In this episode, Stephanie and Cristina sit down with Sarah Wendell. Sarah is a writer, blogger and podcaster and chats to us about running her successful romance book blog and podcast. She delves into the workshops she runs on topics such as “Digital Promotion” and “How to Put a Review in Your Rearview Mirror” and, of course, we ask for her romance recommendations.

Sarah discusses the work involved in running her successful blog (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books), podcast and workshops and the way content creators can go about trying to monetize their work.

Sarah gives listeners her tips for dealing with negative reviews and where an author should focus their attention when navigating social media.

She also gives us her thoughts on why romance readers love to talk about romance books and give recommendations to their fellow readers.

Sarah tells us which romance trope she would ban forever if given the chance and what she is excited to see this year from the romance genre.

And much more!

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Links of Interest

Sarah’s Books




Article Cristina mentioned in the episode: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2014/01/10-things-i-hate-about-sex-scenes/

Book Recommendations

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/too-fat-too-slutty-too-loud

Come as Your Are by Emily Nagoski: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/come-as-you-are-7

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-princess-in-theory

Julie James series: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/search?query=Kate%20Fansler&fcsearchfield=Series&seriesId=dc2aa680-f6f0-529f-86d1-527a22878a0d

Act Like by Lucy Parker: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/act-like-it-1

Pretty Face by Lucy Parker: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/pretty-face-5

The Hating Game by Sally Throne: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-hating-game-2

Dating You/ Hating You by Christina Lauren: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/dating-you-hating-you

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/death-below-stairs

A Soupcon of Poison by Ashley Gardner and Jennifer Ashley: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-soupcon-of-poison

A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-treacherous-curse

Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/audiobook/penric-s-demon-1

Rachel Hawkins: https://twitter.com/LadyHawkins


By day Sarah Wendell is mild mannered and heavily caffeinated.  By evening she dons her cranky costume, consumes yet more caffeine, and becomes Smart Bitch Sarah of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. The site specializes in reviewing romance novels, examining the history and future of the genre, and bemoaning the enormous prevalence of bodacious pectorals adorning male cover models.



Website: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/

Podcast: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast/

FB: http://facebook.com/TrashyBooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smartbitches/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/smartbitches



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