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 🙂

  • Denise T. June 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Hey Dakota,
    I love to win books!! Any contest will do unless they make you do so many things that it is easier just to go buy it!, unless it’s a signed copy. lol
    I love to read excerpts but it makes it so hard to wait for the book-anticipation. lol
    I’ve kept author responses in my file folder of those that really seem justified to me. (agreeing with me) lol
    Hard covers are so expensive but those series that I follow they are a must buy. The bigger books are harder to hold when reading also! I usually buy a used copy of the mass market when they come out then sell the hard cover. (they are too big and take up room on my shelves)
    LOVE your books D and can’t wait for the next from you to come out!

  • Katherine June 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Dear Dakota–
    Forget money–I’ll just spend it on bills or something whereas gift cards? No guilt at all in using them to buy books. (I think my record for emptying a $100 Amazon gift card is three minutes.) Tweets go right over my head. They’re just noise to me, but I will pay attention if a book is mentioned on a blog.

    I like freebies, so excerpts and first chapters are great.

    What’s a hard-back book? I just don’t buy them any more. The price point was more than $20. And I’m starting to have a problem with mass market books too. I used to toss two or three in my shopping cart but the last book I bought was $9.99 and after awhile, that sort of adds up. Thank God for paperback book swap and buying used (like new) from Amazon.com.

    As for meeting authors–I have never really been disappointed. And I love how accessible you are to your fans and readers. ( am one.)

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm

      Aw, thanks, doll–and I’m all about the paperback swap!

  • Cathy S June 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I have never met any of my favorite authors. I suppose I am afraid to . I kinda put these people up on a pedistal, like a superhero or some of my favorite actors. I like reading about them or talkin to them via web, but I don’t think I want to meet any. It might destroy my fantasies of them or my ideals. Aurthors create dreams and fantasies for people like me to enjoy. Wouldn’t want to do anything to jephordize that.

    Contests?? I love gift cards especially amazon as I have a kindle. I try not to buy paper anymore unless its taking too long to be put on a kindle, then I buy whatever is availabel!! When a book comes out that I want no matter what form I get it. And I know what the book is about because of the excerpts whick I devour. I love the previews in the back of one book about the upcoming series.

  • Julie Swaney June 29, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Hi Dakota,
    I love your book!! You may be getting sick of hearing that from people, but I really do.
    I love to win books or gift cards. I also love to win about anything. I don’t like contests that make
    you do so many things that you just want to give up and buy the book yourself.

    I have never met any but would love to. I think the only thing that would disappoint me would
    be if the author was stuck up and thought she was better than everyone else. I have met
    several country music singers and some of them are that way.
    I do love the fact that you and most of the other authors are eager to answer emails from
    your fans.

  • kt June 29, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I love all contest! An autographed book with some bubble bath and tea.A gift card.I’m thankful for anything.

  • Spaz June 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Freaking. Hilarious!!! This Princess picture is GOLD!!!!!

    I love love love Author giveaways, and ARCs are my most favorite!! Especially if it’s signed. I don’t need a gift card or anything like that, I just want a BOOK!

    I DO get a little annoyed with authors retweeting their own glowing reviews on Twitter. But I understand it’s an important part of getting your book’s reputation out there, and if it annoyed me that much I could always UNfollow. 😛

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      Dude! Love your attitude 🙂 I never understand why people get upset with someone on Twitter–just stop following, right?

  • Paula June 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I would love to meet an author, but have never had that opportunity… maybe some day I will. As for contests, I think they’re great. I love to read and always have one in the process with several as back-ups. Winning books or gift cards to purchase books is fantastic. Secretly, I’d love to be an author myself!

  • Summer June 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Hi again Dakota!

