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Literature Map

So, I was thinking of buying Someone a book and I was looking for ideas. I knew s/he liked certain authors so I remembered this helpful website.

You just type the name of the author into the box and it gives you a chart of other writers’ names. The closer they are in proximity to the name you typed in, the more similar their writing style is and the likelier the reader would like them.

Here’s Janet Evanovich…


Here’s my pal Julie Anne Peters …

Here’s another of my favorites, Mary Roach …

And you can click on any of the names and go further. So from Mary Roach’s page, I see Bill Bryson, who leads me to Jasper Fforde who leads me to…

You can get lost in here for hours, discovering all kinds of interesting authors. It’s only August, but I bet you could get your holiday shopping done too, if you don’t get lost in the website for four months. (Don’t forget to pick up a little sumpn-sumpn for yourself. And for me.)

Who is your favorite author? Did you discover any links to new authors? What will you be buying me?

Book Trailers Tres

I’ve been thinking lately about book trailers and their effectiveness.

Book trailers are just like movie trailers. But for books. They’re little videos authors create to get you interested in buying their book.

I asked authors to send me links to their book trailers so I could post them and see what other people like or dislike about them.

I got a lot so I’ve broken them into uno, dos and tres blog posts. Would you take a look and tell me what you think of these?

Elizabeth Zelvin …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH6OuC1cWSU]

Betty Sullivan La Pierre …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R8yO6MicZQ]

Roger Hudson …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQPvCwExGRU]

The Diva Takes the Cake …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3YjcLzKSnk]

If you’re an author with a book trailer tell me how you promote it.

If you’re an author without a book trailer tell me if you want one in the future.

If you’re a reader, what do you think about book trailers? Are they effective? Do any of these make you want to go out and buy the book? Would you ever seek out a book trailer? If so, how would you search?

Book Trailers Dos

I’ve been thinking lately about book trailers and their effectiveness.

Book trailers are just like movie trailers. But for books. They’re little videos authors create to get you interested in buying their book.

I asked authors to send me links to their book trailers so I could post them and see what other people like or dislike about them.

I got a lot so I’ve broken them into uno, dos and tres. Would you take a look and tell me what you think of these?

Clyde Ford …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lcr75GNo2A]

Timothy Hallinan …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_ThwWON14c]

Julie Anne Peters …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDGT12fQIXI]

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jZVE5uF24Q]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzowFJTApfY&feature=related]

If you’re an author with a book trailer tell me how you promote it.

If you’re an author without a book trailer tell me if you want one in the future.

If you’re a reader, what do you think about book trailers? Are they effective? Do any of these make you want to go out and buy the book? Would you ever seek out a book trailer? If so, how would you search?

Book Trailers Uno

I’ve been thinking lately about book trailers and their effectiveness.

Book trailers are just like movie trailers. But for books. They’re little videos authors create to get you interested in buying their book.

I asked authors to send me links to their book trailers so I could post them and see what other people like or dislike about them.

I got a lot so I’ve broken them into uno, dos and tres blog posts. Would you take a look and tell me what you think of these?

David Lubar …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB5zHpxpfNM]

Kathleen Guler …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1ARPeU4Vw0]

Lynda Hilburn …

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAvTEWU1qN4]

Olivia Gentile … this one isn’t on YouTube so you have to go to her website. I think you’ll like this one. This is actually the one that got me started thinking about the topic.

If you’re an author with a book trailer tell me how you promote it.

If you’re an author without a book trailer tell me if you want one in the future.

If you’re a reader, what do you think about book trailers? Are they effective? Do any of these make you want to go out and buy the book? Would you ever seek out a book trailer? If so, how would you search?