True confession: I Google my own name. I'm not sure how often I do this--it could be as much as every day but really, who keeps track of these things? (I know I could set it up to do Google alerts, but for some reason that seems way too deliberate. This is a casual addiction on my part.)
So one day in June, I'm Googling my name, purely for professional reasons, of course, and I come across a book blog, titled The Lost Book Reports (subtitled "For All the Book Reports I Didn't Do in High School"). Such a great name for a book review blog. My name came up on the site because the blogger had a post titled "Want Want Want Wednesday" in which she mentioned three books she really wanted. One of them, I was thrilled to see, was my novel, A Scattered Life.
This is the kind of thing that makes me stop and think. You see, I actually have a stash of my own books here at home. When I give talks I do drawings for book giveaways. I also donate them to libraries on occasion and send them to book bloggers for review. So I could easily send one to this blogger, but will it seem creepy and stalkerish?
I decide to take a chance and email the blogger to ask if she'd like a copy. She emails back and says yes! I'd noticed on her blog that she reviews a fair amount of young adult fiction, so as I'm sending the package out, I add another book, my young adult novel, Favorite. Part of me does this because I'm afraid she'll think A Scattered Life is a little too pedestrian. I mean, I don't think it is, but not everyone agrees. You know what they say: some people like chocolate ice cream, and some people like vanilla...
Fast forward to some time later. I'm Googling my name again (yes, I know...) and I come across a Youtube video. It's the blogger showing what came in her mailbox that week! She's cute and enthusiastic and even when her cat does some weird flying thing in the background, she quickly recovers and keeps going.
Her cat really cracks me up.
I'm glad to know the books arrived and I keep my fingers crossed that she likes at least one of them.
And then, good news! KThomas (that's her profile name) finally posts her review of Favorite, and it's a good one. :) I like the way she breaks down her review by listing a summary, and commenting on Plot, Characters, Pros, Cons, and Final Thoughts. A very organized way of doing it, and visually very clean. The last line of her review says, "Plus, the play on words with the word Favorite and name, were a very, very, nice touch." I'm impressed since this is an aspect of the story that no other reviewer has commented on.
So I'm really glad she had positive things to say about Favorite. I decide that if she doesn't like A Scattered Life, I'm still good.
So yesterday, KThomas posts her review of A Scattered Life, and whew! to my relief and complete joy she loves it, she really does, and she says some truly wonderful things about it. For "Cons" she says that there aren't any and the final line of her "Final Thoughts" is: "All I can say is Simply Beautiful! READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!"
Oh, happy day! It doesn't get any better than that.
Moral of the story: don't be afraid to Google your own name. Also, book bloggers rock.
Have a nice weekend. Get away from the computer and do something fun!