Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Indie Publishing Secret #11 ....and a Contest?

So, remember in Secret #6 I talked about people selling your book? Some amazing bloggers are doing that this week for me.  Lucky me and lucky YOU!  Several are holding contests (including me) and you could easily win! (Check out the end of the post for details or go to cindymhogan.blogspot.com for the contest, recipes and more)

What's Secret #11? Hold contests the week your book comes out and regularly for a while.

This may seem like a jump forward from what we've been discussing, but you need to be thinking about it now and asking people to be a part of the chaos when you do publish. Start getting things lined up several months before you actually print or publish the ebook. This is a good way to get the word out.

Just change the contests up. Hold a launch blog tour/blast contest. Have your blogger friends have giveaways of your book on their site. Have a review contest. Give books away on Goodreads. Have your friends and others do interviews. Have people feature you on their blogs and talk about you on Twitter and Facebook....Reach out. Ask for help. Be methodical about it and keep track about who offers to do what and when. Be creative. Think of fun ways to get people to know you and be interested in your book.

Give your book to people who help you out. You've got to give the book to your reviewers for sure, and they need the book a couple months in advance. You can feature them on your site, too. Reward them for helping you out.

Make sure that you are still offering good content on your blog while the contests are going on. Don't stop blogging your regular stuff-remember, this is what brought people to you in the first place.

I'll go into more detail later about doing all of this. I just wanted to bring it to your attention and get you thinking about it now so you can start planning.

Happy contest planning- see below for the contest

YAHOO! I'm so excited! It's review week for Watched!

All week long you'll get to read reviews of Watched on some fun blogs and have chances to win prizes. Some of the blogs are even giving away signed copies of Watched. Go visit the blogs on the list below and find out what the buzz is all about.

You could also win a $10 Amazon gift card just for writing your own review of Watched in the comment section of this blog or emailing it to cindymhogan at yahoo dot com before August 12th.

That gives you plenty of time to read it and review it. Buy an ebook (only 2.99 right now)here for Kindle or here for Nook or print books here.

Earn 5 bonus points by posting your review with a link to buy Watched, on your own blog before August 12th. Make sure you comment with a link to your site so I can give you the 5 bonus points.

Check out these fun blogs on these days and you just might win something super fun!
Monday, July 18th       Lisa Ann Turner  -fun stuff about me.                     And   Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Tuesday, July 19th           Canda's Inkblast
Wednesday, July 20th      Teen Book Guide and
                                 LDS Women's Book Review

Thursday, July 21st          Fire and Ice
Friday, July 22nd             Star Crossed Book Reviews
Monday, July 25th           Ink Drop Interviews- more fun stuff
Tuesday, July 26th      Why Not Because I Said So

If you visit all the blogs and read all the reviews and interviews just leave me a comment here that you did by Wed. July 27th for the 5 bonus points to win the $10 gift card.


Jane Isfeld Still said...

You are a genius!!

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Hey, Fire and Ice sent me over to your blog. Glad to get to know you! You're book sounds awesome!

Jeanne said...

Hey, Fire and Ice sent me over to your blog. The book Watched sounds awesome!

Ricki said...

Fire & Ice sent me!

kristina shields said...

I just wanted to say Fire and Ice sent me!

Chris said...

I am visiting from Fire and Ice :)

Cathy said...

Checked out your blog after seeing Watched on Fire and Ice. Looks creepy just like I like to read!

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

I really want to read this book! And Fire and Ice sent me! :)