    Promise I’m not stalking you…ok, maybe a little 😛 Let’s see…I actually love hearing from authors and reading tweets and excerpts. Of course, I always have to wait on the excerpts till closer to the release day cause it would drive me nuts to have to wait too long. As for spending money, HA, I have spent so much my husband jokes that books are my version of crack. 🙂 But that’s ok, I love to read. I prefer paperback, but have been known to buy some of my can’t wait-next one in the series-gotta read now titles in hardcover because I would have serious withdrawals if I had to wait. 🙂 I love the contests too, especially for ARCs! It makes me feel all special to read the book before it’s in stores. Of course, I have only won one ARC, but I have read a bunch while working at the book store I work at. 🙂 Anyhoo, that’s what I like, so…yeah. 🙂

  • Cathy Phillips June 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Hi, Dakota!

    I love, love, love contests and giveaways. The only things I don’t like to receive are shirts, aprons, and spatulas or other kitchen utensils. I love signed books, spas, makeup, perfumes, gift certificates, etc. – and yes, I’d really enjoy winning a trip. I’m fairly easy to please. LOL!

    I love to read about authors new books coming out. Most of them make me want to buy them. I prefer buying paperbacks because they are cheaper. I do have some hardbacks, but I won them in contests or giveaways.

    I have never seen any authors at signings, but would love to. It seems like not many of them come to KC.

  • LSUReader June 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    It’s great to see you here today. I’ll answer a few of your questions. I love contests to win books or gift cards to book stores. I especially love signed books—I never get rid of them, much to Hubby’s chagrin. I really don’t like contests with lots of requirements to enter. I don’t do facebook. I don’t twitter. I enjoy reading book excerpts and columns by authors on lots of topics. I keep a long TBR list and I will add books for future release as they appeal to me. Thanks for visiting.

  • Pam S June 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Being the spazz that I generally am, I don’t get sick of the promos at all. It is a great way to remind me to go pick up the book! I like blogs or group postings the best. Twitter sorta overwhelms me (though I don’t mind tweeting the word out for others). Facebook is more friendly networking arena for me.

    Ohh I love giveaways from authors – almost anything will do ;), I like books, gift cards, and ereaders the best. Lol spa retreats, vacations and such would be super nice in a dream world :D.

    Hardbacks – umm yah, it’s really really rare I treat myself to one of those – my hardbacks pretty much consist of review copies or gifts I’ve gotten. Paper or ebook is my motto.

    I love excerpts on new/upcoming releases!

    My avg book price is $6.99 but I do pick up some $10ish prices ones also. Really just depends on what I know I can get away with without dipping into the bill money.

  • librarypat June 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Most promotions are fine. The only one that was a bit of a let down was a “Bag of Swag” from one site. It contained bookmarks and post cards from a variety of authors plus a few other odds and ends. Not really anything I could use or read. If the bookmarks etc. are from a single author as part of a prize package, that is another story. If I like the book, they show me what else is available. I appreciate the expense these promotions cost authors, stuff I will just throw in the recycling bin is a waste for both myself and the author.

    Hawk away. It is a competitive market out there and you have to get your book out there for people to find out about. I visit a wide variety of sites and each takes a different approach to their interviews and reviews. Each review and interview sheds a bit more light on the author and the book. Several times it has been the 3rd or 4th review that has shown a different light on the story and convinced me I needed to read it.

    A thanks should be enough. I have both twitter and facebook accounts, but seldom have time to check them. Usually they are clogged with so many messages from a variety of authors, it is just impossible to read or respond to them all. I certainly can’t expect a busy author to do much more.

    I enjoy all types of contests. The exception is the one mentioned above. A cruise would be fantastic, but I’m with you. Why give it away when you can take it yourself. Books and gift certificates are always great.

    Excerpts are good. I have been seriously hooked by several. I have also discovered that a book is not for me. That is a good thing too. You don’t want someone buying one of your books and then finding it is not at all what they like. A sale is a sale, but a dissatisfied customer will express that and could cost you another sale. I have found authors where I like some of their books, but know that another they have written just isn’t for me.

    Paperbacks are great. They are affordable and don’t take up a lot of room – something important for those of us who seem to keep every book we have ever purchased. The one disadvantage is for libraries. As someone who purchased books for a library, it is a consideration. Yes, most have paperback sections and ours is a good size. Some people prefer that format. However, trade paperbacks and hardcovers are usually preferable just because they tend to hold up better. (Unfortunately, that is becoming less true. New books just seem to fall apart so much sooner.) They also show better on the shelves and are easier to find.

