Good afternoon authors, bloggers, book reviewers, readers, publishers and literary agents. Today, I would like to remind those who already know or share with you to those that don’t about Darrell Laurant’s newsletter, “Snowflakes in a Blizzard” that he has put together to help us new (and established) authors get the word out there about our books. He has done an amazing job, and put in a great deal of time and effort to help us authors out. So, if you haven’t already signed up or shared the newsletter on your social sites, now is a great time to do so, the more followers he gets, the more (free) exposure for us authors.
My e Book, “Past Sins” is to be featured in the newsletter on June 30th. This is not just some ordinary newsletter that has been thrown together, (like I stated before he has put in a great deal of time and effort into it) and I for one am very appreciative for what he is doing for us. He not only features your book, but he also alerts the media outlets in your area when you are being featured. He is very willing to work with you as well and tries his best to make sure you are featured when you have a promotion going on or if you have a book signing coming up. I believe that he has featured authors scheduled up into September, so there is plenty of months left to jump in on the band wagon. Below, I will share with you an email that I received from him today (along with all the other followers to the newsletter), so that you can get a feel of what he does for us authors and see all the hard work he puts into it:
Dear Snowflakes participants:
We’re going into our third week, and things are progressing beautifully. It is also dawning on me that there are a number of ways to spin this project — all good, as they say.
Primarily, Snowflakes in a Blizzard is designed to help writers market their books. But it could also be of interest, I’m finding out, to:
1. Independent bookstores. I’d like to feature one of these every week, with the quid pro quo that they would stock copies of a Snowflake author in that area. After awhile, indy bookstores might start looking at the site to find books that no one else in selling.
2. Small publishers. It can only help them to have some “micropublicity” brought to bear on one of the books under their imprint.
3. Literary agents. We’re highlighting new talent, and smart agents may be paying attention.
4. Readers. At least one person has told me in an e-mail that she plans to keep up with the site to find books she never would have known about otherwise.
As soon as we get enough followers to make us credible, I’m going to be contacting all the aforementioned groups.
Thanks so much to all the writers who have participated so far. I know that it’s a sacrifice to be featured now, because we’re just getting started and have only a relative handful of followers. I promise I’ll make it up to you later.
Also, I’m going to put a drop-down menu on the Author’s page on the site so people can check out you and your out after the fact. Finally, on every Monday, I’m going to include short news items about Snowflake participants along with the promo of that week’s newly featured books.
These new items can also include books and authors that haven’t been featured yet. I’m now into September on the schedule, but I still want to include future participants.
News items might include book signings, awards your book has received, the addition of You Tube promo videos or audio book versions, new books or magazine articles that you’ve published, etc.
For example, on June 15 I plan to list books that might make good last-minute gifts for Father’s Day, from both past and future Snowflakes. I’ll do that for all the holidays. I’m also creating a page called “Books by Genre” (including, of course, those that don’t have a genre).
I decided to use this feature as a bridge between the Friday entry and Tuesday, to equalize the number of days for each. However, I will still direct readers to the Friday-Monday book on its last day.
Finally, I plan to make better use of the Facebook page (facebook.com/snowflakesinablizzard).
So, as you can see this is a great way to get exposure for your book/books, so don’t forget to sign up and share the link with your followers.
I am learning how to create a widget on Smashwords to share and help promote my books. There is so much out there that one can do to promote on social media, that sometimes it can become very overwhelming. So, please be patient and bare with me because it may take me a few tries to get this right.
The one below is for Broken Trust.
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<div class="smashwords-widget" data-type="single" data-items="book:352523" data-font="sans" data-ribboncolor="#4181c3" data-bgcolor="#fafafa" data-buttoncolor="#ffc801" data-width="300" data-height="250" data-headline="Whispering Woods" style="width: 300px; height: 250px;"></div> <script id="smashwords-widget-js" async="async" src="//www.smashwidgets.com/1/widgets.js"></script> Here are some coupon codes for a discount on the books. Broken Trust Code: WP39K 40% off until 06/06/2015 Whispering Woods Code: XM82V 20% off until 06/06/2015 Past Sins Code: LM75G 40% off until 06/06/2015
HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A WONDERFUL DAY! FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MAY I WILL BE OFFERING DISCOUNTS ON MY E BOOK ON SMASHWORDS. LISTED BELOW YOU WILL FIND THE LINK TO MY AUTHOR’S PAGE WHERE ALL THREE E BOOKS ARE LISTED, ALONG WITH THE DISCOUNT CODES YOU CAN USE AT CHECK OUT.
BROKEN TRUST: A DRAMA/FAMILY SAGA BOOK BASED UPON A TRUE STORY. THE CODE IS: WP39K
Broken Trust is a story based upon true events. However, some of the events are fictional. This is Kate’s story about how the “trust” was broken explicitly by the people in her life that she loved and trusted the most. At a young age Kate would learn the hard way how to survive; starting by suffering not only sexual and physical but mental abuse as well by the hands of her father. After suffering years of abuse her father will finally be exploited for the monster that he is. Kate would quickly learn that all but a few of the people that she trusted to help her would quickly turn on her just like her father had said they would. After taking all that she could endure and knowing that it was the only way she could survive, she would try and leave behind all the horrible memories of her father, step-mother and the small town she lived in as she went to live with her real-mother. As she tried to start a new life and trust again Kate found herself in unfamiliar territory as she went from one abusive life to another as she stepped into her real-mothers world of drugs and alcohol. Unexpectedly, she would form a relationship with a boy from her new school. Mike would become a very important part of her life; gradually she would open herself up to him and start to trust again. He would stand by her helping her through some of the most difficult situations that her mother would put her though. There is only so much one can endure though, will he continue to stand by her, or will Mike to break a trust that will devastate her?
WHISPERING WOODS: SUSPENSE/THRILLER. THE CODE IS: XM82V
PAST SINS: SUSPENSE/THRILLER. THE CODE IS: LM75G
From an early age, Steven Hatfield has always been an ambitious person, never letting anything or anyone stand in his way from getting what he wants; not even his own family. After graduating from law school he landed the job of his dreams at the Chatman and Bryant Law firm. Determined to become a partner of the firm, he will commit some of the most horrendous acts against those he feels is standing in his way.
Shortly after his own wife’s murder the opportunity that Steven had long awaited for falls right into his lap; when his firm is hired to represent the beautiful actress Tanya Udry for the murder of her husband. When his rival Joseph Linder and his family dies from an unfortunate house fire, Steven is thrilled when he is asked to be the lead lawyer on the case; knowing that this trial could very well land him the partnership that he had so longed for.
Steven knew that he would do whatever it took to win the case, and he is thrilled when one night a stranger walks into his office with information that guarantees him the win. Unbeknownst to Steven, this same stranger that helped him to win the case that took him to the top of his career, will set into motion a spiral of events that will cause Steven’s “Past Sins” to catch up to him.
THE E BOOKS ARE LISTED ON BARNES AND NOBLES AS WELL. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY ARE NOT DISCOUNTED ON THEIR SITE THOUGH. IF ANYONE DOES GET ANY OF THE BOOKS AN HONEST REVIEW WOULD BE APPRECIATED, REVIEWS ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR US AUTHOR’S. ALL OF THEM ARE LISTED UNDER MY PEN NAME K. D. WILSON.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK, AND HAPPY READING!!!