Giveaways and Twitterviews

They weren’t kidding when they said that writing a book would be the easiest part—marketing would be the hardest.

So as you know, I recently tried KDP Select. I recommend it to any new authors out there. Just remember that because you’re giving away your book for free to thousands of people, it may not always end up in the hands of people who necessarily like your genre. But that’s the risk you have to take. Overall, I think it’s a great way to get your book out there, especially if you’re just starting out as an author.

Goodreads giveaway:
A couple of fellow-bloggers and authors have highly recommended Goodreads giveaways to promote my novel, HIGH. So a month ago, I decided to try listing my first Goodreads giveaway. I was hoping to at least get a hundred people to enter to win a copy of my novel. I was surprised last night to learn that 846 people entered! The contest ended today, so three winners have already been picked, and I’ve already sent out their copies of HIGH.

Ever since I listed the giveaway, I’ve noticed a small spike in ratings and reviews. Sales hasn’t been spectacular, but it’s better than it was before.

So would I recommend Goodreads giveaways? Absolutely. It’s free and effective.

Rafflecopter:
Have you heard of Rafflecopter? I just learned about it about a month ago during my HIGH Blog Tour. It’s an easy way to run a giveaway. I tried it during one of my Blog stops, and the experience was definitely painless and fun.

Yes, I’d recommend it.

Twitterviews:
Let me start by saying I am still getting used to Twitter. I honestly don’t know how to use Twitter to advertise my book properly. So if you have any tips, please share. I’ve posted a few things here and there, but that’s about it. Sometimes, I even forget I have a Twitter account. Anyway, I’m working on it.

So because of my poor Twittering skills, I decided to try for a paid advertising service for a twitterview.

What is a twitterview? It’s a live interview done via Twitter. Followers can ask the author questions, etcetera. The idea is that it’s supposed to attract more readers and followers. $75 later, I gained 3 new followers, and no added sales.

Would I recommend it? It depends. It may work for others. Unfortunately, it didn’t for me. I say, save your money.

And so, the marketing journey continues. I still have a lot to try and learn along the way. I’ll keep you posted on how things go.

In the meantime, have you tried any of the above marketing services? How was your experience?

Any other marketing suggestions?

 

 

An Interview with Dina Silver, Author of One Pink Line

Here it is, as promised, my interview with a self-published author.

I discovered Dina’s book, One Pink Lineon Amazon.com and was very impressed with the rave reviews. I knew I had to interview her. Dina was kind enough to let me do just that.

See below.

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve been working as a writer in the ad industry for about 15 years, and I’ve always wanted to write more than headlines and direct mail pieces. Before I wrote my first book, I started writing it as a screenplay, but decided to convert it to a novel somewhere along the way.

What inspired you to write One Pink Line?
One Pink Line is inspired by the story of a friend of mine. Once she told me about herself and her family, I was so touched by what a wonderful and touching young life she had lived, that I immediately asked her if I could write about it.

If you were to tell us about your book in one sentence, what would it be?
A great love story.

How long did it take you to write your novel?
About three months to write, and about seven months to edit.

Who read your book before it got published? Are you part of a Writer’s Group?
I am not part of a writer’s group. I hired a local editor, and had a few friends and family members read the manuscript. Some read it more than once.

Is your book only available electronically or do you also have printed copies?
Printed copies are available through Amazon.

How do you market your book?
Honestly, I spend hours every day trying to market my book. I’m always trying to reach out to book bloggers, reviewers, and other self-published authors like myself. I have found that the “indie” book community is extremely supportive! There are so many writers like myself who have come together to help other writers gain a presence and get the word out on each other’s books.

Did you ever consider getting a Literary Agent or did you always know you wanted to self-publish? How did you decide?
I actually had an agent, and was under contract with her for a year. She was shopping around my first book, Kat Fight, and was unable to find a publisher for it. During that year, I discovered self-publishing, and did a ton of research on it that lead me to believe it was the perfect path for me. So I chose not to renew my contract with my agent, and have been absolutely thrilled with my choice. I will say that I am a complete control freak, and you almost have to be to self-publish successfully, because you do everything yourself. However, I did publish through Createspace (who I HIGHLY recommend) and they will do a bunch of the upfront work for you. But once it’s out there, you need to really work to get your book noticed…and it will be so rewarding when you do.

Describe your experience with self-publishing. How long did the whole process take?
Partnering with Createspace took about three months. But I went through them because I wanted to have paperback copies available too. If you’re strictly going the eBook route, it will take much less time.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being self-published?
The biggest advantage, as far as I’m concerned, is that you maintain the rights to your work. The other big advantage is that you can make more money per book, and you can have your book published in record time. Most traditional houses take 18 months to get your book out there.

Would you recommend self-publishing?
I would highly recommend it! However, make sure you have a perfectly edited manuscript, great cover art, and the ability to market yourself. Oh…and a good book!

Have you joined writing competitions?
I have entered One Pink Line in three competitions…results are all still pending. Cross your fingers for me!

What genre does your book belong to?
It falls under Contemporary Fiction & Women’s Fiction. 

What makes you unique as a writer? Describe your writing style.
I hope what makes me unique is my wit. I really try to write a great story with a thread of humor throughout.

Who is your favorite author, and why?
Hmm, I might have to say Jane Austen.

Define a good book.
One that I can’t put down. One that keeps me thinking about the characters as I’m trying to fall asleep.

Define a good writer.
Well, there are so many different types of writers, but I guess they all share a similar passion for storytelling. That’s what really comes through in the great ones.

What is your favorite book? What are you reading now?
Favorite book of all time is Pride & Prejudice. Right now I am reading Mockingjay (third book in the Hunger Games trilogy)

How has being a published author changed your life?
It’s been a gift. I truly believe this is what I was always meant to do.

How do you balance being a writer and a mom?
I have one beautiful boy who is in third grade, so I have lots of time to write when he’s at school.

What inspires you to write?
Great stories.

Are you working on your second book?
Yes! My second book, Kat Fight, will be out in June.

What tips can you give writers who are considering self-publishing?
Here are a few:

  • Edit, edit, edit!
  • If people you trust give you great criticism, take it
  • Hire someone to design an eye-catching, professional cover for your book
  • Get involved in social media
  • Get involved with the site Goodreads
  • Reach out to book bloggers
  • Once your book is out there being read, ask people to leave reviews for it on Amazon
  • Good luck!

Thanks Dina for giving me the opportunity to interview you. It was such a pleasure.

If you’d like to learn more about Dina Silver, visit her website.

One Pink Line is available on Amazon.com.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope my two interviews were helpful.