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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with B.K. Bostick, author of Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in B.K. Bostick's Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado Virtual Blog Tour hosted by Cedar Fort Publishing.
About B.K.:

B.K. Bostick, author of Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado and the best selling book, Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure, resides among the magnificent Rocky Mountains. In addition to writing, he has spent his career in education. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and his Masters in Psychology from Utah State University. He has worked as a teacher, after school program coordinator, teacher mentor, and currently as a counselor for the Open High School of Utah. He loves spending time with his lovely wife, son and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys eating cheetos and watching old episodes of the Twilight Zone.


Welcome back to Darlene's Book Nook, B.K.!

B.K. has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to him.

Networking 101
by B.K. Bostick

Many pre-published authors ask how to get endorsements from published authors. Asking for someone to endorse your book can be intimidating. What if they say no? What if they don't like it? What if they ignore me? Instead of asking how to get endorsed, I believe people should ask, 'How can I get to know other authors?' If all you're interested in is an endorsement instead of building a relationship with an author, it's a bit like asking a stranger for a glowing letter of recommendation. It isn't likely to happen. However, if you're able to develop genuine friendships with other authors, then when the time comes, asking for an endorsement is easy because the author knows who you are and has likely read your work or is at least willing to do so. 

Here are some ways you can network and get to know authors:

1) Conferences & Writing Workshops. These venues bring many published and pre-published authors under one roof. You'll see that published authors are regular people like you who started just where you are. Informal conversations around the writing table are wonderful networking opportunities. Maybe even better ones come from the lunch table.

2) Writing Groups. Joining a writing group with a published author can help you revise your work to its best, but will also likely earn a glowing endorsement when the work is finished. If you're in a group without a published author, just wait awhile, someone in the group will get published.

3) Social Networking. Following authors fan pages and twitter handles gives you the ability to interact one on one. Consistently commenting or responding to posts (without stalking) will make it so that when you meet the author in person, they'll know how you are already.

4) Book Signings. See #3. After interacting with an author online or meeting them at a conference, going to a book signing is a great way to show support and develop a closer relationship

Once a relationship is established, it is much more likely that an author will take the time to at least read your work. While an endorsement is never guaranteed, at least you'll receive some feedback from someone who has been in the trenches.

Thanks so much for joining us today, B.K.!

One lucky winner will win a digital copy of the second book in B.K.'s middle-grade Huber Hill adventure series, Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado.

The Dead Man’s Treasure has been stolen! When Huber receives a revelatory message from a girl in Spain regarding the treasure’s location, the gang hatches a plan. Convincing their parents they are part of a study abroad program, Huber, Scott, and Hannah travel to Salamanca, Spain- an old city full of secrets.

While in pursuit of their goal, the group becomes dangerously entwined with a secret society called the Brotherhood of Coronado- a ruthless organization led by three self proclaimed kings, bent on reacquiring the lost fortunes of the Spanish empire for nefarious purposes.

Their only hope of finding the stolen treasure and escaping the city with their lives requires trust in new found friends and in a cloaked figure who reveals clues leading to the Brotherhood’s hiding place. But in a city of strangers, who can you trust?

With a plot that will keep you guessing, Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado is a study abroad adventure you’ll want to be a part of!
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SPECIAL OFFER: Everyone who "likes" B.K. on Facebook or follows on Twitter will receive a special memento for the book launch. Please complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter form. After you've liked the Facebook page or followed on Twitter, you can email B.K. directly and let him know along with your physical mailing address. Please send email to B.K. at:

 This giveaway is open worldwide until 12:01 AM EST on October 4, 2012.
Tour Participants

September 18
Fire & Ice

September 19
Geo Librarian
I’m A Reader, Not a Writer

September 20
Over a Cuppa Tea

September 21
Frank L. Cole

September 24
Book Dreaming

September 25
Imaginary Reads
LDS Retailers

September 27
Darlene’s Book Nook

 September 28
Community Bookstop

September 29
Bookworm Lisa
Tristi Pinkston


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