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Generate a Sales-producing Buzz Using Social Networking Sites

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Authors, learn how to use today's arsenal of social networking sites to your advantage. Marketing agent Jennifer Slattery, who works at the popular literary website Clash of the Titles, shares her tips on how to get recognized online by making the most of things that you’re already doing!

Today’s market is in upheaval. As the market changes, so does the writer’s role in it. Long gone are the days of high-paid publicists devoted to you and your book. Successful authors must generate their own sales, and social networking sites make it easier than ever.

Facebook is by far the best marketing tool available. According to recent statistics, Facebook has over 500 million active users who spend over 700 billion minutes per month on the site. Authors should begin building their friends list well before their first contract, actively increasing it each day. The first step is to create a personal username. This generates a convenient URL that can be used to link to your Facebook page. For example, mine is http://facebook.com/JenSlatte. When creating your email signature, include an invitation to connect on Facebook, then use your personal Facebook URL to link your invitation to your Facebook page. Do the same in the “About Me” page of your blog or website.


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The Many Mysteries Of February

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

February is full of chills — at least in our neck of the woods — so we're bringing you five new mysteries that will encourage you to cuddle up with a warm blanket and lose yourself in the drama of other people's lives. 

 

Seeking a Cozy With a Serious Message? Check out G.A. McKevett (aka contemporary romance author Sonja Massie)'s new novel A Decadent Way to Die. This mystery has Savannah Reid racing to discover who is trying to kill off the wealthy elderly owner of a doll company. Greedy family members abound however, RT Reviewer Page Traynor also noted that the story had a more serious note, in includes a "moving, well done subplot of abuse against women." 

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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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Download the February RT BOOK REVIEWS Ratings PDF!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

The complete list of the RT book ratings for the month of February is now available on our site.

That's right, now you have access to the ratings for two hundred and fifty six new books that we reviewed in February. Discover which authors impressed us with their latest tales, and whose new novels left us less than satisfied!

You can download these ratings, print them out or upload the pdf to your smart phone so that they are handy when you head to the bookstore. 

Just check out the sidebar on RT's home page to download the February list or click here >>


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A Very Special Silent Auction In Support Of The Australian Flood Relief Fund

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

When disaster strikes, the romance reader community always rises to the occasion. The most recent offer to help those in need has been taken up by the Australian Romance Readers Association. The ARRA is hosting a very special silent auction to help raise money for the relief fund for those affected by the massive flooding in Queensland, Australia.

In the beginning of January, floodwaters ripped through 75% of Queensland destroying an area twice the size of the state of Texas. The rushing waters killed several and affected thousands more, leaving people without homes or possessions. 


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A Very Scottish Setting

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

Inspirational author Michael Phillips shares a behind the scenes look at the setting of his novel, Angel Harp. Discover how a friend's spooky experience inspired the Scottish Castle that plays a role in the author's newest tale!


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The New Fallen Angels

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month bestselling author Anne Stuart takes on a new pseudonym to conquer the paranormal romance genre. Stuart, writing as Kristina Douglas, has created a series full of fallen angels, dead girls and an evil that just won't quit. Go behind the scenes of Raziel in this exclusive interview with the author.

RT BOOK REVIEWS: What do you find most intriguing about fallen angels?

Kristina Douglas: I love the paradox of perfect beauty and the cruelties of life. Of golden creatures brought low by human needs and struggling to make peace with their sacred and profane desires.

RT: How many times did you need to read the Bible in order to work out the events in your story?


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Author Interview: Peter V. Brett

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 31, 2011 | PERMALINK

Fantasy author Peter V. Brett's new novella, "Brayan's Gold", has just been released. In this in-depth author interview Brett reveals the backstory to his Demon Cycle series with RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus. Discover how the series was affected by the 9/11 terror attacks, what drives the series and get a special look at several of the main characters in the series!

Peter V. Brett introduces his Demon Cycle Series

Peter V. Brett talks about the "human" side of his stories  >>

Peter V. Brett on the artwork for his "Brayan's Gold" novella >>

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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Science Fiction
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Forewords - Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 31, 2011 | PERMALINK

With our new column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES 

Paranormal - Shannon K. Butcher has just sold the next three books in her Sentinel Wars series published by NAL. 

Urban Fantasy - Pocket has just purchased books 5 and 6 of Adrian Phoenix's popular series The Maker's Song. 

Young Adult - Readers will get an additional title to Gena Showalter’s series Intertwined. The author will also release Alice In Zombieland, the first in a series featuring a teen girl who wakes up after an accident and realizes the world has become overrun by zombies. 


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WIN A COMIC BOOK CONTRACT AT THIS YEAR'S RT CONVENTION

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 31, 2011 | PERMALINK

Attention Aspiring Authors, Graphic Artists and Graphic Novel Lovers, enter Sea Lion Books LLC's contest for a new comic book contract to be awarded to one attendee at this year's RT Convention!

Sea Lion Books is the publishing house that has produced the graphic novels of such recognizable authors as P.C. Cast and Richelle Mead. Now the publisher behind such great works is giving away a one-shot comic contract to a lucky attendee at the RT BOOK LOVERS CONVENTION in L.A., April 6-10, 2011. Your project could be the next great graphic novel success! 

 
     

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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 2/1/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 31, 2011 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.


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