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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Book Blogger Platform by Barb Drozdowich (Book Blast Event / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book blast event for The Book Blogger Platform by Author Barb Drozdowich!

Book Review

The Book Blogger Platform by Barb Drozdowich
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: July 28, 2014
Format: eBook - 126 pages
             Kindle - 1808 KB
Genre: Non Fiction / Reference Guide

BUY THE BOOK: The Book Blogger Platform

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book blast event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Book Description:

Book Blogging - One of the Best Hobbies in the World!

Join thousands of book bloggers in expressing their joy of reading!

Are you a book blogger or do you want to be one? Are you having trouble handling the technical details of blogging? The Book Blogger Platform can be a "user manual" for your blog! A book written by a book blogger for book bloggers and that answers all your questions!

The Book Blogger Platform covers topics such as:

1. What a book blogger blog needs to contain
2. A step by step guide to manipulating images and videos
3. A description of all the common features hosted by book bloggers
4. A description of the social media aspect to a book blogger platform
5. Being Social - the social aspect of book blogging

If you are tired of always asking other bloggers questions

Let The Book Blogger Platform guide you painlessly. Over 80 color graphics lead you step by step through some of the more difficult technical issues that bloggers face.

Pick up a copy today and approach blogging with confidence!

Book Excerpt:

Chapter 1:

Just as all book bloggers are different, their approach to book blogging is also different. Some book bloggers consider themselves primarily book reviewers. Some book bloggers consider themselves primarily promoters of books. Some book bloggers will only post about a book they have read. Some book bloggers will post about any book that belongs to a genre that fits the profile of their blog.

Book bloggers who consider themselves primarily book reviewers make their reviews the main focus of their blog. They often take their self-imposed “job” of reviewing books very seriously. They put hours of work into reading a book and then creating the right combination of words to best describe their thoughts and impressions. It’s a labor of love.

Many book bloggers, such as myself, consider themselves primarily promoters of books. I began my blog posting reviews of books I’d read, and I worked hard to grow my blog’s audience. I am very proud of my blog and the work that goes into it. However, I have a full-time job and a family. I don’t have enough reading hours to review one book a day, so I fill my blog’s days with a mixture of reviews and promotions. I don’t post more than once a day, but I use the platform I have built to promote as many books and authors as I can that fit within my reading taste.

As I mentioned above, some book bloggers will only post about books they have read. They feel that posting about a book is a recommendation of that book and they don’t want to recommend a book they haven’t read.

Have I read all the books that are promoted on my blog? No. I fit into the other camp of book bloggers. I see promoting books, whether through blog tours, reviews, or other promotions, as simply sharing information. I leave it up to my readers to decide whether to read the book or not.

Another area in which people hold strong feelings centers on whether or not to post negative reviews. One camp feels that all book bloggers who review books need to post negative reviews. They feel that having an assortment of positive and negative reviews creates balance. It allows readers to read about what the blogger likes and doesn’t like and why. It is often said that reviewers who only post positive reviews risk having their honesty questioned.

I am of the camp that doesn’t bother to finish a book if I am not enjoying it. I feel no need to talk about a book I didn’t like. I have boxes and boxes of books to be read. My Nook (e-reader) is full of little gems waiting for my attention. Maybe it’s my age, but I don’t soldier on, I move on. I do, however, make it clear in my review policy that I only talk about books that I enjoyed reading.

This topic will come up again later; you do need to give some thought to your philosophy on book blogging. Are you going to only post reviews? Are you only going to promote books you have read? This isn’t necessarily something that will be decided on at the beginning and that you can never change. Many book bloggers change their views as time progresses.

Accompanying your philosophy of blogging is your view of how much of a platform you are going to have. I started my blog to express my thoughts about the books I’d read. It never really occurred to me that other people would read what I had read, let alone comment on it or share it with friends!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with creating a book blog to share your thoughts with friends—old friends as well as new. If, however, you actively seek out blog tour posts and post promotions of author’s books, you should also be actively growing your book blogger platform. If someone is paying to post on your blog via a blog tour, you should be able to share this information with as many people as possible.

