Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Armchair BEA Day 4 Nurturing Relationships - Candlemark & Gleam

Candlemark & Gleam publishing is special to me because they are the first publisher that sent me a review request.  They also put me in contact with the author of the book which led me to my first author interview thus letting me see how fun it is to interview an author.  It just really made my day when I got that email asking if I would review a book, I guess getting that request just made Bibliognome feel more real/official to me.  

Kate, the founder of Candlemark & Gleam, is great to work with, very understanding and replies quickly to any questions or emails.  Having this publisher contact me has led me to read more of what they publish and has even got me requests to review other books because they saw my review mentioned on the publisher's website.  

Social media has also helped nurture this and many other blogging relationships, especially Twitter.  I find myself knowing about books more because I tweet the authors on Twitter.  I talk to Kate on Twitter all the time and I also talk/tweet to some of the authors of books that Candlemark & Gleam has published.

I find that the best way to have good book blogging relationships with people is to just talk or email them.  Twitter and Facebook have also enhanced how often and how bloggers, publishers, etc. can interact with each other.  I guess what I'm saying is that it's just very important how both sides interact and how you present yourself to the world.


  1. I currently don't have an relationships with publishers or publicists. I have friends who are authors though not as a book blogger / author relationship.

    Rather than talk about bookstores, publishers or bloggers, I'm talking about volunteering. Come see what I mean.

  2. Their site looks very interesting. I'll be checking out their books. Thanks!

  3. I'm not familiar with that publisher, but I have found publishers and publicists to be quite approachable and helpful as I've been dealing with them.

    The Saturday Review of Books each Saturday at Semicolon is another good way to nurture relationships and connect with other bloggers and with books, which is what we're all about, right?

  4. I have found most of the publishers I contact to be very helpful. Still, sometimes it's a bit frustrating when you don't hear back from them!
    (I love your header)

  5. @Everybody, thanks for stopping by Bibliognome today. :) Yeah I agree with you that most publisher's are very approachable and it can be frustrating when you don't hear back from them. Also that connecting with people is very important.

    @Chrisbookarama Cool, yeah they do have some really great books that they've published.

    @Fourth Musketeer, Thanks, I love the header too, I think it really made the blog look a lot better. :)

  6. I can't tell you how glad I am I found your blog - I love your reviews and sneak peeks, and I'm so glad we've been able to connect...and that you're finding some other connections through that! Blogging is great!

  7. Here, here! Kate seriously rules.

  8. @Kate, Thanks :) I knew I had to write about you when I saw the topic for this days Armchair BEA post. I think you're awesome and easy to work with. Like I said above you also introduced me to review requests/sent me my first email asking for a review and thus made my blog feel more real.

  9. @Dwain, Yes, yes she does. :)


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