Author Olivia Boler

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July 22nd, 2012

Bewitching Blog Tour Update

There’s been a scheduling change to the last few days of my Bewitching Blog Tour, so I thought I’d just let you all know. Here is the rest of the schedule as of today:

July 22 Guest blog and review
A Chick Who Reads
http://achickwhoreads.blogspot.com

July 22 Guest blog and review
Black Hippie Chick’s Take on Books & The World
Http://blackhippiechick.wordpress.com

July 23 Interview
Mary’s Garden
http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/

July 25 Interview
Books, Books The Magical Fruit
http://booksbooksthemagicalfruit.blogspot.com

July 30 Review
Books, Books, and More Books
http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/

Thanks, and please pass this on to friends and family who might be interested. I’m not sure how effective this has been as far as new sales go. There’s definitely been a lot of ebooks given away, and positive reviews but not many (any?) new sales. Is that over-sharing? If you’ve done a book blog tour, has it helped your books’ sales?

July 11th, 2012

Bewitching Book Tour July 9 to 30

Hey people:

My Bewitching Book Tours tour is happening right now, as you read this sentence! Here is the full schedule with links so you can get there yourself:

July 9 Promo and review THIS ONE HAS A GIVEAWAY AND NO ONE HAS LEFT A COMMENT TO TRY AND GET A FREE COPY OF THE FLOWER BOWL SPELL. DID YOU ALL GET YOUR COPIES ALREADY? WELL THEN, TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO LEAVE A COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN. THEY NEED THIS BOOK!
Forget the Housework, I’m Reading…
http://forgetthehouseworkimreading.blogspot.com

July 10 Spotlight and review
The Seraphine Muse
www.kasonndraleigh.blogspot.com

July 12 Guest blog
http://ravencraftrealm.blogspot.com

July 12 Spotlight
Read 2 Review
www.read2review.com

July 12 Promo
http://jacqpaige.blogspot.com/

July 13 Review
Persephone’s Winged Reviews
www.wingedpersephone.wordpress.com

July 13 Guest Blog and review
Shelley Munro
http://www.shelleymunro.com/blog

July 14 Promo and review
A Dream Within A Dream
http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com

July 14 Guest blog
www.thefaeryromanticlibrarian.blogspot.com

July 15 Promo
A Bibilophile’s Thoughts on Books
http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com/

July 16 Interview
Books, Books The Magical Fruit
http://booksbooksthemagicalfruit.blogspot.com

July 17 Promo and review
Midtown Underground
www.midtown-underground.com

July 18 Guest blog
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
http://www.sithereandread.com/

July 19 Review
A Case of Reading Insomnia
http://acaseofreadinginsomnia.blogspot.com/

July 19 Interview
Workaday Reads
www.workadayreads.com

July 21 Promo and review
Reader Girls
www.Readergirlsblog.com

July 22 Guest blog and review
A Chick Who Reads
http://achickwhoreads.blogspot.com

July 22 Guest blog and review
Black Hippie Chick’s Take on Books & The World
Http://blackhippiechick.wordpress.com

July 23 Interview
Mary’s Garden
http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/

July 30 Review
Books, Books, and More Books
http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/

Please visit these tour stops. Leave comments for the hosts, and come back here and tell me what you think. Cheers!

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July 1st, 2012

Upcoming Bewitching Book Tour

Crazy times, folks, but guess what? I’ve actually been writing. Remember all that gushing I did over the Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference? Well, it actually paid off, creatively.

On the third day of the conference, as I was driving across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin, the idea for a children’s book came to me. I won’t write too much about it, since I’m not quite finished with the first draft, but I’ll say this: It’s a chapter book for a young middle reader, and I actually have an ending.

