Here is a link to my mother's recent nature book. A great adventure for kids.
Most authors would love to see their title on the side of city buses and on billboards lining busy streets. They’d love to be the new “thing” getting the latest internet “buzz.” But it’s a mistake to think that those ads and that buzz are what make a hit book. I’ve discovered that it is much better to make a big impression on a small group of people than a small impression on a big group.
I was reading about some marketing ideas and the following quote seemed like a good idea.
“I put a ‘Note from the Author’ at the end of every book explaining a little about the genesis of the book and interesting tidbits of research or anecdotes. I also explain how important reviews are, and ask readers to leave a review. And I thank them for telling their friends about my books—word of mouth is the best marketing an author can receive.
Drone World by Jim Kochanoff (Book Review #34)
Here is a brave, curious girl, living in a world of which drones follow and control their every move. The whole justice system is run based on the evidence these cameras, satellites and most importantly, drones offer in court. No one knows where drones are made, maintained and come from. No one is even allowed to ask who or what is controlling these drones.
Due to this implemented high-security system, crime is almost non-existent. Pene, the heroine of this story falls into the wrong place at the wrong time when she secretly visits her favorite shopkeeper. The incident Pene observes becomes questionable in her mind, and as her age permits, she seeks for more intel regarding things that are forbidden and not to be questioned. This curiosity reveals some troubling facts, which causes her to get even deeper into the flaw of her living drone world.
A little history lesson catches Pene’s attention into finding out more about her mother and opening up about her feelings for her father. Austen, the boy she makes friends with at the shopkeeper’s place, becomes a valuable asset for her growing knowledge, and they become closer. Pene does not let the questionable issues rest and by pursuing to find out more, she unravels many mysteries and creates a riot that inevitably changes her world for the better in some sense and for the worse in another perspective.
This book is very much like a Hollywood movie production story with an absorbing plot, character building and fantastic skill of writing. The Author has a very calm and open way of explaining things in a very clear format to the reader. This talent is beneficial because it makes the book readable for anyone and not just for science fiction fans. I absolutely loved the relationship between Pene and her father. The author managed to portray the correct and exact way teenagers behave, feel and bond in this book. The pace of the story was steady enough, giving the reader ammunition in wanting to know more. Drone World is the first book of its series and the end of the tale definitely makes you want to know what happens next.
I recommend this book to everyone.
Written by Jeyran Main
Seems like promotion takes up more time than writing when a new book comes out. I am fortunate enough to do an phone interview with the Chronicle Herald and three book signings with Chapters in September. Dates to follow below.