Come and See Susan Hanniford Crowley at Pi-Con in Windsor Locks, Connecticut July 31-Aug2!

Hi,

I’m going to be at Connecticut Friendliest Little Convention Pi-Con.  Let me give you the Vampire King of New Yorkscoop.

9Pi-Con: July 31-August 2, 2015

The Location: Sheraton Hotel at Bradley Airport,
Windsor Locks, CT

I’m going to be found in lots of places.  First off on Friday, I’ll be teaching in the Friday Writers Workshops.  Be sure to bring something to write with and have lots of fun.

At 9:35 am to 10:35 am, I will be leading the Creating Stories Game with my friend Justine Graykin, We will lead you in a game of chance. Play the game and pick cards to find inspiration for a story. A “writing improv” game for those that want to try writing or a writer of any stage who would like to stretch their creativity.

From 2 pm -2:55 pm , I will be on the panel Paranormally Yours.
The panelists will examine the many aspects of writing the paranormal tale from setting to character. What qualities are in every paranormal from sheer horror to paranormal romance that define the genre?

From 3 pm -3:55 pm, I will be on What Editors Look For.

From 4 pm -4:55 pm, I will be on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
The panelists will look specifically at how to write successful science fiction and fantasy. What traits are specific to this genre? What are the challenges?

At 5 pm, I will participate in the Writers Circle which is a thank you ceremony and an informal socializing event. Author will gladly sign books for those that bring them at home.

Another great thing is that Ian Randall Strock of Fantastic Books will be selling my book Vampire King of New York at his booth.

Now for the rest of the Weekend?

FRI 8:00 pm Can You Outrun a Zombie?

SAT 1:00 pm Young Adult Fiction and Film

SAT 5:00 pm The Evolution of the Vampire (I’m the moderator for this one.)

SAT 6:00 pm Changing Face of Horror

SAT 8:00 pm Romance and Specfic–What’s the Overlap?

SUN 12:00 pm Reading

I will also be at the Steampunk Tea on Saturday afternoon.

Come to Pi-Con.org and register for the con, be sure to register for the tea in addition. Tickets for the tea  $20 each and going fast. Costumes are preferred. I’m still deciding on my costume.

Current Rates are per person and from the website:
$45 Pre-Registration
$50 At the Door

Day Rates:
Friday: $20 – includes Writer’s Workshop
Saturday: $25
Sunday: $15

If you’d like me to sign your book, I’m very easily found at Pi-Con.  Ask me for my card and also a game card.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle

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Procrastination has its Place

I have a Type A personality. And I’m a little OCD if we’re being completely honest here. I’m the type of person that wants everything done as soon as possible. Yesterday, even. I’ve always prided myself on these characteristics.

Then it happened.

I became a mom.

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Suddenly, there was even more to do and less time to do it. While the desire to have everything done yesterday is still very much present, it no longer seems to be a possible feat.

And you know something?

That’s okay.

I’ll admit that in between work and family obligations, my writing has taken a bit of a backseat. It’s still a priority…just not the highest one.  I make a point to write a little everyday, but gone are the days of two thousand to three thousand word sessions. For now.

And you know something?

That’s okay, too.

Because one of the many lessons that I’ve learned as I try to navigate this thing called motherhood, is that procrastination has its place, too. I’ve even found that this shift has helped my writing, giving it a different depth than it had prior.

I still have a Type A personality. And I’m still a little OCD if we’re being completely honest here. I’m still the type of person that wants everything done as soon as possible. Yesterday, even. And I still pride myself on these characteristics. But if Jordan James is in the middle of a high speed chase and my little man announces his nap time is over…well, Jordan’s chase will have to wait…until bedtime.

And you know something?

That’s okay.

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COLD AMBITION

“It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare…”

When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

“COLD AMBITION” Available Now on Amazon! http://www.amzn.com/B00L2OLQPG/

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LOST DISTINCTION

“It all started with a favor…”

When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore…

“LOST DISTINCTION” Available Now on Amazon! http://www.amzn.com/B00Q5OGCS4

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RETRIBUTION

What happens when Jordan joins her best friend on location in Colorado for filming an episode of America’s favorite prime time series?

