About TNBBC

My name is Lori and I’m the brains behind The Next Best Book Blog. This blog, which was created in December 2009, is a companion to the TNBBC goodreads group, and focuses specifically on small press and independent literature.


~~~~~~~~~~~  A Little History  ~~~~~~~~~~~


TNBBC (The Next Best Book Clubwas born in September 2007 on Goodreads.com. Today it proudly boasts over 15,000 members who are collectively, endlessly, searching for the next best book. It's remains one of the largest, most active groups on the Goodreads site today.

Two extremely popular reading challenge groups, created and moderated by members from the group, made their debut on TNBBC and now exist as their own groups on Goodreads  - Cynthia's Seasonal Challenge Group and Around the World in 80 Books. 

Did you know that TNBBC hosts regular Author/Reader discussion groups on Goodreads? I feature a new author and their novel every month. It's the perfect opportunity to fall in love with a new book and interact with the author who wrote it!


~~~~~~~~~~~  Our Review Contributors  ~~~~~~~~~~~


In an effort to introduce you to a variety of different genres and presses, in 2013, TNBBC took on our first review contributors. Allow me to introduce you:

Melanie Page (2013 - ) was the first guest reviewer to join our team. She blogs over at Grab the Lapels - a blog that focuses specifically on books written by women. She also reviews for JMWW, Notre Dame Review, American Book Review, The Collagist, and Necessary Fiction!

Drew Broussard (2013 - ) is the testosterone to our estrogen! He blogs at  Raging Biblioholismlives in NYC and reads, a lot. When not doing that, he's writing stories or playing music or acting or producing or coming up with other ways to make trouble.  He also has a day job at The Public Theater in New York City.

Lavinia Ludlow (2013 - ) is our writer-in-residence. She is a musician and writer dividing time between San Francisco and London. Her debut novel, alt.punk (2011), explored the ragged edge of art, society, and sanity, viciously skewering the politics of rebellion. Her sophomore novel, Single Stroke Seven (2016), explores the lives of independent artists coming of age in perilous economic conditions. Both titles can be purchased through Casperian Books. Her short works have been published in Pear Noir!, Curbside Splendor Semi-Annual Journal, and Nailed Magazine, and her indie lit reviews have appeared in Small Press Reviews, The Rumpus, The Collagist, The Nervous Breakdown, Entropy Magazine, and American Book Review.

Lindsey Lewis Smithson (2015 - ) is our poetry guru. She writes "Dog Eared Reviews" in which she shares the pages she dog-eared as she read. She is the Editor of Straight Forward Poetry. Some of her poetry has appeared on The Nervous BreakdownThis Zine Will Change Your LifeThe Cossack Review, and Every Writer’s Resource: Everyday Poems.


Bronwyn Mauldin (2015 - ) is a published author and the creator of GuerrillaReads, and you can find her work all over the internet, including places like Necessary Fiction, The Battered Suitcase, and Clamor Magazine.


Nick Page (2016 - ) is a gamer at heart. When he's not living the nine-to-five life as the manager of educational technology at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, you can bet your bottom dollar he'll be playing his favorite video game Minecraft




Past Contributors:

Madeleine Maccar (2013 - early 2014) was our resident bizarro specialist. She blogs at Books, with Occasional Food, does some editing-on-the-side with Eraserhead, and can also be found reviewing for Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.


Kelsey Lueptow (2015 - 2015, 1 review ) was all about literary and feminist fiction. She also teaches English Comp, attends graduate school, does the mommy-blog thing at Diary of a First Time Mom, contributes to Everyday Feminism, and she's a published poet.


Leland Cheuk (2015) is the author of THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (CCLaP Publishing). He is a MacDowell Colony fellow, and his short fiction has appeared in publications such as Valparaiso Fiction Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Lunch Ticket. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and lives in Brooklyn.


