BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: Norwood Holland of Editorial Independence

Recently I chatted with Norwood Holland whose blog is titled Editorial Independence and it is great to have him here featured in our Book Blogger Spotlight. Get to know Norwood and about his blog:

1.       When and how did you decide to become a book blogger?

Three years ago I originally set out to blog on diversity related issues, but after my first novel published I realized that securing reviews and promotional opportunities for independent authors were too few.  I then decided to blog on books by independent Black authors in particular.

2.       What’s the hardest part of being a book blogger?

Reading a book a week requires discipline.  I’m just beginning to develop the habit  reading 40 pages a day.  I’ve learned the best way is to get it out of the way first thing.  So after my morning devotion I dive in.  And only after that’s done do I read my email and get on with the rest of the day’s business.

3.       What are your hobbies that you do when you’re not blogging?

I like golfing but recently with the weather I haven’t had much time for it.  When I’m writing I’m usually studying the publishing market and learning how to better promote my books.  I like to exercise daily and try to make it to the gym at least 3 days a week.  I’m a big fan  of old movies and The TMC channel.  Recently I was elected to the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Book Publishers Associations serving as its Treasurer which also places demands on my time.

4.       What are your favorite types of posts to do and/or read?

Self-publishing and book marketing success.  Lately I’ve been reading a lot about authors and books having Kindle success.

5.       What are your favorite genres to read?

I read across numerous genres.  Top on the list are biographies.  I love reading about the lives of the famous and highly accomplished.  I also like legal thrillers and mysteries.

6.       How did you come up with your blog name?

There is a journalist concept call Editorial Independence which promotes the idea that journalist and editors should be independent and free corporate and political influences.  I like the idea of not being beholden to anyone and chose the named editorialindpendence.com.

7.       What about your blog design? What inspired it?

I had no idea about blog designs and put in all in the hands of my blog designer.  I just answered a few basic questions for my blog designer Revka Stearns and presto.  I like what she came up with.

8.       As an avid reader, what do you look for in a book?

I look at the writing first.  Is it well written?  Good writing stands out and makes any literary journey a pleasure.  I’m afraid to say it but there is a lot of poorly written self published coming out every week.  I wonder if these so called authors have ever devoted serious study to the genre they’ve chosen to write in.  I like tension and conflict that keeps me turning pages.

9.       What are your biggest turn-offs about a book?

Bad grammar, sentence structure, word misuse, and poorly researched subjects.

10.   Who are your three favorite authors?

James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Charles W. Chesnutt.

11.   Which author (dead or alive) would you most like to meet?

Langston Hughes.

12.   How big is your TBR list? How do you go about tackling it?

As long as books are being published my to be read list is never ending with the top books are usually getting bumped by a newer title. My Kindle currently has about 20 unread titles.  Tackling my TBR list is like Sisyphus ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain.  As soon as I get to the top by finishing one book, I have to start all over with another, and there are three or four waiting to be picked up.

13.   What are your top 3 books of all-time?

I Wonder and I Wander by Langston Hughes

And the Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santymyer

Along This Way by James Weldon Johnson

14.   How can readers/authors/publishers connect with you?

Readers can email me through my blog: EditorialIndependence.com

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