Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Promotion

Hi, everyone, my big book release is over. And it's time to talk about it. Everyone grab your plates, fill up with goodies, and pour your favorite beverage. Now that you've got the good stuff. Let's get down to business.

Promotion. Now there is a word that is fast becoming a dirty four letter word for me. I know it's more like nine, but I really hate it right now. I've decided that I'm just not good at promotion. This doesn't really make sense to me because I majored in Marketing. I know the concepts, the trends, the demographics, and all the etc. etc. etc. there is. Yet, I plan a release party and did I do awesome? No. I did have a few people really participate, but when it came down to book sales, not much at all.

I went all out this time. I had the release party on four sites. Twitter, Facebook, Mary's Garden Blog, and Google+. Most people checked in at Facebook and my blog. If they did on Twitter, they didn't use the hashtag and I didn't see answers to the trivia. Google+, was a bit better with one person. In the past I've done a release on my blog for a day. Or just the same post for a week and people had to post for a prize. I was hoping that going all out I'd draw in readers and generate interest in my Four Sisters. Nope. I think people enjoyed the trivia, but it didn't generate into sales.

I've done blog tours, several in fact. And none of them have generated into sales either. I'd say maybe my books suck. BUT people have to actually read them and then not buy them in the future for that to be true. And the very FEW people who have read my Four Sisters have given outstanding reviews. So now what?

What have your experiences been with promotion? Is more better? Or less better?

I'd love to have a discussion about what has worked for you. Please share what you do for your books. What you've found works and what you've found does not.

Thanks!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Finally the winners!

Here is how the points worked:
Each correct answer two points.
A partially correct answer one point.
And a wrong answer .5 point.

Anyone who shared a 1960's story on the blog received 2 bonus points.

There was a possibility of 50 points. That's if someone answered all four questions, correctly, each day and posted a 1960's story for two bonus points. Without further ado, our winner with 34.5 points is:
Diane Lockard
Congratulations!

We had a three-way tie, each person had 14 points. I put their names in a hat (literally) and had my husband draw the name. The three names that when in the hat are:
Mary Preston
Bn100 (what her blog ID is)
Brandy Umphreys-Blake
And the winner is:
Mary Preston
Congratulations!


Again, thank you for participating. I hope you had fun checking out the 1960's. And I apologize for taking so long on the winners.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Answers and Winners!

Thank all of you for participating!
Here is how the points worked:
Each correct answer will be two points.
A partially correct answer will be one point.
And a wrong answer is a .5 point.
(Answer on all sites for more chances for points!)

Anyone who shares a 1960's story (can be yours, parents, friends, etc.) on the blog will receive 2 bonus points.

It is taking me longer to tally the points than I thought. I will have the winners posted shortly. For now, here are the questions and the answers for each of the sites:

Mary's Garden Blog
1. Who Delivered the well-known speech “I Have A Dream” in August of 1963?
a. Martin Luther King

2. One of the first known computer video games was invented in 1962. What was it called?
a. Spacewar

3. In what year were Touch-Tone telephones introduced?
a. 1963

4. What years of birth would qualify you as being a baby boomer?
a. Inclusive years 1946-1964

5. In July of 1966 The Lovin’ Spoonful topped the charts with what song?
a. Summer in the City

6. In what year was the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers downed and captured in Russia?
a. 1960

Facebook
1. What President of the United States was assassinated in November of 1963?
a. President John F. Kennedy.

2. What famous band arrived from England at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in February of 1964?
a. The Beatles

3. Where were the 1964 Summer Olympics held?
a. Tokyo, Japan

4. Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic seventh-game home run and gives the Pittsburgh pirates an unforgettable World Series triumph over what team?
a. New York Yankees

5. In 1960 Butterfield 8 won The Best Actress Academy Award. Who was the Actress?
a. Elizabeth Taylor

6. In what year did East Germany erect the Berlin Wall?
a. 1961

Twitter
1. The American actress Norma Jeane Baker died of a barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962 at the age of 36. By what name is she better known?
a. Marilyn Monroe

2. What event took place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in January 1967?
a. The Human Be-In.

3. What science fiction TV series created by Gene Roddenberry made its debut in 1966?
a. Star Trek

4. What film made from a Broadway hit won the best movie of the year Academy Award in 1961?
a. West Side Story

5. Who became the first American to orbit the earth?
a. John Glenn

6. In 1962 what baseball player from the Dodgers broke Ty Cobb’s single-season stolen base record?
a. Maury Wills

Google+
1. Who wrote and published the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960?
a. Harper Lee

2. What well-known board game made its modern day version debut in 1960?
a. The Game of Life – Based on the 1860’s game – The Checkered Game of Life

3. What music festival was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in 1969?
a. Woodstock

4. On what TV show did The Beatles appear to kick off their first U.S. Tour in 1964?
a. The Ed Sullivan Show

5. What was the name of the first James Bond Movie?
a. Dr. No

6. In what year was Black Nationalist leader, Malcom X shot to death?
a. 1965

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thank you!

The big release party is over, sadly. But stay tuned and check on Saturday for all of the answers to the questions from all four sites. And let's not forget the winners.

Thank you to everyone for participating. I feel bad that I did not play as much as I wanted. I ended up sick. UGH. Yes, I even missed the day job. But I still had fun reading the answers.

See you on Saturday!
Kindle, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The final day of Trivia. How did you do?

Welcome everyone! Today is the sixth day of trivia fun. One event, four places to find four different questions each day. A possible 48 points plus bonus points for 1960's stories!

