I was reminded of the Mark Knopfler/Chet Atkins duet when beginning to write this post about the *NEW AND IMPROVED* Reading Recommendations! Although, I won’t be wearing a toupée anytime soon!
After promoting more than 200 authors and their books, I decided to change the focus of this blog. For a few months I have been contacting authors directly – those I’ve discovered through Goodreads, through interviews conducted by other bloggers, Facebook, or authors I know personally. And that’s been working well for me as I believe readers will agree these promotions I’ve presented have been terrific. I know many of you have discovered new favourite authors through this blog, because you’ve told me so. But all of this does take a lot of time in tracking down the authors, getting them to send their completed questionnaires in a timely fashion (tap, tap, tap!), then formatting and scheduling the post – not to mention promoting after that. It’s time to step back a bit and take a rest. (It’s also time to get back to writing my own second novel!)
So I will be very selective about who I promote from here on in. Authors will either be personally known to me or have written a book I especially enjoyed reading or have hosted me on their own blog for a review or interview or been published by a company I know and respect. I think this will mean I only post new promotions once a week or so. Maybe less often than that.
But, in the meantime, I’m going back through the list of authors who have already been promoted on this site and will give some of them a second full promotion. I’ll be sending out a new questionnaire to be completed that I hope will give readers more insight into the authors’ lives and careers and will also allow the authors a chance to update us on ALL their publications. To be fair, I’ll primarily be promoting those authors who, in turn, have continued to promote the site, their fellow authors, and me and my books since they first appeared on Reading Recommendations.
Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to and followed and shared and told their friends about books they’ve discovered on Reading Recommendations! That was the point in creating this blog in the first place – to bring attention to many authors and find them readers, and recommend great books to readers. Because it seems that I’m just a gal who can’t say no to being an Author Impresario!
I also could not have done this without all the authors and readers participating in this blog – Thank You Very Much!