Literary Friday ya’ll!

Friday AND St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities happening- some people will be having a great time! I do believe that I’ll be going to see Oz, do some shopping, and just enjoy this pretty weather we’ve been having!

A note about next week: Going to apologize in advance- the blog posts will be sporadic- I’ll be out of town the latter part of the week, and the early part will be finishing work projects so I can enjoy my 4 day weekend & not worry about the things left behind.  Don’t miss me too much 🙂

1.#literaryfriday and Deep South Mag go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? This week’s round-up has news from Joshilyn Jackson (sequel news!),  Alice Walker and Wendy Wax While We Were Watching Downton Abbey news about her Georgia promotion tour. And,naturally, much more!

2. #giveways! Bookmagnet is giving away Family Pictures by Jane Green, A Woman, a wife, and mom is giving away The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, A Utah Mom’s Life is giving away Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, Goodreads is giving away a copy of Erika Marks new book, The Guest House,  and Drey’s Library is giving away Allie Larkin’s Why Can’t I Be You?

3. Julie Kibler’s getting more good news: Not only is Calling Me Home a pretty big deal- but Warner Bros. picked up the rights to “Calling Me Home”. So, how long till we it on the screen? I’m not sure- but Warner Bros.- CALL ME. I discussed all last month who would make a great cast for a movie!

4. My #fridayreads is The Mermaid of Brooklyn– it won’t be in stores till April 2nd- but so far, I’m enjoying it. Looking like a great book to give your “mom” friends! What is your #fridayreads?

5. This article was on HuffPost this week- and I saw a group on Twitter discussing it. Planning a Blog Tour? Think Twice. is the name of the article. I’ve read it- and my take is this: A blog tour CAN be a good way to get attention for you book- but I don’t think a blogger is required to love the book. Now, does that mean a blogger should trash a book? No. It means they can give their opinion, can say why they did not like it, and things of that nature.

I was thinking about the last line of the article- talking about real life book signings that books get sold, people attend and more- I guess we have not always attended the same type of book signings. I have been to signings where I’m the only person there- or there are so few people there, it’s almost sad. I always feel a bit of sadness for the author when I see turn-outs like this; but it happens.

Read the article- and tell me what you think. Would love to hear your thoughts. And, if you’ve been to a book signing- let me know how well attended it was.

6. Don’t forget- Twitter Chat with Rita Leganski on Wed, March 20th, 2-3pm EST. Use #srchat to join in and And Rita Leganski is on Twitter now- follow her @ritaleganski!

Happy Reading!



2 thoughts on “Literary Friday ya’ll!

  1. Hi! So, I read the HuffPost (via your post here) . . . it is a good question whether blog tours make a big difference. Sometimes it can feel (to me) like we’re all sort of preaching to the choir. A book or an author gets a lot of places at once . . . people read each other’s posts and applaud the book or at least discuss it . . . but how many non-blogging readers are part of that conversation??? I’m guessing not many. Sometimes I start to hear so much about the same book that I end up NOT reading it because I’m tired of hearing about it. Not sure what to make of that!

    • Nina-
      Thanks for commenting. You make some excellent points- especially about how many non-blogger readers are part of the conversation.
      Maybe it’s because of where I live; but while I enjoy going to book signings- I do notice that many I attend are not well-attended. Usually less than 20 people- and sometimes just me or just me and 1 more. And that naturally brings up a whole other set of questions- is it the author? Time? Publicity? There could tons of other factors that play into how few people are attending these signings.

      Book Blog Tours, for me, have been enjoyable- sometimes helps puts a book on my radar that I might not know of. But, yes, I can see where the publicity of some books, and everyone hyping it up would make you not want to read.

      I don’t think there are any right or wrong thoughts about book blog tours- for some, they will work. For others, they will not. I think that’s what kind of interesting about this article- several points could be debated, pro/con lists could be made.

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