This week author Melissa Keir joins us with her tip. Melissa writes small town romance with heat. She loves to hear from readers and other authors at http://www.melissakeir.com Her latest book Cowboy Up 2 has been a part of two Thunderclap campaigns and numerous features on her blog.
Melissa’s Tip on PromotionDo you want to connect with a bigger audience but aren’t sure how? Triberr and Thunderclap make it easy! But there’s some work on your part to make it feasible.
Triberr is a site where groups of people get together to help promote each other’s blog posts through twitter. By sharing your friends’ posts and them sharing yours, you increase your chances of someone coming across your blog and finding it interesting or engaging. There are many different tribes you can connect with. I’m in ones like Romance Beckons and True Love Romance. Each day I log on to Triberr and a list of blogs to share is posted. I click on the share button and it is posted to my twitter feed to share at 15 minute to 30 minute increments. But there’s a limit. You can only share 100 posts each day. Sometimes belonging to too many groups makes this happen. Also, another downside is that not everyone is as good about sharing. As I said, I share daily but most tribes have their own rules. You can find out more on Triberr at www.triberr.com.
Thunderclap is another great site for sharing. They help you spread the word about an upcoming sale or new release and also use Twitter, Facebook, or Tumbler to share. On Thunderclap, you have to complete a sign up form and create a tweet using the 140 character minimum. (Example: What's better than worn jeans, dusty boots and an unshaven jaw? 99c cowboy books! April 12-18 http://bit.ly/12aapyV) Once you are approved, you can share the Thunderclap tweet link with others. When each person clicks on your post and agrees to support it, they will share the tweet with all their followers on Twitter, Facebook or Tumbler on the set date. The set date is the date and time that the message will go out to all the people who supported you. The date is one you set. Most campaigns are active for 2-3 weeks but can be sooner, although they can’t be longer than 60 days from the start. Depending on how big of a reach you want (for example: if you choose a larger following, you will want the extra time. ).This allows you to reach even farther with your audience and hopefully attract attention to your book. There’s a catch though…you MUST get the minimum number of people to agree in order for your Thunderclap campaign to go through. Even one less and you’re post isn’t shared. Luckily, there are groups on Facebook which have people who agree to reciprocate Thunderclap campaign for Thunderclap campaign. For my last one, we had four days to gather the 100 minimum reach and were able to get that in about 3 hours using the Facebook group. Without the group, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the support. You can find out more about Thunderclap at https://www.thunderclap.it/
Excerpt from “Heartbroken Cowboy – from Cowboy Up 2”
“Weddings are a buzzkill.” A tall man wearing a tuxedo flopped down into the chair next to her, startling Debra Donahue who’d been silently tapping her foot to the music. Glad for the distraction from being single at a wedding, she smiled at the man.
“Most people use weddings as a reason to get their buzz on.” She studied him. The silver streaks in his hair flattered his chiseled jawline. His tugging at the neck of his shirt and the worn boots on his feet told her this man wasn’t used to big fancy shindigs. She smiled at his discomfort. Clothes make the man, and this one would be happier in jeans and a work shirt.
“I don’t drink, but could use a strong one, right now. Not this sissy stuff.” He lifted the glass to his lips, downed the contents, and shoved his now-empty champagne flute away before he leaned in toward her. The smell of alcohol on his breath hinted that he’d already had too much to drink. “Know anyone around here with some whiskey?” The dark sapphire of his eyes chilled her. This was a man used to getting what he wanted. “I’d even share.” His voice deepened and became husky with his offer and she shivered.
“I don’t drink with men I don’t know.” Debra stuck out her hand. “I’m Debra, and you are?”
The man grabbed another glass of champagne off a passing waiter’s tray and guzzled the drink in one swallow. “The name’s Johnson O’Neill. Now about that whiskey.” He reached out and drew her up to standing then tugged her in close to him. Wrapping his arm around her back, he moved her body in a slow two-step motion.
You can find Melissa at:(Facebook) http://www.facebook.com/melissaakeir
(Amazon page) http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Keir/e/B0078TCJX2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_3
Thanks Melissa, for dropping by and sharing that great marketing tip.Don’t forget to check back next week for another tip or tweak.