A: No. If you stated that they have 48/72 hours to respond to the email that is the extent of all you have to do. If you want to make nice and send that email, I would simply state.
"Sorry but your 48 hours have expired. A new winner will be chosen in your place. Please feel free to enter my other contests going on at parajunkee.com right now! Just remember to answer that email!"
Follow your rules if you fee it is necessary. If you stated 48 hours stick to it. If you don't want to go through the hassle though of picking a new winner and emailing them...why not just let your first winner have the book?? It can go either way. If I haven't picked a winner yet, I usually give them the book. But I have had it where they have come back after I've already picked a winner - then you have to say, I'm sorry I've already picked a new winner.
If you didn't name a response time, I would wait a week and then email again. If you haven't heard back after the second email (48 hours) then pick another winner and email AGAIN saying that because you didn't hear back from the first winner a new winner will be picked. This way you've covered all your bases.
A: Urban Fantasy and Paranormal can be the exact same thing. Yet, Paranormal can be a generalized descriptor that can be labeled with a lot of other genres, like Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Horror etc. So you can literally label an Urban Fantasy as a Paranormal book also.
What generalizes an Urban Fantasy? An Urban Fantasy is usually a fantasy set in the modern age in an urban setting. It is a sub-genre of the FANTASY genre, it is just it's contemporary counterpart, because most fantasy genre novels take place in alternate historical realities. For example books like Lord of the Rings. It is said that the primary requirement is that the setting must be in a city. Yet, even now they are bending these rules by publishing rural Urban Fantasy novels where the settings are in country, back-water towns, yet these are usually modern novels. I hope this helps!
A: I think I might have answered this question in a million different ways. Publisher lists don't come easy, most book bloggers have been amassing contacts and that information is like gold to them, or at least for me. It's like a salesperson's contacts. Do you think a salesperson is just going to post a list of all their contacts on the web somewhere for other sales people to check out? Not very likely. UNLESS you find a really really nice book blogger that posted their own list...I really doubt they have something like this out there.
But, to explain more most publishers are very open in their support of book blogs. Turn over any ARC and check out their Marketing list - it usually says Book Blog Tour as one of their bullet points.
Suggestion: Put in some time and do this yourself, it's not easy and it takes time so start researching publishers and begin stalking their web sites. There is always a Contact Us section which will have an email that you can request ARCs through. There you go, this will be your first contact email.
A: Here are a few suggestions:
- Sign up for book blogging forums, like Ning sites and directories
- Comment on other blogs like yours and introduce yourself, always leave your URL
- Comment on author's sites with meaningful comments and leave your URL
- Get on twitter and start making friends. Start by following other book bloggers and strike up conversations with them, soon you'll have a following and then you can carry on meaningful twitter conversations and tweet out your reviews
- Get on facebook and friend all your book bloggers that are like you
- Network, network, network
A:I'm sorry Anna - but, I'm not going to do a tutorial on this. This would fall into the ADVANCED category. There are a few sites that offer downloads, like this one: http://www.cssmenumaker.com/
And last but not least...the winner of the "Someone Needs a Hug or a Slap Award"...
A:I'm sorry you are feeling the Book Blogger Envy. But, I'm kinda of feeling a bit grumpy about the waving books in your face remark. I'm sorry you feel that way, but just because I'm showing off my pretty book doesn't mean I'm rubbing it in your face. If I pulled up in a new car -- but you had an old car, would you consider that rubbing it in your face? Because, I don't mean it that way, I'm just excited about my new shiny book and if I show my husband he goes "Whatever." If I show my Book Blogger friends they SQUEE with me. I sooo want people to SQUEE with me. That is not rubbing faces, that is excitement, glee, happiness and joy over a new book. Don't let that green seep into your skin --- makes for an unhappy person. You don't want to be unhappy. No one wants to be unhappy.
Now as for those followers, those people that read the blog that you don't think count. Well, you see I think they do. I think I put a lot of work into my blog. I've been doing this for almost two years. I've seen blogs come and go. Every week I meet at least ten new blogs that just popped up and ten blogs disappear off the radar. Now publishers and publicists and authors, this is their JOB. JOB JOB JOB. Their writing = their paycheck. That book you review, well it could equal increased profitability. If the review is read. They want to look for a blog that will review their book (so first thing they look for is how long the blog has been around) an upstart blog might have more trouble because they haven't established a reputation yet. And then more followers equal a broader platform that they are reaching. Now, granted they don't always go for the highest follower count. 500 dedicated followers is a lot better than 2000 followers that aren't reading your posts...so they also look at comments and things like that to see if you are getting responses. All of this takes time, work and a little elbow grease. Ranting will not get you ARCs - why don't you try netgalley. They might be more accommodating.
That's it folks. Talk Less. Read More. Happy Thursday.
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