Welcome
to our latest blog series, Book Bloggers & Reviewers. Author, Ellie Holmes
will be chatting each month to the wonderful industry bloggers who love to read books
and do so much to promote our work. Welcome also to Rosie Amber the first in
the series. Over to you Ellie.

I am delighted to welcome
Rosie Amber to the RNA Blog. Nearly five years ago, Rosie decided to

use her
love of reading to help promote authors and their books through her blog.  She is now in the top 1% of Goodreads reviewers
and has been a runner up in Sacha Blacks’ Bloggers Bash awards for
the last two years. Rosie says one of the best things about her blog is that it
has allowed her to meet some lovely people.

Inspired by “A Year of Doing Good”
by Judith O’Reilly.
Rosie decided
to undertake her own challenge of doing one good deed a day for a year. She
enjoyed the challenge so much she decided to carry on and wrote about it on her
blog. You can check it out by following the link at the bottom of this article.
Welcome
Rosie. What made you start to review/blog?
I began
blogging nearly five years ago, both my children had reached their teens and it
was a way of legitimately entering the huge social media scene to keep up with
them and more importantly an eye out without stalking them. I’ve always loved
reading so writing reviews for the books I read was an easy step.
How has your blog
developed over time?
Rosie Amber

At
first my reviews were only one or two sentences. Clearly this wasn’t enough, I
studied other book bloggers and soon took a pencil and paper with me when I
read and made notes as the book progressed. I was rather shocked when I was
first approached to review a book from a “real“person.

My first
review copies were read on my computer screen, I didn’t even own a kindle. Next
came the kindle, I found out how to upload mobi files. I made a point of
learning my craft from the bottom up, researching and teaching myself. I had a
friend show me the basics of Facebook and Twitter, I’d have a lesson from her
and then she’d send me off to experiment. My first blog was on Tumbler but the
platform didn’t work for me and I made the switch to WordPress.
To develop
the blog I offered a book review and then an author promotional piece on the
next day. I ran my own themed book tours – “Romancing September” was popular, I
co-hosted with a blogger in the States giving a double opportunity for
promotion each day of the tour. I also took part in the April A-Z challenge, it
opened my blog to lots of bloggers from different walks of life.
Soon I had too
many books to review of genres I wasn’t always keen on, I created a book
reviewing challenge to reach out to get more people writing reviews and I made
lots of new friends. On the back of that I created a book review team. We can
now offer the possibility of multiple reviews of an author’s book all from one
place.
What are your review
guidelines?
I read books
across a range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction.
I enjoy
romance, paranormal, humour, murder mystery, mild thrillers, spiritual, a bit
of fantasy, reading about other cultures and places all over the world and
YA/NA books.
I
don’t read blatant erotica, political or strong religious themed books,
nor do I enjoy a book with a lot of violence. I’m afraid poetry isn’t my thing
and I can only take a little sci-fi, please no short stories.
I
prefer to accept books in paperback, I love their feel, but I’m also happy
to work with Mobi files which I download to my Kindle.
Before
I accept a book a few lines about it should be sent along with your details,
plus a link to where I can find the book. The final decision to review the
book, is mine. Upon acceptance I will provide a mailing/e-mail address.
Book review team guidelines:
The book
review team gives you access to a wide range of reviews. I have
reviewers from around the world who read and review books, posting reviews on
several platforms.
Authors
should decide how many copies of their book they could donate for a review.
Accepted formats are e-formats;  Mobi , e-pub, vouchers
for Smashwords or Amazon, Gifted books from Amazon. I then post the book
details on my team book list. They will request a book and
I will then get you to send them the book direct in their chosen format.
Reviewers
have been asked to post a review on a minimum of 2 sites such as their blog,
Amazon or Goodreads, etc. Plus they are asked to send me a copy of the review
which I will post on this blog.
If a
reviewer has taken the time to read and review a book I shall post a copy of
the review on my blog. We write as we see a book in our own personal reading
experience. If you put a book out in the public domain, expecting only positive
5* reviews from all readers it is unrealistic, the top authors all get a range
of star ratings.
Full details here

What do you expect from
a writer when they appear on your blog?
The
best type of author is one who supports my blog, I do this as a hobby and don’t
earn anything from it, an author has the potential to earn money, so repaying
mine and my team’s time in kindness is important, social media shares are my
“bread and butter”. So this means following the blog posts and sharing them on
their own social media, not necessarily every day but as a regular supporter
would be lovely.
How important is social
media to you and your blogging team?
Social
media is huge for us. If we are posting a review of a book we’ll never post under
a 3*. An author can get a lot of publicity if they act on the day, posts go out
on my blog, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. As a group the review team are very
supportive and most share these on their own social media. One of our favourite
hangouts is Twitter and if authors pick up and share all the tweets they’ll get
about their book then the message really gets out there. On Tuesdays we use
#TuesdayBookBlog for book related blog post tweets and we get it trending
nearly every week. Anyone can use it, here are our guidelines.
What are your interests
when not blogging?
I
live in Hampshire and I’m a farm secretary, I run bookwork and accounts for
three farmers. I’m also keen to keep fit and try to walk most days for at least
an hour, often longer.
Do you ever read a book
purely for enjoyment and not with an intention to review?
I
try, but most times, I’ll end up reviewing it too. One of my favourite authors
is Louise L Hay, she writes non-fiction self-help books. I’m very interested in
alternative health, past lives and the spirit world.
We often ask agents and
publishers what they consider to be the next ‘big thing’ – what do you hope to
see in 2017?
A
million dollar question! I work with a lot of indies and self-published
authors, rather than a next “big thing” guess I’d like to see Amazon iron out
the removal of precious real reviews for good small time authors.
Thank you so
much for inviting me today.
Links:
Blog   
Ellie Holmes:
Ellie Holmes

