What Makes a Book Reviewer Tick? Interview with Page Inman


Page Inman, Book Reviewer

Page Inman, Book Reviewer

“What Makes a Book Reviewer Tick? Interview with Page Inman” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you Joan for this opportunity to introduce myself and my blog As The Page Turns.

You’re very welcome. It’s my pleasure to share ideas from the mind of a book reviewer! You provide a wonderful service for readers, authors, and publishers.

Thank you very much. I’ll tell you a little about myself.

I am a retired librarian who lives in NC and I started the blog in 2010 to share my love of reading with others. I was born in Georgia, but have lived in NC most of my life. I am the fur mama of 4 cats. I love reading and have been an avid reader since childhood. My parents are readers and nurtured that as I was growing up. I always wanted to be a librarian since the age of 13 and was lucky enough to do it for over 25 years. I believe that reading can take you anywhere you want to go for little or no cost. I get a lot of my books at the library or at used bookstores.

What genres do you like to read?

I like to read thrillers, suspense, fantasy, sci fi, historical, non-fiction, and some romance.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have too many authors to pick just one favorite. I like Margaret Atwood, Steve Berry, Nevada Barr, Terry Pratchett, Paul Christopher, just to name a few.

Where can people find your reviews? 

You can find my reviews at http://asthepageturns-page.blogspot.com/. I don’t do advertising on the blog because I just want to highlight the books and to keep things simple. I don’t have a system for which books I review. I only review those I want to share. I like to highlight indie authors.

Do you do digital book reviews?

I don’t do digital books, as I like the smell and feel of a real book.

Do you charge to do a book review?

I do not charge to review your book. I may not review all the books I receive because I didn’t like the book, or I didn’t finish the book. I don’t do negative reviews because I only want to be positive. If I don’t like the book for some reason, I’ll contact the author and explain it to them without embarrassment.

How can authors and publishers contact you to see if you’ll do a book review for them?

You can visit my blog to see how to contact me. I hope you visit my blog and share your reads with me and my readers.

Happy Reading!

Feel free to ask Page Inman questions or leave a comment here.

Believe in You
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards 

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  1. Where were you born?
  2. Where was your favorite place to live as a child? Why?
  3. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child? Where and why?
  4. Where is your favorite place to read now? Why?
  5. How do you keep yourself physically fit?
  6. If you go to an amusement park, which ride do you go to first? Which ride do you ignore at all costs?
  7. What is your favorite genre? Why?
  8. What’s your favorite book? Why?
  9. Where is your favorite place to visit? Why?
  10. When did you decide to become a book reviewer?
  11. Where can we find your reviews?
  12. Give us links to 3 of your reviews, please.
  13. Do you charge for your reviews?
  14. Who or what has inspired you the most?
  15. What has been the most exhilarating moment as a reviewer?
  16. What are five main ingredients of a good book review?
  17. What are your top ten tips for an authors to get a review for their books?
  18. What are three things that writers can do to entice you, the reader, to keep reading to the very end of their books?
  19. As a reviewer, does research play a part in your reviews? How?
  20. What kind of books are you interested in reviewing?
  21. How should authors or publishers contact you if they would like for you to consider doing a book review for them?
  22. How do you decide which books you’ll review?
  23. What is your website? Blog?
  24. How can others connect with you on social media? Facebook page; Twitter; Google Plus, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
  25. A short bio (100-300 words) that I can include at the bottom of the interview.
  26. If you’ve written a book, send me an image of your book covers.
  27. Picture of you. (jpg at least 400 pixels in width or length, at least 96 resolution)

 

Valuable Tips for Artists/Illustrators from Aidana WillowRaven


Aidana WillowRaven

Aidana WillowRaven, Cover Artist/Illustrator/Graphic Designer

Copyright 2016 Aidana WillowRaven and 4RV Publishing

Copyright 2016 Aidana WillowRaven and 4RV Publishing

“Valuable Tips for Artists/Illustrators from Aidana WillowRaven” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you, Aidana for doing the cover for Joan’s Elder Care Guide published by 4RV Publishing on April 15, 2016, for sharing it on your website, blog, and social media. I am honored that you agreed to let me interview you for my blog. 

