Friday, August 16, 2013

Blog-Hops: Yeah or nay? What promos catch your eye?

I read recently that readers needs to see your name and book titles an average of 7 times before they will sample your writing.  One of my publishers is running a survey right now about readers' buying habits (through the end of August) that will earn you a code for a free download of any book on their site.  I have 3 novels there, so you could check out my writing for free: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e804im22hkc4fcp3/a016thkeecm35/greeting
I also have an entire contemporary inter-racial erotic romance novel in my Reyes Family Romances series as a free download on Smashwords: Prescription for Love--http://www.smashwords.com/b/18367 .  The cover was done by my then- teen-aged daughter, so it's not professionally done. But the heat level in the book is a scorcher!  My hope was that readers would like the free book so much they'd want to read the other books in the series...or at least check out my website.  I get lots of traffic on my website, but other than when I do blog-hops, I usually don't get many comments.

Which is why I'm a sucker for blog-hops.  I usually offer the reader's choice of free eBooks from my growing list of published books.  There's also a free erotic short story on my site, that I've been encouraged to expand into a novel, but so far I'm too busy telling other characters' stories.  This time around I'm participating in the Summer Seduction Blog-Hop, running from August 14-21.  I'm offering 2 random winners their choice of any of my eBooks, as well as (if they are in the US) a $5.00 Dunkin Donuts gift card.  To enter for the big grand prizes offered by the hop, you have to use their Rafflecopter.  It gives you the chance to win either a $75.00 gift card to Adam and Eve for their sex toys along with 7 erotic romance eBooks, or 10 erotic eBooks.  There are about 50 authors participating in this hop, so there are lots of goodies for everyone! Head to my website to start hopping: www.fionamcgier.com

Next week I'll be a part of the Long and Short Reviews 6th Anniversary Bash.  Does any of this translate into sales?  The jury is still out on that.  But other authors do things that I'm not interested in trying because of my long learning curve with new technology, as well as my lack of time since I work 2 jobs.  If I want to have time to write, and I need to do that to quiet the "voices in my head", then I can't deal with Twitter or Tiberr, and I rarely go on my author Facebook page...I've never even been able to figure out how to get a page there that readers can "like".  That learning-curve thing.

I've got a Goodreads page, and I've done give-aways there, but they require paperbacks, and you have to pay for the books, and the postage, and if you forget to limit it to US readers, the postage overseas can end up costing more than the book!  And even then you might not get a review from the winner.  I also have an Amazon page and a Manicreaders page, and I'm on lots of loops yakking with contributors about things other than my books usually, hoping that my name becomes familiar enough for that "rule of 7" thing to kick in. I read about a survey with the results that most readers don't care that much about reviews, but still I send out my new books to a plethora of review sites, once again trying for that "7 views" thing.

So how about you?  As a reader, how do you choose books for your TBR pile?  And as an author, what works for you?  And if there's a disparity between those two, then there's no rhyme or reason to becoming a writer who gets regular royalties checks, and I'll have to continue to rely on hope and prayer!
Find me at: www.fionamcgier.com, where I offer info about all of my books, that free short story, as well as from-scratch pie recipes, because that's one of my specialties that I gave to the heroine in my latest release, For The Love Of His Life. And when the sequel comes out, I'll run a contest involving identifying which pies were featured in the book.


Tina Donahue said...

Tough questions, Fiona. I tend to read all genres, and basically what I'm looking for is a story that moves me. Makes me laugh/cry/whatever.

Three of the best stories I've read recently are The Lovely Bones, The Handmaid's Tale and The Millennium trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.).

Granted, these were all bestsellers, but that wasn't what made me choose them necessarily.

I had read so many bad books that were either derivative, poorly written or just about sex (for the erotic ones) that I needed to read something that moved me. I chose the above three because I'd heard so much about them for so long.

I also recently read The Hunger Games trilogy. Didn't like it at all. In fact, at the end of the last one I was depressed.

So what makes me choose a book? Probably my mood at the time I'm looking for something to pick up.

Unfortunately, what sells and what doesn't seems to be the biggest mystery of all - outside of where we all came from and why we're here. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Certainly wish I knew what makes a book sell. I have over thirty out now in to my mind my best ones aren't the best sellers. Would give anybody the free book of their choice if they gave an answer that works....

Fiona McGier said...

Re: Tina, yes, but how did you find all of those books? From word-of-mouth, right? So the covers, the reviews, the chatter, the constant promos...none of that appears to have caught your eye. And as you say, even best-sellers can be a real disappointment. My daughter and husband both loved the Hunger Games trilogy...I fell asleep half-way through the first movie, and husband put something else on when I complained how dull it was. Nor will I read that other trilogy, since I despise reading about violence against women (emotional as well as physical.)

Re: Jean, I always feel that my most recent book is my best one. And I'm fond of them all, if I take a moment and go back to reread them.

Hope and prayer it is, then, right?