It’s that time again. With slightly less than two months left before the release of Silenced, I’m gathering up a list of people who are willing to read and review.
It’s always been a bit difficult to find people who will commit to jumping into the current book of a series when it’s already well on its way to completion. Though the last two books that were released were technically able to be read as stand alones, it’s always been my opinion that the best experience comes from reading the series in order, from start to finish. With this release, I’m requiring that those that receive an ARC do just that.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that the first book was released with a whimper. No build up, no marketing whatsoever until it had already gone live. And the promotion that I got once it was already for sale was minimal at best, though I did pay for advertising. Books two through four were handled by another promotional company, and the results were slightly better. But after a harrowing roll out for Changed which cost me hundreds of dollars and left me in tears, seriously considering deleting a manuscript that most of my readers ended up loving, I knew I could do better.
My answer? Like it is with most everything on this crazy self-publishing journey, I’m doing it all my own damn self. I’m not paying a tour company this time. I have done some advertising, shelling out a minimal amount to promote the special preorder price for Silenced during a group Facebook event. I’ve done my own giveaway. I’ve guest hosted a few takeover slots. And yes, I have directly contacted bloggers – some old standbys who it was really a formality to ask them – as well as some new faces that I’m excited about teaming up with. Once I have the paperback version ready, I’ll also do a Goodreads giveaway too.
The fact of the matter is that by driving my own train, I’m in total control. And as such, I’ve seen marked improvement over the results that I got when I let someone else take the wheel. Right now, I’m sitting on over twice as many Amazon preorders of Silenced (with nearly two months to go before release) than I had of Changed total. And the numbers at the other retailers are just as strong.
No, I’m nowhere near the point of ever reaching a bestseller list, but it’s convincing enough data to wonder why I didn’t decide to do this my own way ages ago.
Which leads to this. I want you – yes, you – to read and review Silenced. Haven’t started the series yet? No problem. There’s plenty of time to catch up and read the new book before February. I’ll even send them direct to your Kindle email address one at a time. All you have to do is promise to read the first four books in order from beginning to end, answer one trivia question per novel to confirm that you did, and you’re golden. All ready to get your ARC and post an honest review to Amazon and Goodreads.
Ready to sign up? Click the link below for more details and to get started.
I need your help.
As some of you already know, the fourth installment in my series is releasing on April 7, 2015. I’ve got that familiar nervous excitement that’s building in my stomach, tempered by the knowledge that I’ve been here, done this before.
This time around, Amazon has their preorder option available. Obviously, I’ve done the whole preorder thing at B&N, iBooks and Kobo, but since there’s a vast majority of readers who are still loyal to Amazon, there’s a whole new world of opportunity there for me to explore.
The bottom line is that I want buzz on my book during the preorder period. And on release day at Amazon, I’d like to have a minimum of 25 reviews.
In order to make this happen, I’ve already enlisted the help of my favorite promotional company to coordinate my release day event. I’m also planning to do a preorder event of some sort with them, the details of which are being worked out as we speak. I’ll no doubt be contacting my blogger/reviewer friends personally and letting them in on the action. But I know that’s not enough.
That’s where you come in.
See, I’m going to be giving away up to 75 ARCs of Changed to readers like you who agree to the following rules. Trust me, I’m not going to make you jump through hoops.
1. You must be on Goodreads.
2. You must add Changed to your bookshelf. Here’s the link:
3. You have to track me down (here, on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter or Tsu and let me know you’ve done this. I will check, so please make sure that I can see your shelf! Also, when you contact me, let me know what format you want this in: mobi, epub, PDF and where to send it.
4. It goes without saying that the ARC is for your eyes only. No sharing of the ARC, but you can certainly share this post if you know someone else who would be interested.
5. Please post your honest review to Goodreads as soon as you finish the book. I’m talking 1-5 stars here people; no need to worry about feeding my ego. And I want reviews to go up during the preorder period, so don’t be concerned about posting too soon. I will ask that you copy and paste to Amazon once it goes live there.
6. If you love the book – or hate it, but think it’s a great fit for someone else – please don’t hesitate to talk about it.
7. I will email all who participate periodically. What I’m thinking is a total of four times: the initial sending of the ARC, a reminder email halfway through the time period between the ARC being sent and release day, a reminder email a day or two before release day to copy and paste to Amazon, and a wrap up email after release. I promise not to be too annoying or pushy.
Yes, I know that this is a Book 4 and that scares people a little bit. However, out of all of the books in the series, this is the one that I would consider being most standalone in nature. The main characters in this one have been secondary characters in the others, so there’s not a lot of backstory that you need to know to get into their lives. In fact, the hero is little more than a bit character in books 2 and 3. The heroine has sort of a cult following from the other books, but that’s because of her tendency to have the best one-liners in all of them.
That being said, I want a wide variety of readers’ opinions. From those who are die-hard fans of the series (and there are a few) to those who have never heard of me before.
I will not send ARCs to anyone until my book has been uploaded to Smashwords, at a minimum. Likely not until preorder links start to roll in, which will be approximately the first week of February. This is simply a security precaution on my part. I seriously doubt anyone will leak my book, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. Realistically, you’ll have about 8 weeks to read and post a review.
Enticed, but not sure what you’re in for? No problem; here’s the first chapter:
Sound good? Have any questions? Give me a shout and let’s make this happen!