Friday, October 3, 2014

The Book Blogger Platform by Barb Drozdowich (Blurb blitz, Review and GIVEAWAY)

The Book Blogger Platform

by Barb Drozdowich



Book Blogging - One of the Best Hobbies in the World!

Join thousands of book bloggers in expressing their joy of reading!

Are you a book blogger or do you want to be one? Are you having trouble handling the technical details of blogging? The Book Blogger Platform can be a "user manual" for your blog! A book written by a book blogger for book bloggers and that answers all your questions!

The Book Blogger Platform covers topics such as:

1.    What a book blogger blog needs to contain
2.    A step by step guide to manipulating images and videos
3.    A description of all the common features hosted by book bloggers
4.    A description of the social media aspect to a book blogger platform
5.    Being Social - the social aspect of book blogging

 If you are tired of always asking other bloggers questions

Let The Book Blogger Platform guide you painlessly. Over 80 color graphics lead you step by step through some of the more difficult technical issues that bloggers face.

Pick up a copy today and approach blogging with confidence!


Excerpt 3 from Chapter 3:
Review/Promotion Policy—Review Philosophy

As I’ve commented before, some book bloggers review books and some don’t. Some book bloggers promote any book, regardless of whether or not they have read it; some don’t. These are preferences; there isn’t a right or a wrong. Since everyone will run their blog differently, I believe all bloggers need a page that outlines their review/promotion philosophy.

Authors often mistakenly assume that everyone reviews books. They also often mistakenly assume that all book bloggers operate their blogs in a similar fashion.

Because of these assumptions it is a good plan to be honest and upfront with anyone coming to your blog. Create a page—call it Review Policy, or whatever title suits you, and outline what you do on your blog. If what you do is post your thoughts about books that you get from the library and aren’t open to submissions of any sort from authors, state that. If you review submitted books, state what genre you prefer to read. Even if you think you will review all genres, be honest about what your favorites are. Also be honest about other details like length of book, heat level of romance, goriness of a horror novel, etc. For example, I refuse to read anything over 350 or so pages as I find a book longer than that overwhelming, I don’t read horror as it gives me nightmares, the sexual explicitness of a book doesn’t offend me, but I don’t want to read romances involving anything other than human beings. What are your specific thoughts? Make note of them on your Review Policy page.

If you do review, you might want to include information about your reviews. How do you format your thoughts? Do you include spoilers? Do you offer up any quotable quotes that an author can then use in promotions? Do you rate a book using hearts, stars, hopping bunnies, or flashing numbers? Do you post negative reviews? Do you post your thoughts about books that you were unable to finish reading? Do you contact the author and offer up a copy of your review before you post it on your blog? Do you post copies of your reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or other locations?

With regards to other types of promotions, your Review Policy might include information on the types of features you are willing to post. Do you post for blog tour companies? Do you need you have read and liked a book before you are willing to put anything about it on your blog?

Lastly, you should include how you want to be contacted and what information you need to consider when featuring or reviewing a book. I know I prefer to be contacted via email, but a lot of bloggers use an embedded form that authors need to fill in to be considered. Make sure you are clear about the information you require from the author to decide about their book. If you aren’t, you may find what some authors deem sufficient leaves you with questions.

Do authors always read your review policy? No! I think there are enough people like me harping on the fact that they have to read the policy—that they need to treat bloggers as individuals—that the message will gradually get through.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bio: Social Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at Universities and Colleges, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books.

Bakerview Consulting (Business Site)

Barb Drozdowich (Author Site)

Sugarbeat’s Books (Book Blog)

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This is a nicely presented step-by-step guide that allows one to use either WordPress or Blogger to set up a book blog with a minimum of fuss.  The great information presented makes me wish I had read something like this when I started, it would have saved me a bit of time.  I, too, have blogs in both platforms and have had my share of issues using each, but I think that the author does a wonderful job of providing screen-shots and clear guidance.  I have been encouraged to explore more of the capabilities of each platform and will undoubtedly be able to polish my posts even more once I actually sit down and play with some of the buttons I have ignored up to this point.  I think this is an excellent reference for both the newbie and the experienced blogger and I look forward to more great advice from this author, as this is the second well-organized book that I have read from her.

A copy of this title was provided to me for an honest review.


  1. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts! I hope you get a chance to finish and put some of my thoughts into practice. I also understand the time constraints of managing a blog, let alone more than one. Many bloggers get in to blogging without truly understanding how much time it takes. To me it is a labour of love, and the best hobby a person could ever have, but it is time consuming :)

    I'm happy to chat or answer any questions anyone might have! Just leave me a question here or find me on Social Media - happy to chat!

    1. Hi Barb! I actually recommended your book to a friend, sight unseen, because I knew you would do a good job of detailing the positives and negatives and I know that she is toying with starting a blog. It is definitely a labor of love, I think that many people, including some authors, don't realize that, so their demands can be pretty insulting. Thanks for helping educate all of us!

    2. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence! I also wish I had a book like this when I started out. In my regular work, I see so much wrong advice being passed along that I needed to set the record straight. And yes, authors need to better understand the demands on Book bloggers - at the heart of it, it is just a hobby. The authors are the ones that are making money (hopefully!)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Elena. Thank you for taking the time to visit!

  3. You are always very welcome, and my apologies for being tardy putting up the post!

  4. sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Erin,
      Thanks for your kind comments!

    2. Always happy to share, thanks for visiting, erin!

  5. This sounds like it could be a very helpful book ;)

    1. Hi Crystal,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

    2. It definitely will help save folks form some of the headaches of setting up a book blog and it makes one think about things as well. Thank you for visiting, Crystal!

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    1. Hi Serena!
      Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a great weekend!


    2. Glad you found it interesting, Serena. Thank you for taking the time to visit!

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    1. It's extremely helpful, bn. Thank you for visiting!

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    1. They are very helpful, Mary. Thank you for taking the time to visit!

  9. Very interesting. I really enjoyed the excerpts!

    1. Glad you like it, Erin (btw, I deleted the duplicate post, I figured, Blogger was being troublesome). Thank you for visiting!

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  11. Sounds link a very helpful book. I need to read this---Rae

    1. I think it will be very helpful to you, Rae! Thank you for visiting!

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    1. It's a nicely detailed book, Rita. Great tips no matter what stage you are at in with hosting a blog. Thank you for visiting!

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    1. Glad you liked it, thank you for visiting, geminii!

  14. Congrats on winning! Thanks so much for posting- gift card is on it's way!