“RETRIBUTION,” Coming this Fall from Soul Mate Publishing!!!

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BRYANT PARK MIDTOWN MANHATTAN

A patch of green in-between skyscrapers

A patch of green in-between skyscrapers

On Wednesday, July 22, at 12:30 p.m., you are in for a treat in Bryant Park at the Reading Room series of the NY Public Library with Robyn Carr,  Kristan Higgins, Elizabeth Hoyt, Beverly Jenkins, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Meredith Wild. (If it’s rainy they will be inside the library).

Brooklyn, New York is a great place to grow up, with all that access to New York City and its parks. Next week I am going to the Romance Writers of America conference, where? New York City of course, with thousands of other writers. Some of who are going to be speakers in Bryant Park, the announcement is the opening of this blog. Reminding myself of its location, I found all this history, that well, I didn’t know. Most would agree, when you live in the tri-state area, you take it all for granted.

Bryant Park fountain

Bryant Park fountain

The location, known at the time as Reservoir Square, besides being a nearby neighbor of the now gone, Croton Distributing Reservoir, the park was the site of the 1863 draft riot and where, it was called in 1863, the Colored Orphan Asylum, burnt down. That’s a tidbit in my book, Indigo Sky. More than a tidbit, it’s an important part of my story, when my characters try to escape the burning building with the orphans in tow.

Bryant Park Carousel

Bryant Park Carousel

From Wikipedia, here’s the scoop about the history of Bryant Park. It’s a 9.603-acre privately managed public park. It is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between Forty and Forty-second Streets in Midtown Manhattan. The New York Public Library forms the Eastern boundary of the park with its main entrance on Sixth Avenue. Bryant Park is located entirely over an underground structure that houses the library’s archives, which were built in the 1980s when the park was closed to the public and excavated; the new library facilities were built below ground level while the park was restored above it.

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Table and sitting area

In 1686, when the area was still a wilderness, New York’s colonial governor, Thomas Dongan, designated the area now known as Bryant Park as a public space. George Washington‘s troops crossed the area while retreating from the Battle of Long Island in 1776. Beginning in 1823, Bryant Park was designated a potter’s field (a graveyard for the poor) and remained so until 1840, when thousands of bodies were moved to Wards Island.

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Shops

The first park at this site opened in 1847 as Reservoir Square. It was named after its neighbor, the Croton Distributing Reservoir. In 1853, the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations with the New York Crystal Palace, featuring thousands of exhibitors, took place in the park. The square was used for military drills during the American Civil War, and was the site of some of the New York City draft riots of July 1863, when the Colored Orphan Asylum at Fifth Avenue and 43rd Street was burned down by an angry mob.

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William Cullen Bryant bronze statue

In 1884, Reservoir Square was renamed Bryant Park, to honor the New York Evening Post editor and abolitionist William Cullen Bryant. In 1899, the Reservoir structure was removed and construction of the New York Public Library building began. Terrace gardens, public facilities, and kiosks were added to the park.

Ice skating in Bryant Park

Ice skating in Bryant Park

The construction of the Sixth Avenue Elevated railway in 1878 cast both literal and metaphorical shadows over the park, and by the 1930s, the park was suffering from neglect and was considered disreputable. The park was redesigned in 1933–4 as a Great Depression public works project under the leadership of Robert Moses. The park was temporarily degraded in the late 1930s by the tearing down of the El and the construction of the New York City Subway‘s underground Sixth Avenue line.

On October 15, 1969, a rally attended by 40,000 people was held in Bryant Park as part of the nationwide Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. By the 1970s, Bryant Park had been taken over by drug dealers, prostitutes and the homeless and was considered a “no-go zone” by ordinary citizens and visitors. From 1979 to 1983, a coordinated program of amenities, including book and flower markets, cafes, landscape improvements, and entertainment activities, was initiated by a parks advocacy group called the Parks Council, brought new life to the park.

