September 23, 2013

This blog has a new location

Posted in Important tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

Hello everyone,

I want to thank you all for following and subscribing to my blog. I need to inform you that my blog has moved to a new location. The new URL is www.christinerice-author.com, and it is now part of a self-hosted website instead of a WordPress.com website. My next post will be published on my “new” blog.

If you subscribed to my blog via email, your email subscription will be forwarded to the new blog, so you will continue to receive email notifications when I publish new posts. If you are following my blog through WordPress.com, you will need to follow my new blog in order to get notified of new posts. To do so, click here and, after making sure you’re signed into WordPress, click “follow” in the upper-left corner of the page.

And that’s it. It just involves re-following my blog at its new location.

I appreciate all of you for reading and commenting on my blog posts for the last one year and eight months. I look forward to providing many more updates on my books, book reviews, and author interviews, and having many more interactions with you in the future.

Take care, and keep writing and reading :)

Christine

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October 4, 2012

How You Can Organize and Run Your Own Blog Tour – Part 1

Posted in Blog Tours tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:31 pm by Christine Rice

As most of you know, I recently finished up a month-long blog tour for my book, Freelance Writing Guide. I feel the blog tour was a success, because all of the bloggers posted on the correct days, there was effective communication between me and the bloggers, I made some valuable connections for the future, and it generally went smoothly and was easy to keep up with. Below I will share with you my tips on organizing and running your own blog tour.

For a month-long blog tour, you will need to start organizing it one month in advance.

I started announcing my blog tour around July 23rd (my blog tour started August 29th). I posted my announcement and my request for bloggers to participate on Facebook, Twitter, Writer’s Digest Community, LinkedIn, and here on my blog. Doing those posts was a good means of self-promotion, but it did not draw the interest of many bloggers who would participate in my blog tour. So I checked all of the blogs I had followed on WordPress by looking at my “reader” on the main WordPress page. I also checked the Blogger blogs I followed through Google Friend Connect (GFC) by going to a Google blog that I knew I followed and clicking on my profile picture in the list of followers; that brought up my GFC profile, which had a list of all the blogs I followed.

I checked out each of the blogs that seemed to be for writers or readers, to see if the blog owner was a book reviewer or an author interviewer. These types of bloggers usually have a page on their blogs that explains what types of books they review and/or their book review policy, what types of authors they host on their blog, and their contact information. If they reviewed nonfiction books or hosted nonfiction authors, I contacted them by sending them a message from their blog’s contact form (located on a page of their blog), or by emailing them if the email address was provided. I rarely came across bloggers that provided no means of contact. But if that was the case, I posted a comment on their “about me” page or on their most recent blog post.

I had not followed enough blogs in the past to acquire enough bloggers to host me, so I had to look at additional methods. In a comment to my blog post on here, Patty Apostolides kindly suggested I check out Book Blogs. I had never heard of the term “book blog” before, but I quickly learned what it meant. A book blog is a blog where the blog owner posts book reviews on their blog, and sometimes author interviews and giveaways. Book Blogs was where I found most of the bloggers for my blog tour. I will tell you how. After joining Book Blogs, the first thing I did was scroll through every one of their interest groups (currently there are 490) to find the ones that related to my purpose of acquiring bloggers who’d be interested in hosting me. Every time I saw a possible group to join, I wrote the name of the group down on a notepad. After I had gone through all of the groups, I separately typed the name of each of the groups I had on my notepad into the search bar on the group listing page to bring the group up. I reviewed each group a second time and joined the ones that were most compatible with my needs (to save time from joining groups that would not be very effective for my purpose). Some of the groups I joined were: Authors Needing Reviews and Interviews, Self-Published Book Reviews, Network Your Blog, Advertise Your Work, and Promote Your Books!. Network Your Blog was the most helpful, because it had the most members.

For the groups I joined, I looked through the forum posts, and used the search bar for the forums that had an overabundance of posts where it would take too long to look through them all. I commented on bloggers’ posts, who were looking to review books and host author interviews on their blogs, telling them about my book and asking if they would like to host me. I also provided my email address – since I did not follow all of the forum posts I commented on, because I ended up with a large amount of emails in my inbox from other people’s comments – because I would not get notifications for their posts. I clicked “stop following,” a link that is just below the main post on each forum post, if I did not want to get notified of followup comments.

Next, and this was the most proficient way to get in touch with bloggers, I went through every comment on the Network Your Blog forum post entitled “Bloggers Seeking Authors, Guest Posts, Giveaways, Or?”. That post was 27 pages long when I got to it, but it was more efficient to look through that one post with hundreds of bloggers on it, than to search for bloggers on individual posts. So I started from the last page that had the most recent dates and worked my way to page one, by reading each comment and looking into the bloggers’ blogs to see if they were compatible with me and my book (indie author of nonfiction book). Then I contacted them – not by replying to their comment on the forum post, because they probably unfollowed the post like I did, but by finding their email address on their blog (sometimes it was in their forum post comment) or (second best) by using their blog’s contact form.

