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CoSchedule it and Forget it: A Tutorial for Organizing your Book Reviews and your Life

Seems like every week I’m finding new ways to use CoSchedule (CS).

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I love Co Schedule because as a book review blogger, I need to stay organized. Not sure what Co Schedule is? Check out their video.

I am in the middle of multiple projects at the same time and CE helps so much with that. If I’ve just received a book, I will want to schedule a book review date. So I open CE and choose a date for my review.

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As you can see from the photo above I have scheduled two book reviews. They are on the left side of the image in a light yellow. We’ll get to the images on the right later.

I generally schedule reviews three months out so it’s helpful to be able to put them in the calendar right away and not try to remember when something is due.

While I’m scheduling future reviews, I’m also in the process of writing reviews for books I’ve just read.  Again, CS comes in handy for that.

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After I’ve read the book, I open up the draft post I made 3 months earlier. I type up my review, add tags, change the title if necessary and other tasks. When I’m finished I’ll go to my CS calendar and open up that post. I’ll check the score of my title, see the yellow 60? If you hover over that number you’ll get your headline score. Mine says B+!

 

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Depending on your grade and your preference, you can choose to keep or edit your headline. Since I schedule my posts in advance, I usually only use the title and author of the book as the blog post title. That’s not very fun and doesn’t usually acquire a good grade. So, I’ve learned, thanks to the headline analyzer, that I need to rewrite my headlines into something that people will actually want to read. This headline has been rewritten and since it’s a B+, it’s a keeper. Here’s the link to the CS Headline Analyzer if you want to try it for yourself.  Be sure to stay there and study up. Very helpful information there!

After I’ve checked my headline, it’s time to write my social media messages. You can write as many or as few as you’d like, so use what works for you. Look for the multi colored bullseye. Just underneath that is where you’re going to do your work.

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Click on the large white plus sign under the bullseye. To the left of the plus sign you’ll see Same Day as Publish and the publish date. What you want to do is write a social media message for that date so you’ll click the appropriate social media profile you want the message to go to and you write your message.

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The message defaults to the title that you’ve written and it automagically includes the blog link. Choose the time you’d like your post to publish and click Add Message. You can send multiple messages multiple times and on multiple days: day after publish, week after publish, month after publish, etc. The options are endless. ENDLESS, like the ocean. It’s awesome! What this means is you can schedule your posts to be sent out to the social mediasphere 6 months after you’ve originally published it! Keep reading, mkay?

Now here’s where Co Schedule gets SUPER AMAZINGLY COOL. Remember in the first photo I told you to ignore the images in purple? Go ahead and scroll up and come back down when you’re done. {Waiting}

Did you see them? If you’re looking in the correct place you’ll see a few titles and although they are partially cut off in the image they look like: Let’s Get Started…How to Get Started…I’m super e…  Did you see those? Wonder what those are about? ‘Course you do.

So, what you wanna do is, after you’ve scheduled all the social media for the post you’re currently working on you’ll want to change tacks and become Grand Goddess of the Schedulephere. Well not Grand Goddess, cuz that’s my title, but you can be Associate Grand Goddess or make up your own dang title, whatevs. How’s that?

Go to a post that you’ve got scheduled for the future (beam me up Scotty). Note, it will NOT be purple. Purple is in the past, like Prince (sad panda). Stick with me, here. Go to the future post and click on it so it opens up.

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So, hey, you’ll notice that the future looks just like the present. Don’t be disappointed there’s no Jetsons in the future, which is A OK because what you’ve got here is a template that you’re super familiar with. You’ll see the headline grade up top and the Same day as publish dealy toward the bottom of the photo. There’s more to it, but this pic doesn’t include it, to save space. Look up 3 photos and you’ll see the same example. So what can you do with this? Why you can manipulate the future, Grand Goddess of the Schedulephere, that’s what! Just like you did with an original blog post, you can edit future posts as well. Say you want to change the blog post title, you can do that here. Why would you want to change the blog post title? Because maybe in the future that post will be tired and not as relevant as it was when you published it originally. Make it freshy fresh and change it. Also? If you’re using an auto scheduler like Buffer or the like, it will alert you when you’ve published multiple posts with the same title. NO matter how good your title is, no one wants to see the same title 40 skillion times. It’s boring. So be like Madonna and change with the times.

So go to the Same day as publish date and click the super size plus sign. You know what to do here, dontcha? Yep, been there, done that, snagged that t-shirt. Since you know how to work this part, why not change the title here too? You can make it super new, super fresh and  super relevant to what the world is talking about (or WILL be talking about). This function is great for example, if I read a book about a duck running for president and reviewed it several months ago but also want it to run in the weeks before the election. Why would I want to do that, Grand Goddess? Great question! Let’s say that the world will be buzzing with election talk leading up to the elections. Parents, teachers, and librarians might need books for little kids but might not know of any. But aha! I have read and reviewed one that would be perfect for the little ones and now they too, can participate in election talk, but at their own level. So, your future titles might not mention the name of the book but rather something that has to do with elections or presidents or etc. Geniusness.