Numerous events are hosted on the Great Lawn at Bryant Park. The Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, begun in the early nineties and now sponsored by HBO, brings a very large crowd into the park on Monday evenings during the summer. Various free musical performances are sponsored by corporations during the warm weather months, including Broadway in Bryant Park, sponsored by iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel Media + Entertainment) and featuring performers from current Broadway musicals, integrated with content provided by event sponsors.

For you perusal, again, here’s the location of Bryant Park, located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and Forty and Forty-second Streets, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. I’ll see you there on July 22, at 12:30 p.m.

For more bits and pieces: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryant_Park.

Did you know that in 1863 a fee of $300 would exempt a man from the draft?

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The Write Word with Wareeze–Creating Worlds

Creating Worlds

By Wareeze Woodson

Welcome to the Soul Mate Publishing blog. What do you suppose the weather is like in Regency England this day? The created world should hold the answers.

Are readers interested in the workings behind the scene? Some say readers are curious about what it takes to write a book. Here is a small glimpse behind the scene of writing. When I write my historical novels, I must create my own worlds. The Regency/Victorian era is a historical fact, but make-believe for all that, because it no longer exists. With each story, the scene must be created—when in time, day or night, where-location and what is happening. What the character sees, feels, and wants—all must be imagined and displayed for the reader.

Although the author has many historical facts to draw from, the story must exist in the world created by the writer. The colors, the sounds, the tastes and the smells add flavor to the story. The reader wants to visit these places through the character’s point of view and safely absorb the emotions as well. All rather a lot to provide for the reader and the bar is set high with expectations.

ENTER A SCENE CREATED FOR YOU, THE READER:

The flame of the candle flickered and glinted off the in-laid sliver on the barrel of the pistol pointed directly at Isabel. Fear griped her by the throat and she caught her breath, unable to move or even swallow.

The drapes billowed into the room on a sharp breeze before settling back to the floor with a barely discernable swoosh. The smell of London after a downpour, drifted into the open window, cleansed but still dominated by the odor of horses, foot traffic, and a tavern down the way. She shivered when her drenched cloak swung against the layers of her petticoats with a chilling heaviness. The damp cloth clung to her ankles while moisture trickled down her features into her eyes. She scarce blinked, her gaze captured by the gun.

The longcase clock in the hall chimed once echoing down the empty passageway. Even at this hour, the sound of a carriage rumbling over the cobbled-stones in front of the manor reached the upper level.

I hope I’ve raised several questions in your mind with these few sentences. Is the man with the pistol the hero or the villain? Is this Isabel’s house, or did she enter the manor for some nefarious purpose? What happens next?

I created a small glimpse of this world of danger, building tension yet the reader is safe. This is the world of my imagination. Would a spider crawl up the wall—no, too much? It’s too dark to see a spider, even in my mind.

I like this world where velvet and fine jaconet muslins were worn to the Assemblies at Almack’s, where danger lurks before and after the ball, as well. The lives of the characters also dwell in this created world. What will happen to her, to him in this tale? Only the author of this created world knows and I’m not telling. After all, this is only make-believe, created in the imagination.  Perhaps one day, I’ll take up the tale.

In my world of writing, I have created two published works: Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman (Regency romance mixed with suspense) plus An Enduring Love (another Regency romance tangled with suspense and mystery) both published by Soul Mate Publishing. I have a third Regency romance under contract: A Lady’s Vanishing Choices. Coming soon. More information is posted at my website. Wareezewoodson.com

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The Ins and Outs of Blog Tours…Are They Worth The Effort?

39416633_sBlog tours can be extremely time consuming … time that we, as writers, could be using in more creative ways. Still, a well-organized tour can reap some distinct benefits if properly managed.

There are two types of blog tours. Those run by a tour company and those you put together yourself. Both require input and that pesky, aforementioned, organization. I’ve done both types on a number of occasions and I have to say, I am pro-tour company. Despite the cost, the hours of hands-on preparation required of a self-made tour also comes at a price.

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of both types.

The Self-Driven Tour

This type takes the most time and effort on the part of the author. You make contact with the bloggers, either through previous experience or by putting out feelers among your many followers, FB friends and Yahoo groups. If you’re lucky, you can schedule a solid two weeks of posts around your release date. Depending on the blogger’s request, you can do anything from a character interview, to a guest post, to a simple spotlight. There is no initial cash outlay. And, if you want to, you can arrange your own Rafflecopter draw and offer a second draw for those who host your tour.

