Dakota Cassidy Blames Pixie.

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.

The readers.

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.

Evah.  LOLLOL.

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 🙂

  • Pat Cochran June 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    As one of your previous commenters noted, I too like to enter contests but not if they call
    for too much participation. ( I have to admit that my brain tires quite easily nowadays! )
    I really like ARCs, bookseller gift certificates, and autographed books as prizes. I enjoy
    reading excerpts because they give me an idea of what an author is writing about. If I
    like the excerpt then I will likely buy the book. As for hardcovers, I don’t usually buy them.

  • Jill M June 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Hey, Dakota! I like books, cash, gift cards, you name it. If you did have a Cruise for two, I’d let you go along with me. 😉 I really, really, really have to like an Author to buy Hardback. Unfortunately, I have a book budget every month so I can’t buy all the books I want. ;( I have yet to meet an Author but I have high hopes for someday doing so. Keep writing. Love your books!

  • Kershia June 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I prefer the ARC’s contests but also like the ones who offer certificates.

  • jennifer mathis June 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    i like to win stuff in general, but i love to win books alot!!! I would buy the hardback but i find that i won’t buy the hardback of a never read before author. I want to know I’m going to enjoy the voice behind the story before I can justify the price. My spending limit on buying books depends on how close hubbys is paying attention lol.


  • J. June 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    There were questions?
    I’s sorry … I’ve been completely mesmerized by the FABULOUSNESS of that shot of you 😉

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 11:46 pm

      LOLLOL–the only thing missing is a bottle of booze in my hand, eh? LMAO

      • J. June 30, 2010 at 1:04 am

        Nat? You’re corrupting Dakota. She’s saying “eh”.

  • Kathy June 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I love your books. I have a kindle and pre-order so I get it the day it comes out. Hopefuly this helps you get to be number one.

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm

      Aw, thanks, darlin’!

  • Averi Azar June 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I read all the time and so therefore I love books! I have never been able to wait for a book to go on mass market and I mark the dates that my favorites come out and get it on the day. I used to pay full price for hardback but then I discovered shoping online at Barns and Noble and upgraded the membership so that I no longer have to pay for shiping so I get huge discounts now and don’t have to worry about overpaying! Hurrah! I’ve gone to a book signing of an author duo before who wrote one of my favorite series and basically one was way cooler than I expected and the other was (regretably) a snotty-nosed bitch with a serious pesimistic issue; which was pretty dissappointing. I love the kind of prizes that are sort of one-of-a-kind like signed copies of books or rough drafts to books that are comming out! It’s fun to read author’s blogs because for me it’s fun to compare how they talk really to the voices that they give their characters (some are really surprising).

  • Gillian June 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I love the picture!

    Ok, Dakota, you asked for it…

    Author promotion turn offs? Asking me to buy more than one copy of a book so I can get an excerpt of the next one (with proof of purchase). Seriously, you’re only going to post the excerpt when the next book is due out anyway. Besides, I live in Australia – the land where mass market paperbacks can set you back $20 or more. I may love your books, but I have bills to pay too.

    Turn ons? Free books, baby! Published books, ARC’s, whatever, I’m so there. If they’re signed, even better. But only if I have a chance at winning them. I understand international postage is expensive and so I really appreciate it when an author from a whole other country offers up a prize to international readers. The Book Depository offers free international shipping. Just sayin’.
    I don’t do social networking sites, so hawk away for all I care. 🙂

    If you’re offering up a contest, please don’t make me jump through hoops for the chance to win. My aforementioned location means I’m more restricted with what I can enter (and I’ll only enter if I really want what’s on offer), so asking me to answer questions about previous books you’ve written (especially if they have nothing to do with the book you’re giving away) will just make me turn away.

    I have no idea if gift cards work for me.

    As for swag, totes and mugs are perfectly serviceable, you can never have too many pens/pencils, T-shirts are always a good thing but sizing can be tricksy, and I have a soft spot for pretty artwork on bookmarks. That’s about all I’ve ever been exposed to when it comes to author swag. I’m impressed when authors go to the bother and expense of creating their own. Richelle Mead had pencils made to promote her Vampire Academy series and, if I remember rightly, called them Emergency Vampire Stakes, or the like. It was rather cute and very amusing.
    Excerpts, I either love them or avoid them. I avoided a couple from Ilona Andrews while anxiously awaiting the release of Magic Bleeds. I was already dying to read the book and reading excerpts made me impatient for more, so I waited until I finished reading the book and went back to them, if they were from a different character’s point of view. Sometimes, excerpts will sway me for or against buying a book from a new-to-me author. So in that respect, I love them because I can either get really good new stories or they save me some dollars for buying other good stories!

