I’m proud to announce that “Ramblings of an Author” now has OVER 400 posts.
I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s visited, and taken the time to read my posts. Also to all the authors who’ve contributed to this milestone, by allowing me to interview them for Author Spotlights, and letting me share their books in the Book Spotlights. (See below the infographic for some exciting news for authors).
In honor of the occasion, I rounded up some statistics from the WordPress.com servers.
And Here’s Where Things Get Interesting For Authors
There’s a little something I’ve been working on behind-the-scenes of this blog, and I’ve had a couple of author friends test it out.
Until last month, if an author wanted to book an Author Spotlight, or Book Spotlight slot on this blog, they had:
- Approach me on social media, or email me a request
- Wait for me to respond with the criteria and list of questions, required images, and links
- Give me enough lead time to format the post
- Then I had to check the post for errors, email the author and confirm any new images/changes
- Finalize the post schedule, and then email the author the posting date, time, and links
Well, I just removed MOST of the first three steps of that process… How?
Announcing The Author & Book Spotlight Application Forms…
Starting about a month ago I decided that I wanted to make things easier for my fellow authors to apply for a slot on this blog. To that end, I’ve put together two forms, which both serve the same functions:
- They walk you through the entire list of things I need to know
- They allow you to upload images directly into the form
- I receive an email to let me know that you’ve applied for a blog spot
- All the information goes into a database, which I can refer to at any time
- A draft blog post is AUTOMATICALLY created, and formatted with the information you provided
From there the following things happen:
- Once I get the email notification, I check the draft post, and make any changes that are immediately obvious (like removing text for links that aren’t provided).
- If it’s a Book Spotlight, I create the advertising poster, and insert it into the post.
- I then touch base with the author, by email, with any questions, requests for further information, (and approval on Book Spotlight posters), as well as confirm any preferences on posting dates.
- Once any changes are finalized, I email the author the date and time the post will go live, as well as the links to that post (which only work once the post is live).
My Preferred Genres to Feature:
- Science Fiction
- Urban Fantasy
However, just because your book doesn’t fall into one of those categories, that doesn’t mean I won’t feature it if something about it catches m interest.