On tour days, you will need to promote your tour via social media, as well as monitor each the site for comments and respond.

36752572_sPros: Author control of the site with whom you blog, minimal cash outlay. Tour can start and stop at your convenience.

Cons: Extreme amount of time required to organize. Follow up, if required, also takes additional time and effort. Graphics (e.g., tour banner) and media kit are the author’s responsibility.

The Company Tour

This type of tour requires an upfront cash outlay ranging anywhere from $50 to $150 depending on the type of tour you select. Once you’ve selected your tour type and filled out the online paperwork, you will receive a confirmation (usually in the form of a bill for services). The moment the bill is paid, the tour company will go to work. They put your tour up on their list and their affiliate bloggers can either sign up or pass, depending on the details of your book (e.g., genre, heat level). The tour company will give you a minimum guarantee but, most often, you will easily exceed the minimum number of stops.

The blog post types are determined by the type of tour you’ve chosen. If you elect a “spotlight-only” tour, you’ll not need to do anything other than provide a general media kit (most of which you’ve already supplied when signing up for the tour). There are also excerpt tours, review tours, and full-on variety tours. With the variety tour, the blog host will give you options of an interview, character interview, guest post or spotlight.

The tour company will provide you with a tour banner/graphics to use in promoting your tour. Once the tour starts, they will also follow-up on any issues (e.g., missing posts). They will also organize a Rafflecopter draw for you, although you will be responsible to provide the prize.

On tour days, you will need to promote your tour via social media, as well as monitor each the site for comments and respond.

39257925_sPros: Bloggers are found for you. Graphics supplied. Additional social media presence. Less amount of time taken from writing.

Cons: Initial cash outlay. No control over sites chosen. Depending on lead time required, tour may not start on the day of release.

Tour Results

I just recently completed a Book-Blast tour, a one-day, 25-stop spotlight. I booked the tour through a company and, other than the twenty minutes it took me to complete the form, my time was my own until the day of the tour. At that point … I became a slave to social media! As hectic as the tour was, I can honestly say it made a distinct difference in my sales rank (at least on Amazon). My book landed at its highest in the mid-20K range overall, and in the top 100 for its specific genre. I was very pleased.

I also gained 42 new Facebook followers and 52 new Twitter followers. And, because I was running another Rafflecopter draw on my blog for a different book, I was able to direct all my new followers there. The entries on that draw doubled within an hour of my note on Facebook.

I have an upcoming Review tour in a couple of weeks. I’ve never done one of these, so I am a bit anxious to see how it works and whether or not it results in a bump in sales. I will report back on the results in a future post.

Obviously, the choice to tour or not tour, self-drive or hire a tour company rests with the author. I’m a firm believer in conserving my writing time whenever possible so I opt to hire someone to do the leg work.

I would be happy to answer any specific questions you may have related to tours, either in the comments below or via email at romwriter96@gmail.com. If you send an email, please put “tour info” in the ‘regarding’ line.

Addendum: After receiving a number of email, I realized there was an important bit of insight I’d not added and that was which books work best for which tours. So, here goes:

Historical romance: These books do best with the type of tour where you can do guest posts. With a guest post you can share insight into your research and use your knowledge to impress/gain new readers.

Erotic romance: The Book Blast tour is the perfect place for an erotic romance. A book blast allows you to reach a lot of specific genre readers in a short period of time. Plus, you are encouraged to post an excerpt that hints at the higher level of sexy! A spotlight would work well for this genre as well and, rather than a one-day free for all, the tour would spread over a week or two.

Contemporary romance: These books hold no secrets. Research is minimal, level of heat can range from non-existent to hot (but not explicit enough to be called erotic). These books fare best with the either a spotlight or a standard variety-type tour, depending on how much work you want to put into the planning process.

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Calling on Carole: Confessions of a Panster

Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted. By their own ghosts. The Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Mike, Liz, and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were they doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?

