Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Black Boyfriend Blazer | OOTD & Review

Hi everyone!

I'm back with another outfit and review. I got this light and simple blazer in black from Sheinside. It's available in three more colors. White, pink and blue (see here). I loved the white one as well. But black's my color. Occupational hazard? Maybe. Being an architect does have it's quirks.











I ordered a size M (it's actually Asian size Medium but US size Small) and it fits perfectly. I already have a nice warm black blazer, but then I wanted another one that's light enough to wear in spring/summer. Now I'm good.

In terms of quality, I wouldn't exactly call it perfect, but I like it. The fabric, shape and stitching are all top notch. I'm just not impressed with the inner lining. There were a few loose threads hanging here and there too, but I cut them right off and that's that. Sheinside has this amazing new collection of lace tops that I'm eyeing right now. And the mother's day sale is on too *winks*



Get the look


Black Boyfriend Blazer | Sheinside here
Green Lace Top | BIG (similar here)
Black Boot Cut Trousers | Old pair (similar here)
Black PU Leather Bag | Dresslink here


What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below. I would love to hear from you!


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. But all opinions stated are my own.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

$50 Cash Giveaway | Book Reviewer Yellow Pages *Sixth Edition*

Book Reviewers Yellow Pages

Book Reviewer Yellow Pages:

A Book Marketing Guide for Authors and Publishers Christine Pinheiro

Book blogging today has grown into a serious business. It is a necessary marketing tool to promote books and the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages—now in its sixth edition—is the definitive guide to this informal network of book reviewers. -Author David Wogahn, President of Sellbox.com

This book is designed to make book marketing easier. The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages is a popular book promotion reference guide for authors and publishers. Use this guide to learn about book tours, author etiquette, and how to write a good pitch to grab the interest of a book reviewer.

Updated every year, this reference lists hundreds of book reviewers, their contact information, submission guidelines, and genre preferences.


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Foreword

by David Wogahn


I wrote my first eBook in 1991. In those days, like today, it wasn’t hard to do if you had something to say and a computer to produce it. But what was hard, was marketing those early eBooks. Even if you advertised the book on a service like CompuServe, Prodigy or AOL, how would you ever find people willing to tell other people about your book?

I “discovered” the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages more than five years ago; April 29, 2011 to be exact (then called The Indie Book Review Yellow Pages). Newspapers and magazines were still employing book reviewers and “book bloggers” were considered an anomaly, given the same respect that big publishers were giving the new-fangled eBook formats like Kindle.

Fast forward to today and those same reviewers—if they are still writing reviews—most likely have started a blog (and in fact might even be in this book). An indie author trying to get reviewed by a traditional media outlet is an exercise in futility. It’s also fair to say that eBooks have made the big publishers huge profits and now form a permanent part of their publishing operations.

Book blogging today has grown into a serious business. It is a necessary marketing tool to promote books and Christy Pinheiro-Silva’s Book Reviewer Yellow Pages—now in its sixth edition—is the definitive guide to this informal network of book reviewers.

Collectively they rival the promotional power of the large circulation newspapers and magazines. Individually they can help niche books break-out to a wider audience. And that’s what book marketing is all about: helping thousands of small products in scores of categories seek and find their own passionate audience.

How I met Christy is a testament to modern book marketing, itself a lesson for new publishers. As a long-time reader of the pioneering eBook news website Teleread.com, I came across an article saying that her second edition was available for free. Free is still a popular way to connect with readers but in 2011 it was the fastest, sure-fire way to get your name and book noticed. Everyone had Kindles to fill-up and as a book marketer and author, who couldn’t use a free directory?

By the time the fourth edition was published in 2013 it had grown to a 778 page tome. Seeing an opportunity for constructive feedback, I took to Amazon reviews to voice my ideas about what makes this guide book so important for my clients, and where I thought it could be improved. I’m happy to say that Christy read that review, contacted me, and took many of those suggestions to heart.

Here are the two things you should know about the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages:
  1. It defines a standard of etiquette. Christy’s 10 rules for author etiquette should be required reading for every author, regardless of whether or not book bloggers are part of your marketing mix. I confess it is so solid that I based a section of my own book, Successful eBook Publishing (Sellbox, 2012) on her advice. The blogosphere would be a better place if every author took her admonitions to heart in all their book promotion interactions.
  2. It codifies the essential facts about a book blogger, so you don’t have to. Shouldn’t we be able to just “Google” book bloggers and fire off emails to reviewers? Nope. In reality it isn’t that easy. Trying to find the pertinent information so you can approach the reviewer who is right for your book (see point 1) is going to take you hours! There are no standard website designs for review websites, and you will need to visit each one (again, see point 1). Here is where the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages shines. Your small investment will pay big dividends in saving time in finding the relevant reviewers, and their contact information.
But one thing still remains the same, as it did for me in 1991. You simply must get people talking about your book if you are ever going to be a successful author. A book no one talks about is even worse than a book that doesn’t make money.

And that’s where this wonderful community of book bloggers comes into play. Let the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages be your Michelin Guide to the Wild West World of book review bloggers.

David Wogahn
President, Sellbox.com
Publisher, PartnerPress.org
Author, Successful eBook Publishing




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Monday, May 4, 2015

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop | Open Internationally!

Hi everyone!

It's children's book week from May 4th to May 10th. And on this occasion, Wishful Endings is hosting the Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

It works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway for a children's book(s) or ebook(s) and then we link up together allowing our readers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. Fun, right?



About Children's Book Week


Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes – wherever young readers and books connect!

For more information visit: http://www.bookweekonline.com


The Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop runs from May 4th to May 10th 2015. Here on DDE, one random winner will get their choice of any Children's Book or eBook under $10 from The Book Depository (or Amazon).

Open internationally of course!

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After you have entered my giveaway, feel free to hop on to another blog from the list below for more chances to win.






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