    Cash limit. Ha hahahaha. Oh, you make me laugh! I have tried to go cold turkey. I have tried cutting down. It just does no good. Books are my crack. There are certainly worse things to spend your money on, though. I do draw the line at hardcovers. At around $35-$50 I’m not about to go out and buy just one book for that kind of money (Non-fiction is the exception to that rule). The words ‘highway’ and ‘robbery’ spring to mind, but that is merely the recommended retail price and is no way the fault of the author. One thing is for sure, as much as I love supporting local businesses, the previously mentioned online bookshop has been a godsend. I can save so much money getting my books from there. For example, your books Dakota are around $30 for the trade paperbacks and at TBD they are under $15. I assuage by retail guilt by buying first books from TBD then buying subsequent books from my local independent.

    I’m not a fan at all of publishing houses making a series in hardcover halfway through the books. For the Mercy Thompson series, I resorted to buying the UK paperback editions rather than wait for the US paperbacks, for all that I prefer the fancier covers. I just didn’t want to have to wait that long to read the story, I refused to pay hardcover prices and I can easily get over not having all of my books match up. Just give me the story, damn it!

    I don’t do e-books because I prefer the feel of books in my hand. And I can get oh so many books for the cost of an e-reader.

    I have only met a couple of authors and both were lovely but that was back in the day before the interwebz asploded. I’ll be ramping that up to a whopping three come September when Carrie Vaughn comes to Sydney. (I hope she’ll be amenable to signing all of my Kitty books…)

    Oh boy. I think I’ve given you my $10 worth, which works out roughly at US$8.50 these days.

  • Lisa G. June 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I love my books! So books, ARC’s, gift cards and just about anything that enables me to read…it makes me happy!

  • LilMissMolly June 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I’ve met several authors before, primarily at book signings. Most of them were wonderful and very personable. The one that disappointed me the most if probably the most prolific, who you never see on a blog or even Facebook. No personality at all. To be honest, I don’t buy her books anymore and get them from the library instead. 😀

  • kimmy l June 29, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I love books. I also like surprise gitfts like lotions, pens, etc. Once I won a small bag with a penis shaped eraser, penis ruler, bath oils etc. It was so cute.

  • Dee F. June 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    I love books so I favor contests that offer me the choice of a book or gift card from my fav Amazon are my favorite. Excerpts usually give me a quick “taste” of a book and can make the difference between waiting until it comes to my local library or trying to find it sooner than right now. I like to read an author’s musings. If I like her personal writing, I am that much more interested in her professional work.

  • Laura A. June 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Tried to post earlier and it hasn’t appeared yet so I am submitting another post.

    Hi Dakota!

    1. I think any way that you authors decide to share your talents and labours with us fans is a-okay by me.
    2. If we tweet you about a character you could say thank you AND tell us you love that character. I love glimpses into authors’ thoughts like that.
    3. I’ve never met a contest prize I didn’t like. If I had to pick, I think I’d choose something that included a book and chocolate or brownies or something like that to enjoy while enjoying the book.
    4. I don’t read excerpts.
    5. I don’t have a cash limit on books but I do generally – but not always – wait for the paperback version. Can buy more books that way.
    6. Never met an author in person.


  • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Wow–we had quite a day, huh?

    You guys were all fabulousness times a million! Thank you, thank you for dropping by and giving me your likes and dislikes 🙂

    I’m out for now, but when nat gets back, she’ll choose a winner!

    Hugs all ’round, ladies and gents!

  • Gina Keitz June 29, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    First, let me start by saying… I LOVED this blog post. It makes me feel awesome that you talk like a regular person and not trying to be super polite or ultra correct…. It was like listening to a friend talking and that is amazing !!!

    Second to answer a couple questions….

    1. I love to win ARC’s. I don’t drive so I rarely get to the store and am on a very very tight budget. Much as I hate it, books are not a priority like rent and clothes and food…. If I am lucky, I get books second or third hand just so I have something new to read. I am not complaining. I realize there are people worse off than me.

    2. I like hardbacks and if I have the money at the time, I will get it but I prefer mass market size… They’re easier to curl up in the corner of the couch with…. lol

    3. I used to work retail selling books and had the opportunity to meet a few authors. Most were very nice…. but once I did meet a guy who was very rude… of course he didn’t write romance and acted like he was better than everyone else… which was funny because we hardly ever sold his books anyways….

  • Larena Wirum June 29, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I enjoy contest with ARC’s and Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Borders gift cards/certificates. Or Any that do books. 🙂 I have to get books some way since I read so much. LOL

    I don’t mind when authors blog all over the place or show up at reader groups and so on. I have learned a lot about books that way and it will help me if I have trying to decide if I want a book or not. 🙂

    Congrats on the latest release.