Greetings to all on the occasion of my first post the Soulmate Publishing Authors’ Blog. Carole Ann distinguishes me from my mother, but most people call me Carole. Over the next few months you’ll get to know a lot more about me but today I decided to focus on a very exciting tenth anniversary. Not my wedding anniversary; my husband and I will soon be married a staggering twenty-five years. Rather, in 2005 I began the journey to become a creative writer, which as any of us can attest, is a long and tortuous one with no guarantee of success. That was a strange notion since my whole life was spent working toward the goal to become a nurse and then a midwife. Equally torturous, but at the end there is licensure and certification and a well paying, albeit stressful and exhausting job.

For creative writers, there are no guarantees and a very different kind of stress and exhaustion, no credentials, and very little, if any, pay. I always wrote: bad poetry, letters to the editor, academic articles and papers, book chapters, and even a dissertation. (Yes, this Dr. Moleti is a nurse) Boring, tedious work, and peer reviewers are most often far from charitable and encouraging and seek to wipe any shred of creativity and free thought off the page in the pursuit of scholarly excellence. I might be an academic but  resisted anything that removed the joy of imagination and the wonder of the ‘what if” until I discovered a much better outlet for my restless spirits. And I was well prepared for the fiction editing process, which is much different, with respect for the author’s intent, style, and voice.

Academic writing had me to the point of not even wanting to pen a shopping list. Until one day when I watched a movie and became so incensed by the glorification of intimate partner violence that I decided to write a novel to put things right. That is another very long story, but suffice it to say I wrote fan fiction with abandon. Until I got to chapter seven and realized I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Fortunately, Gotham Writer’s Workshop is based in New York City and their course catalogs are on every corner. They taught me the basics and dozens of online and immersion workshops later, I continue writing about whatever idea springs into my head or sight passes before my eyes, or whatever drama unfolds in an ER cubicle, subway car, or one of the mean streets I walk every day.

More about my writing can be found here, but I must get back to unfinished business. The story idea came to me while opening up a summer cottage, pulling dust covers off furniture and vacuuming up dead flies. I had the sudden inspiration to write a story about a woman who finds a trunk of old clothes and learns sad truths about the person who they once belonged to. It was a quick hop from that to a ghost story—and from barbecues and parades over the Fourth of July weekend in upstate New York immersion in a paranormal fantasy set on Cape Cod, where I have spent many happy times with family and friends over the years. The series combines my love of the beach and boats with a fascination about paranormal activities, and how past life experiences may influence our fears, fantasies, and choices.

In 2006, I started submitting short stories and creative non fiction to agents and editors, My first novel and a second-both science fiction-are in a virtual trunk, but I do intend to pull them our and salvage whatever I can of them. But I’m way too busy now working on the Unfinished Business series, which has found its home at Soulmate.

The second book in the series, The Widow’s Walk, was published in 2014. The prequel, Breakwater Beach, will be published in late 2015 or early 2016. I am now working on the third. So, why was the second published before the first? Well, because I am a pantser, the moniker of those who take a story idea and run with it, often in circles and figure eights, before they discover what direction the characters are going to take on their journey which, unlike nonfiction and memoir, is not the same one the writer is planning to take.

Always a rebel, I cannot plan out a story though over the years editorial necessity has compelled me to do some rudimentary plotting, which consists of figuring out the beginning, middle and end and a few interesting stops along the way. That route, for Breakwater Beach, meant taking one of my first short stories, which turned out to be the middle of the series at the juncture of the characters’ past and present lifetimes, and writing backwards and forwards. I never expected it would take three volumes (and ten years). Like the characters, I was overwhelmed by the emotional impact of the discoveries along the way.

During my writer’s journey I have made many writing friends like the Specfiction Fledglings Group, Deborah Blake and The Creativity Cauldron, and the members, past and present, of the Professional Author’s Group and Connecticut Romance Writers of America. Some of them have read and offered advice on every single version of both Breakwater Beach and The Widow’s Walk. Rayne Hall, editor and moderator of the Professional Author’s Group, included the short version of Breakwater Beach in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts. I am delighted to now be a part of the vibrant and generous Soulmate Author’s Group, many of whom will be gathering this July at the National Conference of the  Romance Writers of America in my hometown, New York City.

