 Twitter followers? How about the author who has posted my author interview on her blog? The truth is, it wasn’t all that difficult, and it wasn’t just because I published a book on Kindle. It all happened thanks to the help of some powerful networking, a tool no indie author could really live without, especially if they want to stay the course in these sometimes lonely waters. Let me tell you about Rave Reviews Book Club!
I imagine one could pay to have a PR company promote them. There are many book promo. sites that will tweet for you. I simply didn’t feel I could foot the bill for such a thing. You may have heard me mention Rave Reviews Book Club before. It is a grounding point for me as an indie author. I truly feel as if I am not alone since finding this community of writers and readers whose main goal is to show one another reciprocal support. Therefore, I may have joined this club in order to receive author support, but I remain, as my responsibility as a writer is to encourage other writers, to respect writing as an art, and to appreciate and promote other worthy authors, after all, I am still a reader and an appreciater of books and great Literature!
How does it work, you might wonder? Rave Reviews Book Club requires a nominal fee once per year, and with that, you are a member! Membership means you will get news of excellent books being published or going on sale, and as a writer, you will get to share your books and news. Your requirement is to follow other members on Twitter, purchase 4 books by fellow members yearly and review them on Amazon, and to share/retweet fellow members’ news of their books. In return, you will be supported with shares of your tweets and book information, you’ll have your book looked at, purchased and reviewed, and at some point, yours will be chosen as the book of the month. This all means much more exposure, what every indie author needs. Besides all of this, they have a blog talk radio show, a channel on Whatsapp (which I haven’t joined yet), and special programs such as the Back to School Blog party. It is amazing just how many types of author support they provide! I haven’t partaken in every little bit, but I just wanted to show that there are so many opportunities for networking and spreading news of your book at this club. After a few months, I had been chosen as Member of the Week, which is a huge Twitter support storm, and about a month later, I was chosen to talk for a few minutes about my book on their Blog Talk Radio show, which was an exciting opportunity!
A.M. Manay, @ammanay on Twitter, a talented fellow member, made this graphic and Twitter blasted it during my Member of the Week “reign.”
I’ve had the opportunity to read and review such excellent authors as Bruce A. Borders, author of Over My Dead Body, http://amzn.to/2d1w7Qw and J.R. Barrett, author of Winnerland, http://amzn.to/2d1uC4H. By the way, I highly suggest you read both of them! These are books I might not have discovered otherwise.
Another type of author support some of the members use is author promotion on their blogs. Check out the site of Kim Cox, http://twitter.com/KimCoxAuthor, fellow published author and RRBC member! This is the link to the author interview she posted on her blog for me: http://kimwrtr.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/the-writers-journey-guest-author-pamela-schloesser-canepa/
All of this support and the attitude of mutual encouragement are rubbing off on me. I have decided to add a Book Reviews section to my blog and will post my reviews here on the blog in addition to Amazon or the author’s preferred site. Please check back to see this feature on my page!
Are you interested in the policies and perks of the Rave Reviews Book Club? I encourage you to visit their site and join up at http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/join-here/ and if you sign up, tell them Pamela Schloesser Canepa sent you there! Yes, they even have perks for getting new members signed up. I seriously love being a part of this Book Club.
Go now, check out Rave Reviews Book Club at the site above!