The sixth trivia questions for the garden is:
In what year was the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers downed and captured in Russia?

Remember if you share a 1960's story (can be yours, parents, friends, etc.) here at the blog you will receive 2 bonus points.

Remember to follow the links below for more questions and a chance for points.

Four Sisters:
The early sixties was a time of making love, not war. Kathleen finds love and starts a war with her family.

Four Sisters is a story rich in the relationships of Kathleen Williams' life. Kathleen discovers her sexuality in the sixties. She's different from other girls her age and afraid her sisters, especially her closest sister, Deborah, will never understand.

When Kathleen reveals her love for a woman, her worst fears are realized—she’s banished from her home and family.

Forty odd years later, Kathleen is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Susan, her lifelong partner, encourages her to make peace with her family. Kathleen's journey, now, includes rebuilding her relationship with her sisters and parents, as well as the battle of her life. Her only chance for peace is to find acceptance.

Available Now! On Kindle.
Print: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

The release party runs through 7-16-14 at: Mary's Garden Blog
Mary's Author Facebook Page,
Google+,
and Twitter - Watch for #Foursisters.
Every day there will be a trivia question. (Different on each site.)

Each correct answer will be two points.
A partially correct answer will be one point.
And a wrong answer is a .5 point.
(Answer on all sites for more chances for points!)

At the end of the week the points from all sites will be tallied and the grand prize winner with the most overall points will win their choice of a tie-dyed shirt or $25 donated to their favorite Cancer charity.






The runner-up will win their choice of a Beatles poster or $10 donated to their Cancer charity.

Thank you, for participating. It will take me a couple of days to tally the points! I will post the answers and winners on all sites on July 19th by noon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wow, already the fifth day!

Welcome everyone! Today is the fifth day of trivia fun. One event, four places to find four different questions each day. A possible 48 points plus bonus points for 1960's stories!

The fifth trivia questions for the garden is:
In July of 1966 The Lovin' Spoonful topped the charts with what song?

Remember if you share a 1960's story (can be yours, parents, friends, etc.) here at the blog you will receive 2 bonus points.

Remember to follow the links below for more questions and a chance for points.

Four Sisters:
The early sixties was a time of making love, not war. Kathleen finds love and starts a war with her family.

Four Sisters is a story rich in the relationships of Kathleen Williams' life. Kathleen discovers her sexuality in the sixties. She's different from other girls her age and afraid her sisters, especially her closest sister, Deborah, will never understand.

When Kathleen reveals her love for a woman, her worst fears are realized—she’s banished from her home and family.

Forty odd years later, Kathleen is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Susan, her lifelong partner, encourages her to make peace with her family. Kathleen's journey, now, includes rebuilding her relationship with her sisters and parents, as well as the battle of her life. Her only chance for peace is to find acceptance.

Available Now! On Kindle.
Print: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

The release party runs through 7-16-14 at: Mary's Garden Blog
Mary's Author Facebook Page,
Google+,
and Twitter - Watch for #Foursisters.
Every day there will be a trivia question. (Different on each site.)

Each correct answer will be two points.
A partially correct answer will be one point.
And a wrong answer is a .5 point.
(Answer on all sites for more chances for points!)

At the end of the week the points from all sites will be tallied and the grand prize winner with the most overall points will win their choice of a tie-dyed shirt or $25 donated to their favorite Cancer charity.






The runner-up will win their choice of a Beatles poster or $10 donated to their Cancer charity.

It ends Wednesday the 16th at 12:00 a.m. US MT.
Answers, and winners will be posted on all sites on July 19th by noon.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fourth day for Four Sisters

Welcome everyone! Today is the fourth day of trivia fun. One event, four places to find four different questions each day. A possible 48 points plus bonus points for 1960's stories!

The fourth trivia questions for the garden is:
What years of birth would qualify you as being a baby boomer?

Remember if you share a 1960's story (can be yours, parents, friends, etc.) here at the blog you will receive 2 bonus points.

Remember to follow the links below for more questions and a chance for points.

Four Sisters:
The early sixties was a time of making love, not war. Kathleen finds love and starts a war with her family.

Four Sisters is a story rich in the relationships of Kathleen Williams' life. Kathleen discovers her sexuality in the sixties. She's different from other girls her age and afraid her sisters, especially her closest sister, Deborah, will never understand.

When Kathleen reveals her love for a woman, her worst fears are realized—she’s banished from her home and family.

Forty odd years later, Kathleen is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Susan, her lifelong partner, encourages her to make peace with her family. Kathleen's journey, now, includes rebuilding her relationship with her sisters and parents, as well as the battle of her life. Her only chance for peace is to find acceptance.

Available Now! On Kindle.
Print: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

The release party runs through 7-16-14 at: Mary's Garden Blog
Mary's Author Facebook Page,
Google+,
and Twitter - Watch for #Foursisters.
Every day there will be a trivia question. (Different on each site.)

Each correct answer will be two points.
A partially correct answer will be one point.
And a wrong answer is a .5 point.
(Answer on all sites for more chances for points!)

At the end of the week the points from all sites will be tallied and the grand prize winner with the most overall points will win their choice of a tie-dyed shirt or $25 donated to their favorite Cancer charity.






The runner-up will win their choice of a Beatles poster or $10 donated to their Cancer charity.

It ends Wednesday the 16th at 12:00 a.m. US MT.
Answers, and winners will be posted on all sites on July 19th by noon.