Ellie Holmes
writes commercial women’s fiction with her heart in the town and her soul in
thecountry. Ellie’s debut release was The Flower Seller. A member of the RNA
and the Alliance of Independent Authors, Ellie’s latest book The Tregelian
Hoard, set in Cornwall, is the first novella in her Jonquil Jones Mystery
Series.







Links:
Thank you, Rosie and Ellie, for such an interesting blog.

If you would like to write for the RNA blog please contact us on
elaineeverest@aol.com

21 Comments
  1. Author
    Ellie Holmes 1 year ago

    I would just like to thank Rosie Amber for being such a lovely guest and giving us such an interesting insight into her world. If you get the chance, do please check out her Good Deeds blog as it is a wonderful read. Ellie x

  2. Author
    Rosie Amber 1 year ago

    Hi Ellie, thank you so much for inviting me to the RNA blog, having book bloggers behind your books really is important in the book marketing place today, so I encourage all your readers to make friends with book bloggers.

    • Author
      Anonymous 1 year ago

      Hi Rosie, do you review male male romance?

      Liam Livings

  3. Author
    June Kearns 1 year ago

    Rosie's reviews are always varied and interesting. I've discovered so many good reads from her blog. She's a great supporter of new writers, too – indie and traditional. (Thank you, Rosie!)

  4. Author
    Rosie Amber 1 year ago

    Thanks for the support June.

  5. Author
    Karen 1 year ago

    An interesting post, Rosie and Ellie. Thank you for sharing this with us. I've just started interviewing bloggers on my blog too, you all do a fantastic job and we authors appreciate your time and support. I've just followed your blog, Rosie. Look forward to reading your posts. x

  6. Author
    Rosie Amber 1 year ago

    Many Thanks Karen.

  7. Author
    Natalie Kleinman 1 year ago

    Lovely to see a new series on the blog and what an interesting one it promises to be. Thank you, Rosie and Ellie, for a great first post

  8. Author
    Rosie Amber 1 year ago

    Thanks for reading Natalie.

  9. Author
    Lizzie Lamb 1 year ago

    I was lucky enough to meet Rosie Amber through Jean Fullerton about three years ago and she has since become my reviewer of choice. Through Rosie and her team I've reached a wider audience than I would otherwise have. Rosie and her team visited the Belmont Belles back in December and it was great to meet them in real life. Rosie was just as I'd imagined her, only better! She totally gets how hard it is to get word of your books out there and understand better than most the vagaries of the Amazon review system. Good work Rosie and Ellie, keep it up.

  10. Author
    Julie Houston 1 year ago

    This was a great interview. Rosie and her team took on my Christmas novella "Qn Off-Piste Christmas" and their reviews were all exceptionally professional and well executed. Rosie herself is a really lovely person to work with and keeps you up to date with what's happening. When she says she'll do something she does it
    and within a time scale. The whole industry could do with a lot more Rosies. Well done both to Ellie and Rosie. x

  11. Author
    Rosie Amber 1 year ago

    Thank you so much Lizzie and Julie, such kind words, lovely to work with both of you and of course to meet Lizzie and so many of the Belmont Belles in December. Writing and producing the very best product you can is key today, and then marketing that book and reaching potential readers is a whole new ball game. There's no one answer to either, but as we enjoy reading on the team it is a pleasure to help where we can.

  12. Author
    Rosemary Gemmell 1 year ago

    Great new series – thanks, Ellie, and a lovely first guest! Really interesting to read about your background and obvious pleasure in reading, Rosie.

  13. Author
    Rosie Amber 1 year ago

    Thank you so much Rosemary – I do love my books!

  14. Author
    Ellie Holmes 1 year ago

    Just wanted to thank everyone for their kind comments about the new blog series. We couldn't have got off to a better start. Thanks again to Rosie for launching the new series in such style.

  15. Author
    Rosie Amber 1 year ago

    Hello Liam, thank you for commenting, this isn't the best place to request a review, please refer to any of the links to my blog in the above article, take a look around my blog and see if any of your books are likely to fit with our reading audience.
    Thanks
    Rosie

  16. Author
    Linn B Halton 1 year ago

    It was so lovely to read this interview and find out more about Rosie and her team. What comes across is that passion we all share, whether we read, or write – and that's something very special!

  17. Author
    Rosie Amber 1 year ago

    Thank you Linn.

  18. Author
    Elaine Everest 1 year ago

    Thank you for agreeing to be the first in our new series, Rosie. It is a pleasure to meet you online. Thank you also to Ellie for a fab interview ss

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