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We’re moving to WordPress

As of Friday morning (April 27), Romancing the Book will be moving a move from Blogger to WordPress.  You’ll see a few cosmetic changes and the commenting section will be slightly different, but for the most part your visit to RtB shouldn’t be affected.  There may be a slight disruption in “service” on Friday morning as everything is moved, but it should be relatively short and over by noon (eastern). 

After the move, if you happen to come across any broken links or glitches, please let Jen know at admin.bookblog@gmail.com.  We hope that this will be a positive move for everyone and we apologize in advance for any inconveniences you may experience on Friday morning.

TheresaRomain

We’re moving….

We’re getting ready to make the move from Blogger to WordPress.  While our blog address will stay the same, there will be a few minor changes, mostly cosmetic and behind the scenes.  However, the one thing that will affect our readers the most is that we will no longer have the ability to use Google Friend Connect (GFC). 

So, if you are one of our nearly 1500 GFC followers, I’d strongly suggest you find another way to follow us.  We have just added the Linky Follwers in the sidebar as a replacement for GFC.  You can also follow us via email, RSS feed, Facebook, or Twitter to keep up with all our guest posts and contests.  We hope that those of you following us via GFC will make the move with us as we appreciate each and every one of you!

TheresaRomain

New design…

As you can tell, we’ve begun the install of our new design and will soon be completely up and running.  We’ve tried to take your suggestions and clean it up for faster loading and moved much of the information to different pages, which can be found in the new and improved pull down menu bar (yay!).

Please be aware that several of the pages are still under construction and will not have much information on them until this weekend at the earliest.

TheresaRomain

Are there any blog designers out there?

At the end of 2011 we held a contest asking your thoughts about RtB.  Most of you love our content, but have troubles with the site loading slowly or have trouble finding things and you offered up some suggestions on how to make it better.  

I want y’all to know that we have heard you and are working on implementing your suggestions, but I’ve hit the wall on my knowledge of HTML and blog design.  I’m looking for suggestions on available blog designers.  Ideally they have a site with price lists and work they’ve done in the past so I can comparison shop and find the best fit for us and our needs.

TheresaRomain

Contest Rules

This information can always be found at the footer of the blog, but since we have so many new readers at Romancing the Book and often have a handful of contests running at any given time, it was decided to repost the contest rules.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Jen at admin.bookblog@gmail.com.

1. You can only win once a month. The two exceptions to this: a. If an author holds a “first to comment/answer” contest and b.

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New Feature at RtB

We’re always looking for new features to bring our readers.  A couple months ago, we decided to start showcasing YA books (since it’s not our “focus”) on Saturdays.  That will start again this coming Saturday after a short hiatus due to our blogoversary.  We do have an open date in September and several in October.  If you’re a YA author and want to snag a date, email Jen.

Today, we’re starting another new feature.  Playlists.  What, you ask, is a playlist?  Well, in this case, it’s a list of music that an author has compiled that they associate with their book.  It could be songs mentioned in the story, what they listened to while writing, or perhaps it’s just music they feel goes well with their novel.

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A New Feature at RtB (and a contest)

Today we are unveiling a new feature at Romancing the Book.  During the next two months, each Saturday we are going to introduce you to YA (young adult) books and authors.  If we get a positive response, we’ll resume the feature in August after our July anniversary celebration.

This genre has always been around, but probably really hit the mainstream with the Harry Potter and Twilight series.  Here’s how wikipedia defines YA fiction:

Young-adult fiction or young adult literature (often abbreviated as YA) is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 14 to 21.

TheresaRomain

Our New Book Rating System!

If you’ve been reading our more recent reviews, you will have noticed that at the end, we are now incorporating a rating to the book. This complete rating scale follows the progression of a blooming rose and can be found at the upperleft-hand sidebar of the blog. A big thanks goes out to Zita for the marvelous idea!

Equivalent to a 1 out of 5 star rating:
Equivalent to a 2 out of 5 star rating:
Equivalent to a 3 out of 5 star rating:
Equivalent to a 4 out of 5 star rating:
Equivalent to a 5 out of 5 star rating:
Do you like it?
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Change is Imminent

Happy Easter to you all!  And if you don’t celebrate Easter, welcome to spring, a season of rebirth and renewal.  Can there be a better time to breathe new life into Romancing the Book?

Over the course of the next week, you’ll likely be seeing a lot of change at Romancing the Book.  The content will be the same, but the look will be evolving as we unveil the new design.

We would love to have your input about the changes.  Let us know if there is something that you really like or dislike.  Is there something you’d like to see us add to the site?  Are you able to easily maneuver around the site and find what you’re looking for?

TheresaRomain

Upcoming changes

As you may know from earlier posts, we are hard at work in revamping the site. On May 1, we will reveal a fresh, new look for Romancing the Book.  If you’d like to take a sneak peek at the new look (still a work in progress) and provide some feedback, email me at admin.bookblog@gmail.com and I’ll send you the link.

We have just created a new “contact us” page with details on getting your book reviewed, becoming a reviewer, setting up promotions and purchasing advertisement space.  One of the changes coming to the blog will be the addition of some advertising, which will help us defray costs.