So friends and fellow future travelers, that’s how I use Co Schedule. Got questions? I got answers. Hit me up or check out Co Schedule and use my referral link.

 

 

 

 

 

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Diversity Reading Challenge

And Now on Periscope: Pamlovesbooks

Are you on Periscope?

I am too!
I know I’m late to the party, but at least I’m here.

And I thought I’d share one of my bookshelves with you and some of the books I’m considering for

The 2016 Diversity Reading Challenge.

Here’s my video!

Follow me and I’ll follow you.
Let’s stay in touch!

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Blogging

Get Back Your Ooo With Co-Schedule

Get Back Your Ooo With Co-Schedule

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Dudes. I know you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about, right? If you’re like me, your busy. I mean like don’t have time to stop and think busy. I eat on the go, I read on the go, I go on the go. All I do is go go go! It’s exhausting and sometimes your Ooo turns into Oh (crap). When you’re a busy person you need help. That’s where CoSchedule comes in; I can get back my Ooo.

CoSchedule helps me stay on schedule. Because I’m always either writing a book review or reading a book, I need to stay on top of my schedule so I submit my reviews on time.  The hardest bit about blogging is that after you’ve written a kick butt review, then you have to remember to send them to 47 skillion social media sites so everyone can read the awesome thing you wrote. READ. ALL. THE. THINGS!!!!

But dude, they can’t read all the things (!) if you don’t remember to send them to all your sharing sites.

Enter your new boo CoSchedule. He (or she) will bring back your Ooo. Your new boo will bring back your Ooo.

How’s that work? I’m glad you asked. See, your new boo thang is a calendar. I KNOW you don’t need another calendar to keep, but you do. This is your boo, remember, she will help keep you straight. Take a look.

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See all those entries? Those are your little blog posts of love. Yawn. But there not doing anything for you, are they? Kinda like a bunch of Cinderellas waiting at the ball for Prince Charming to ask them to dance. Once you activate them (PowerRangers anyone?) they will do anything you want them to do; mostly talk to Twitter, Facebook, and Google + but that’s just me. You use your boo however you want to (sorry I just can’t resist a rhyme).

Looky here.

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If you’ve already written your precious little gems and they are sitting against the proverbial dance wall waiting to get asked to dance, they aren’t helping you very much, are they? To be sure, you might have published them or scheduled them to be published but that’s SO 2013. When you go into the magic world of the CoSchedule calendar, you can dress those puppies up and schedule them to go anywhere and anytime!

The best best thing about this social media calendaring feature? You can create individual messages for each social media platform. When sending your blog post to Twitter, you can include one message. Posting to Facebook? Gear the message toward that crowd. Letting the Google+ world know about your post? Include a very special message for them. It’s win win win with CoSchedule. All the beautiful Cinderellas have someone to dance with. They each have a new boo, thanks to you (sorry, not sorry).

I love that this feature works retroactively (no they are not wearing Jetson’s costumes, unless that’s what you’re into). Retroactively means you can reschedule those old posts and make them shiny and pretty by sending them to social media channels.

Have les amies in France? Schedule your posts for 1am EST.  Got a friend in Goa? Schedule at 8:30 pm EST and it’ll arrive as she gets ready for work at 6am. How ding dang cool is that? Now you don’t have to worry about Tweeting a post and hoping your friend will see it amid the 4300 other social media posts they are bombarded with.

The CoScheudle people have made this lovely video for you to watch. There are no dancing cats, but it’s still pretty rad. Check it out.

CoSchedule equals love. You’ll get your Ooo back. If you’re thinking about trying CoSchedule, you can use my referral link link: http://coschedule.com/r/4278  I signed up through a referral link; everyone wins. Everyone gets their Ooo back!

How you use CoSchedule is up to you. But once you get it, you’ll be hooked.

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Are You on Goodreads.com? Me too!

I love Goodreads.com! It’s where I connect with my friends and catalog all of my books.

 

Are you on Goodreads.com? Friend me!

P.S. You must know the secret word to friend me. There’s a hint in the video.

See you over there…

 

 

 

 

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Books Young Adult

Hotlight Spotlight: A YA book tackling LGBT issues

Fag

WOW.  Got your attention with that title, didn’t I? The title of the book is Fag by author Krissy Bells.

Fag_-_High_Resolution   I think you can guess what the book is about, can’t you? Here’s a bit about the title:

Aaron Garrett is many things in life: he is a son, a friend, a student, and caring boyfriend to his lovely girlfriend Leigh Ann. In these roles, he is kind, hardworking, smart, loving, dedicated, and considerate. At Jefferson High School, he is a leader, a football star, and well-respected by his peers. Aaron’s life is perfectly on track, he is pursuing a college scholarship and hopeful for the future, except for just one thing: Aaron Garrett is gay. When a former child star from Aaron’s small Southern town saturates the national media after making homophobic comments, Aaron’s life is turned upside down as supporters rally around the sentiments. Social media attention begins to swell nationally and locally until it begins to eat away at every part of Aaron’s existence.