*Fireworks!!!*

You might ask, what’s the big deal? Ho ho ho! Writing endings, at least among the writers I know, is notoriously difficult. Sure, a great idea and an even better beginning—that’s a cake walk! The middle part, the journey, the getting there—totally fun. Full steam ahead. But the ending…How to tie up the bow on these literary gifts? Ah…Well, why would we want our journey to end? I could wax philosophical about novel endings and how they perhaps are symbols for dying and death (right…), but never mind all that. Let’s just say, writing endings sucks. But lo and behold, this current project already has an ending (in my head!), and I’m already making a list of possible adventures for my protagonists (a series! a series!).

So, that’s why I haven’t been so good with the blog. Apologies. BUT…

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My second book blog tour with Bewitching Book Tours begins July 9 and runs through July 23, for two weeks. I’m ramping up for it (giveaways! interviews! guest blogs! reviews!) so there will be many Tweets and Posts on FB soon. Get ready to be inundated with promo mojo.

Oh, and a Happy 4th of July. Eat a hot dog or two—it’s bad for you in a good way.

June 12th, 2012

The Flower Bowl Spell By Olivia Boler.wmv – YouTube

The Flower Bowl Spell By Olivia Boler.wmv – YouTube.

May 4th, 2012

Pinterest your novel

Even though I didn’t go with bookbaby for publishing The Flower Bowl Spell, I get emails from them every so often with promotions and tips. This last one had an article, “Pinterest for Authors” by Chris Robley that I found worth a read.

I’m a member of Pinterest, having dutifully requested an invitation to join after hearing some ladies at a Superbowl party going on about a website where they could “pin up” pictures of crafts and recipes that I thought was called “Pin Twist.” Much to my chagrin, my Google searches came up with zilch, until I stumbled upon a Facebook friend’s Pinterest update on her Timeline. Ohhhhhhh…Of course I’d gone wrong by looking for real words. Anyway, I received my begged-for invite, and started pinning and repinning and following…Mostly, I pinned pretty things and stuff having to do with my children. But I didn’t have any idea how to use these online pin boards for my writing.

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Not so anymore! The bookbaby blog post makes a number of helpful suggestions like pinning images of actors who could play your characters, or photos of where you write, or the notes you take. You can also promote authors you admire (instead of always promoting your own writing) or pin places you’d like to visit while on book tour (a reading in the Virgin Islands, anyone?). I chose to go with the suggestion of pinning the settings from my novel. You can check it out here on my brand new The Flower Bowl Spell Pinterest board.

And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest! I promise to follow back. :)

April 21st, 2012

Brilliant Review by Pete Denton

Pete Denton is a blogger and writer from Sheffield, England, and we’ve been following each others posts for a few months now. He’s made huge strides with his writing, which he chronicles on his blog, and has garnered all kinds of blogging awards. He’s also been very encouraging when it comes to my own posts about my writing/publishing journey, which culminated today in a lovely review of The Flower Bowl Spell. Here’s an excerpt:

I cannot emphasise enough how much I got sucked into the world of Memphis Zhang. I was totally immersed in her story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. With all the reviews I have written so far, I find it difficult to comment too much on the story or characters as I don’t want to give anything away.

What I will say is that I BELIEVED the main protagonist. I felt she came alive on the page (of my Kindle) and I cared about what happened to her throughout the story. One of the character names in particular was a stroke of GENIUS and everyone we met on the journey was well drawn…

I enjoyed the story line and the humour that’s injected into the narrative is spot on. I even broke my “not reading my Kindle on the bus” rule (I know it’s a stupid rule) as I HAD to keep reading this book. I’ve said before I judge a good book on whether the story keeps popping into my mind, well days after finishing The Flower Bowl Spell, little snippets keep doing just that.

Olivia Boler is an author I *met* blogging. I read her posts on self-publishing her story and watched with interest as the cover design was unveiled and the publication drew ever closer. This is a journey that so many people are on and it is a journey I hope to make myself one day. This makes reading a book like this more important to me. It also inspires me to make sure I write reviews and help spread the word.