In part 2, I will talk about what to write in emails to bloggers, how to maintain an effective “contacts” list in your email program, how to maintain an effective exchange with bloggers, what to do when bloggers don’t respond to your emails, and how to schedule the bloggers’ posting dates for the blog tour.

September 10, 2012

What a Great Blog Tour!

Posted in Blog Tours tagged , , , , , , , at 9:14 pm by Christine Rice

I am having a blast with my blog tour! I have really enjoyed the reviews and interviews that have been posted so far. I feel blessed to have worked with so many great people on this tour, and the feedback on my book has been wonderful.

Since my last post, this is where my blog tour has been: I stopped at Teresa Morrow~Author/Writer/Poet and The Literary Review for great interviews. Thanks so much Teresa and C.M. Truxler! There have also been reviews at Shayna Gier, The Literary Review, Raven’s Art Shack, and Lgib-Bookreview. Thank you Shayna, C.M. Truxler, Ann, and Shalini!

Here is what is coming up next for the tour: I will be interviewed on Jess resides here on September 12th. There will be an excerpt from Freelance Writing Guide and an author bio on From the Bootheel Cotton Patch on September 13th. On September 14th, there will be an interview and a review on RD Meyer Writes. And on September 15th, there will be a review on Honesty….in writing. I am really looking forward to all those stops!

I hope to see you throughout this week at the blogs where the tour will be stopping. Leave me a comment on the blog posts to let me know you stopped by. I will update you again in the beginning of next week with details for the third week of the Freelance Writing Guide blog tour! Have a great week, everyone!

September 4, 2012

What is going on

Posted in Blog Tours, Books, Editing, Writing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:02 pm by Christine Rice

I am very busy with work right now and that makes me really happy. I feel a little taxed from being at the computer all day, but I’m really enjoying the work I’m doing.

The blog tour is going excellently! So far I have been at the “Writers and Readers” group at Goodreads for three days doing a Q&A session, at Literary Lunes Publications for an interview, and at The Writer’s Block for an interview with Vanessa Eccles.

Tomorrow the tour will stop at Teresa Morrow~Author/Writer/Poet for another interview. Don’t worry; there are plenty of reviews of Freelance Writing Guide coming up towards the middle and end of the tour. In fact, on September 7th there will be a review on ShaynaGier.com. Other reviews to come will be on September 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, & 20. There will also be guest posts, book excerpts, author bios, and a surprise – right here – at the end of the tour!

If all goes well for the entire tour, I will write and publish a blog post about how authors can effectively run a blog tour.

I’ve also been doing finishing touches on interview questions and guest posts for the tour. Fortunately, that is all taken care of now.

Actually, I’ve been so busy lately with networking, my blog tour, and writing that I haven’t read from a book in about a week! I miss it and will hopefully be back to it soon.

I hope to begin working on Chronicles of a Troubled Girl again by the end of the month. It pains me, because I am so close to finishing it, but I’m happy Freelance Writing Guide has been published, since I started writing it first.

I have been working on getting word out about my editing services. So if you or anyone you know could use having their writing edited by a professional, I do thorough editing and proofreading on all types of writing for only $1.00 per double-spaced page (250 words). To view my credentials, you can visit my website. I will even edit a sample of your writing for Free, so that you can evaluate the quality of my editing services and can decide if you want me to edit the rest. This is a great deal and you can’t lose! You can contact me through my email: christine_rice@charter.net

Thank you, everyone, for your support – for following this blog and reading my work. If you weren’t here, I’d have no one to write this to, so I am truly grateful. I hope I can extend the same support to you.

August 29, 2012

The 2012 Freelance Writing Guide Blog Tour is here!

Posted in Blog Tours tagged , , , , , , at 2:01 am by Christine Rice

Hi, to all my readers!

I am happy to announce that the blog tour for my recently published book, Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year as a Freelance Writer, has begun! Today (August 29th) is the first day of the blog tour! The first stop is at the “Writers and Readers” group on Goodreads, where I will be doing a live Q&A discussion for three days! The discussion will kick off at 7 am (EST) today.

Here is a list of the dates of the blog tour and the participating blogs:

August 29-31 – www.goodreads.com/group/show/37092
September 1 – www.literarylunespublications.com
September 2 – www.vanessakeccles.blogspot.com
September 5 – www.teresamorrow.com
September 7 – www.shaynagier.com
September 8 – www.cmtruxler.wordpress.com
September 9 – www.ravensartshack.blogspot.com
September 10 – www.lgib-bookreview.blogspot.com
September 12 – www.frellathon.com
September 13 – www.fromthebootheelcottonpatch.blogspot.com
September 14 – www.rdmeyerwrites.blogspot.com
September 15 – www.honestyinwriting.blogspot.com
September 16 – www.karenelizabethbrown.blogspot.com
September 17 – www.theresaleschmannauthor.blogspot.com
September 18 – www.sageadderley.blogspot.com
September 19 – www.chriseboch.blogspot.com
September 20 – www.writingwithbothsidesofmybrain.wordpress.com
September 21 – www.yamanatoday.com
September 22 – www.bahbammymusings.wordpress.com
September 23 – www.jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.com
September 24 – www.thewritechris.blogspot.com
September 25 – www.christinericeauthor.wordpress.com

The types of blog posts on the tour will be: book reviews, interviews, live Q&A discussions, guest posts, book excerpts, and more! You will discover inside information about my book, readers opinions about my book, information about myself as an author, informative posts from yours truly, and more! Stay tuned for a special surprise at the end of the blog tour!

