Friday, February 15, 2013

How to Pitch to the Media, Industry News, and Friday's Inspirational Photo

For today’s tour stop, I am at Jennifer Shirk’s blog, talking about how to pitch to the media.

The New York Times says Goodreads is a fast-growing site because:
“The theory behind Goodreads and its two main — albeit much smaller — competitors, Shelfari and LibraryThing, is that people will put more faith in book recommendations from a social network they build themselves.”
And did you know Amazon owns Shelfari and a portion of Library Thing?

From the Washington Post - Would You Pay to Browse in a Real Bookstore?
My answer - no.

Thanks to those who volunteered to help me during the A to Z Challenge - Laura Marcella, Sia McKye, Golden Eagle, Clarissa Draper, Jo Wake, Tyrean Martinson, and Gwen Gardner. I think I will survive now!


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And since Thursday was Valentine's Day, I leave you with a budding flower!

37 comments:

Yvonnes Poetry Corner said...

Interesting to read Diane, and oh what an awesome picture, makes one think of spring.

Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm not paying to go into a bookstore either.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I can't believe that bookshops striving to stay open think that charging people to enter is even a valid response to the situation. Are they trying to be put out of business??

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

There's something a little creepy about paying to shop in *any* store. Why should bookshops be any different? Now, if they're hosting a big-name author event... maybe.

Laura Eno said...

Pay to go in a bookstore? Um, no. I like shopping in my pjs anyway.

Ciara said...

There is no way I'd pay to enter and browse in a bookstore. I'm glad you found a team of assistance. I'm a Ninja Minion for the event.
I hope to work out my kindle this weekend. I'm almost positive that I ordered your book, but I inadvertently deleted all my books.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Paying for the privilege to browse? I can go to the library and do it for free if stores go the paying route.

Al Diaz said...

I wouldn't pay for browsing either. That's a beautiful picture. Got similar roses in the garden. :)

Jess said...

Cool flower :) I'll head over to your other post! (and no, I wouldn't pay to browse at a bookstore)

Carol Kilgore said...

I did know Amazon owns Shelfari, but my Goodreads site is such a mess I hesitate to try Shelfari. I also read something about paying to browse B&N. A resounding NO from me, too.

And now I'm off to Jennifer's!

Bish Denham said...

I love Goodreads! And that photo is beautiful.

Julie Luek said...

I keep thinking I "should" do more with Goodreads than I do, but I honestly joined just so I could keep a list and remember books I've read.

Stephen Tremp said...

An appropriate picture as this year will infold to be amazing and beautiful! Yes, I play a part in "show rooming." Just did it last week at the local B&N.

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Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It's a shrinking list of what Amazon doesn't own. I received three budding roses for Valentines Day.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Um, no. I wouldn't pay for the privilege of walking into a bookstore. Sheesh. I knew Amazon and shelfari but not the Library thing.

I like Goodreads.

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Carol, I'm on all of them, but I only visit Goodreads now.

Susan, it's rather scary.

Johanna Garth said...

No, I would not pay to browse in a bookstore. I think that's a doomed business model.

As for Goodreads, I'm iffy on it, but I do have my books there and try to interact every two weeks or so.

Mark Means said...

I can feel the brick and mortar store's pain, but there's no way I'd pay just to "browse".

M Pax said...

Love that photo.

Interesting about Shelfari and Library thing. I need to get on those other two, I guess.

No, I would not pay to browse in any store. The whole idea is ludicrous.

Jo said...

I too would not pay to browse. I'm sorry for the bookstores, but they will have to think of something else.

Am I wrong? I seem to think there is a Minions badge. I know Alex has a Ninja Minions one.

M. J. Joachim said...

I wouldn't pay to browse in a real bookstore either. Love the flower. I believe that's a camelia, isn't it?

Jemi Fraser said...

Great post over on Jennifer's blog!

Love the rose :)

Arlee Bird said...

Pay to look in a bookstore? What, are they like zoos or museums now? Well, maybe soon.

Lee
A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

The Golden Eagle said...

Probably wouldn't pay to browse in a physical bookstore, either.

Beautiful picture!

klahanie said...

I most certainly wouldn't pay to browse in a bookshop. What next, pay to browse in the library....

Good to see that budding flower in regards to Valentine's Day. Quite a nice distraction after me having a bummer of a Valentine's Day.

All the very best with that challenge that brings further awareness of our alphabet.

Enjoy your weekend.

Gary

michelle said...

Pay to browse in a bookstore? Geez! Isn't that a blatant rip-off?
I'm only with Goodreads for about 3 months now, but I love it!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Jo, I'm going to ask Jeremy for a badge.

MJ, I have no idea! I'm not good about flowers.

Sorry I've been gone. We were celebrating my birthday Friday night (it's today) and then when we returned home today. my husband had chest pains, so he's now up at the hospital. Everything is negative, but they have to keep him for observation.

Jo said...

First, Happy Birthday, secondly, I do hope hubby is OK and will be with you again soon.


JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

shelly said...

Nice flower pic.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Tammy Theriault said...

You are everywhere girl! Awesome

Misha Gericke said...

What a beautiful picture!

Which reminds me that I have about 300 left to edit. :-S

And why on earth would anyone pay to browse in a bookstore?!

Damyanti said...

Lovely pic--I miss flowers where I live.

Sherry Ellis said...

Yes, I did know that Shelfari was part of Amazon. I'm not sure how many people use it for making choices about which books to read. I think Goodreads has a bigger following.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Jo, he came home today! So happy.

Misha, hate it when the photos pile up.

Sherry, I don't even remember my password for Shelfari.

M. J. Joachim said...

Wow! Best to your husband and Happy Birthday!

I think that is a camelia, btw. We had several shrubs of them in the house I grew up in. Plus, I just googled images of them, and that bud definitely looks like them. So do the leaves.

Anyway, wishing you all the best. No stress and enjoy the rest of the long weekend as best you can.