For every book that comes out, we'll be sure to post a review and an author interview the week the book is available for pre-order. If you would like to be able to provide reviews for books for Thinklings, then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Today our review comes from James Chertudi.
Probably about once a month, I, Jeannie, will jump onto the blog with a post about author platforms and marketing. These posts, while specifically geared toward authors, will also be applicable for our readers. Some, like today’s, will show you more ways to help your favorite authors, while others will just give you a peek behind the scenes of a book launch or the publishing process.
Today, I’m going to walk both readers and writers through one of the more valuable processes of a book launch, and that is building a street team.
Thinklings Books is a publisher of speculative fiction. You may have heard the term (often shortened to “spec fic”) and wondered exactly what it meant. Today we’re not just going to speculate on what it is; we’re going to provide concrete answers!
When you speculate, you ask “What if?” But all fiction books pose that question in one way or another; it’s what makes them fictional. So whether something is spec fic or not depends on what, where, whom, etc., a book is speculating about.
At Thinklings, we strive to publish books that are not only readable and enjoyable but also re-readable. What makes a book re-readable? It depends on the reader! We’d love to see your comments below on what you think makes a book re-readable. The answers we came up with are: Nostalgia can certainly play a part—think favorite books from childhood. (One book Sarah is nostalgic about is No Flying in the House by Betty Brock: the first fantasy novel she remembers reading. For Jeannie, it’s Nancy Drew books, specifically The Hidden Staircase.) Wonderful characters who come alive, breathtaking settings, timeless themes that stir the heart, clever plot twists, a beautiful or engaging writing style, and personal connections also make a book re-readable.