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Calling in a Favor

Posted by Rebecca G. Aguilar, M.Ed. on June 8, 2012

Reviewing nonfiction is a tough game.

There’s always someone bigger with more influence and readers. Respect is hard to come by when you’re small fry. Friends with good advice and free books? Liniment.

Last week, Jane Friedman’s blog announced a book giveaway and posted advice from Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup. The advice was simple. If you want to spread the word about your work, you must engage in some form of “hustling.”

Guillebeau proposes that you don’t want to be all talk and have nothing to back up your claims. But, you never want to be a martyr—unwilling to talk about all of your good work. When you’re ready to hustle, he offers a sample message to send to your friends with networks and reach.

The following ask is a result of this very good idea.

Book Kvetch is calling in a favor. We first set out to publish reviews and author interviews in October of 2011. While we still enjoy a good novel, we never wander from the original script—to connect with nonfiction aficionados searching for good book recommends.

We take delight in beating the drum for worthwhile reads in nonfiction and hope to attract more readers of all stripes to visit the site in the next year.

If you can spare a few minutes, here’s how you can help:

  1. Visit the Book Kvetch Archives.
  2. Click on a review from a variety of titles in politics, history, science, nature, food, memoir, essays, religion, humor, biography and poetry.
  3. After reading a review, please click on the tweet button and share the link on Twitter.

Book Kvetch appreciates your time and continued support!

Category: Nonfiction

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