Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Top Drawer News — Blog Hops and Movie Stars by HL Carpenter

Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

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This is the third post from  mother and daughter writing team HL Carpenter (Helen and Lorri). They have two blogs and one is for guest posts and book promotions which I featured last week and is a great place to share your work Top Drawer Ink Corp. Now I want to focus on their other blog and their own work.. This post is a an interesting look at Blog Hops for book marketing and some key elements that I agree with wholeheartedly.

Top Drawer News — Blog Hops and Movie Stars by HL Carpenter

Image source: D'vorah Lansky,

Image source: D’vorah Lansky, Share Your

Welcome to our stop on the Book Marketing Blog Hop! We’re happy to see you here in Carpenter Country, and delighted to share what we’ve learned after participating in the 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge sponsored by D’Vorah Lansky Share Your Brilliance

Here’s our take-away from the challenge:

We have a lot in common with Brad Pitt. And you probably do, too.

We signed up for the 30-day Book Marketing Challenge in May. Brad Pitt wasn’t on the schedule, but the course was free, so it fit our budget, and with two book releases back-to-back in May and June, we thought we could use some help.

The challenge consisted of articles, videos, handouts, podcasts, and action steps, and featured modules on Author Platform, List Building, Income Streams, Reaching Your Audience, and Virtual Book tours.

How did any of those topics convince us we have a lot in common with Mr. Pitt? Ask yourself this: How do you know when a new Brad Pitt movie will soon appear in a theater near you?

The answer: Because Brad Pitt tells you so. He makes appearances on all the talk-variety shows. He shares behind-the-camera scenes. He’s funny, charming and gracious. He never asks you to buy a movie ticket or a DVD. He just tells you what interested him about the project, and what he hoped to accomplish by being part of it. He makes you want to be a part of it, too.

Like other participants in the Book Marketing Challenge, we’re authors, not actors. But the idea is the same. Engage your audience and express your enjoyment in your work. Tell the story of your writing process and where you got your idea and why you had to write about it. Be considerate and honest. Make your work a not-to-be-missed experience—and let your reader reach that conclusion without prompting.

You can call it marketing if you like. We prefer to call it connecting, and after 30 days of valuable advice, we think we can do it just like a movie star.

How about you?

©HL Carpenter 2014

About HL Carpenter (Helen and Lorri)

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity Their website Top Drawer Ink Corp  also offers opportunities for promotion for other authors and their books.

A selection of books for adults, YA and children by HL Carpenter

One of the reviews for The Ghost in the Gardens

Jul 22, 2018 Jane rated it Four Stars

I was not sure what to make of this at first it is unusual and pitched really well for the child. It was a quick read and I loved the main characters love of plants and science.

A lovely story and recommended – You would not expect this to have a ghost as all the main character thinks about is plants and a quest to find a rare orchid that is until her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved. She need to find out just what this ghost was telling her otherwise it could be too late.

Recommended and well written.

Read the reviews and buy the books:

And on Amazon UK:

You will find a lot more reviews on Goodreads:

Connect to HL Carpenter

Website and blog:
Author Guest posts:

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to both of Helen and Lorri’s blogs to explore them further and to take advantage of their kind offer to promote your work.. thanks Sally.

14 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Top Drawer News — Blog Hops and Movie Stars by HL Carpenter

  1. Loved this post. That’s how it works, engaging our readers and sharing our thoughts, work ideas about how our work comes to be. Nobody is interested in ‘buy my book’! 🙂 ❤

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  2. My compliments on such an excellent piece, Helen and Lorri. (By the way, I think it is so cool that the two of you share a blog). I think you’ve nailed the concept of marketing. It’s much easier to be ourselves than trying to sell ourselves; it isn’t that different from how we choose friends. If I’m going to reach out to someone, it is because that person has touched me by being genuine.

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  3. Thank you, Sally, for allowing us to share your blog space! We are enjoying (re-enjoying?) the posts you choose. So interesting to find out what catches your eye!

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