Sunday, April 23, 2017

Getting back to it


Hello Lovelies,

I wanted to take a moment and just apologize for the silence over the course of the last week.

Long story short, I've been doing what I can to insure that I have early posts scheduled and everything is flowing smoothly. Overall, I feel it's been going pretty well, but unfortunately I was pretty down for the count for the last week or so. A combination of work and sickness made it so I effectively had no time followed by no capability/drive to produce anything of noteworthiness. In other words, I crashed hard and didn't come back up for a good week.

Oh well.

So, with that sad, I just wanted to let you know that everything should be a bit more smoothed out now and we should be back on track. I hope I didn't miss anything too big or crazy. How are you? I hope you're doing alright.

Either way, I've had a passing thought for a while now that I've been trying to figure out an ideal way to react to. In short, I have a few faithful readers who I enjoy speaking to regularly and there are many more people I'd like to invite to join us. So what's a good way to encourage it? I've been looking at book giveaways and, while Xenophobia is certainly stuck hard in the editing phase (because I'm a horrible, terrible person) I've been looking at other possibilities for acquiring digital books that I could occasionally raffle off simply as a "thank you" to readers.

I believe I've found a good possibility for just that, but I wanted to raise the question:

Have you ever given away free books?
Are they your own or simply celebratory gifts?
What process have you utilized to do so?

I know I've seen a raffle system wandering across the literary blogs, but I can't remember what it is off the top of my head. I think it's Rafflecopter, but I'll need to look into that as well.

With pleasantries aside, let's get ourselves back on track. :)

- RB

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  1. Sorry to hear that you've been under the weather, Robert. That is never fun, and then you have to dig out from the piles that accumulated when you were down for the count. I've seen some bloggers have giveaways which are fun but I'm not sure how much they build readership. I find it's the reading and commenting back and forth that has built my best relationships. Many of my connections come through the IWSG and others came from visiting bloggers I found on the posts of blogging buddies. Good luck getting back to your writing this week.

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    1. I suppose that definitely makes sense. I'll be the first to admit that I'm terrible about responding to comments because I'm so constantly busy (Three writing projects coupled with VERY long work days always makes for fun). That said, I appreciate the input...I think I'll still do some kind of giveaway as thanks to my regular readers, but it actually feels more comfortable that way.

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  2. I hope you're feeling better. The cold has been making the rounds around these parts. Or it might just be allergies. Anyway...

    I've found that contests don't really encourage more readers. Rafflecopter is nice. Easy to use. But you can also just use a random number generator to "draw" a winner from the comments.

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    1. Hmm. I think I like the later more than the former. I was looking at Rafflecopter and I'm less inclined to large group setups as much as just giving thank yous to my regular readers.

      Might try that later just because. :)

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  3. Welcome back. I am sorry you have been unwell and overwhelmed. Sometimes life just isn't fun.

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  4. Life can sure be a pain sometimes. I've used kindle to giveaway free books, worked great way back when, now, meh at best.

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  5. Hi Robert - sorry can't help ... I know a few bloggers who've given away books ... but as they are to readers already ... not sure - good luck with working it out .. cheers Hilary

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  6. Hey, good to see you around again. We both hope you're feeling better by now.

    We had an interactive giveaway once upon a time ago, where we asked our readers to draw us (that's it, no rules/restrictions), and our top three favorites would get free books/prizes. It was a lot of fun and we had a lot of awesome entries, and it made for a great post all on its own by showing off the entries.

    Also, we learned what our facial flaws are when they got highlighted via caricature. That part still hurts a little. Overall, though? Great experience.

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  7. My publisher makes all the decisions about my books and pricing. I got a big boost in sales when she put my books into a bundle. I know a few other authors who bundled their books with fellow authors and they did really well.

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  8. I've given away books in giveaways and have seen others do it. There's Rafflecopter or just putting all the names in a bowl and picking one.

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  9. My thoughts would be a combination of your own works and others.
    I'd also recommend letting the 'giveaway blogs' know what you're doing.
    And tweet;)

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    1. Hey Sandra, I literally didn't know there were 'giveraway blogs'! Would you know any of them off the top of your head? (I can certainly go hunting, but figured I'd ask)

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  10. Glad to hear you're feeling better. You could try asking others if they want to donate works for a giveaway, but there are also other types of prizes you could give away - like a spot for an interview or guest post, which are fun and engaging, or you could offer a partial critique of a WIP. I've done these sorts of things when I didn't have a book out yet.

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  11. Rafflecopter works great and is free. I've given away books and short stories a lot in the past, thinking the attention will boost sales. Hahaha! I rarely do it now. My publisher sets me up with giveaways if I have a new book coming out. Let me know if you have any trouble with rafflecopter and I'll be happy to help. :)

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  12. The fun of being a blogger is always trying to stay one step ahead of the game, then life takes over and you're fighting to keep up. Sigh... Glad you are back and at it though! When I do a giveaway, I'll use GiveawayTools.com. Rafflecopter is good too though. Make sure to Tweet out and share your giveaway across your social media channels throughout the duration of the giveaway for maximum exposure. Don't just one and done it. Promote the heck out of it!

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    1. Hmm. I don't actually even have a Twitter. That might be worth fixing.

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    2. I highly recommend Twitter! Make sure you hashtag it with #win #giveaway #contest to draw in more people.

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