Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tips for picking a book tour operator

You've probably seen the huge uproar this week in the book community about another book tour host vanishing, leaving authors out of pocket. Sadly, it's not uncommon.

As it happens, I've been looking to hire an extra person for over a year now, and it's very, very difficult to find someone who is professional, reliable and effective.

If you're interested, this is how I'm going about it.

To avoid promo people who send out things late, and who make mistakes when sending out promo material
Tip #1 I ask good book bloggers who they like to work with.

To make sure the promo people work with my genre and market,
Tip #2 I look through their last ten tours/projects and see if it would work for me

To avoid promo people who can only gather a handful of blogs and facebook posts
Tip #3 I do a Google search for the promo post title, and see what comes up. Then I look at the author's Facebook page and see how far the post traveled. Good promo people use hashtags that make that job easier.

To ensure promo people can gather a decent amount of reviewers
Tip #4 I go to the book pages (Amazon, Goodreads etc) of the last ten tours, and see how many reviews they got over the tour period.

To see if the reviews and posts translate to sales
Tip #5 I look at Amazon rankings. That's great if the tour is ongoing, however, it can be tricky if a week or two have gone by. Very often, I contact a past customer and ask (privately and discreetly) if their experience was good and if they'd recommend their promo people.

Will it protect you completely? No. There are a lot of cons who prey on authors, and working online makes cheating rather easy. In addition, there are unscrupulous people who walk away in the middle of a job, who do a half arsed job because they're messing about with too many other responsibilities, and so on. Publishing is not an easy business and at some point most of us are bitten.

So good luck, and if you know someone who does effective promos for sweet romance set in the UK, do let me know.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Love curvy confident fun-loving heroines and hunky billionaires? Curvy and Confident By Ellen Whyte

Love curvy confident fun-loving heroines and hunky billionaires?

Curvy and Confident
By Ellen Whyte
A 2-in-1 bundle comprising of two complete novels:
His Competent Woman  &
His Laughing Girl
257 pages
Promotion Price US$1.99 (until 21 February 2018)
Regular Price US$3.99

This Curvy & Confident bundle contains two complete romances featuring big beautiful women and their yummy billionaires. Light, contemporary romance.

His Competent Woman
In desperate need for money, Emma applies for a job with handsome billionaire Curtis West. She's not really qualified for the job and to make matters worse, she loses her temper during the interview and fudges her credentials. Can she pull it off or will this end in tears?

His Laughing Girl
Curvy chef Sophie Weston has given up on love. But when she is hired to cater for a very exclusive house party, she falls instantly for handsome tech tycoon Richard Cummings. However, she quickly discovers that Richard has a shady past. Should she trust him or should she walk away before her heart is broken again?

Praise on Amazon
Oh my! What an awesomely delightful, short must read in contemporary romance!” Deb Loves To Read

“Great funny romance that has you laughing out loud!" Paula de Boer

If you like strong women and swoon-worthy men in well-written, entertaining romances then His Laughing Girl is the book for you.” Special Angel

“Great fun time reading--great for a rainy afternoon.” Midmo Lynnd

"Short, sweet, fun and surely a must read contemporary romance." Gunjan Mittal

Excerpt from His Laughing Girl Chapter One
As Andrea glared and Richard fussed, helping me out of my seat and handing me my bag, I caught a whiff of that clean scent again. It bypassed my heart and went straight downstairs, starting a pleasant pounding.
I love to flirt, don’t get me wrong, but that kind of reaction isn’t me. It caught me totally by surprise. So much so that I was standing there, gawping at him like a total fool, when Andrea’s cell rang. “It’s the Guardian,” she hissed. “They want to know about the new patent we registered. But it’s the girl from the gossip page, not the tech editor.”
“Excellent,” Richard was expansive. “You deal with it, Andrea. Give her the press release and fob her off on everything else.”
Andrea nodded. “Rebuff and redirect. Got it.”
She was clearly super capable, and I could see why Richard liked her. But he was abandoning her and cornering me! “Sophie and I will go ahead. I’ll order your tea and fruit for you.”
At that, Andrea actually growled at me, which was rather nice. Ignoring her petulant frown, Richard took my arm companionably and began walking me down to the dining carriage. “I was thinking this week was going to be complete hell, Sophie. I’m so glad you’re going to be there.” The grey eyes were warm. “At least you and I will have a bit of fun.”
He wanted to have fun. With me. “We’re going to have a blast,” I heard myself say. “Trust me!”
Breakfast wouldn’t lay me open to more than pleasant chat, I told myself. It wasn’t like we would be joining the Mile-High Club or whatever the railway equivalent was.
“They’ve got eggs Benedict and a sausage platter. Do you like eggs and sausages, Sophie?” Richard was walking right behind me, leaning down a little so his lips were near my ear. The feel of his breath warming my neck was giving me thrills.
“I eat everything!” I squeaked. “And there’s nothing like a hot sausage, is there?”
“Quite,” he chuckled. And the thrills from that dirty laugh went straight from my ear to my nipples.
It didn’t mean a thing, I reminded myself. My ears are sensitive. Even a blow dryer can give me shivers. It’s purely a physical thing. An involuntary reaction. Totally impersonal.
I’d just focus on business. Virgin had announced a new menu based on responsible British farming, a move that I wanted to check out. Also, it’s good to hobnob with clients. Word of mouth is how I get my clients, and with Richard Cummings knowing everyone in the model world, he’d be a good contact.
The train swayed, and Richard’s arm curled around my shoulders protectively. “Promise you’ll not abandon me,” he murmured. “Andrea is a clean-eating vegetarian.”
“Sounds hell.”
“Exactly,” Richard chuckled. “I want real food, and with you backing me up, I won’t feel guilty.”
I remembered Andrea’s disapproving frown and knew I’d enjoy teasing her. “Partners in crime,” I told him.
“To being wicked.” His grey eyes were laughing at me. “Together.”
The pleasant thumping in my knickers became a vigorous pounding. This man was gorgeous. I could feel his charm wrapping around me like a warm blanket.
Irresistible, right? I heard myself quip, “Are you Cumming onto me?”
He bounced right back, “Absolutely.”
Oh well, I told myself. It’s just a flirt fest. I have those all the time, and it hardly ever comes to anything. Because of the curves, probably. Men like me, but after we’ve had a laugh, they go to bed with someone skinny.
This was no different. I’d have a giggle with Richard, enjoy the charm and the good looks, lust after him a little bit, and know it was purely a game. Because tech billionaires with a penchant for A-list models don’t fall for curvy caterers.
“How about we have some Buck’s Fizz with that eggs Benedict,” Richard suggested as he settled me into a seat. He really had lovely manners. “I’m in a party mood.”
I took in the kissable mouth and the slanting cheekbones. “Sounds terrific,” I heard myself say. “There’s nothing as decadent as champagne for breakfast!”
Yes, yes, I know! But you only live once, right? And anyway, it was just a bit of flirting. What could possibly go wrong?

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 About The Author
Ellen Whyte writes contemporary romance with sweet curvy girls. Her dark side comes out when she writes MC, Mafia, Cartel and super dark fantasy romance as AJ Adams

If you want to, please feel free to stalk her on her private Facebook page, open to the public, no Friend request needed. (Warning: she loves cats!)