Kate Vane (2015 - 2016) was the second author to join our review team! She writes crime and literary fiction, and shares her thoughts on books from the same genres.




~~~~~~~~~~~  Where You Can Find More TNBBC  ~~~~~~~~~~~


As if moderating a group and blogging about independent authors, publishers, and books weren't enough... TNBBC can also be found hanging out on Facebook, Twitter,  YouTube (uploading awesome book trailers and author readings, when I remember to), Tumblr ( ugh! I suck at updating this site), and Google+ (is Google+ still a thing??)

TNBBC has merchandise for sale at Cafepress. If you ever find yourself jonsing for a t-shirt, mug, or sticker.. come check us out! Any money I make off the purchases goes straight into the giveaway fund.


Still need more TNBBC? Awww... you're making me blush....

We're flattered to find ourselves at the center of bookish attention. Here are some of the places we've been:

May 2010: I make an odd photo appearance in this recap of BEA (scroll all the way down).

July 2010: Interviewed by the LA Times and cross posted to the Chicago Tribune
July 2010: A portion of my review for I Curse the River of Time was pulled by GrayWolf Press for the book's press release!

Nov 2010: The first time my review appears IN a book was for Gene Doucette's Immortal

Feb 2011: Wrote an article on handwritting for The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog

April 2011: Interviewed by The Gatekeepers Post

May 2011: Named dropped in The Party Pit for Ben Tanzer's You Can Make Him Like You

June 2011: Friday's Five Books - recommending 5 awesome indie novels over at Between the Covers 
June 2011: Guest Post sharing my review of Warm Bodies with KindleObsessed
June 2011: Interviewed by indie author William Torgerson on indies and the eighties

July 2011: My first panel presentations at The Indie Book Event, and my name on a poster!!!

Aug 2011: Hosted this Blog Tour for author David Maine!
Aug 2011: Guest appearance on The Indie Book Collective Blogtalk Radio Show

Sept 2011: Interviewed by Better Word Books
Sept 2011: I made a death wish at the Wish Tank

Nov 2011: Second guest appearance on The Indie Book Collective Blogtalk Radio Show
Nov 2011: My "On Being Indie" series inspired Consortium Books' 11/16/11 #indieview Twitter chat
Nov 2011: Top 10 Indie Picks from 2011 article appears in Bookpage.com
Nov 2011: Quoted in Indie Reader.com article on Consumer Book Reviews

Dec 2011: That same Indie Reader.com article runs in Huffington Post!
Dec 2011:  Part II of the Indie Reader.com article on Consumer Book reviews
Dec 2011:  The Lucinda Literary website goes live and showcases the TNBBC interview.
Dec 2011:  Thrilled to be influence once again for Consortium Books' 12/14/11 #indieview Twitter chat.

Jan 2012: A wonderful post about TNBBC that I just happened to stumble across, by Open Letter Monthly.
Jan 2012: Hosted this Blog Tour for author Larry Closs and his novel Beatitude. He shared this amazing post in thanks.

March 2012: Hosted this blog tour for Ryan Bradley and his debut Code For Failure.

May 2012: Caught on tape at the PEN Festival's "Reviewing Translations" panel. I made a comment about reviewing my favorite author at the 1:01:00 mark. Check it out! (I get cut off, it says it was a reel change, but I know it was because I was talking too long - snigger snigger!)
May 2012: Girl Who Reads hosts a guest post of mine re: Goodreads for Bloggers.

July 2012: Choo Choo... All aboard the Amercias Blog Tour! Pulled together for Jason Lee Norman.
July 2012: I supply the audio for CCLaP's podcast of the final two readings at the KGB pre-BEA event.
July 2012: Hosted another #indieview!! Our topic? ARC's.

Sept 2012: TNBBC's very first Night Out With Author David Maine at Book Thug Nation (and failed)
Sept 2012: Hosted David Maine at KGB's Sunday Night Fiction event (and rocked it)

Oct 2012: Blurbed in Mark A. Rayner's advance copy of The Fridgularity

Nov 2012: Asked to write the very first guest introduction for Necessary Fiction's Writer in Residence program.
Nov 2012: Red Hen Press blurbs a piece of my review for An Age of Madness on page 14 of their Spring 2013 catalog!

Feb'13: I accept the Marketing Director's job with CCLaP
Feb'13: I am all over this NY Times article discussing Goodreads for book discoverability.
Feb'13: Book Sexy Review features me for her Short Story series (and talks me WAY up!)
Feb'13: Our biggest, baddest blog tour so far - two weeks of awesome for Joshua Mohr's Fight Song!

April'13: My conversation about short stories with J Robert Lennon appears on Books on the Nightstand.

July'13: From Sarah, with Joy spotlights me with an interview about reviewing.

Feb'14: Rebecca of Love at First Book asks me to contribute to Literary Loves.

March'14: We're featured in Chicago's Printers Row as "readers of the week"

April'14: I discovered a portion of my review for Heather Fowler's This Time, While We're Awake was blurbed inside her upcoming collection Elegantly Naked in My Sexy Mental Illness. Thanks Queen's Ferry Press!
April'14: Cobalt Press included our Four Fathers interview mini-series in Volume 2 of their journal!!!

May'14: Chicago Literati interviews me about CCLaP, TNBBC, and which books turned me on to the Small Press scene.

Sept'14: Melanie Page interviews me over at Grab The Lapels.
Sept'14: Best book blurb I've ever given: for Ryan W Bradley's The Waiting Tide 

Jan'15: Sharing my favorite read of 2014 on the Alternating Current blog.
Jan'15: I become the Chief Staff Interviewer for Alternating Current's blog The Spark

Sept'15: Interviewed over at Lectito on TNBBC and all that jazz.