If you would like to get regular updates on the blog tour, join my Facebook event.

I hope to see you along the tour!

Christine

August 13, 2012

A Very Busy Time

Posted in Editing, Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:03 am by Christine Rice

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m not reading a book right now! Actually, I’m taking a reading hiatus until Freelance Writing Guide is published and maybe until after my blog tour. I have a lot of work to do (edit the last five chapters, design a cover, format for the different epublishers, submit my book and author information, upload correctly, write a press release, create a blog tour banner) and I want to meet my goals of having the book finished by August 16th and ready to send to my blog tour participants on August 22nd.

Then there is the blog tour (September 1-22) in which I need to have the interviews and guest posts done before each of the participants’ scheduled post dates (I’m going to get most of that done between August 23rd and the 31st when the participants will be reading my book and before the tour starts). So I’ll be answering a lot of interview questions, writing guest posts, and keeping the blog tour running smoothly. It’s a very busy time for me, but I’m enjoying it! It’s really exciting and fun to be part of the publishing process and blog tour. At least right now, since everything is under control ;)

I will continue to keep you all posted on the publication of Freelance Writing Guide and my blog tour.

August 6, 2012

Checking in for the Week

Posted in Books, Editing, Publishing, Reading tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:29 am by Christine Rice

It’s been almost a week since my last post. The blog tour is currently being assembled. I spent a lot of time on Book Blogs trying to gain tour participants. Thanks to everyone who is participating! I really appreciate your generosity. I’ll be writing at least a couple of guest posts, there are eleven book reviews and seven interviews set up so far, plus one author bio and one excerpt for good measure. It’s going to be exciting! I can’t wait! If you’re scheduled to be on my blog tour, please email me with the date you want to reserve during the first three weeks of September (if you haven’t already). I will also be sending out a reminder email at the end of this week.

Freelance Writing Guide is coming along great! I am impressed by how it is turning out with the edits. I have finalized 7 out of 22 chapters, and I’m almost halfway through page-wise. I’m working on getting it all finalized by mid-month (middle of next week!).

I’ve also been reading a lot! I’m trying to keep up with my 3 books a month review schedule, while also editing and publishing my book. I have not overwhelmed myself too much this month. I had to decline some opportunities so that I will not have a nervous breakdown from it all ;)

I’m reading The Zul Enigma. I will be posting a review, probably sooner than later, since it is such a great book and I’m flying through the 500+ pages. I find it hard not to talk about the books I’m reading when they are really good. I love this one, because it is science-fiction and has a positive message and an adventuresome plot. It is definitely a page-turner!

Well, that’s about it. I hope you all have a great week!

July 30, 2012

Book Blogs and Publication

Posted in Books, Editing, Lulu, Publishing, Reading, Self-Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:00 pm by Christine Rice

I recently joined Book Blogs – an interactive, lively community for bloggers and authors. On the website, bloggers get the benefit of promoting their blogs, gaining followers to their blogs, and finding authors to host on their blogs. Mostly, the bloggers have “book blogs,” which means they publish book reviews, giveaways, and author interviews on their blogs. While, authors can promote their books and find bloggers to host them. During my short time there so far, I have been using the website for both purposes, since my blog is part book blog and I’m an author.

I have also been organizing my blog tour. Getting a blog tour together is a lot of work! I have found a few people that will be reviewing my book (thank you!); plus others that will be reviewing my other books, which is wonderful. I am still waiting to hear back from other bloggers I have contacted about my September blog tour, so I’m hoping for more opportunities. If you would like to host me on your blog in September, I can provide a complementary ebook copy of my book, Freelance Writing Guide, for a review or an interview. I’m really looking forward to the blog tour and the publication of my book.

In fact, I will be starting the second (and final) revision this week. It looks like mid-August is when I’ll be creating the cover and formatting the book for publication in various formats. It will be available in paperback and ebook from Lulu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Smashwords (who also distributes to various retailers). The ebook will be available before the paperback, since I have to approve the paperback’s proof copy, which Lulu will be sending to me to review (and as you may know, shipping a product takes some time compared to electronic transactions).

It may sound easy to self-publish a book, but it’s very time consuming. The last time I self-published (in January of this year), I came out with second editions of three books, and I worked on the publication for days. Hopefully, this time will be a little easier, because I will only be publishing one book and I’ll be familiar with the formatting guidelines for the different publishers from last time (I will have to create multiple versions of my book, one for each publisher, because each publisher has their own formatting guidelines).

But, that is still weeks away! For now I will be taking care of blog tour communications and reading, as well as my other normal online activities. Starting  Thursday, I will be focusing on reading, editing, and posting updates on my progress. Lots to do!