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By The Bookollective Team, Jun 22 2017 02:08PM

The Notting Hill Bookshop in London played host to the launch of the debut novel from mummy blogger Isabella Davidson. The ultra-competitive world of Supermums - super-rich, super-beautiful and super-mean - is explored in her satirical novel, The Beta Mum: Adventures in Alpha Land, published by SilverWood Books.

The guest list saw yummy mummies and popular writers in attendance, including Davidson’s editor Donna Hillyer, acclaimed novelist Shelley Weiner, film producers and writers Natalie Beer and Eliza Schroeder, Instagram star Smart Fashionista, mummy blogger Karin Thyselius-Schumacher and Mama Life Magazine founder Mel Mehmet. It was a hot summer evening so people spilled out on to the streets of West London, sipping Champagne and nibbling on Chika’s nuts (made famous by the BBC television programme Dragon’s Den).

Davidson who tweets under the handle @NHYummyMummy said: “The response to my book has been incredible, both online and offline. There was a long queue for my book signing and sadly I didn’t have time to sign everyone’s book, but I want to thank my loyal fan base for their continued support. It was really overwhelming.”

By The Bookollective Team, Apr 26 2017 12:23PM

As part of our appreciation for the fantastic network of book bloggers we have built, today we are speaking to Kelly from Love Books Group. Kelly is our newest member of Bookollective's #TheBTeam and we have loved learning a little more about her passion for books!

Hello Kelly! Can we first ask what inspired you to become a book blogger?

I was at home full time, looking after my mother who had several strokes. I decided to start the blog to review all the books I had been reading. I already ran a successful Facebook Book Group so it seemed a natural progression. I launched my blog in January, it is now reaching almost 10,000 views.

I am very proud of my social media, a lot of hours making connections and connecting with my lovely followers.

I recently created an Instagram and I really get a great deal of enjoyment from it each day. I spend one hour each day sharing and liking my fellow bloggers, blogs. I think it's very important and I enjoy reading their reviews and Author spots. I love empowering and lifting others. I always treat others the way I would want to be. I love the unique bloggers bubble!

We love the community of bloggers too! How do you now decide whether to review a book or not?

As my blog has become more popular, I get daily requests for reviews. My blog tours always have top priority. Thereafter I review what I can!

So with so many offers, do you judge a book by its cover?

Not at all, I try to go into a book blind, so I don't know what sort of adventure it will be!

That's refreshing to hear. Is there something you wish authors knew about your blog or blogging?

I blog events and books and I do it full time. I schedule my posts ahead of time. If an Author would like their book promoted on my social media or blog, then I ask that they use the contact form on my blog.

The big question! What's your favourite book of the year so far?!

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields. Set in my home City of Edinburgh, it is a toe curling fast paced ride of a read!

Lots of authors wonder about this one; do you have any advice on looking for successful blogger reviews?

You have to research a few, all bloggers review in a different style. I review on an emotional level, how the book made me feel and what I learned other bloggers have varied styles. I would say to the author to make sure they are following their chosen bloggers page and social media. It's nice to share your own article and also follow and share future posts too!

And finally, do you have any plans for your blog in the future?

Yes! I already have a collective of over 10,000 followers, I would love to see it continue to grow.

Visit Kelly's book blog at www.lovebooksgroup.blog

By The Bookollective Team, Apr 13 2017 12:10PM

Article originally written by Karen Williams of Librotas: http://www.librotas.com/book-pr/

Karen Williams (Librotas) interviews Esther Harris from Bookollective who shared her top tips to get book PR.

As a new author, there are many things you can do to get more publicity. Things like talking about your book to anyone who will listen (especially those who will support your PR campaign!), getting clear on your message and how to tell your story, and what actually makes you different.

In the 20 minute interview, you’ll learn when and how to get started, what you need to know before you approach journalists, how to respond to media requests, and Esther’s top 3 PR tips that you really must do!

Join us for the Book Marketing Mastermind event – 20-21 May

Esther is also running a mini book PR workshop at our Book Marketing Mastermind event on the weekend of 20-21 May. So to get personal feedback on how to get great PR for your book, as well as extensive marketing support and advice over the weekend to create your own book marketing plan, do join us. Here’s the link with more details about the event.

By The Bookollective Team, Mar 31 2017 09:43AM

Bookollective have decided to turn the tables to continue to help our growing community. As well as supporting authors and their books, we have a fantastic team of book bloggers (The B Team), who we work with on blog tours and reviews. Our design and digital marketing expert, Aimee, wanted to recognise them within the industry and will be interviewing some of our blogger team from time to time to showcase their blogs and what they do for the book market.

Today we are speaking to Linda from Books of All Kinds. Linda has reviewed a number of our books and we love how friendly and helpful she has been from the very beginning of Bookollective's collaboration.

Hello Linda! Can we first ask what inspired you to become a book blogger?

