Friday, November 15, 2013

Readers, Here's another way to find just the right book!

Today we talk with the Fussy Librarian here to help readers locate
what they have been looking for. This should be easy for her considering some of the feats she's already conquered!

The Internet has a lot of resources to help readers find ebooks, but none is quite like The Fussy Librarian. Jeffrey Bruner has given readers more choices than ever at his website, which is like a matchmaking service for book lovers.

What is The Fussy Librarian?
We’re a daily ebook recommendation service that matches readers with books that they’ll love.
A lot of readers will say, “I already know what I like to read.” 
True, everyone has a list of favorite authors. But for each author on your list, I bet there are 50 more that you’d love – if you only knew about them. And perhaps your favorite author has a book on sale and you weren’t aware.
So much has changed in just five years. The ebook never has to go out of print. Ever. Think about the implications of that. The number of choices out there is expanding rapidly and it’s only going to accelerate. Some of those books aren’t very good, to be honest. That’s where we can help.

What's different about The Fussy Librarian? How does it work?
At its heart, the most important part of any book-recommendation website is "the match" -- are you going to receive tips about books that you’ll really like in your daily email?

So we set out to create a better match than anyone else. We offer the most genre choices (32 and growing) and we're the only website that gives you content preferences regarding language, violence and sexual situations. If you like your novels without profanity, for example, all of your recommended books will be free of foul language. We also have "I read everything" buttons and some choices in the middle.

We'll keep adding categories and content options in the future.

What kind of readers will enjoy The Fussy Librarian?
Anyone who reads fiction, to be honest. We already have a huge number of books lined up in mystery, thriller, romance (five categories), women’s fiction, fantasy, young adult … the response from authors so far has been amazing.
We do offer nonfiction books, but they’re a very small part of the site right now.

Why should authors consider submitting to the website?
The Fussy Librarian is set up in a way that is very author-friendly.

While we do offer lots of free and 99 cent books, we don't force authors to discount their books. If they want to sell at $2.99 or $3.99 -- which I think is completely reasonable -- they can do that.

Our book submissions are currently free until we grow larger. I don't feel it's fair to charge authors during our start-up period. Even when we do charge a fee, we're going to keep it reasonable. All we ask for now is for authors to promote us on their blogs, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
What types of books are you looking for?
In fiction, we accept pretty much everything that's an ebook. Our most popular genres are contemporary romance, mystery, thriller, fantasy, young adult and women's fiction. But we also accept books in smaller genres like religious fiction, horror, literary fiction and historical fiction.

Unlike some places, we also accept short stories and novellas. We include a note in the blurb so readers are aware it's not a full-length novel.

If you write nonfiction, I can pretty much guarantee we can schedule you within 10 days after your book is submitted.

Who is this Fussy Librarian woman anyway? She's unlike any librarian I've ever heard
Don’t let the hair bun fool you. It turns out she's a master mechanic, an expert on French cooking, and she practices the ancient martial art of Bokator. You do not want to meet her in a dark alley, trust me.

But why is she so fussy?
That’s an excellent question. Like all superheroes, it probably goes back to her childhood.

You’re not going to tell me who she is, are you?
Heck, even I don’t know her true identity. I’m just grateful she’s using her talents for good and not, you know, bioengineering new Kardashians for reality television shows or creating WMD for North Korea.

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