Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Blasts and a Chance to Win $100--Authors, listen up

So quite a few of you have asked me about this book blast thing going on that I've mentioned on twitter and Facebook. Why I never thought to mention it here, I have no idea. Honestly, I think my brain has fried in places this week.

Well, let me give you a little recap of events first. You know how I keep saying I'm the luckiest person in the world? Well, I have to tell you, it's really true. A couple months ago, SHP was invited onto i swim for oceans for a week long event of interviews and giveaways. Well, since this was such a big deal, I decided to go big with my personal giveaway.

Well, it turns out I actually ended up being the big winner. The gal who won my giveaway was none other than Inspired Kathy of I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. When she asked me to do an interview and giveaway on her blog (which I of course said yes because I never say no to interviews) and I saw she had 7300+ followers, I almost peed myself. Yeah, I was definitely the big winner.

I truly, absolutely, 100% have been surrounded by THE MOST supportive people ever. Shortly after the interview, Kathy announced she wanted to perform a bit of an experiment. A book blast experiment. I volunteered immediately and Kathy said yes to accepting me as her guinea pig (again, luckiest person sitting right here).

The book blast is a week long blogosphere inundation of all things your book. Bloggers volunteer to post on the very same day with the very same information about you (the author) and your book, along with a giveaway (the giveaway is what lasts a week and the prize is provided by the author). And it is HUGE.

Let me give you some stats:

Tuesday morning, I woke up to 92 brand new emails (I average about 10/night). The influx of new emails hasn't stopped. I honestly can't keep up.

On Monday, I had 397 followers on this blog, a little over 200 followers on twitter, almost 300 likes on the Elemental facebook fan page, 2100+ "to reads" on goodreads, and was number 16 in the goodreads 2012 debut authors list.

Today, with 4 days left to the book blast and giveaway, I have 687 followers on this blog, 767 followers on twitter, 830 likes on the Elemental facebook fan page, 2,476 "to reads" on goodreads, and I'm #5 on the goodreads 2012 debut authors list. Not to mention all the hundreds of new followers on pinterest and new friends I have on goodreads. Yay! I love new friends!

None of this is to toot my own horn. This is all about Kathy because her book blast is what did all of this. She is amazing. And I'd have to say her experiment is a HUGE success. If you're an author and you need exposure, you NEED to do this. Now, I'm super lucky, so I got to do this for free as her guinea pig (I still can't believe that!), but in the future, I do believe she will be charging for this service. But it's worth it.

Let me give you another bit of info:

This book blast happened on Elemental's release date and is going on through the first week of release. VERY important.

Here's the shocker that will probably make you pee your pants, too. :P

With four days left, the giveaway that's going along with the book blast has already seen 44,624 entries.

Fourty-four THOUSAND. Yes. That's what I said.

Authors, listen up. You need to do this. Check out her blog, read more about the book blast, but seriously SERIOUSLY consider doing this.

And if you'd like a chance to win $100, check out the giveaway! There are only 4 days left! 

Also, the Elemental ShareAthon Giveaway is still going on. Enter for your chance to win one of FIVE signed copies of Elemental for a friend!

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  1. So awesome that Kathy's book blast worked so well for you. I really admire Kathy and enjoy her blog. She does a lot for authors in promoting books.

  2. "that's what she said!"
    those are crazy CRAZY numbers, lady!
    way to go miss kathy!!!!!!!

  3. Thanks for posting this Emily! :)

  4. WOW!!! I think I need a book blast.... Is it too early to sign up?

  5. What?! 300 new blog followers in 2 days? Holy crap!

  6. I found your site via Kathy's - she's great :)

  7. Fantastic! I'll be honest- I had not heard of your book until I saw Kathy's post. Now it's on my wishlist! This is the best book marketing concept for exposure, hands down.

  8. The power of the BLOGOSPHERE !! LOL Good luck with your book. I hope you get great results in real life and many good readers! Your book sounds perfectly wonderful. Deborah/TheBookishDame

  9. That's awesome, Em! Way to go!

  10. Making the rounds after the A to Z Challenge to say hello!


  11. You wonderful life influencer you.

    I signed up for this! Definitely seems worth it. Mine's going to be May 24th!


  12. I was part of the book blast and the post talked myself into buying Elemental. Sounds exactly like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway. I bought a kindle copy but would love to win a copy for a friend.


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