    I have met some authors. Most have been local, a couple big names. Surprise! They are real people. They don’t sparkle and shine, have perfect makeup/hair/wardrobes. They go grocery shopping, clean house and have families. One western author comes in to the post office where my husband works. He is a nice guy and just another customer. I have discovered there are a couple of romance writers that live in our town and one in my old home town. I never realized it and haven’t met them. They don’t need stalkers. They need to be left alone to live their real lives and to be authors only when they have that public hat on. I have never understood why some fans expect an image instead of a person and feel they can approach whenever and where ever they feel like it.. Most have been gracious and chatted. At a signing or large event, you can’t expect them to spend a lost of time treating you like a long lost friend. Expecting more is unrealistic. As long as the author is personable and makes an effort to answer my questions and comments (which they have probably heard a thousand time and are ready to scream if they hear it one more time) in a reasonable way, I have no complaints. We all have bad days and I don’t see how authors can not at some point yell “I don’t want to hear that question ONE MORE TIME! There is a poster at the end of the table and I’ve put all the dumb questions and answers on it.”

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  • wanda flanagan June 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I love contests that offer ARC’S and ones that offer up B & N gift cards .I realy dont care for ones for ebooks as I dont have an e reader and I dont have time to sit at my pc all day reading lol Id never go to work.As far as hawking goes go ahead I love hearing about books lt me know whats out there for me .

  • The Mighty Buzzard June 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Well, since you asked for our personal type opinions, that’s what I’ll give. Just be wary of assigning any credence to mine; I’m well aware that I am quite odd.

    Promotions are pretty much lost on me. If I wanted to buy something before, I still will. If it didn’t interest me before, you’re not likely to tell me something about it that will change that.

    Hawk away. The only social networks I participate in are blogs and, because a pixie twisted my arm, twitter. It’s easy to read and forget things that you’re not interested in on twitter and even easier to never click the link from a blog’s rss feed. It’s more like vendors in a street market than a door to door salesman because it’s not personal.

    Say whatever you like in response to my constant barrage of requests to feed my Nina addiction. I mean, I still read Rob’s books even if she is a bit of a douche to her fans.

    About the only ones I’m likely to participate in are the ones where I get to hear myself talk (or rather read myself type) because I’m just a narcissist like that. I don’t usually care much about actually winning anything.

    Excerpts are slightly complicated. For unreleased books: Do Not Want. It drove me about half nuts getting a chapter a week waiting on Changes; I’ll be skipping them next time. For released books though, they’re nice to have posted. It’s like being able to skim the first couple chapters in the bookstore to see if it’s worth buying.

    Hardcovers don’t bug me at all that they cost $20-30. If it’s one that I think I’ll want to have a copy of twenty years from now, I’ll get the HC. If not, paperback. E-books are the only thing where the prices seriously bother me. If I’m paying more than the cost of a mm paperback, I demand more than the value of a mm paperback. I work with tech daily, so I know better than to trust anything in digital format won’t suffer a spontaneous existence failure at the least convenient time. Paperbacks at least can be trusted barring fire, children, or overuse.

    I’m not interested in meeting authors, having books signed, etc… I completely fail at the whole idolizing people for their celebrity thing. Celebrities tend to be perfectly normal human beings. And (to quote the cab driver in Harvey) you know what stinkers they are.

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      Oh, my darling, Buzz–you are the sharp, pointy pin in my bubble. I adore that about you. LOLLOL

      Oh, and Nina says, “I love a good hard ass. Make me feel all fucking shiny.”

  • Mireyah Wolfe June 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    My favorite contests are, obviously, the ones I win! LOL

    But I love ARC giveaways, gift cards, swag, I’m just thrilled that authors love us readers enough to bother doing it!

