Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Book Buddy Resolution


So know how I sometimes have really good ideas but am sort of crap for execution? This is one of those... I have recently read a couple GREAT books by author friends and it occurred to me I should make a better POINT of it. And I want to be HELPFUL and what is more helpful to author friends than REVIEWS. So I am making a resolution for 2015 to read at least a BOOK every MONTH by by blogging author friend.

And I am inviting YOU to do the SAME.

See, and hopefully it ALSO means we all get more reviews
Here is how it will work.

1)  Sign up with the McLinky below but link YOUR PAGE that lists your BOOKS so anyone wanting to read from the list of participants can use that. ALSO—when you name your page, include GENRE(s) so it is user friendly

Like this: Hart Johnson—mystery and suspense

2)  I don't want this to be cost prohibitive—some of us struggle, so if you are willing to give any books for FREE email me (hartjohnson23@gmail.com) with the book name and how people would get it (your email or a link to the freebie). I will keep a running list on the page with the tab above for Blog Buddy Book Resolution—feel free to add to the list if you publish more books. You may ALSO want to note how they could get it for free on your linked page listing your books, but you don't have to.

3)  I am asking those who participate to leave HONEST reviews about the BOOK. Anyone who thinks they might be tempted to 'respond in kind' if someone leaves a less than sparkly review, this is not your gig... move along. No harm, no foul. We all honestly benefit more from these honest reviews

4) Next December maybe we can have a party where we all share our reviews on the same day and if we GOT more reviews, share about THAT... And if it was successful, we can renew it for the following year.

How YOU can help:

1)  SIGN UP! Participate! These things are always more fun with friends. If you aren't published, you can still play—just put FRIEND instead of your genre with your name so everyone knows you are being supportive.

2)  I could use a clever badge and my art skills seized when I was about 8, so if someone wants to make one...

3)  SHARE! Invite people! Be sure to note though, what link we want—it can be confusing if people just link their blogs.





19 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a great idea, Hart! I have such a backlog of books to read...

Sarah Ahiers said...

Oh man!! I really want to do this, but won't have the time to read books "just for me" until my Critical Thesis is done this semester.
Once that's done though (in the summer) I may jump on the link then

Jay Noel said...

It's a fantastic idea, but I'm lucky if I get to read one book every couple of months. But still....

L. Diane Wolfe said...

If I can get some breathing time for reading, I'll join you.

Stephen Tremp said...

Interesting concept. I'll sign up. I doubt I can do a book a month as I usually have two or three going at the same time. But I could do four a year. One every three months.

Andrew Leon said...

I'm already doing my best to read one indie book a month and review. I don't always make it (like, I missed November), but I usually do.
So, yeah, I'll sign up.

Andrew Leon said...

And, huh, when I did the linky, first, it must have acted as a double click...
Anyway, just take off the second one, because I don't know how to go back and do that.

Lynda R Young said...

This sounds like a great initiative.

Helena said...

I'm very tempted, and I've got several books (hard copies and e-books) of other bloggers to read, including your delicious cozy. So I might sign up in the next couple days, but if not you've definitely encouraged me to read them within the next couple months and review them on Amazon and every other encouraging place, and at the very least promo them on my blog.

You are such a supportive sweetheart, Hart!

Jan Morrison said...

I'm happy to do this but linky keeps telling me my address is invalid!

Chrys Fey said...

That's a great resolution! I try to do the same thing. :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

This is a great idea. My first book won't come til March though.

Mary Aalgaard said...

This is a great idea. I'll be signing in as "Friend" as I don't have any books published. I'm a playwright, and I write for magazines and teach kids, so maybe people can just stop over and say, "Keep up the good work."
Play off the Page

J.L. Campbell said...

Great idea, Hart. I'm reading a lot of indie books these days, so I guess adding more won't be a hardship.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes!!! I love this! This includes authors not on the resolution list - right? I hope so. I have a few "backlog" books I need to read and review by indie authors.

Hart Johnson said...

Absolutely on ANY blogging author friend counting. I'm hoping people look to the list if they are wondering what to read, but you don't have to limit to that!

Feather Stone said...

Where would the reviews get posted? All the usual sites (Amazon, Goodreads, blogs)?

Robyn Campbell said...
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Robyn Campbell said...

I forgot to put friend and my name as the title of my page. I'm such a dunce. Could you remove it and I'll try this again? Thanks.