You’re welcome, Joan. I’m looking forward to it.

Let’s get started.

  1. Where were you born? Harlingen, Texas, USA
  2. Where was your favorite place to live as a child? Why? That one is really hard to say because everywhere I lived had it’s own influence on me as a person and eventual artist.
  3. Did you have a favorite place to draw as a child? Where and why? I rarely drew as a child. I wasn’t good at it so usually quit in frustration. 
  4. Where is your favorite place to draw now? My favorite places change depending on my mood, but it’s also a convenience issue.
  5. How do you keep yourself physically fit? Me? Fit? I love your sense of humor.
  6. What do you do when you think about giving up? I don’t. I have a big stubborn streak, lol.
  7. If you go to an amusement park, which ride do you go to first? Which ride do you ignore at all costs? Rollercoaster!!! I like water rides, too. Anything fast is fun, but I even enjoy monorails and slower activities.
  8. Would you share 3 covers that you designed? It’s hard to pick a favorite, especially since I work with so many genres, but here are three more recent favorites for three different genres:
    Weaver of Dreams Cover by Aidana WillowRaven

    Weaver of Dreams Cover
    by Aidana WillowRaven

     

    A Family for Leona Cover 9000841

    A Family for Leona Cover by Aidana WillowRaven (4RV Publishing)

     

    Honourable Lies Cover by Aidana WillowRaven

    Honourable Lies Cover by Aidana WillowRaven

    Weaver of Dreams, A Family for Leona, and Honourable Lies. Your covers are amazing.

  9. What is your favorite novel? Why? Again, with the impossible questions, lol. I’m going to have to go with a favorite series rather than a single book. I think I’ve reread the entire Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan, more than any of my other books in my library.
  10. What is your favorite picture book? That’s easy … Alice in Wonderland
  11. Do you set goals for yourself as an artist/illustrator? Do you reward yourself when you reach them?  Goal? Yes. Rewards? Who has time? I just keep going. lol
  12. What are three craft books about drawing and illustrating that you recommend for study by other artists/illustrators? That really depends on what genre and style one’s goal is as an artist. For me, I study anything Michael Whelan does. I also study the works of Todd Lockwood and Frank Frazetta and too many others to list. I don’t want to limit anyone to any three books, though. I study all I can from many genres and styles. I even take pictures of book covers I like at the grocery store to study later, lol.
  13. Where is your favorite place to visit? Why? Downtown Memphis. There is such a vibe that I’ve never felt anywhere else I’ve lived or visited. That same vibe is probably why there are so many songs written about it, too. But even the swamps in Memphis have a wonderful mystique.
  14. Did they have art courses when you were in High School? We had one art class a week, which I all but failed. The art teacher told me, in front of the entire class, that I had no talent and apparently art was not my ‘thing’, lol. In my art teacher’s defense, my Mom said pretty much the same thing, and even my best friends in high school, reuniting with me decades later via Facebook, were all like, “Sooo… Where did this art thing come from?” As a result, I don’t believe in abstract terms like ‘talent’. I believe in drive, determination, training, and skill, which anyone can acquire when the first three are part of the recipe. I like that you believe in drive, determination, training, and skill rather than being born with the talent. I admire you and your determination to be an artist.
  15. When did you decide to become an illustrator? Why? After my second failed marriage, I was really into epic fantasy books and found myself fascinated with the cover art. I started recreating book covers with visuals I felt better portrayed the stories. Next thing you know, I was standing at a college registrar’s office wondering what major to study, and the only thing I could think of was wanting to create book cover art. Floored EVERYONE who knew me that I chose to study fine art.
  16. Who or what has been the most help and inspiration to you as an illustrator? Michael Whelan
  17. Where do you get your ideas for your illustrations? The books, music, movies, everything … lol.
  18. What are you illustrating now? I keep several projects going at once, so that’s hard to answer.
  19. What has been your most exhilarating moment as an artist/illustrator? When Michael Whelan, my idol, actually responded to one of my tweets, lol. I know that made your day.
  20. Does research help your illustrations? How? Absolutely. I like to be as accurate as possible. One time, I even found a discrepancy within the text that contradicted the period and culture. The author and publisher made the necessary correction to the text.😀 They were lucky to have you working on this project for them.
  21. What are your top ten tips for illustrators? Study, Study, Study, Draw, Draw, Draw, Paint, Paint, Paint … repeat :D 
  22. What are three marketing tips for illustrators? Get used to talking about your work on social media. Also, never give up. Keep looking until you find your place.