  • Stacey Smith June 30, 2010 at 4:00 am

    How to bag a nerd funny!
    So what are you guys talking about gift card i love gift card. thay help me get books when i’m broke and want a book.I join gift card contest all the time just wish i could winn some of them.


  • Jeni Matthews June 30, 2010 at 4:14 am

    To be honest I adore any prizes! But I have to admit that I love getting responses when I comment on something, which is why I enjoy being a “friend” of DC’s on facebook and part of her yahoo group, if i post 9 out of 10 times she’ll post something back and it’s awesome!

    • Dakota Cassidy June 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      Sweet baby Jesus, she tries. Like she really TRIES. LOLLOL

      Thanks, Jeni!

  • sue brandes June 30, 2010 at 7:32 am

    I like anything an author gives for a prize. I enjoy getting a comment back. It’s fun to read what the author says even if it’s short and sweet. I get disapointed if the prize never shows up though. I think it’s fun to follow authors around to differant blog when they are promoting a book. I feel like it shows them I care and support them. I love that picture of you. It’s silly and fun. Thanks.

  • Valerie June 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Ok, I’m still cracking up at your post!!!

    Yeah, the same old promo going around bazillion of times gets a bit of a bore….yawn!! I like seeing something different, like an interview with the characters…especially the hot hero…hehe. Or just a juicy tease of an excerpt….not too long.

    Of course I like to win stuff too. Though, being over the pond, I don’t expect authors to send me huge packages. Gift certificates for Amazon.com are fabby. So are copies of books, e or print. I must say here, I hate scavenger hunts unless what I’m looking for is really staring me in the face! Hehe!!! Some authors have really huge websites with hundreds of pages and if I have to search through more than a hundred to find the icon, quote or whatever, I just give up!

    There are only about two authors I buy their prints cos I gotta have that baby right away!! The rest have to wait until they get out in mass paperback. Sorry, but money is just too scarce these days.

    Happy Summer Days everyone!!

    in Germany

    (so you can find me!)

  • Amy S June 30, 2010 at 11:42 am

    What a great post, Thanks Dakota!

    The best prize for me is a signed book! Some offer a choice of prizes, and even if there was money involved I would still choose the signed book! Living in Canada and with two young boys (I love my trouble makers!) I rarely get to meet authors, and even when they do come to my province, the location is usually at the minimum an hour’s drive away for me, and I’m HAPPY to drive that, but sometimes life throws you a curve ball and plans get changed, so next to meeting an author, winning one of their SIGNED books is the best thing EVAH!

    When it comes to hard backs, there are a few authors I adore that I simply CANNOT wait for the paperback to come out and I can’t imagine waiting to find out what happens in the series next!

    Hmm…promoting…it doesn’t bother me at all! And hey, sometimes I’m right there Tweeting, blogging and Facebook-ing right along with you. If I see the Tweets and I like you, you can bet that I’m right behind ya sharing the awesomeness of your talent with others who might not be familiar with your work!

    My biggest beef with contests, and really ANY contest, is when they make you literally jump through hoops just to ENTER the contest. I mean I’ve got no problems with spreading the word, but do I really have to go out and do the funky chicken just to get my name in the hat? I dunno maybe that’s just me!

    I really appreciate it when an author Tweets back to me about my comments on their character, because sometimes I gain more insight into that character than I had originally thought and it makes me go back and maybe take a closer look the next time I read that book!

    New release teasers are kinda 50/50 with me. ONLY because I love them, but then I’m going CRAZZZZZZZY waiting to get my hands on the book and find out what happened before and what’s coming next in the scene!

  • WonderBunny June 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I’m a little late responding to this…had a sushi night with the family.

    I like contests but I don’t like extra entries. In fact, if I can’t just drop my name and e-mail address off (or not), I tend not to enter. I don’t contest spam the internet so I tend to find out about it because I read the blog on a regular basis. I have a list of blogs I like on my blog and I have other ways of spot lighting other blogs I read besides that. I also don’t like people who spam the comments section of my blog promoting their contest.

    I like books and bookmarks for giveaways. So if an author can send me a book with or without a bookmark, I’m happy. Most of the time, I’d be happy with just a bookmark (but it’s better if it is signed).

    I don’t buy hardback books. I wait for it to be mass market paperback or I get it on my kindle. My student budget can’t do the hardbacks and I like paperbacks because they are easier to carry around.

  • WonderBunny June 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Oh ya… enjoyed your post! 🙂

  • Raelena June 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I love contests for ARCs, regular books, signed books, and giftcards/cash

    I like reading excerpt because it gives me a better idea of what the book is about and whether or not it seems interesting enough to buy.

    Usually I try to hold off on buying a book if it is in hardcover (unless I have gift certs).

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