Everyone starts out as a baby blogger. Everyone has a different view of what they want their blog to be. There is no right or wrong answer. Every blog should be a reflection of its owner and its owner’s tastes.

I hope to use this book to describe the Book Blogger Platform in its entirety. I hope to give you a lot to think about. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, and my blogs every day. My contact links will be listed at the end of this book. I love answering questions and chatting about books!

My Book Review:

In The Book Blogger Platform, author Barb Drozdowich calls upon her own personal book blogging experience to write a very informative and thorough step-by-step guide to creating, maintaining, and enjoying book blogging.

As a book review blogger since June 2010, I wish I had this awesome guide when I began to think about creating a book blog that would share my passion and love for reading with other bookworms. As I read through each chapter of the guide, I found a lot of valuable information, advice and guidance that is very relevant and useful.

In The Book Blogger Platform, the author takes the reader through every stage of creating a book blog that is more than just a hobby, it is a labor of love. From defining who book bloggers are; to creating a blog using the popular sites of Free Word Press and Blogger; to the intricate details of formatting the perfect blog that will capture your passion; to the trials, tribulations, and satisfaction of creating a successful book blog that will generate worldwide book followers; to social media exposure, working with authors and publicists, and virtual book blog tours; this is a nifty reference manual that provides the perfect guidance and advice for the newbie and experienced book blogger!

It doesn't matter if you are a newbie or an experienced book blogger, The Book Blogger Platform is a must have, it will always be a useful reference guide that you can refer back to from time to time!


About The Author

Social Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at Universities and Colleges, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books.


Contest Giveaway

Win A $20 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

Author Barb Drozdowich will be awarding a $20.00 Amazon/B&N gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20.00 Amazon/B&N gift card to a randomly drawn host.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

The tour dates can be found here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Virtual Book Blast Tour

Book Blast Tour Schedule:

September 29: Harps Romance Book Review REVIEW
September 30: Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
October 1: MAD Hoydenish REVIEW
October 1: Lilac Reviews
October 2: Bunny's Review
October 3: The Reading Addict REVIEW
October 6: FictionZeal
October 7: Welcome to My World of Dreams
October 8: Room With Books
October 9: Crazy Four Books REVIEW
October 10: SBM Book Obsession
October 13: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
October 14: Long and Short Reviews
October 15: Unabridged Andra's
October 16: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 17: Jersey Girl Book Reviews REVIEW
October 20: Book 'Em North Carolina
October 21: Straight from the Library
October 22: It's Raining Books
October 23: Bookgirl Knitting REVIEW
October 23: The Cerebral Writer REVIEW
October 24: My Devotional Thoughts REVIEW
October 24: Brooke Blogs REVIEW


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for the opportunity to host the virtual book blast event.

  2. Morning Kathleen!
    Thank you SO MUCH for your kinds words about my book. I hope to help as many bloggers as I can with this book! I agree with you, I wish I had had something like the Book Blogger Platform when I was first starting out!

    I'm happy to answer any questions that may come up. I'll just go back to my book and my latte :)

    Thanks again,

    1. Hi Barb! Loved your reference guide, I will be checking out your other guides. Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book blast event. :)

    2. Hi Kathleen!
      You are welcome - I certainly appreciate your kind words. The main point of all the books is to be as helpful as I can be. If you are looking for review copies - just drop me a line!

      Thanks again!

  3. Replies
    1. Hi Rita! Thank you for stopping by and posting your kind comment. :)

  4. I liked the review and the excerpt, thanks.

    1. Hi Serena! Thank you for stopping by and posting your kind comment. :)

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    1. Hi Mary! Thank you for you kind comment, I appreciate it. :)

  6. I started blogging last year, and although I think I know the bees and birds, I might still check this out to see if there is anything I can still pick up! Would've been handy to have before though ;)