Several months ago, when I was planning the promotion for my first book, On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental Illness, I decided to publish som…

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The days when a single Kindle Daily Deal could catapult an unknown book up the New York Times bestseller list are probably behind us now. And big publishers are experimenting more and more with price promotions, so that a super-low price on a self-published ebook isn’t enough to help it stand apart. So as more…

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There are a lot of really amazing things you can do to promote your book. Here are a few ideas you may have heard of: Host a video series on YouTube Create PDF excerpts of your book Host a live webinar on your book’s topic Release a top-notch book trailer Run a special discount sale The possibilities are endless! Here’s the truth, though: most of these promotions will fail. Most great content never gets seen I’ve been on conference calls with an author and their publisher in which they argue and deliberate over every nuance of a book trailer that probably less than 100 people will ever watch. More bad news: most blogs are hardly ever read. And most podcasts get just a few dozen listens. How does this happen? In Your First 1000 Copies, I argue that the #1 thing you should be doing as an author is growing an email list of your readers. It’s the best way to communicate with them long-term. Let’s back up and look at it from a different perspective. The main thing an email list is doing

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Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars


  • Excellent first-person narration & perspective
  • Confronts religion & culture in the context of universality
  • Deals with adult issues (like death) on a child’s level
  • Allows for cultural exchange & dialogue
  • Humor


  • Open & frank talk about religion may not be welcome for some

“Lulu and the Very Big Meanies” is an interesting chapter book written from the first-person perspective of Laila, a 9-year old Muslim girl who has to deal with a series of issues (moving, bullies, some unknown scary, and a sick pet). The book actually was a joy to read because of the perspective. The book covers many of the issues that you would expect in a children’s books (not wanting to move, dealing with bullies); however, there is also a strong and brilliant expression of life as Muslim which begins from the first page onward.

The author’s treatment of religion in a children’s book is wonderfully done. The author, McGooshie, shows that religion is a strong part of Lulu’s life, but does not overdramatize or sensationalize it.One interesting thing about this book is that Arabic terms and concepts are included throughout the book (translated and sometimes untranslated, though there is a dictionary. This was an interesting move, because it allows for cultural exchange and discussion. In order to fully understand what’s going on, you have to look up the words, which expands your knowledge about Islam and Lulu’s world. By leaving some words untranslated, readers can get a more authentic flow of conversation from the 9-year old narrator.

The characters were well-developed and the plot was decent as well. As mentioned above, most of the topics weren’t new from the perspective of children’s book. The key difference is the author’s use of first-person narration to tell the story in a powerful and compelling way.

This is a great book for children of all ages, particularly for those who are in Muslim families. It is great as a children’s book, but the aspects of religion and culture that are used in the book help to make it an evern more interesting book.

**This review was based on a print version of the book for Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day.

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It is the single most stressful part of being an indie author: getting book reviews. This post tackles some serious issues behind how we get them.

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