I have always loved books. I remember as a child reading anything I could get my hands on, which stayed with me all the way through University where I studied English Literature. After that I worked in a bookstore which was like heaven for me! So when I decided to stay at home to raise my kids, I still wanted to be connected with the book world and I started reviewing books for an American review site - Fresh Fiction. So after two years reviewing for them I finally worked up the courage to start my own book blog and I have never looked back.

That's amazing! So how do you now decide whether to review a book or not?

If it is an author that I am familiar with and know their writing then it is an easy choice. But when it is from a completely new author or genre for me, then it really all depends on the cover and the blurb. If it doesn't sound like my kind of story I don't want to waste their time or mine reading something that I know I won't like. Although with the exception of horror and true crime, there isn't much I wouldn't read! Lol. I have also built up relationships with some publishers and their publicity staff, so they will get in touch with me about certain books that they know I will like, which means I don't even have to make a decision, they know me so well.

So you really do judge a book by its cover?

I have to admit that yes, in some instances, I do judge a book by its cover especially when it is an unknown author to me. The cover has to draw me in so that I will read the blurb, and then decide whether or not I want to buy the book. I definitely think authors, but especially self-published authors, should invest in a good cover artist.

As a cover designer, that's just what I like to hear! Do you have a favourite book of the year so far?

That is an awful question - it's like asking me to choose my favourite child!!! So I am going to cheat and name a few from different genres that have really gotten inside my head so far this year: Sirens by Joseph Knox, The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick, The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher, The Mercury Travel Club by Helen Bridgett, The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. Oh the list really could go on and on. I want to name so many!

Is there something you wish authors knew about your blog or blogging?

My blog is still really a baby in the blogging world (only 10 months old) and it is getting busier and busier, which I am so excited about. I review all genres with the exception of horror and true crime, feature guest posts, author interviews, spotlights, pretty much if you are an author/publisher and have an idea for promoting your book, get in touch. I always share my reviews on Amazon UK and Amazon US, Goodreads, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc. And when I love a book that I have reviewed, I always buy another copy because I want the author to be able to make a living and keep writing more books! But I do want to add, on behalf of myself and my fellow bloggers, we do this for free, and we spend a lot of time and energy on our blogs, so please keep in mind that we cannot read every book that we are offered.

I think that's really important for authors to keep in mind. Do you have any advice for authors looking for successful blogger reviews?

My advice is contact a blogger well in advance. Most of us have review schedules that fill up really quickly and it happens a lot where an author will get in touch and want me to review a book in the next week or two, and I will have to decline because my schedule is booked up a month in advance. So get in touch early. Check out the review policy on the blog first to see if they are open for reviews and what genres etc they cover, and address the blogger by name as it makes it much more friendly and personal. And be aware it might take us a while to get back to you but we will (one day I had 285 emails!)

Thank you so much for answering our questions, Linda! So finally, do you have any plans for your blog in the future?

My only plan is to keep spreading the love of books and hopefully people will continue to enjoy my blog. I recently found out that I had over 50,000 views and 22,000 actual visitors to my blog since it started which really blew my mind! So I hope that this will continue to grow and help authors sell their books. I would like to thank my fellow book bloggers who are such an AMAZING group of people and always so supportive and helpful with advice and sharing blog posts. I have never felt so included and I have made so many wonderful new friends through blogging, including the talented Bookollective team, so thank you all x

Visit Linda's book blog at www.booksofallkinds.weebly.com

By The Bookollective Team, Mar 20 2017 10:54AM

Bookollective enjoyed a successful London Book Fair this year, and an equally enjoyable after-party held at Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road. We heard talks from authors, professionals and all our guests had the chance to network among the bookshelves.

Join us for our next event in June 2017. A date will be confirmed and invites sent out very soon.

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Favourite book:

To Kill A Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee


Best tip for authors:

Tell me your life story. It's the personal ups and downs and how you've overcome them that sometimes help us pitch you and the book.


Publishing career highlight:

My first byline in The Mirror and ghost writing a newspaper feature for a client that saw her get a phone call from the Defence Secretary saying how impressed he was.


Our aim for the Bookollective blog is to provide honest and informative articles to help everyone within the industry and book world. Our team will regularly contribute articles, but we will also invite guest bloggers. If you would like to guest blog for us, get in touch via the contact page.


You can also find out a little more about our team below!




Favourite book:

Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen


Best tip for authors:

Good design is good business; it builds your brand and conveys professionalism. As an author, your book is your business; don't let your hard work down with poor presentation.


Publishing career highlight:

Getting my first award for cover design! It's always an amazing feeling when you're acknowledged for doing something you love.




Favourite book:

The Tiger Who Came

to Tea by Judith Kerr


Best tip for authors:

You are unique and so is your book, so create a unique publicity campaign that suits you. Most importantly, don’t quit - I always tell my authors that writing their book is actually the ‘easy’ bit, promotion takes patience and determination.


Publishing career highlight:

I was proud to be selected as a finalist in the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards for one of my paperback non-fiction campaigns, but my career highlight has to be winning the title of Young Business Person of the Year at the Inspire Business Awards.

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