So, thanks for listening to the confessions of this hopeless pantser. Read excerpts of both books on my website. Share the development of The Unfinished Business series by subscribing to my newsletter and I will send you a free download of Haunted so you can get a preview of Breakwater Beach the novel along with nine other great ghost stories. And as a bonus, join the Novel Fun In The Summer Sun book tour, and download The Widow’s Walk for 99 cents from July 25-29. Of course, if you happen to be on Cape Cod, in the very place where the Unfinished Business Series is set, stop by and meet me in person at one of the events, at the beach,  morning yoga, or the local clam shacks in Brewster, Orleans, and Chatham. I’ll be back here in August, but I’d love to hear your questions and comments right now.

Bio

Carole Ann Moleti is a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with paranormal and urban fantasy that infuses everything she writes. The Widow’s Walk is her newest fiction. Excerpts from her urban fantasy novels have appeared in several of the Ten Tales anthologies. Segments of Carole’s memoirs, Someday I’m Going to Write a Book: Diary of an Urban Missionary and Karma, Kickbacks, and Kids range from the sweet and inspirational to the edgy and irreverent. Check out her Amazon Author Page and connect with Carole on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or Google +

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Embracing Rafflecopter

For over a year, I watched as fellow authors launched Rafflecopter giveaways on their blogs and Facebook pages. I even participated in several of those giveaways and was pleasantly surprised by the increase in FB likes and Twitter followers. Friends encouraged me to launch my own Rafflecopter, but I hesitated and produced a litany of excuses, among them:

I don’t have a new book to launch.

I’m too busy with edits.

It looks a lot of work and follow-up on my part.

I’ll let the blog tour company deal with all of that.

To be truthful, I just didn’t want to deal with one more new thing in my life. Content to drift, I had the reverse of the Shiny Object Syndrome.

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This past spring, I faced the launch of two books within a short timeline, and I couldn’t afford to coast any longer. So, I decided to embrace the Rafflecopter madness and hosted my first giveaway for the Countdown Blog of A Season for Killing Blondes. Pleased with the results, I created a Rafflecopter for the Cover Reveal of The Coming of Arabella.

Once I entered the site, I found it very user-friendly. A few simple clicks and within minutes, a giveaway is born!

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Basic How-To

1. Visit http://Rafflecopter.com and create your Rafflecopter account.

2. Click on “New Giveaway” and follow the prompts to enter your prize information, entry options, and the start and end dates of your giveaway.

3. Once you’ve entered the giveaway information, click the “Preview and Install” button. This will generate the HTML code so you (and other bloggers) can embed the giveaway widget on websites.

4. Rafflecopter keeps tracks of all the entries, randomly selects the winner(s), and makes it simple to verify winning entries.

Tips

• Select an appropriate prize, keeping in mind that additional shipping charges may be incurred if winners live in other countries. I avoid this problem by giving Amazon and Starbucks gift cards. Free eBooks work well for authors on a budget.

• Include an entry for tweeting and give it a higher entry value than the rest of your entries. While some people may be reluctant to tweet your giveaway because they don’t want too many entries, they may change their minds when they see the possibility of additional points.

• Limit the number of entry options. According to a Rafflecopter survey, giveaways featuring 3 to 6 entry options work best. If you present too many options, some people may be overwhelmed and not bother entering.

• Include an option that does not involve social media, keeping in mind that not everyone is on Twitter and Facebook. One example – What is your favorite color?

• Set a realistic timeline for your giveaway. For major prizes such as iPads, consider a month-long giveaway. For countdown tours and cover reveals, a shorter timeline of one week to ten days works best.

• Take advantage of the “Invent Your Own Option” entry. You could include joining a mailing list.

• Enter your own giveaway once it has gone live and check all links.

• Notify your winner as soon as possible. Email the winner twice and check his/her social media links before picking a new winner.

Here is a sneak peek at the Rafflecopter Giveaway for the cover reveal of The Coming of Arabella – Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Any other Rafflecopter tips and experiences to share?

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