This was a top professional job. Great cover, well-edited and no errors to speak about. This book gives self-publishing a HUGE pat on the back. If every self-published book was to this standard then maybe the stigma attached to going it on your own would end right here and now.

Thank you so much, Pete, for your thoughtful review. I can’t emphasize enough how touched I was by it!

To read the whole review and to learn more about Pete, click here.

March 30th, 2012

New Review of My Humble Novel

Peeps, I just want to share the latest review of The Flower Bowl Spell by author Roberta Goodman. Here’s a link to her review. Just click here. A highlight: “The Flower Bowl Spell by Olivia Boler is a fantastical fast-paced roller-coaster ride. This story will keep you guessing until the end as to the identities of those trying to gain power through sinister means.”

You can find out about Roberta Goodman’s novel, Snow Escape, by clicking here. But to whet your interest, here’s a brief description: “Set against the backdrop of a historic snowstorm, Snow Escape is the story of one woman’s innocent foray into the world of online dating turned deadly.”

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Intrigued? Me, too.

Thank you, Ro, for the review, and to Book Blogs for another great writing/publishing connection!

March 20th, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday Books from Olivia

OK, I’m getting the hang of this blogging thing.

I started following a YA book blog, Pure Imagination, and she posts with admirable regularity. Today, Tuesday, I got her latest book review preceded by the weekly Top Ten Tuesday, which has a theme each week (Top Ten Books Ever, Top Ten Romantic Reads—I’m making these up). This is sponsored, somehow, by another book blog, The Broke and the Bookish, which is run by a group of college-age book bloggers. Apparently, other book bloggers can contribute with their memes and linky links. If you know what a meme or linky is (a cutesy way of saying hyperlink?), you’re ahead of me, but I can put some vague idea together.

Even though I am an old lady by comparison to my esteemed book blogging colleagues, I’m inspired to contribute to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Reading List. Sure, I am way, way, way behind on my work and no where near finishing the conversion to paperback of The Flower Bowl Spell! But, as Vonnegut  (remember him?) would put it, and so it goes…

Top Ten Tuesday Spring Reads:

 

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1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Finally getting this as a digital download from the library. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.

2. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. I once did a reading with Adam Johnson and he was just on NPR today, talking about his new novel. Sounds amazing.

3. The Devil’s Lover: The Wish by Dahlia Lu. I downloaded this during Read an E-book Week. Great cover!

4. The Binding by L. Filloon. Another juicy E-book Week find.

5. Touch of Fate by Christine Amsden. I think we’re friends on Book Blogs.

6. Stuck in Estrogen’s Funhouse by Shayna Gier. What a title!

7.  Hollowland by Amanda Hocking. This has been on my virtual shelf for a while. Time to crack it.

8.  What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt. Got it from my friend, and it’s literally by my bedside.

9. Nothing But the Truth by Justina Chen Headley. An Asian sister from another mister!

10. A Thirty-Something Girl by L.M. Stull. We are Goodreads friends. Can’t wait to read it!

What about you? What will you read this spring, fellow bloggers?

March 4th, 2012

My e-book FREE for a limited time!

Happy Read an E-book Week! OK, I just learned about this too. But it’s a really cool thing because from March 4 to 10, you can get The Flower Bowl Spell for FREE from Smashwords as part of the celebration. Considering the price went up last week to $2.99, this is an amazing deal. And remember, you can download the book from Smashwords to your Kindle, Nook, eReader, Kobo, iPad, laptop, phone, and I don’t know what other device. Possibly your brain? So, to those who have paid full price, thank you, and spread the word to your friends that they can download The Flower Bowl Spell for absolutely no cost. But only for a limited time. USE COUPON CODE RE100.

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And here’s something that made my day, counteracting the fact I haven’t had even one download on Amazon since the end of February: I received one of the nicest, most thoughtful reviews this morning by a reader, Sara Smolarek, on Smashwords, which you can read if you go here. Sara, I don’t know you, but I thank you for writing up such a fantastic and honest review!

