Monday, May 6, 2013

Five Ways to Help Me Launch My Next Book

I happen to know I have the world's best fans. You guys are amazing and you've made a massive difference in my life. As I gear up for the launch of Love in Darkness, I could use a little help, if you've got a minute or two. Here are five ways you can help set my book up for a successful launch:

1) Add the book to your to-read list on Goodreads - if you plan to read it. I'm not advocating anyone game the system or stuff any ballot boxes, but more adds leads to more visibility of the book. Here's a button to add the book to your To Read list: 
Love in Darkness (Shattered Castles, #2)

2) Enter the giveaway for a signed copy of the book. Even if you're family; even if you know you'll see me in person sometime soon and be able to get your copy of the book signed. Goodreads works on link associations, so the more people who sign up for the giveaway, the more visible it will be on the site. You can enter the giveaway by clicking here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Love in Darkness by Emily Mah Tippetts

Love in Darkness

by Emily Mah Tippetts

Giveaway ends May 23, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
3) Listopia lists on Goodreads. These take more time, but essentially, there are lists on Goodreads that are put together by readers and writers that organize books by topic. Now, I'm quite happy to put my books on lists that are descriptive, i.e. Love in Darkness is on  most of the "books about mental illness" and "books about schizophrenia" lists. I do not, however, put my book on lists like "Best Indie YA/NA Books" or "Highly Anticipated Books of 2013". Nor do I vote for my own books on lists like "Indie Authors to Watch." Because if every author did that, those lists would be pointless. A lot of breakout indie hits, though, benefit from fans who do this. So if you have a spare five minutes and you feel the book belongs on any of these lists, if you could add it/vote for it (if it's already added), this again is a tremendous help.

4) When/if you buy the book, use the Amazon tool to tweet that you bought it. Those of you who have your Amazon account linked to your Twitter account, you will have the option when you buy any book to tweet, "I just bought X book." In general, if you do that, this helps the book's visibility. Now, you may not want the world knowing about every book you buy as that can seem like more information than the world has the right to know, but every time you click that button, you help the author of the book.

5) Leave a review. Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc. All of these sites enable you to leave a review. I know it takes an extra few minutes, but any review is a big help. Obviously good reviews help more than bad ones, but I'm sincerely grateful for every review I get, because I know it takes a bit of time to do.

This year there are more books competing to climb the sales ranks than ever, so any little edge makes a big difference. I appreciate all of you who've stuck with me through this whole journey. You're the best, and I look forward to writing many, many more books for you!

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