Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Why are blog hops popular for the authors?

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I can only tell you why I think they are from my own experience.


I’ve been involved in a few recently and tho I hesitated at first to take the time away from my writing, I had become feeling a bit secular in my little office. I mean there’s a real world out there and I’ve lived in my characters heads for so long, I’d begun talking like them at home. And trust me; the gritty language used in “Roll the Dice” didn’t sit well with my family. LOL

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So…when I had a chance to get involved in the First Love Valentine blog hop with S.J. Bourne I jumped at the chance. Although there was some work involved, it was different from my daily norm and pulled me out of the rut I had nestled into so happily. I guess the best thing about the whole process—and trust me, this part is invaluable—you can make a whole bunch of new friends. I have. People who I probably would never have met if I hadn’t taken the leap. Plus, I have no doubt the reason my book sales are rising is from the group efforts at advertising.


And then Jeff Bennington came up with another chance for me to put “Roll the Dice” in The Horror/Suspense Kindle Giveaway. I just couldn’t resist. I liked the idea of being involved with other suspense authors a lot. 


And that is plus I couldn’t ignore. I’m always on about how important it is to belong to groups. And that’s true. But the reason is – that promoting within a group gives you a heck of a lot longer range than one person trying desperately to push their own work. And blog hops are all about the group. They’re a little like doing a blog tour without all the expense that one has if they sign up for a professional one. I’m not saying it’s as effective… I have no doubt it isn’t. But it’s fun and helps you to see other’s work at the same time.


Let’s face it. If you’re like me, there are days when you sit in front of the computer looking at the blank page of your blog and wondering what the hell you can blather on about today? Thankfully, I can honestly say that it doesn’t happen to me very often because I’ve become fanatical about writing down any and every idea no matter where I am. Therefore, I have a list I can choose from.


But it is always fun to have a little something extra to offer my readers. Like a chance to win a Kindle or maybe some free books. Or heck –  just a great new website to find a lot of great authors.

***And while I'm at it, I should mention that today and tomorrow the KICK-ASS PROMOTIONS will be sheduled with a nice selections of different books by many best-selling Amazon authors and they are all...
FREE - uh huh!!! that's what I said. Free!!!

***Including the new Vegas release Book #3 -
Vegas Shuffle

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