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New Book Showcase

Thanks to the members of LCRW, I have found a new venue to showcase my books. At the last meeting on April 17, 2019, several members were talking about the website www.hometownreads.com. George Rollie Adams has his book, South of Little Rock, listed there. I decided to check it out for myself, and I'm glad I did.

According to their website "Hometown Reads is digital author platform focused on showcasing books from local authors across the United States. We want to highlight authors in their hometowns, while inspiring local readers to discover hidden treasures in their hometown. We desire to create a collaborative author community, where authors exchange local book marketing advice, engage in cross-promotion of one another, and network with community organizations."

I had no trouble navigating the sight and easily found George's book by clicking on Rochester, NY in the list of cities. Then by clicking on the cover of his book, I could find out more about the story, more about him and also link to his website and a site to buy his book. I also found the LCRW anthology, No Page Left Unturned.

I decided to upload my own books onto the site. I found the process straightforward and easy to navigate. One of my books, a poetry book with a square cover, presented a challenge since I am not particularly computer savvy. The square cover didn't fit the rectangular space allowed. In the FAQ, I found that I could send an email to ideas@hometownreads.com for help. I sent my square cover and within 24 hours it came back to me in a rectangular format. Again, within 24 hours, all of my books were listed.

This is in contrast to my experience with A Mighty Girl website, which lists books and other items to inspire girls. On January 3, 2019 I queried them about listing my book, Martha the Hairpreneur, an inspiring story for girls about a real Rochesterian who overcame poverty to invent the franchise system and provide a pathway to success for herself and other impoverished women. I received a generic response that I would hear from them. As of today, May 2, 2019 I am still waiting to hear from them despite sending several follow-up emails.

Time will tell if Hometown Reads generates any interest or sales of my books, but it's a free and easy way to give them some exposure. I recommend you try it.

-- Sally Valentine





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