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.
Rosie Amber to the RNA Blog. Nearly five years ago, Rosie decided to
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.
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.
Rosie. What made you start to review/blog?
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.
developed over time?
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.
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.
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.
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
across a range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction.
romance, paranormal, humour, murder mystery, mild thrillers, spiritual, a bit
of fantasy, reading about other cultures and places all over the world and
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
a writer when they appear on your blog?
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.
media to you and your blogging team?
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.
when not blogging?
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.
purely for enjoyment and not with an intention to review?
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.
publishers what they consider to be the next ‘big thing’ – what do you hope to
see in 2017?
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.
much for inviting me today.
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