Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Insecure Writer's Support Group, Twitter Giveaway Results, and Show us Your Writer Insecurity

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

The co-hosts today are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

The optional August 2 question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

Reading - Something I used to do a lot myself - head-hopping.
Writing - When I write a line I know is passive but my brain can’t think of anything else.
Editing - Passive words and phrases.

Audio Book Giveaway Update and Findings

From mid-May to mid-July, Dancing Lemur Press ran a weekly audio book giveaway on Twitter. Retweet the pinned tweet to enter.

While the genre of the book didn’t appear to have an impact, the author’s online social presence did. The more involved they were online, the more retweets and entries, with those possessing the largest followings garnering the most. When the author had a very small following or did not get as involved in the promotion, the retweets were very low.

Many of the authors were smart enough to pin a tweet, pointing their followers to DLP’s pinned tweet and enticing more entries. On Twitter, retweeting others often means they will come to your site and retweet something of yours - and a pinned tweet is the easiest to retweet. (If they have to search for a tweet that originated from you, then doubtful they’ll retweet anything.) However, I noticed that a large following of retweeters didn’t help, because all they did was retweet the author’s pinned tweet - they didn’t come over and tweet the DLP tweet to enter.

All in all, the audio book with the most entries had 52 and the one with the lowest only 13, and those figures directly correlate with my findings above.

So, if you’re going to do any giveaway on Twitter, have a solid, devoted following online and be prepared to get involved.

July 27 was the very first IWSG Twitter pitch party, #IWSGPit. And it was a huge success! Alex had this to say about it:

Thanks to all who participated in or promoted the #IWSGPit Twitter pitch party. It was an incredible success – there were 2300 Tweets and we were a trending topic. The IWSG team learned a lot and the next #IWSGPit in January will be even better. Now that we’ve established ourselves and the site is a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Site for Writers, there will be five times the amount of publishers and agents watching the feed. Thanks again for such a successful event! - Alex

Dancing Lemur Press has participated in a lot of pitches. While nothing compares to #PitMad’s 900 Tweets per hour, our 200 Tweets per hour was the 2nd or 3rd most I have ever seen. And we got A LOT of submissions. Boo-yah!

On August 24th at 2:00 pm EST, Chrys Fey will be participating in a LIVE YouTube interview with Evan Carmichael, an entrepreneur who she'll be interviewing about his book Your One Word and getting some great advice for IWSG members. You'll be able to watch the interview live HERE. You can set a reminder if you click on the link, or you can watch it later.The video will be uploaded in the August 30th IWSG newsletter issue.

Show Us Your Writer Insecurity!

Are you proud to be an insecure writer?

Then show us!

On Wednesday, October 4 (IWSG Day), post a photo of yourself (or your alter ego) with any of the IWSG swag or with the IWSG logo. Then leave a comment that day at either the IWSG website’s post or the IWSG Facebook post directing us to your photo. (All blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and newsletter members welcome, but photo must be posted on a blog or Facebook to qualify.)

The IWSG site admins will visit each one and pick the top three. Why? Because there are cool prizes involved:

Third place – EBook of A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford, eBook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, eBook of Cling to God by Lynda R. Young, eBook of Already Home by Heather M. Gardner, and eBook of Dragon of the Stars by Alex. J. Cavanaugh.

Second place – The entire eBook collection of the Totem series by Christine Rains, eBooks of Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie, audio book of CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh, eBook of Black and White by Nick Wilford, and your choice eBook from J.L. Campbell.

Grand prize winner - IWSG website interview, IWSG newsletter spotlight, IWSG pinned tweet for one week, C. Lee McKenzie's Featured Follower for the month, the IWSG Goodreads book club eBook for October/November, a short chapter critique, and a pair of IWSG erasers.

We have some great IWSG swag – notebooks, pens, mugs, tote bags, etc. Proceeds go to fund the upkeep of the IWSG site.

You have two months to prepare – show us your best insecurity!

What are your pet peeves?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Writing Contests, Twitter Pitches & #IWSGPit, and IWSG Writing for Profit

Want to know more about Twitter pitch parties? Visit IWSG partner Reedsy for my rundown of Twitter pitches, what to expect, and why they are important.

Want to know more about writing contests? Beverly Stowe McClure is a guest today at the IWSG website and she talks about her experiences with contests and how her books have won so many.

My next post will be on August 2nd, IWSG day, and after two months of audio book giveaways on Twitter, I’m ready to share some interesting stuff regarding books, authors, and social media.

This Thursday is #IWSGPit, our first ever Twitter pitch party. There are a lot of participating agents and publishers. See the site for details and polish your pitches.

The deadline for the IWSG Guide to Writing for Profit is July 31st. This is open to all members of our groups and can be about what works or what doesn’t work when it comes to making money as a writer. See the site for more details.


Since I gave you several important links to visit, comments are turned off here. I’ll see you on August 2nd.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, #IWSGPit, and #Giveaway

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is July 27!

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter pitch party, this is your time to dive in. From a publisher’s perspective, I can tell you, they are inspiring and exciting. This might be YOUR time to snag the attention of a publisher or agent.

Visit the site for more information.

Today’s question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

I’ve learned that promotion is everything. Great marketing can save an average book. No marketing will destroy a great book. It’s all about how much effort the author and publisher put into promoting a book that matters. Sometimes books fall through the cracks. Sometimes below average books sell like crazy. But ultimately, it is the marketing that matters.

I also learned that I’m probably a much better publisher than I am a writer. Oh well!

For the past two months, @DancingLemurPre has been hosting an audio book giveaway on Twitter.

Through today, Wednesday, the giveaway is for CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Starting July 6, it will be for Under a Purple Moon by Beverly Stowe McClure.

It’s been interesting seeing what works and what doesn’t with promoting this giveaway. I’ll post my findings very soon!

What have you learned since you started writing?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Giveaways and Tours

Book tours and giveaways help spread the word. And there’s a lot happening the next few weeks.

Audio book giveaways on Twitter:

Through Wednesday, June 21, there is a giveaway for The Remnant by William Michael Davidson.
One nation, without God...
Retweet this pinned Tweet from @DancingLemurPre to enter.

Thursday, June 22 through June 28, the giveaway is for Matowak: Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler.
A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...

June 29 through July 5, the giveaway is for CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
A storm gathers across the galaxy…

July 6 through July 12, the giveaway is for Under a Purple Moon by Beverly Stowe McClure.
No Love in the Garden of Eden...

Then wrapping up the giveaways from July 13 through July 19, it’s Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
The ship of legends...

Visit @DancingLemurPre on Twitter and click on the pinned Tweet to enter - easy-peasy!

Book tour and giveaway:

MC Book Tours has set up a week-long tour for Joylene Nowell Butler’s latest releases.

Maski: Broken But Not Dead
The print version was an Ippy Silver Medalist.
Now it’s finally available in eBook format.

Matowak: Woman Who Cries
The follow-up to Maski is now available as an audio book.

The tour runs June 26 - June 30 with giveaways of both books. See MC Book Tours for exact tour dates.

Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. has several new books in the works, including a charming middle grade book for boys set in 1969, a middle grade anthology, and a science fiction dystopian thriller for adults.

Do you listen to audio books or enter giveaways?