    As for promotion, I like reading excerpts because I get a feel for the tone of the book, insight into the characters–it lets me know whether or not I’m going to actually want to read the book after I’ve bought/won it. I like to see authors tweeting about their books, but not so often that it gets repetitive or boring. Every once in a while, mixed in with regular life stuff–I like knowing that they’ve got lives outside of their writing too. 🙂

  • Debasmita June 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Dakota,
    Any contest is fine for me as long as there is a book up for grabs! I am such a bookworm! And thanks to the so many wonderful people around the world who are lovely and generous enough to give away books!! Love them all!
    And I rarely buy hardcovers! They are so heavy on the pocket!

  • Jennifer June 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I love contest where ARCs are involved (giftcards are a close second). It’s like the movie “Something About Mary”, but ARCs instead of Mary. I also like seeing how creative authors can be with the contests they come up with.

    There is one instance where an author’s internet personality was tarnished by their actions on the internet. I’ve never met the author in person but the more they tweet/facebook/lj, the more groans escape my mouth (That sounded dirty. Meh.). They also sent me a note when I mentioned to another person that I didn’t like how the back cover of a pending release read. I don’t mind if a conversation is eavesdropped but at least have the courtesy to allow people there opinions. I felt very scolded by there DM.

    I’ve got nothing else.

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      Oh. My. Now that’s not something I’ve ever encountered, personally, but holy bejebus! Talk about Big Brother, eh? EEK!

      • Jennifer June 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

        Yeah. How far down the totem pole that author has fallen and been replaced. Often. And with prejudice.

  • Raonaid Luckwell June 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Nix on the money deal. Yeah, it would be nice to win cash but since I am the responsible type, instead of spending that on new books, I would use that money for bills and other house items.

    Gift cards to various book stores, books, and ARC’s are awesome! Even small promotional items like T-shirts (which I have about three), mugs/coffee cups (use to have one Bonnie Rose Leah until my kids broke it and my hubs was like “Well it’s a cup it gets used”) are awesome. Totes are awesome. I finally won one from Larissa.

    Excerpts are ify with me. Sometimes they just frustrate me to no end because I want the book then not later.

    Hardbacks – I have a very strict “no buying hardback” rule EXCEPT for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s dark-hunter books. Once the paperbacks come out, I give my hardbacks to a friend in Mass. But yeah, the price of them make me think “Why blow all that money on one book when I can buy two, three, possibly four books.” I get very disappointed when publishers after so many books switch to putting new releases in hardback. So, if I can catch it early, I’ll go to my library instead. Then, when the paperback comes out, buy it for my collection.\

    My spending limit? Since I am the responsible type, unlike my spouse, I keep my spending realitively small. Now once a year I may be able to spend about fifty to a hundred dollars on books. Then holidays and birthdays I’ll get to spend twenty to possibly thirty bucks on books (never this Valentine, Mother’s Day and Easter since Rock on the Range was my gift from the spouse).

    I’ve only met “one” author so far at a signing. That was Sherrilyn Kenyon. The hubs drove me four hours to attend this signing because he knew how much I adored this author and her books. I had tried to get him to read them. He read Kyrian’s book and stopped. She was awesome. I was going through a rough patch the month of August and being at that signing just drained all the problems like they didn’t exist. I do know that she did make an impact on my husband. On our long drive back home, he looked at me and said “Which book is after Kyrian’s.” Now he’s addicted like me

  • Amanda Boyd June 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Dakota!!

    I would give you my author name but yeah I is being covert. LOL!!!

    Hmm as to the prizes I am reading all the answers peeps, for serious! LOL!!! I love that you all like ARC’s and goodies. I have done the whole Amazon gift Cert. I would do it again…like within the next two months LOL!!

    Of all the authors I have talked too, am I disapointed…well…there is one, but I won’t name names. You on the other hand, my AI, SYTYCD, HWoNJ, twitter companion are far and beyond the funniest author I have talked too! I have talked to a few more that are just as gracious and give me kudoo’s when I get a new contract. Which is really weird. LOL!!! One of these days I will meet you all and you will be all blown away with my wit! LMAO…not really but I would like to meet you all LOL!!!

