You may recall I have a little book coming out October 18 and I've been wracking my brains trying to come up with a creative prize package to introduce as many new people to my work and to this blog.
I can't afford Zoe Winters' fabulous prize of a Kindle. And I don't want to give the usual books and swag that most blog tours offer. But not too long ago Jayne Ferst had a lovely prize package consisting of vintage books and china pieces.
Hmm...I have a few vintage items I've picked up during my travels. Maybe a couple of Texas items too. Or writers, would you be interested in a whole novel critique? I'm still working out the particulars. Since I want it to be available to anyone on the planet, I don't want the objects to be too heavy. The postage would kill me.
What's the most creative prize you've ever seen offered for a contest? Would you like me to offer something unique as opposed to just books?
I plan to do a whirlwind tour. I'm trying for 30 days, but to be honest, I don't know that I can write that many articles.
And speaking of articles, you don't have to worry about this being shameless pimpage. Every guest post is going to be a real story or article, and a couple of astounding interviews--that were done behind my back. Expect my posts to be informative, entertaining, or plain funny with a buy link at the end of the post.
There's a couple of reasons I'm doing a blog tour with no sales pitch. I don't like the hard sell. It won't do me any good to beg or fast-talk anyone into buying. You'll either like my novel or you won't. And secondly, I don't want anyone to gouge their eyes out in utter boredom.
My goal is to introduce NEW readers both to my books and my blog by virtue of visiting lots of new places and charming them with my sparkling wit and humor.
Hey! Quit that guffawing. That means you, Catie. I see you chortling behind Marianne.
Oh, great. Now Liz is getting into the act. And Dru! I'm surprised at you! You were always the good one.
Please go visit these characters so they can stop laughing at me. Thank you.
Now where was I? Oh yes. I'm going to T-R-Y to be charming and witty--despite my hecklers.
And you, oh loyal friends and allies can help me spread the word. When the blog tour starts, tweet my links, mention my stops on your blogs, and post a note on Facebook.
I'm going to do a Zoe and track every mention on a spreadsheet. And I'm going to reward your efforts in return. (That's where the prizes come in.)
I think we'll have two and maybe three prizes, depending on my money situation. The top people who comment, tweet, blog or post about me and my guest appearances will win themselves a prize of unique proportions.
What will it be? You tell me. What would you like to win (that's under a hundred bucks)?
I don't know how many reviewers Carina is going to get for True Believers (if any), so I am looking for serious SF romance readers who will be willing to read and review the book on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N no later than October 20.
I'm only going to offer the book to a handful of qualified reviewers. What makes you qualified? If you understand the tropes of science fiction and if I don't have to twist your arm to read a couple of spicy sex scenes, that makes you qualified. But I do need the review by October 20.
If you'd like to be considered, email me at MariaZannini AT gmail DOT com. Just remember that I need the reviews fairly soon.
The blog tour will start on October 17, but I'm already lining up guest bloggers to appear here. This Wednesday, I'm going to introduce to you author extraordinaire, Krista Ball from the way up North. Be sure to bring your parkas.
You are going to see a lot of me in October and November. Just pencil me in now because I have a lot of stories to tell. Some of them might even be true.
--Don't forget to tell me what kind of prizes you'd be interested in winning.
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