Back in February I decided to have a little contest. I wanted to give away a copy of both of my novellas. Of course I was trying to do something to help get my name out there, but I’m a big fan of the small press. There are a lot of really talented writers putting out books through small presses, and there are some really kick ass presses putting those books out. So, I thought, what could I do to help as many of us out as possible? My idea was to encourage people to buy books from small press authors and have them let me know that they did, and I would put their name in drawings for my books. I started out by posting links to good books. Now, admittedly, I wanted to do that more often but I’m too much of a slacker. One of the biggest selling points for this, in my opinion anyway, was I didn’t ask anyone to message me with a receipt of their purchases or anything in the form of proving their purchases to me. So, basically, all one had to do was tell me that they bought books, they could have lied to me and I wouldn’t have been none the wiser. I gave the entire month of February as the time limit for the contest and said in March I would pick winners. I surprised myself by going out of my way to reach new people, not just the people on my Facebook friends list, and I had a lot of support from some fellow writers. But, by the end of the month, I was disappointed. I didn’t expect people by the hundreds to want to enter the contest of a nobody, but I did have hopes that I would get more than I did. Now, I’m not saying all of this to whine and cry about nobody giving a crap enough to even lie for the chance to win a free book. I made a couple of pretty cool new internet friends from all this. I launched a Facebook author page and have almost 100 likes already. Things didn’t go as I had hoped, but this is just a start, I’m looking forward to working even harder to get my name, and books, out there.
So, since I didn’t get but a few people to enter I decided to change the contest. Instead of drawing two winners to send books too, everybody that entered the contest is a winner. I have sent books to all of you to say thanks for your interest, and thanks for participating. I’m not going to list the winners, if you entered the contest then expect a book in a few days. I hope you all enjoy them, and if you feel so inclined, please leave an honest review on goodreads and amazon. It doesn’t have to be a massive understaking, just a sentence or two will do just fine.
My very first published book, The ADHD Vampire, just had its one year anniversary. That’s pretty awesome in my opinion. The people who have read it have given it positive reviews, for this I am thankful. Since this is a special occasion and all I wanted to do something to celebrate, and what better way to celebrate than to give some books away? What I have decided to do is two drawings, one for The ADHD Vampire and one for my other book, Mother F’ing Black Skull of Death. What you have to do to have your name entered into the drawings is simple, buy a book during the month of February, but not one of mine, I’m trying to give them away. Buy a book from any indie author. There is so many good books out there, and you’re going to be buying some anyway, right? Just tell me that you did and your name is entered. That simple. You have until the end of February, but if you bought any in the beginning month they count too, and then the contest is over and the drawings will be in March. Hit me up on Facebook, Goodreads, or email which are all provided in the contacts.
Also, I have recently created a facebook page, give it a like if you want!
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