Email accounts and filtering

One thing I learned early on with my other blog littlemisschocchoc was, to be able to use your WordPress account most effectively, you really need a specific email account set up just for your blog. That way, you can set up filters on your email account (if your account supports that function) to ferry the new email into its relative folder without even bothering your inbox. Also, you can see all of the posts from a specific account, or keep on top of everything easier, rather than be overwhelmed with an inbox with hundreds of emails in it.

I found that my Reader didn’t go all the way back in time to wherever I left off the last time I was online, so this was a perfect solution 😀

Savvy Writers and e-Books online

One WordPress blog I have found so so useful for a long time now is Savvy Writers & e-Books online (http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/)

I highly recommend that you follow them. They post every day, and cover all sorts of topics such as “12 Tips for Your Professional Amazon Author Page“, “How Readers Can Find Your Book” and “Benefits of Using Bit.ly for Social Media“.

It’s not all fun and games, you know!

I just wanted to write this post for any of you non-author publicists (like me!) out there. Sometimes you do find yourself staring at the PC, knowing what you want to do, but the tiny cogs in your brain have slowed down to practically not moving, and you find yourself randomly clicking on rubbish on the t’interweb. When these times occur (and they will!), take yourself off to do something non-publicity, like I am now. A quick cup of tea and a tidy up in the garden, and I’ll be right as rain. I hope. *fingers crossed*

Blind date… in the bookshop?!

Such a fab idea! 😀

Charlecote Park: Uncovered

We’ve been having a great time perusing the bookshelves in our 2nd Hand Book shop. In the run up to valentine’s day, we’re asking you to have a blind date with a book!

You might think we’ve gone a little crazy… but when we saw a recent tweet from a bookshop in America doing the same thing, we thought ‘why not?!’.

So what does it entail?

Well, its simple really.

We’ve selected some books from our stocks of donations and wrapped them in brown paper. You won’t be able to judge a book by its cover, nor can you read a synopsis of the story. We will give you a hint of the genre and even tell you who chose the book, but the rest will remain a surprise!

blind date books

Come and…

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The dwindling decline of independent bookshops in Leeds

A great list of independent bookshops! I can’t wait to pop into each of these when I next go back to visit my mum 🙂

Sophie DiMauro

Independent bookshops in Leeds city centre are on the decline. It’s easy to find and purchase books from the main retail chain stores such as WHSmith, Waterstones and Blackwells but when looking for something a little more unique and less commercial, the number of independent book shops in the centre, appears to have fizzled out.

Finding a bookshop which has a unique range of books shouldn’t be a challenge. But with the rise of the internet and a new demand for kindles and e-books, it’s worth questioning how much longer paperbacks will exist.
However, it could be argued that music books,magazines and artistic books are timeless. There is something simplistic about having the physicality of a book in front of you, being able turn the pages one by one, smelling the fresh print and the reassurance that there is no way your book can run out of battery or break on…

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