Another cool bit of news: Smashwords announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Baker & Taylor, a major book distributor to libraries and bookstores. That includes distribution to the Blio e-reading app, which is often pre-loaded on computers and laptops by Toshiba, Dell, and HP. There’s also a free Blio app for iPhones and Androids, and a Blio bookstore. My book should be up there soon.

My friend Debbie and I were just talking about how I could get my e-book into libraries. I’d put it on my to-do list, which is oh so very long. Well, this new Baker & Taylor deal means public libraries that use Axis 360 (I’ve also seen this written up as Access 360, so maybe someone can fact check that) could make The Flower Bowl Spell available for checkout. Huzzah!

OK, so I’ve done my happy dance, and now it’s back to the trenches. These days, the trenches means formatting my book for the paperback version on CreateSpace. It’s not as easy, to put it very kindly, as I had hoped it would be. I think they are trying to crush my spirit so I will just give in and pay for the professional services they offer. But, oh no! I won’t cave. And I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say right now, my mortal enemy is the Section Break function in Microsoft Word.

So, tell your friends: The Flower Bowl Spell is FREE on Smashwords until March 10. COUPON CODE RE100. If you download it, let me know. Thank you, and happy reading!

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February 24th, 2012

Last days at $0.99

Two things have been on the old noggin lately, with regard to this publishing thing. The first is about the price of my ebook. I’ve kept it at a low $0.99, but it’s come to my attention that there is a glut of these $0.99-ers out there that are, ahem, not of the greatest quality. Most are self-published with ugly covers, poor editing, and plot holes. I found this out because (second thing on the noggin) I’ve been trying to drum up interest from book bloggers to review The Flower Bowl Spell. I found a great blog—naturally—about book bloggers called The Book Blogger Directory, and it has been my main resource. So, going down the list, starting with those who like reading paranormal and urban fantasy books, I find that I’m stopped short almost immediately by the fact most of these bloggers are refusing to accept self-published books. At least one gave an explanation having to do with the reasons I already listed (crappy books) plus the fact that dealing directly with authors can be an unpleasant experience. Some bloggers have been “attacked” by authors after they received a poor or critical review.

Now, I totally understand the frustration of these bloggers. It is completely unacceptable to engage in any kind of threatening dialog with anyone, really. It’s unprofessional, and well, just plain crazy. But, as one other blogger pointed out, it’s not just indie authors who get defensive. Traditionally published authors are just as capable if they so desire in tracking down a reviewer and going off. So, those bloggers who are shutting out indie authors are really shutting out their chances of reading some possibly excellent fiction. Like mine. And that is where I as an indie author get frustrated. I knew it would be tough to get reviews. Remember, I did this 12 years ago, although I was querying the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, not Urban Fantasy Vixen blogging off of WordPress, or whatever. It ain’t easy to get a bite, it’s a ton of “leg work,” and much of it feeling like a frustrating waste of precious time, which is why I’ve begged everyone I know to write up reviews of the book (and yes, one person even gave it 4 instead of 5 stars on Amazon. That is OK! I want you to be honest.)

So, back to Thing One: An indie author pointed out on another book blog I found, called—surprise!—Book Blogs, that he has decided to set the price of his ebooks higher than the $0.99-ers to distinguish his work as being better—well-written, well-plotted, well-edited, with a pleasing-to-the-eye cover—and therefore worth the extra money (he was going with $1.99). I discussed this with my writing group, Kill Your Darlings, last night, and my esteemed colleague Mark pointed out that he agrees. “It’s kind of like iPhone apps,” he said. “The ones that are free are probably not as good as the ones that are $1.99, and even the $0.99 ones aren’t going to give you that much more than the free ones.”Like a a more expensive app, my soon-to-be higher-priced book will give the user/reader a better experience than a cheap one.

Tomorrow is the one-month publishing anniversary of The Flower Bowl Spell. To celebrate, I will raise the price to $2.99. So get it now, while it’s still a bargain!