Wow. And you think your life is tough. Try being a teen who’s gay who gets outed.  Not fun.  Reminds me of a lot of issues the LGBT teen population is facing now. BellsauthorThe author, Krissy Bells, was born and raised in the Detroit metro area. A former school secretary, she now spends her days as a stay-at-home mom. She is passionate about her family and friends, her Dachshund named Harry, and anything topped with cheese or chocolate. She can be contacted at [email protected].

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Books

Self Published Authors Wanted!

Self Published Authors Wanted!

Are  you a self published author? Have you written a great book, novel, short story, novella, or picture book and want to tell the world about it?

Need social media exposure?  Need an alternative to a blog tour? Just want to try something new?  Here’s your answer:

Buy an ad spot on An Unconventional Librarian.

Why?  As a blogger and a book seller I understand the importance of getting the right book into the hands of a reader. Readers can’t buy your book if they don’t know it exists! So the question is, if readers don’t see your book in a bookstore where can they see it?

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The answer is: on a blog just like this!  More and more readers trust book bloggers as a source of finding their next great read. They like us and as a result trust our judgement based on shared interests.  It’s kind of like the alliance Katniss and Peeta form with other champions in the Quarter Quell, without the menacing monkeys.  Readers who come to An Unconventional Librarian like middle grade, Young Adult, and children’s books.

Buy an ad spot on An Unconventional Librarian’s site and get easy additional exposure to potential readers. Choose your weapon below to help fight off President Snow and get noticed by future readers and friends.

 

 

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Books Reviews Young Adult

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne

I’m going to tell you a secret:  I LOVED The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.

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It’s a story about a tween (yes, 11 yrs old) heartthrob and his life as a superstar.  I remember my early years drooling over secret copies of Tiger Beat dreaming about MJ, Donny Osmond (call me, Donny!) and all the other teen heartthrobs of the 15th century. That’s why I loved Jonny Valentine so much. It took me back to those dreamy days  and allowed me to have a little fun. Wayne’s  Jonny Valentine reminds me alot of Justin Bieber, who’s so, like OMG. I think?

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To be sure, I never imagined back then how difficult the life of a celebrity must be.  As an adult, I can totally appreciate the difficulty.  I don’t feel sorry for them but I still appreciate it. That’s where Teddy Wayne is so effective. Wayne brings you the intimate details of a celebrity’s life without making you feel sorry for them.  At times, I actually felt pity for Jonny.  I wonder if that was Wayne’s intent?  Sure, Jonny Valentine is rich and super famous but he’s also snarky, jaded, and has no real life outside the touring bus and no friends outside the staff who is on salary.

I’m not sure who the intended audience is for this title, I’m sure teens would appreciate all the pop culture references which were lost on me, but be advised parents, that there are some situations and language you might find uncomfortable.   Other than that caveat, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a fun romp through the life  mega superstar Jonny Valentine.

I give it 3 paws.

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Blogging Conferences

What to Pack for PhillyHomeHer12

If you’re like me, you’re not going to BlogHer and you want to be part of the fun of getting ready for something.  That’s why some friends and I created PhillyHomeHer12.  We live in the Philly area so that’s why we called it PhillyHomeHer but its really for ANYONE who didn’t get the golden ticket to go to BlogHer. It’s HomeHer. But in Philly.  Yours could be called MississippiHomeHer; whatevs.

We say, no matter, we will prepare ourselves for PhillyHomeHer12! First? Gotta pack.

Make sure you have:

a chair to sit in; makes using your laptop easier.

then you’ll need

wine. cuz not going to BlogHer will make you angry thristy.

you’ll probably want to wear something special

Oh JohnnyD how’d you get in here? (i TOLD him don’t follow me here)

anyway…you could wear something comfortable…

because you really want to express yourself

and EVERYONE needs bloggy business card so get some of those

or some Zoloft or whatevs works for you, right?

Feeling better already about missing WhtachucallitHer aren’t you?

Good!

Now, here’s how we’re better different than BlogHer: No need to get tickets to big name blogger events or stand in long lines for parties.  The party is HERE!  Everyone has something to teach, including YOU.  In the linky below, put your best post forward.  Have you ever written a kick-butt post? Link it!  Are good at teaching something and you wrote about it? Link it! Have you ever wanted to be a keynote speaker at an event but never got the chance? Here’s your chance! YOU are the keynote speaker at this event because it’s all about YOU.

Link up here:


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Books In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox

The Story Siren has a really fun meme called In My Mailbox where she highlights books that she receives in the mail.

Doesn’t that sound interesting?

I’m always curious as to what other books reviewers get in the mail and now here’s my chance to snoop learn!

I couldn’t do this without the assistance of my trusty Book Page, Bailey, who will be leading this endeavor.

This week, Bailey helped me unpack:

Lovesick by Spencer Seidel

I Know Who you are and Saw What you Did by Lori Andrews

FRESHMAN YEAR AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS by Meredith Zeitlin (this one is a PDF but he likes to help anyway)

 

Watch for my reviews in the future!

Let’s go on a journey with a book, shall we?