Connect with Aidana through links on her website:  http://willowraven.weebly.com  

Aidana’s Blog: http://aidana.willowravenblog.com

Bio:

Aidana WillowRaven, tradigital artist (hybrid artist who combines traditional training and techniques with digital tools and applications) and mother of three, trained in Fine Art, Studio Design, and Animation at NSU and ODU. WillowRaven works with traditional publishers, as well as, independent authors. In addition to her freelance business, she’s Art Director and VP of Operations at 4RV Publishing.

Working in most genres, from picture books to novels, she has illustrated and/or designed over 500 books and ebooks since 2007 through her company, WillowRaven Illustration & Design Plus, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thank you again, Aidana, for letting me interview you for my blog. You are amazing!

Believe in You
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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How to Mail a Book on a Tight Budget


Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“How to Mail a Book on a Tight Budget” by Joan Y. Edwards

I set out the other week to send a reviewer a copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. I couldn’t believe the costs with FedEx and UPS…almost $15.00. Not within my tight budget.

I read where bubble wrap that allows books to move around wasn’t good, but wrapping the book tight in bubble wrap would be good…protect from water. Another person said that cardboard that stapled the book down around the edges where it couldn’t move was good. I didn’t want to have to buy a lot of products to keep around the house.

Office Depot had small bubble wrap containers (between $1.00-2.00), but they were larger than my book so the book wiggled around. However, FedEx had recycled cardboard envelopes (Yesterday’s News® Padded Mailer) of different sizes. Size #2 for about $1.29 was one that fit my book. It fit great: not too loose, not too tight. Goldilocks, just right. It self-sealed. I wrote the mailing address and return address right on the envelope. I went to the U.S. Post Office and mailed it for $2.11 media mail which included a tracking number. Now that was my kind of bargain. The reviewer who received the book said it arrived in great shape. Hip Hip Hooray!

I think most packages don’t have to sit in the rain. If you’re worried about that, you couId put a layer of bubble wrap around your book to protect it from water.

Below are three resources with more hints to wrap and ship a book. How do you ship books? Please share in the comment area.

Resources

And the Winners Are: Aidana WillowRaven, Andrea Ball, Marcia Ann Radaker Collins, and Niki Masse Schoenfeldt


“And the Winners Are: Aidana WillowRaven, Andrea Ball, Marcia Ann Radaker Collins, and Niki Masse Schoenfeldt” by Joan Y. Edwards

Between April 19, 2016 and May 31, 2016 I compiled a list of people who helped spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, in person, on blogs and websites about Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive:

Great Readers, Reviewers, Authors, Illustrators, Websites, and Blogs

Here is a list an alphabetical listing of those I know shared with others.

