Friday, 22 November 2013

Trying something new: Story Cartel

Welcome Back To The Kid Lit Blog Hop #28

Today, I wanted to share something with you, something a bit different.
For any of you who are fellow authors, you know the struggle chasing the elusive Amazon reviews.
I have done some great stuff to gain initial reviews for my second book release, such as a blog tour with the fabulous Renee, hostess and founder of this hop.
This was awesome for initial exposure, but what do you do once the initial buzz is over.  I have my name down to join NetGalley next year, which I am really looking forward to, but it's not cheap.

Actually it has nothing to do with cupcakes, but I couldn't find an image for them so, this was the next best thing, he he....

So what is it....
It's a small site, dedicated to getting authors reviews. 
The costs is free but when you put your book up, you offer something simple to your reviewers for posting a review for you.
I chose the "You could win 1 of 3 $10 Amazon Giftcards" option.

When people post reviews for you, the site sends you their email addresses to add to your mailing list.
This is a fact finding mission and it's not just for authors, readers are obviously needed, so if you are an avid reader, sign up and you can be notified of the free books available for review.
So if you haven't read and reviewed my first book and this has piqued your interest.

Catch you on the hop folks..

Welcome to the 28th Kid Lit Blog Hop. We have come a long way since then with many familiar faces that visit on a regular basis as well as new bloggers and authors who join us all the time. All in all, we have managed to create a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists, as well as parents seeking out their next great read. So, if you haven't joined us in a while, please pop in a post and hop around to meet some of the new bloggers who have joined the Hop. If you are one of our regulars - thank you so much and Happy Hopping to all! Joining us as co-hosts this week are The Stanley and Katrina Gang who are responsible for the fun middle grade book The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets and Lisa T. Cresswell, author of the Storyteller series for middle grade and the young adult novel, Hush Puppy. Big welcome to Stanley and Katrina (and the rest of the gang) and Lisa! Please be sure to give each of our hosts and co-hosts a visit to say a quick hello and we'll be sure to visit you right back!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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REMINDER: Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza

As part of our Kid Lit community of bloggers and authors, we wanted to share with you information about the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza to take place December 6th to 13th, 2013. This event is hosted by Katie from Youth Literature Reviews and Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you are a blogger who features children's or young adult literature looking to share copies of a fabulous book winter-themed or holiday-themed book (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc), you are welcome to link up. You can also offer a gift card instead! Just click on the button below. Sign-ups are on-going until November 30, 2013. Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Button  

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Happy Hopping!


  1. What an interesting idea! Thanks for sharing it :) I'll have to check it out.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Lisa. I will be sure to do a follow up post to report on how it goes.

  2. Sounds interesting! Can't wait to hear how it goes.