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Thoughts on Everything – A Cover Contest, A Giveaway, And A Bit of Twitter Fun

Today I’ve got a few various bits of news to share, from a fun cover contest, a Goodreads giveaway for Magic’s Stealing, and a bit of fun that can be had on Twitter. 🙂

Starting off…

Author Shout Cover Wars Contest

Last week, Paul Ferrante’s book, The Curse of the Fairfield Witch (which I did the book cover for), won the Author Shout Cover Wars contest and is currently this week’s Book of the Week.

Cover Wars is a fun contest that pits book covers head-to-head to see which can get the most votes for the week. It’s mostly for fun, but it’s neat to see all the options, and it hopefully affords authors a bit more visibility for their books.

SBibb - The Curse of the Fairfield Witch - Book Cover


Speaking of visibility…

Magic’s Stealing Goodreads Giveaway

If you’re in the US and looking for a chance to win a free, signed paperback copy of my YA fantasy novella, Magic’s Stealing, I’ve got a Goodreads giveaway going on from now until January 24th. I’m trying to promote the book, and I figured a giveaway would be a good chance. Not sure if it’ll help promote sales or not, but we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

In the meantime, if you want to see a Goodreads Giveaway from me but you’re not in the US (as I know several of my blog readers aren’t), let me know which countries you want to see a giveaway in, and I’ll run by the post office and see where I can feasibly ship review copies to. I’m hoping to do another giveaway later in the year if this one goes well, and I’d like to open it up to more than just the US. 🙂

Click here to enter the giveaway!

SBibb - Magic's Stealing Cover




Every Wednesday there’s #1lineWed fun on Twitter. Basically, there’s a theme posted every week, and you try to find a line to match that theme from one of your current works-in-progress. It’s a lot of fun, and a good way to meet another writers and see some really awesome lines.

This week, the theme was “Old.” These were my tweets:

“Her face revealed only parsimonious wrinkles, what he fondly referred to as marks of wisdom.” (The Multiverse Chronicles – written by both me and Isaac)

“Faint cracks ran along their stone skins from a long history of mortal fingers stroking the statues for favor.” (The Shadow War)

If you haven’t done so already, put it on your to-do list for next week. They usually announce the theme several days in advance, so if you’re not around for Wednesday, you can still schedule tweets (I use Tweetdeck) to go live at a later date.

That’s it for now. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post, and you can look for information about Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel and The Multiverse Chronicles release dates to come very soon. 😀

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Marketing Your Book

So, as Isaac and I get closer to finishing Distant Horizon (and thus starting querying), I’ve been doing reading on how marketing of a book is done, both for trade and self-publishing. After all, both are looking for readership, right? I found a few interesting tidbits I thought I’d share.

One is the article at the link below. It talks about how marketing is done of a book in the trade publishing world, and points out some good tips that could probably also be used if you’re self-publishing, too. It talks about the importance of marketing as a way to gain publicity, but that marketing doesn’t always equate to publicity. It’s that word-of-mouth you want, when you get other people promoting your book without your asking. Needless to say, I thought it was an informative read:


Another interesting idea I came upon was the idea of offering signed prints of your book cover (if it’s one that looks really good)  for the first people who buy your book off Amazon and show you a receipt. Found this at Madame Guillotine’s blog, here: http://madameguillotine.org.uk/

Of course, ARC (advanced reader copies) are also a good idea, and it looks like Goodreads contests may be a good way to get publicity for them. The hope, of course, is that they’ll read your book and leave a review, and maybe, just maybe, recommend t to a friend. 🙂

Also, another neat blog (not so much on marketing, but on publishing) I found is called The Intern: http://internspills.blogspot.com/

Thought I’d share that, too. Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for you at the moment. 🙂

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