Posts Tagged ‘giveaway’

FLYAWAY giveaway at Mod Podge!

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Hop on over to Mod Podge Bookshelf, where the lovely Gabrielle Carolina is hosting a FLYAWAY giveaway – enter to win either a hardback or paperback copy. And while you’re there, read my post about my two covers.

Which one do you like best?

LUMINOUS (and FLYAWAY) giveaway!

Friday, June 29th, 2012

I’m sure at this point you need a break from me yammering on about my writing process, and believe me, I need a break from it, too. So today I’m going to spotlight my fellow Elevensie Dawn Metcalf and tell you about the giveaway she’s doing to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of her debut novel, LUMINOUS, and kick off the countdown to the release of her next novel, INDELIBLE INK.

You won’t believe the gorgeous prizes Dawn is giving away. Her Grand Prize Gift Box sounds incredible! I won’t recite the whole list of stuff that’s in it, but suffice it to say that the box contains not only a signed and dedicated hardcover of LUMINOUS, but also goodies like iridescent sparkle dust and green glitter glow-in-the-dark nail polish. The two runners-up prizes sound juicy, as well. Read more about her giveaway and enter on Dawn’s blog or her Livejournal page.

And to sweeten the deal, I’m going to enter anyone who tweets, Facebooks, or blogs about Dawn’s giveaway and tells me about it in comments to this post in a drawing for a signed ARC of FLYAWAY.

I’ll run my drawing from now till midnight on Friday, July 7th. So go check out Dawn’s giveaway, enter, share about it, and come on back. I’d love to send you a signed ARC of FLYAWAY!

The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

I got some good news today: FLYAWAY is now part of The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest!


This contest, brainchild of the incredibly talented and generous Kay Cassidy, author of THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY, provides teen and youth librarians in both public and school libraries with a great way to motivate kids to read a variety of books. Kay has solicited more than 200 YA and MG authors to create a 10-question trivia challenge for their books. Kids simply read the books and fill out the special trivia-question form, which they hand in to their participating librarian. As an example, here’s the trivia form for FLYAWAY.

Kids who get 8-10 correct answers are then entered into a monthly contest. Every month, one lucky winner receives a $50 gift card for the bookstore of their choice. Not only that, but the library that submitted the winning entry gets a prize tote of Great Scavenger Hunt books. Talk about win-win!

I’m proud to be part of The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest, and I’m grateful to Kay Cassidy for all the hard work she does to put the contest together. So librarians, check it out, and get your readers hunting!

Crash Course

Friday, January 13th, 2012

The other day on the phone, my mom asked me what it’s like to be a published writer. My reply was, “It feels like I’m taking a crash course in everything!”

I wasn’t referring to the actual writing of the book, the submitting to agents, or the revision and editing process. Instead, my proverbial crash course covers everything surrounding the promotion process – and most of its lessons have to do with technology. First there was the setting up of my author website, which I happily farmed out to the talented Barrett Dowell. Then there was the creation of a book trailer, which was handled with grace and flair by Megan Bostic of Angsty Girl Video.

But some stuff, I’ve simply had to do myself. In the past year, I’ve mastered (well, to some degree, at least) blogging and using Goodreads, Amazon Author Central, and Twitter. I’ve set up a Facebook Author Page, organized online events and giveaways, and learned the difference between low- and high-resolution photos.

For a child of the sixties like me, none of this was easy. I look around me and see younger people who seem to have technological know-how imprinted in their DNA. These are the people who laugh when I say I’m struggling to import a YouTube video into my blog. If they only knew!

What’s my next challenge? Creating a Powerpoint presentation for an upcoming high school visit. I know, I know. Powerpoint is a snap; even elementary school kids can put together a slide show in a matter of half an hour. But for us old folks who weren’t raised on technology, this is complicated stuff.

There’s something to be said for having to learn a boatload of new skills in a very short time. I’ve had to set my fears aside and simply plunge ahead. And there’s a kind of satisfaction in knowing that I can post to my blog, update my Facebook status, and check my Amazon sales figures now without batting an eyelash. But I’m looking forward to the day when my crash course is complete, and I can go back to doing what I do best: writing books.

Have you had to take a crash course in anything lately?


5 Tips for Surviving Your Book Release

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Release week is over, FLYAWAY has made it’s way into the world, and I’m still alive to tell you about it. I’d seen so many author friends dissolve into bundles of stress as their books launched, and I didn’t want that to happen to me. Now, I’m not saying that dealing with the daily bursting email inbox and the endless to-do lists was a walk in the park, but I do think I came up with a few strategies to help minimize the stress.

1. Organize. As soon as I signed my contract, I bought myself a binder and dedicated it to book promotion. I divided it into sections labeled “Launch Party,” “Events,” “Swag,” “Blog Tour,” and so on. Then any notes, contact numbers, URLs or email addresses I wanted to keep track of went in the binder. As release time got closer, these notes included deadlines for things such as conference proposals and blog tour posts.

2. Prioritize. When there are tons of demands coming at you at once, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important. So each week, I created a to-do list which prioritized the most important tasks. Blog post due Monday morning? That went to the top of the list. Organizing an author event for next spring? That went closer to the bottom. This master weekly list became the basis for my daily to-do list. I found that it was important to stay flexible and be open to shifting items around as new opportunities came up.

3. Focus. Once I determined which task on my list was most urgent to tackle, I went into high-focus mode. I tried to give my full attention to the task at hand and not get distracted by fretting over the things I wasn’t doing.

4. Delegate. As in, “Could you please run these giveaway prizes to the post office for me, honey?”

5. Celebrate. I found that the biggest challenge was to actually enjoy my launch time – and I know from talking to other authors that this is common. Here you are, accomplishing a major life goal, and all you can think about is whether you should have gone with the larger size bookmark or spent more money on your trailer. Or worse, you constantly compare the buzz your book is getting to the publicity and reviews being garnered by other authors. Perhaps the most important thing you can to do make sure you survive your book release is to pour yourself a glass of wine, pat yourself on the back, and say, “I did it! I’m the author of a published book!”

For some practical book promotion ideas, check out Lisa Schroeder’s book promotion timeline for YA and MG authors¬†and Saundra Mitchell’s Bossy Self-Marketing Timeline.

How did you manage to survive your book release?