A.S. here and I’m so happy to have the Cover Reveals folks here as our KickAss Blogger. Cover Reveals does such a wonderful job helping authors and their books. That’s why they Kick Ass!
Thank you so much for being such a KickAss blogger.
It is such an honor to be chosen as one of your KickAss bloggers. Thank you so much.
Who is the mastermind behind Cover Reveals?
WildAboutBones. No, I’m not overly fond of skeletons, and while yes, I did enjoy the Bones television show, my alter ego’s name doesn’t refer to it. I am absolutely head over heels wild about the main character/hero, Bones, in Jeaniene Frost’s urban fantasy Night Huntress series. When I started reviewing books for the former BittenByParanormalRomance.com (now BittenByRomance.com) several years ago, I decided to create this alter ego to keep my reviewing separate from my other activities. And the rest…is history. LOL!
Tell us about yourself. Where did your love for books come from?
A former Acquisition’s Manager for a romance publisher and editor for four publishers, I am currently a freelance developmental, acquisitions, and content editor. I occasionally do proofreading and a lot of beta reading. I also teach writing classes and workshops and am a consultant for the Indie Romance Convention (http://www.indieromconvention.com).
My love of reading began when I was a toddler. My mother read to my sisters and me all the time. One of my favorite stories was Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. As a preteen and teenager, I loved horror and sci fi, reading Stephen King and Brian Lumley as well as some of the bodice ripper authors like Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. And then Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire came out, and my love affair with paranormal romance and urban fantasy was born.
What is Cover Reveals’ goal in the book world? (Please include any links so people can find you)
The difference between many New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and those not on these lists is often exposure (between similarly talented authors, of course). Cover Reveals (http://CoverReveals.blogspot.com) was created because I saw so many good books and authors not get the attention I felt they deserved. I wanted a way to try to get them in front of more people (potential buyers). It was slow going, and I looked for ways to get the word out about Cover Reveals and the books.
- I realized Twitter was a potential way to do it. @CoverReveals (http://Twitter.com/CoverReveals) is now where 95% of our daily site traffic comes from.
- We have also taken advantage of Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/CoverReveals) to group the books by more categories and themes than are listed on the blog.
- We have the Cover Reveals Recap (http://paper.li/CoverReveals/1382463134) which is a listing of recent tweet headlines.
- Bloglovin (http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/6830073) where you can see the last thirty posts (titles) on the blog on a single page.
- The showcased titles are now also featured on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/109406060041363952580) and
- The new Tsū (https://www.tsu.co/CoverReveals) which is like Facebook I’m told (since we are not, and have no plans to have a presence, on Facebook).
Even with all these vehicles, we don’t yet have the daily traffic I’d like to have. Currently we are logging 4800-6500 page views per day. I’d like to see this up in the 10-15K range in the near future.
Where do you see Cover Reveals going in the long term? Do you have plans to expand and if so, how?
At the beginning of 2015, we began offering a few low-cost fee-based services in addition to the ability to advertise on our sidebar. We now offer Coming Soon (available for preorder) and On Sale promotion that include appearance on the Coming Soon page (http://coverreveals.blogspot.com/p/coming-soon.html) or On Sale page (http://coverreveals.blogspot.com/p/on-sale.html) as appropriate and tweeting options. Past performance for tweeting about titles available for preorder shows it’s not uncommon to have 1000-1500 views of the link within a month with our occasional weekly tweeting.
We also are now offering Tweeting promotion. This can be used for events (upcoming giveaways, Facebook parties, Twitter chats, radio appearance, book signing appearances, etc.), for books too old to appear on the blog (e.g. released more than 4-5 months ago), titles recently released but due to a full calendar, can’t be showcased on the blog for several months, or to generate interest in an upcoming release that won’t be available for pre-order, etc.
More information about these services can be found on our Author Services page (http://coverreveals.blogspot.com/p/author-services.html).
There are so many books being released weekly, we just can’t keep up. We’d love to be able to go back to offering two and three new titles a day on the blog. However, because of all the tweeting we do about featured titles, this is just too much. This is, after all, not our day job. I need to find a couple of reliable interns to help before we can consider offering two or three titles on a daily basis.
Long term I’d like to see Cover Reveals turn into a one-stop book promotion site and offer more genres than we currently do. I have varied genre favorites and many others do as well, but for now, we’ll just have to sprinkle in new genres here and there.
Now for the KA rapid fire questions:
Reading a book in a series, and not being sad at the end of it because I have the next book in the series just waiting to be read: priceless.
Serials and selling just a few chapters of a book (even if it is on sale for $0).
Reading and Cheerwine (Southern precursor to Cherry Coke)
Book promo via Twitter
Your best book boyfriend:
- For the night: Zane (tiger shifter from Cherie Nicholls’ A to Zane- http://www.amazon.com/Zane-Shifters-Hillside-Book-ebook/dp/B00H7EFCZK?_encoding=UTF8&tag=covereve-20)
- For a dirty weekend: Rhuul (from Nulli Para Ora’s Rhuul’s Flame- http://www.amazon.com/Rhuuls-Flame-Realms-Possibilities-Book-ebook/dp/B00D0YY09K?_encoding=UTF8&tag=covereve-20)
- To have and to hold: Sam (from Gemma Brocato’s Five Senses series- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VZIGZGY?_encoding=UTF8&tag=covereve-20), Micah (wereleopard from Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series- http://www.amazon.com/Laurell-K.-Hamilton/e/B000AP73GO?_encoding=UTF8&tag=covereve-20) & Michael Monaghan (hot male stripper from Lillian Grant’s Hot Male- http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Male-Reigning-Men-Book-ebook/dp/B00ASPY2DS?_encoding=UTF8&tag=covereve-20)—yep, ménage lifestyle
Latest book you loved:
Okay wow! This is a very hard one because I’ve read so many good books recently. Let me cheat by mentioning the last three really good series I’ve just finished.
- Jill Archer’s Noon Onyx urban fantasy series – http://www.amazon.com/Jill-Archer/e/B008K20O92?_encoding=UTF8&tag=covereve-20
- Gemma Brocato’s Five Senses contemporary romance series – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VZIGZGY?_encoding=UTF8&tag=covereve-20
- Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires urban fantasy series – http://www.amazon.com/Chloe-Neill/e/B002BO9VW6?_encoding=UTF8&tag=covereve-20
And I could go on and on and on, but I won’t. 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting with the KickAss Chicks. Its nice to see one of our own made your list. Best of luck for the future of Cover Reveals! You totally Kick Ass!