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Book Chat #11 – Jennifer Foehner Wells, Nick Stephenson, Heather Hart, and Shelley Hitz

I finished a book this past weekend! And if you can tell by Tuesday's post, I had a hard time deciding what to read next after I was done. FLUENCY by Jennifer Foehner Wells was really great. I enjoyed all the character elements, the mystery of the spaceship, the adventure, and the alien culture presented within its pages. I definitely recommend this one! It kind of reminded me of an updated RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA with some romance thrown in, which is really top notch for me because it hits all my loves in a good story. I'm looking forward to further books in this universe!

When I was done with FLUENCY, I decided to read a few book marketing books I've had lying around.

I read READER MAGNETS by Nick Stephenson, and it gave me a few ideas of what to do when the fourth book of the Nogiku Series is out. I was a bit surprised he suggested a purchase-required giveaway as those are illegal in the United States! It's akin to a lottery which is against the law here. So be careful. Having your readers buy your book and show proof of purchase to be entered into a giveaway is a no-no. But you can offer to send the first ten, twenty, whatever people a special prize. It just can't be a raffle.

Then I picked up HOW TO GET HONEST REVIEWS by Heather Hart and Shelley Hitz which was also full of good ideas on how to get your books out there and gain honest reviews. They mention lots of Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn, and LibraryThing places you could solicit reviews plus how to build your own review club. I definitely recommend this one. I found a couple of good ideas for my future novels!

6 thoughts on “Book Chat #11 – Jennifer Foehner Wells, Nick Stephenson, Heather Hart, and Shelley Hitz”

  1. I think I have Fluency on my to-read list, it sounds good, I also heard Susan Kaye Quinn talking about that book this book.
    And that’s weird that marketing book encourages purchase required giveaways. I might have to look into giveaway laws once as I often make rafflecopters for tours I organize, but not sure if the laws of my country or the country of the author count then.
    I am almost finished with a novella beta read and really enjoyed it. Next up another beta read lined up, Rice Cooker Revenge and a short story.

    1. You have lots of reading going on! I started a new book in the past few days and I’m going to wait to see if I’m into it before I say anything about it :)

      Yeah, I’m not sure about giveaways and laws based on country. Sigh. They’re so complicated!

  2. Hi there. I really loved reading Fluency but in the end I had a big problem with it, so it’s a love/hate book for me. I won’t elaborate here, because I don’t want anyone to shy away from it. It’s a really fun read! I loved so much of it. I just wanted a different resolution. I love sci fi romance and wish I could find more great reads in this genre. Just the other night I was looking up Fluency to see what else the algorithm would give me. Not much luck.

    1. I *think* I know what you’re talking about :) But still, I flew through it and that’s always a good sign for me I enjoyed a book. Did you happen to get a copy of Nebula Nights when it was out? Lots of good authors were in there with me!

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