1.    Aidana WillowRaven
2.    Andrea Ball
3.    Andrea Dawn Brummett
4.    Ann Eisenstein
5.    Barbara Lunow
6.    Bonnie Bartel Latino
7.    Carol Baldwin
8.    Catherine H. Armstrong
9.    Cynthia Vestal
10.    Dana Roberts
11.    Deborah Allmand
12.    Deb Hockenberry
13.    David Lee Bragg
14.    Emma Shipes
15.    Gretchen Griffith
16.    Janet Meyer
17.    Janet K. Brown
18.    Janis Silverman
19.    Jennifer Jordan
20.    Joan B. Reid
21.    John Magoteaux
22.    John Snow
23.    J.Q. Rose
24.    Karen Tomas
25.    Kathleen Burkinshaw
24.    Kathy Kusior
25.    Kim Kilbarger
26.    Kristina Stanley
27.    Linda Andersen
28.    Linda Collier
29.    Linda Vigen Phillips
30.    Lorrie York Hackett
31.    Louise Bradford Blanks
32.    Marcia Ann Radaker Collins
33.    Marie Lunow
34.    Megan Vance
35.    Melanie Robertson-King
36.    Mimi Milford
37.    Mollie E. Chewning
38.    Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
39.    Roy L. Vestal
40.   Sabrina Campbell Colvin
41.    Sandra Warren
42.    Shawn Simon
43.    Sheri S. Levy
44.    Susan Bergdorf Magoteaux
45.    Susan Hornbach
46.    Tracy Campbell
47.    Vivian Zabel
48.    Woody Schlier

I told you I was going to choose one winner. I couldn’t do that. There are so many of you who have helped me that I asked Random.org to choose 4 winners. Here they are:

First was #1 Aidana Willow-Raven
Second was #32 Marsha Ann Radaker Collins
Third was #38 Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
Fourth was #4 Andrea Ball

Each of these four people won a 1000 word manuscript critique, an interview on my blog, or a 15 minute phone call to talk about life goals and brainstorm ways to reach them.

Congratulations to all the winners. May God bless each of you who have helped spread the word about Joan’s Elder Care Guide.May God also bless each person who has bought a copy of the book! I hope it helps each caregiver who reads it to remember to take care of themselves, too.

Do something fun to celebrate you!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog: “Got Left Over Research and Photos? Put Them in a Photobook” by Sandra Warren


Reblog: “Got Left Over Research and Photos? Put Them in a Photobook” by Sandra Warren

Nonfiction authors understand the frustration of doing tons of research for a book and then having to whittle it down for publication, often leaving awesome facts and photos on the cutting room floor. This happened to me recently after finishing the book We Bought a WWII Bomber. I kept thinking there must be something I can do with all this wonderful extraneous material.

To read the rest of Sandra Warren’s post, go to

http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/05/got-left-over-research-photos-put-them.html 

 

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog: 4RV Publishing: Two New Books Added to 4RV Library


Thank you to 4RV Publishing for announcing Joan’s Elder Care Guide by Joan Y. Edwards and Ghostly Visions by Penny Lockwood in the 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News.

April 30, 2016

4RV Publishing announces the release of two new titles in May 2016: Joan’s Elder Care Guide, a nonfiction book by Joan Y. Edwards, and Ghostly Visions, a Tweens & Teens Imprint by Penny Lockwood.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive gives  caregivers ways to meet the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of elders to promote healing, well-being, and survival…

To read more, go to the following link:

http://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2016/04/two-new-books-added-to-4rv-library.html

 

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog: Aidana WillowRaven’s “Joan’s Elder Care Guide Cover Art and Design”


Thank you to Aidana WillowRaven for the wonderful cover art for Joan’s Elder Care Guide and for posting an article about how you created it on your blog.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Aidana WillowRaven’s blog: Joan’s Elder Care Guide ~ cover art and design for Joan Y Edwards (@joanyedwards) and 4RV Publishing(@4RV)

 

As many of my readers know, my primary income stems from commissions from small publishers, plus indie and hybrid authors. One of those small publishers (4RV Publishing) was crazy enough to adopt me as the art director several years ago, then added VP of Operations to my resume, and now they can’t get rid of me.
=))

4RV‘s latest release, Joan’s Elder Care Guide, happens to have a cover by yours truly. As AD, the majority of the books released pass my screen for layout, however, most of the covers or illustrations are not created by me, but by the 4RV team of artists…

To read more, go to the following link: http://aidana.willowravenblog.com/2016/04/joans-elder-care-guide-cover-art-and.html

 

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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