Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kindle Giveaway Tour one-sixth done

With today's post at Candace's Book Blog, I've passed the halfway point of the first month. People have asked "How can you keep it fresh for 90 days?" That is a good question that once in a while gives me pause. Can I do five or six Q & A's and answer honestly but different each time? How much can I write about the same topic, such as the ever-popular use of ghost hunting as used in Speed Dating with the Dead? Can I go that long without breaking into a writing-related rant, or examination of the publishing industry that few care about?

When I step back, here's how I can easily do it. I think I will have 15 books out during the tour. I can feature one title at individual stops (there's 15!) I have a few video stops to make where I visit sites from my novels, so I can double-dip on those books. I have some UK and Australian stops where I can talk about e-books as relatively new discoveries. And a few posts on the indie era and the changing nature of books, Appalachian legends, and future projects, as well as my comic books, screenplays, and side interests (Saturday's post will be about my film-acting experiences) and I should be able to keep it fresh even for people who make every single stop.

I haven't seen a huge surge of sales, but this is more about laying a foundation for readers, bloggers, and writers to meet around the digital/virtual world. I haven't even tried to quantify the tour on success/failure measurements, because it's improvisational and a moving experiment. The goal is to stay a few days ahead on the posts, stay involved with you who are commenting, and present the spectrum of all I do, and maybe show a little about the "real me," since I've mostly been just a name on a book to a lot of people.

The tour was originally called "90 Days of Nightmares." It's barely two months since I first got the idea and still not a single nightmare. So all in all I am rather pleased. I know some people are watching to see if I can make it. Hello! I'm still here.


author Christa Polkinhorn said...

I hope you do a post on Appalachian legends. That would really cool.

Neal Hock said...

I'll be honest, when I first read about this tour, I thought "How is he not going to sound like a broken record?" But you've done a fantastic job so far, and I know that you will continue to do so. You are coming into contact with a lot of potential readers that you might not otherwise have. You may not see immediate results, but I think you'll reap benefits from this tour on into the future.

Keep up the great work and I look forward to getting to know more of the "Full Scotty"!


author Scott Nicholson said...

Thanks, guys, I am taking it as a personal challenge!

Rabid Fox said...

Perhaps Halloween will instill a nightmare or two.

Monster A Go-Go said...

Yes, I was going to suggest a blog entry on what you do/did for Halloween. You might also consider a blog on some of the lovely goats you've been seen around town with. And then there's...well...perhaps I should save that scandal for one of my comments on the tour? Hmmm... Keep it up!