Okay, so while Ms. Thang’s away in some remote cottage, high atop a hill where the deer and the antelope play—she asked me to blog.
And here we are. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of my creative juices coming to an abrupt halt. When Nat asked me to blog, I had no clue what to blog about.
I still don’t.
I’ve done nine thousand and two blogs in the last month for an upcoming release. People are sick of me. I’m sick of me. Sick.
So let’s talk about you.
Go ahead. I’ll sit quietly and observe.
I’m kidding Here’s what I thought we’d do—let’s talk about reader things. For instance, what kind of author promotion turns you on? What turns you off?
Do you get sick to death of us hawking our wares on every available social network? After you’ve seen the same tweet tweeted and retweeted nine bazillion times, do you just tune out? Or do you make voodoo dolls out of our online pics and poke pins in us to make us shut up?
If, when you tweet us about a character in a book, would you prefer we just say thank you for the compliment (or not, as the case may be), or do you want us to respond with “Yeah! I loved my Xavier Long Dong Johnson, too! Isn’t he dreaaaammmy?” Does that make you want to gag?
What kinds of contests do you like? ARC’s, cash, Amazon/Barnes and Noble/Borders gift certificates? Spa retreats, Caribbean cruises? Which, as a p/s, won’t ever be something I give away. If there’s a cruise to be had, I’m going to be the one in the lounge chair on the deck while Gopher brings me festive drinks with pretty umbrellas No slight intended, but thass just the truth.
What contests don’t interest you at all?
Do you like excerpts for new and upcoming releases? Do they wet your whistle, or do you forget about them after you’ve read them?
What’s your cash limit on buying books? Do you look at a hardcover and think, “Blow me, bitches! I can get five mass markets for that price. I’ll wait till it’s out in mass.” Or are you the kind of reader who can’t wait and buys it in hardcover. I only ask because you’ll NEVER have to make that choice with me.
Have you ever met an author in person and ended up disappointed because they weren’t like their online personality? No naming names—just gimme your in general experiences because I might know the author who trashed your image of them, and I’ll tell them you said it. I will… No, I’m kidding. I wouldn’t tell-tell. Okay, the guilt would eat me alive. So don’t tell me
So here’s the deal—answer one or all of the questions—it’s up to you. Or don’t answer any. I’m sooooo not pushy like that. Besides, it isn’t like I’m blazing some new journalistic path with my insightful, thought-provoking questions.
But if you want to win something, you gotta answer at least one to be thrown in a random drawing which I’ll leave to Nat when she returns from her rendezvous with nature to pick winners etc
There’s no overseas entry limit—I’ll ship to Tibet if goats are available to lug shit up hills to you while you zen with the Dalai Lama—or just a cute Tibetan guy.
So—discuss. I await. I got ALL day, fine people