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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

NEWS! – Heroes and Heartbreakers.com Release & A Few Words on The "Book Bloggers Don't Sell Books" Debacle!

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The people at Macmillan just released this community website/blog where you can get exclusive material, awesome blog posts and socialize with bloggers and authors… heroesandheartbreakers.com is LIVE NOW!

Here’s what they say about the website themselves:

Heroes and Heartbreakers is a community website featuring daily content for serious fans of the romance genre in all of its forms.  Not everyone can understand the desire to argue for thirty minutes about Dain vs. Derek, to challenge the casting for the latest Jane Austen movie, or to debate whether the True Blood love triangle worked better on paper or on TV.

Heroes and Heartbreakers understands the woot! and the squee! of all of that.  Add in the original short stories and excerpts from upcoming romance novels, and it’s like a romance enthusiast’s paradise (the kind with extremely attractive men bringing you umbrella drinks).

Like our science fiction/fantasy sister site, Tor.com, we are publisher-neutral in our selection of books, authors and materials for coverage and discussion. We don’t play favorites because we think a real romance community site should be all-inclusive.  You don’t want to miss a thing, and neither do we.

Discover something new, share your thoughts…

Obsess with us.

Awesome, no? I’m already there and I hope to see you all there as well!

 

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Last, but not least, I’ve decided to weight in on the “Book Bloggers Don’t Sell Books” Controversy…

 

 
Book Bloggers Mentioned:
 
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15 Responses so far.

  1. I agree I started blogging in November and a lot of the books I have gotten recently between that time is because of bloggers- especially you I am always finding awesome books from your reviews. Half of the books I gotten I would never ever had even taken a second glance at if it wasn't for bloggers and goodreads.

  2. Awesome, you decided to do a vlog about this too! I think it is important to let others know that we do buy books based on what other bloggers have to say about them, at least sometimes!

    Here is the link to mine for those that haven't seen it.

    Books Devoured

    Ginger from Greads! did a great post about this too!

    GReads!

    Thanks for spreading the blogger love!
    Shannon

  3. Avery says:

    Great vlog Larissa! And it's true! There are so many books out there I would have not touched with a ten foot pole had it not been for reviews I had read about them (and it is a good thing that I had read the reviews because if not I would not have known about all of the amazing books I was missing out on!).

    Heck, even every week when I tour around the blogosphere world whenever I see a book whether it be a book review, on a wishlist/ WoW/ a teaser and I think it looks interesting I always save a a picture of the books cover so that I can remember to check it out/ remember to post it on my WoW or Wishlist so that others can see also see it and then I make certain to get myself a copy of it.
    :)

  4. I'm already a member of H&H! It looks great!

    I am also so with you on the blogger thing. Oh yes, I have a ton of books IRL and on my wishlist because of other bloggers. I might have been on the fence and chosen to not read them, but with the bloggers reviews, I just go for it and I've not been sorry. Your opinion echos a lot of opinions out there!

  5. Thanks so much for the support guys!!! I felt I needed to add my 2 cents on this too! =D

  6. Steph says:

    Brava! I have never found a tighter group of people, a more welcoming bunch than my blogging friends. And, any group of people reaching the exponentially large numbers we do affects sales. It's just physics. I studied things like this in college and there is no way what we do doesn't matter. Even if we didn't sell a specific tome we get people thinking and talking about books.

    We are part of the e-world, and anyone who doesn't think hat doesn't matter needs to see how waiting to jump on the e-reader bandwagon has affected Borders and B&N.

    So, Larissa, good for you standing up to whoever ticked you,and by extension us, off!

    You're great! Steph

  7. Well I think you are a 100 percent right, that reviews make a huge impact on what we as bloggers and as a community review. When we read a really good book, we want more people to read the book. I wouldn't own half the books that I read if it wasn't for fellow bloggers giving reviews. Almost all my books come from my friends or what other bloggers thought about a book.

  8. Bella says:

    Almost all of the romance and urban fantasy books I buy are because of reviews I read on a blog, and the remaining 5-10 percent I got by browsing a bookstore and liking the cover and because it had an intriguing blurb from an author I already like.
    With YA it's a little different because I like to read a lot of it and explore more and will take a chance buying something with nothing more than a pretty cover but even so, my wishlist and eventual purchases are majorly influenced by other bloggers like you, Bookworming in 21st Century, Book Faery, and list goes on and on! So I agree that book bloggers have a place in the book community, since it's all people who love books and looking to share that experience as much as possible.

  9. What a great vlog. I fully agree with you i think bloggers are a great way to get book recomendations. x

  10. Great Vlog hon! I totally agree! I have bought over 30 books since I joined the blogging community in November. Now that's alot of money spent on books based on what other people thought. I am actually planning on buying over another 100 books but budget is tight! LOL I would love to have my very own library (someday who knows). Thank you for stating your view out there! We are all very close as you said, so you can imagine how many people feel the same way :).

  11. wildlower says:

    Great vlog Larissa! I've caught myself at the bookstore pulling up Goodreads on my phone to see if any of my friends have read it and what they thought about it. I think a good majority of us get books based on word of mouth. That is a HUGE selling point. It's the untangible marketing device that apparently someone who made the comment(s) doesn't realize. I've bought at least a hundred books based on word of mouth/blogs/goodreads. Some of them I never would have picked up.

    If you haven't already, Faith Hunter has a short story in the anthology Strange Brew that is a sort of intro to her series.

  12. Missie says:

    Love your book shelved! They are overflowing!

    Awesome blog Larissa! Thanks for speaking up!

  13. Danielle says:

    *FANTASTIC!*

    Thanks for the mentions :)
    ('Aspect of Crow' is still one of my all-time fav's too!)

    I totally, 100% agree!

    There's no way that book bloggers help sell books the same way that 'The New York Times' or 'Oprah's Book Club' does... but we do our bit. If anything, we're the first port of call for people. We get Advanced Reader Copies, blog about a book we love and kick-start the rumblings that soon turn into hype. Publishers use us to gauge trends and fan-reaction.

    And we also offer our testimonials to be used on other reputable sources (like book puffs and author websites, advertising material etc).

    I think a lot of book hype starts on the net. Any authors that don't appreciate that are ostracizing themselves out of a lot of free publicity.

  14. @Danielle

    My pleasure!!!

    and ooooh I wanna doa re-read of the Crow books, wanna do it too?? LOL

    Exactly!!! we do all this work and rave on the books we love, help get the early word out and all for free... whoever doesn't appreciate that is def not realizing how tight the community is ans that we tend to ostracize that sort of behavior =/

  15. Great video and really proved a point!
    We are a big community and l won't buy a book without looking at my friends reviews either!!
    SO many great books btw!

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