One of my favorite things to do is release spotlights on authors I’ve enjoyed getting to know or promote books I’ve read or want to let others know about. Besides sharing reviews of books I’ve read, sometimes I also offer author interviews, reveal new covers, publish book blitzes, and participate on blog tours. You should definitely take a peek inside each of these posts for the latest and greatest about the books in my life!
- Book Alert: A request from authors to let my blog and social media followers know that there is news about their new book. Often these come with discount offers or opportunities to get a book for free. Usually offers an overview of the book, when it will be released, how to get it, and when it might have ARCs or go on a blog tour.
- Author Spotlight: A profile on an author I’ve known for a while (including Q&A) that shares news about their current work. Sometimes I ask the author to participate; others they ask me to help promote them.
- Cover Reveal: A mini-promotion for authors who want to reveal the cover of their new book and surprise their readers and followers with all the marketing they’ve got planned for the launch.
- Blog Tour: I often participate on blog tours for another author’s new release. If I review the book, there will be a separate review on my site too. This space is for when I am participating in their launch by sharing interviews, character posts, spotlights, or other guest host fun.
I publish these posts for authors I’ve come to know or become friendly with in the last few months to years. I won’t post random alerts and spotlights until I’ve chatted with the individual enough to know they are friendly, easy to work with, open-minded, and accessible by fans and followers. I also read their books in 95% of the cases to show my interest. The only time I won’t read one is if I’m absolutely inundated with reading requests or personal commitments, and the books are not at all within my reading preference ranges (rare). Usually then, I am helping friends by promoting their books because I believe in them as authors and writers.
If you’re interested in one for your books, please keep this in mind, as I don’t share these spotlights and alerts on my blog for strangers. I want any recommendations that come from me to be for people I truly support and engage with on a regular basis.