Win a signed copy of THE WAITING ROOM!!!
All you have to do is like my author Facebook page 🙂
Once I reach 500 likes (I’m so close!) all names will be entered in the giveaway.
Number 1 fantasy? Every person who follows me on WordPress writes me an Amazon review for THE WAITING ROOM.
[that would be over 1,100 people…]
Fantasy #2: every person who follows me on Twitter then writes a review as well.
[almost 3,000 people]
Fellow authors- do you have these daydreams as well?! I mean, I could go on and on…every single person who has liked my author Facebook page (btw, when I reach 500 likes I’m doing a signed book giveaway!), every single person who I’m personally friends with on Facebook…every single person who I’m actually friends with…every single family member.
WordPress friends- go ahead, make my fantasy come true, haha!
Before THE WAITING ROOM was released to Amazon, I did what every self-published author does: I emailed an ARC to any lovely book blogger who was willing to give it an honest review!
Many of them have been my #1 supporters–not just posting blogs, but hosting interviews, sharing on Twitter and Facebook, re-posting on Amazon and Goodreads, and more. These people have shown me more love than some of my own family and friends (sadly).
But what about those other book bloggers?
…you know, the ones who promised an honest review but then…disappeared faster than underage college kids when the cops show up to a frat party.
I mean, I sent you an ARC, man! And a follow-up email!
Is this just something indie authors have to live with? Am I rightfully bummed?
Hey bloggers! Yes, YOU!
Interested in hosting me for part of my blog tour?
-bloggers interested in supporting indie authors
-bloggers who love turning pages!
-bloggers who think THE WAITING ROOM sounds like a good read 🙂
WHAT DO YOU GET?
-the freedom to choose what exactly you’d like to feature on your blog (author interview, book review, promotional flyer reveal, etc.)
-the chance to support an indie author (karma, baby)
EMAIL ME: ALYSHAKAYE@GMAIL.COM
If you’ve self-published, you probably know the exasperation of CreateSpace and Amazon.
In my case, I wanted to make sure my novel was out on July 1, the date which I’ve advertised everywhere. CreateSpace warns that the print process sometimes takes up to 5 days…so, of course, I uploaded 5 days before the 1st.
And then my book magically appeared on Amazon a day later. Friends and family excitedly posted on my Facebook and I deflated in my humid, Texas apartment.
“Well….better early than late!” My friend Nathan graciously pointed out. I drank three mimosas at brunch and decided to go ahead and let the world know: my book is available!
Here are the links, hope you check out THE WAITING ROOM 🙂
In the San Marcos, TX area? Listen live this Thursday at 5:30 PM! I’ll be talking about THE WAITING ROOM, releasing July 1, live on-air KTSW 89.9.
Not a Central Texan? No problem! KTSW offers various streaming options.
When I was going to Texas State, I was actually a news reporter for KTSW! So this experience will be bizarre not only because being on the radio makes me extremely nervous, but also because I’ll be in my old stomping grounds…feeling old.
The support I’ve received from my alma maters (Texas State and University of Hawaii) has been amazing. Both schools have posted about my upcoming novel on their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and even their main websites. It’s been incredible.
So thank you KTSW, for this opportunity! Pretty sure most KTSW San Marvelous listeners are students and probably not around since it’s sweet summertime, but hopefully this will still help spread the word 🙂
Listen in and cross your fingers that I don’t sound like too much of a bumbling idiot! 5:30PM, CST, KTSW 89.9.
It’s definitely 2014, folks, in case you didn’t realize. Unless you’ve been living under a very large and very heavy rock, then you know this one beautiful yet terrifying fact: social media is truly the current leader of the world.
Self-publishing means self-marketing in most cases and IT IS NOT EASY. Le sigh. If I was rich, I would immediately pay someone to do all of this constant, tedious humble bragging for me, but alas, I am…a middle school teacher.
So what do you do? You want your book to sell. You want a readership that includes more than just obligated family and friends. But you’re just a laid-back WordPress blogger at heart! You have no interest in Pinterest (see what I did there?)!
Facebook was easy. I do love Facebook. So the official author page is up and running! I’m up to 225 likes. It definitely required bullying my friends and family into sharing the page and inviting their friends to like the page. I looked into Facebook advertisement, figuring, “How expensive could it possibly be?” Yeah. The answer is “too expensive.” Hopefully, when the lovely bloggers who have promised to write book reviews post said book reviews, the likes will build!
I was suuuuper hesitant to leap into the Twitter world. I created one years ago to see what all the fuss was about. And “fuss” is definitely the correct word. Twitter is filled with a ton of CRAP that you have to wade through in order to read something that’s actually interesting. You have to be VERY careful about who you follow. I messed up BIG TIME. I had no idea there was a follow limit! Amateur status. In my mind, the more people I follow=the more possible readers. So I became click happy, not even looking at who I was following. Then Twitter informed me that there’s a 2,000 follow limit. So now that I’ve found fellow writers whose tweets I actually WANT to read, I can’t even follow them unless I go unfollow someone else! Way to go, Alysha. I have connected with quite a few great people though, and I’m up to 800 followers.
Follow me here: alyshakaye7
My legit author website is in the works (the address will be http://www.alyshakaye.com).
I am officially on Goodreads. Pretty cool place. Can’t wait for my book to release so I can get my first star review! Friend me here if you’re a fellow Goodreads enthusiast: Alysha Kaye
I refuse to start an Instagram or Pinterest. Eh, I just can’t commit to those platforms, I don’t know what’s so unappealing to me, but I just can’t.
My WordPress continues to be my true social media passion. I just love bloggers and blog-readers! You guys are the best.
Whew. So there you have it. It’s been an extremely crazy time. Keeping up with social media is time-consuming to say the least!
Do I think all of this will pay off? I freakin’ hope so.
Until the book releases in July, the equation stays as is: Authors + Social Media = ?