~~~~~~~~~~~ TNBBC Publicity ~~~~~~~~~~

In 2013, TNBBC began dipping its toes into the world of book marketing and publicity and discovered that we like it! 


Publicity opportunities include:

* Blog tours - your choice of one or two week tour stops
* Individualized book pitches to well-researched bloggers, literary journals, and niche websites that match the style and genre of your book
* Final proof editing - to save you from the embarrassment of missing commas and misspelled or missing words - before your book hits the printers


Prices vary. I reserve the right to decline your book if I do not feel I can promote it effectively. 


Here's what some of the authors I've worked with have to say:

"It's a rare treat for a writer to find someone so passionate about spreading the word about books, and when Lori's in your corner you know people are going to hear about your work. It's been an honor to have her in my corner as a reader, a supporter, and for her grassroots publicity efforts. Every writer needs Lori Hettler on their side." - Ryan W Bradley, author of Code For Failure and The Waiting Tide, among others

"Lori set up a blog tour for my independently released fantasy novel The Gamble of the Godless, through which I was able to connect with bloggers, reviewers and readers both here in the US and worldwide, in places as far-flung as Australia and Israel. I gave interviews, wrote guest blog posts, and received many reviews. I have no doubt that many if not most of the sales for that book were generated from that tour and the ensuing word-of-mouth ripples it engendered. Closer to home, Lori single-handedly set up book launches for my novel An Age of Madness in New York City, at the KGB Lit Bar in Manhattan and Book Thug Nation in Brooklyn. Lori is the kind of person you want in your corner: tireless, upbeat, well-connected and relentlessly enthusiastic." - David Maine, author of An Age of Madness, and The Gamble of the Godless, among others

"As the pub date approached for my debut novel, Beatitude, I found myself faced with a triple promotional challenge: I was a first-time author, my novel was literary fiction and I was published by a small independent press (Rebel Satori). How to attract attention? My research for independent-literature aficionados brought me to Lori and TNBBC. Several emails later, Lori agreed to read Beatitude. Within a month, she wrote a nuanced and insightful review and then asked if I would be interested in doing an author blog tour. Within a few days the tour was in place: Lori had lined up six smart and talented fellow indie-lit lovers who agreed to review Beatitude, conduct author interviews and publish author-written articles and photography about the book. The tour remains one of the highlights of my author experiences. Lori is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, organized and well connected. What more could you ask?" - Larry Closs, author of Beatitude

"Lori Hettler organized a two-week blog tour for my novel "Fight Song," and her diligence and work ethic exceeded my expectations.  I was able to talk directly to a wide array of book lovers and find a bigger audience.  Indie publishing is a grass roots phenomenon, and in that spirit, Lori's dedication, zeal, and vivacity were a productive pleasure to work with." - Joshua Mohr, author of Fight Song, among others

"Lori was an incredible resource for me in terms of both line-editing and promoting my short story collection Romance for Delinquents. She not only aided in finding errors which other editors had missed, but also enabled my book to find a wealth of new readers by selecting it for The Next Best Book Club and organizing a week-long discussion between myself and readers. I can't stress enough what a valuable resource she has been for me, and would recommend her services to any author." - Michael Wayne Hampton, author of Romance for Delinquents and Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight

"Lori Hettler is not only the Queen of Goodreads, but she’s also a smart and savvy reader of contemporary literature. She’s built an amazing network through her years of grassroots advocacy, and she knows how to connect with readers who care about great books." - David Schneiderman, author of [SIC], among others


Please contact me at mescorn@ptd.net for more information.