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40 Things You Might Find Yourself Doing After Reading A Good Book #SundayBlogShare #AmReading

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I have read a few good books lately. As a bookworm I adore that wonderful feeling you get from reading a great book.

I love this quote from William Styron:

‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading’.

After finishing a great book I have been known to do some strange things.

Here are 40 things you might find yourself doing after reading a fab book:

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Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of “Hidden Figures,” Has a New Book In the Works

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A new book proposal from Margot Lee Shetterly is making the rounds at New York publishing houses. According to insiders, the sales tag for the work is quickly mounting.

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Nine Strategies to Promote your Writing Locally

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By Jessica Mcneil

Do you ever wonder what happens once an author has their first ever title created and presses the ‘Publish’ button? You may not be a New York Times best-selling author, you may not become famous immediately, and your Amazon numbers may be awful, but does this mean that you should quit writing books? Absolutely Not!

No matter what kind of book you compile, success in self-publishing is all about discoverability, especially if you want to reach your target audience. Listed below are a couple of low-cost strategies that you could put into use to ensure that you achieve the kind of visibility and popularity your writing deserves.

Nine ideas may seem a bit overwhelming, but keep in mind that you only have to put them into practice one at a time. When the expected results come to pass, you will have secured a direct connection to a vast…

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What I’m Reading for Black History Month

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It’s here again, that somber, dark, short month where the world outside is dismal. As usual, I plan to use this month’s reading to keep the fires burning in my mind and heart by focusing exclusively on works by black Americans.  Here is what is on the queue for this month’s reads and reviews. What are you reading?

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday# October 13th

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly feature hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks . Please click on this link to get more details about the feature.

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To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

A Book I Have Read

sue monk kiddThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh…

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A Conversation with Natalie Baszile, Author of ‘Queen Sugar’

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PHOTO BY ANDREW DOSUNMU, 2016 WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. COURTESY OF OWN L-R: Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner PHOTO BY ANDREW DOSUNMU, 2016 WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. COURTESY OF OWN
L-R: Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner

Two and a half years after Queen Sugar was published, everyone is talking about Natalie Baszile’s debut novel.

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8 Ways to Convince Book Bloggers To Review Your Book

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Book bloggers actually do want to review your book! But we don’t have a lot of time so when you forget to include vital information or don’t follow the submission instructions, your requests end up in the trash bin. Here are 8 ways to convince me—and other book bloggers—to review your book:

There’s no reason to pile on and make your request email an epic read – that’s your novel’s job. When approaching reviewers keep your request on point. Give each blogger exactly what they ask for – no more, no less. Remember, we get lots of emails and the easier you make it for us, the greater your chance of acceptance. Here’s what should always be included.

1. Reviewer’s name: Guess what? You may have to read through the blog a bit to find it. Check contact information. Read all the way to the bottom of submission guidelines…

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