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Monday, August 9, 2010

What Are You Selling?

Who has books out? I told you about mine, I want you to tell me about yours.

As I was browsing the blogosphere over the weekend, I noticed several people talking about their books and contests, and I thought, we should have a virtual book bazaar. What good does it do just telling your 'regular' followers about what's going on at your place? You need to tell my followers and my followers need to tell theirs.

People want to know what's out there. Why not start here?

You all did such a good job with the Blog Shout-Outs, I thought we could try something similar with books and contests.

If you have a new release (or an old one):
Email me at mariazannini AT gmail DOT com. Send me ONE (1) Buy link and a small jpg of your cover. You can also send me the blurb IF you can keep it under 50 words. On Friday I'll post everybody's current or latest release.

If you have a contest on your blog or group blog:
Email me at mariazannini AT gmail DOT com. Send me the url address and a short pitch for the contest. If you have a graphic, send that too.

It'll be a party. We'll call it Buy-A-Palooza. If you want to be included, send me your info before this Thursday.

The idea is to introduce as many people as possible to your work or contest. And just to bring that brainchild home, I am going to buy one lucky commenter a book (chosen by Randomizer) from the list of entries on Friday.

Of course, if nobody enters somebody's going to be stuck getting my book. So you better email me.

What do you think? Are you interested?

***Addendum: Please retweet. Let's make this a real party!!


Dru said...

I'm not an author or having a contest, but can I be included in yours?

Maria Zannini said...

You bet, Dru.

James Garcia Jr said...

What a cool idea, Maria! I will send you that info as soon as I get home this afternoon. My two week vacation is over and I'm back at work. Sad face! Thanks.

Liz Fichera said...

As usual, a great idea! Thanks, Maria! A great way to discover new books/authors.

Sue Guiney said...

A great idea! But my new novel doesn't come out until Sept. 30. Maybe I can be a part of the 2nd or 3rd go-round? I'll email this, too....thanks!

Lia Bal said...

What a wonderful idea! Now I can’t wait until Friday so I could see what books I want to buy. You are a genius! :)

Maria Zannini said...

Jimmy, Liz: Looking forward to seeing your stuff!

Maria Zannini said...

Sue, you go ahead and send me your blurb and cover art if you want.

If your book wins the random draw, I'll just buy it for the comment winner in September.

Remind me too when it releases and I'll give you another plug then.

Maria Zannini said...


Ref: You are a genius!

Obviously, you are very perceptive! LOL!

Thanks, Lia. This should be fun! I want to see what everyone has.

Sherri said...

Oh, you are just KILLING me. I need to get a job to support my book habit *g*

Maria Zannini said...

Sherri: ROTFL!

In that case, my job is done. :)

Marianne Arkins said...

**sigh** the retweeter isn't working for me. I guess I should get off my lazy rear and just Tweet on my own, lol.

I'll also post on Facebook (because that's where I get most of my visitors from).

Vegetarian Cannibal said...

Kewl idea! Unfortunately though, I don't have any books out at the moment. *sigh* But I do wanna see other authors! Good idea! :D I'm always on the hunt for interesting writers!

Maria Zannini said...

Marianne: Thanks!!

Vegetarian: Me too. Sometimes I just want a virtual bookshelf where I can browse from a wide assortment of authors.

So I thought...Hey, why don't I do that? :)

Claudia said...

Hi Maria,
I think this is a great idea!
For me it's a bit too late though. :( Sniff, sniff. I just held a contest in July and I'm announcing the winners on August 18
My book is not out yet :( as I'm still working on it.
If this turns out to be a success perhaps you can do it again for Christmas (people do give books as gifts) ;)

Maria Zannini said...

Oh! Sorry, Claudia.

It just occurred to me this morning.

But if I get enough interest, maybe we can do this again.

Stacy said...

Hmm. Wish I had a book to tell you about because I really want to win yours! I'm off to tweet this - retweeter didn't work but I'll do it manually. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: Darn! That retweeter doesn't work. Now I'll have to fix it--or delete it.


Barbara Ann Wright said...

Wah! I want a book to sell! ^_^ J/k. Congrats to all of you with your works out there.

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: I'm sure we'll be doing this again next year. Keep the faith.

Shelley Munro said...

What a great idea, Maria. I'm off to tweet for you.

Maria Zannini said...

Glad to have you aboard, Shelley.