    As for what I like as a tadpole in the lilypads of bull frogs(tryin to get the biggest frog here) wait am I even supposed to enter these contest…is there some unwritten author rule for this? Well if not, as a reader I like the updates, to a point, by the fifteenth post in 3 hours I’m ready to shut down and hide for the rest of the day. I love when authors get glowing reviews, I love when authors get new contracts because they are always excited and I love reading great stories. I will buy Hardbacks, especially if its the only way I can read a series I am in love with and I have never done a paperback swap…should look into that LOL!

    I will make this one comment though and its not gonna be harsh, but there is a comment right above where I am typing. Miss Wanda, some of us haven’t gone to paperback yet and I understand not wanting to sit at your computer all day reading. But you shut out us, who are at the bottom working our way up, we are authors too. We work just as hard as any author out there, we edit, we do all the promo, we are our books and to say you won’t read what we write because it’s an ebook…hurts and you’re missing out on some really great authors and some really great friends of mine with some really good stories. I would hope you could give us a chance. Heck if you find a short, print it out and read it. Just like holding a paperback. Just saying.

    Anyway thanks for this Dakota, its opening my eyes as an author too!


    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      You know, I never post reviews. If a fan posts one on twitter, I love them for it, but I always feel so uncomfortable asking people to retweet it. I just can’t. I think the only time I’d post a review of my work is if like Zach Levi reviewed it.

      You know, Chuck? So we’ll never have to worry about that. LOLLOL

      • Amanda Boyd June 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm

        I have only had one review…so I posted it. LOL!!! But I don’t go over board unless I have a release coming up…I figure if you want my stuff you’ll get it, if not…well all of the promo I do or review postings isn’t gonna change your mind…is that the wrong atittude? LOL!!!

        And who is Chuck…just curious LOL!!!!


  • CrystalGB June 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Love your pic. I like it when authors share excerpts of current releases and sneak peeks of what they are writing. For contests, books, gift certificates, cash, bath products, candles, etc. are good. I don’t buy a lot of hardbacks. They are just too expensive for me.

  • Nancy Clemons June 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Dakota! It’s me again, and yesssss I’m stalking you! lol Anyhoo, I would love to meet my favorite authors (you) in person but never have. I much prefer books over any other gift or gift cards so I can buy books. My husband told me once that I had too many books, I gave him the look (you know what look) and told him he was crazy. You can NEVAH have too many books! Specially Dakota’s! As for hardback versus paperback, in this day and age I’ll take what I can get but I used to always buy the hardbacks the minute they came out. Nowadays, it’s paperbacks and the library. I would love to have ALL your books in My library and will some day. And as for you being on the internet…I love chatting with you and listening to your blogs! You just plain crack me up sistah! Don’t ever change!

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      Muwah, muwah, muwah! Thank you love!

  • Chrissie June 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Dakota! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with gift cards as a contest prize – especially Amazon gift cards; I should buy some stocks from Amazon just to get some of my money back from all the crap I buy on that website. Of course I would never turn down a spa certificate or cruise of any kind 🙂 Also, I’m not a huge fan of excerpts for new books/series unless it’s from the very beginning of the book. But if it’s an established series then it’s a great way to refresh the reader’s memory of the characters “current events” and I know it gets me excited for the next book to come out. You know, I just realized I’ve never met an author other than my brother-in-law, Joshua Palmatier, and he’s cool 🙂


  • Lisa Richards June 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I love contests that give away books but honestly I’d rather have a gift certificate to get the book that you are giving away. I always order enough books to get free shipping. Who pays for shipping anyway, not moi. I absolutely cringe when I win a book that is sent UPS by a publisher or author. My GAWD, I could have gotten two or three books for what they spent shipping it UPS. If you gotta ship it-ship it MEDIA MAIL- I’ll wait an extra day or two cause it’s FREE! And hardbacks, I can count on one hand the amount of hardbacks I buy. OH, and ebooks not gonna happen as long as they are the price of a print book or more. I want it in my hot little hand and I want to be able to share it with others after enjoying it.
    Okay, got that over with.

    I like short excerpts from books, maybe a chapter but I’m probably not gonna read it unless I’m undecided on the book. These just piss me off as I then have to wait for the rest of the story.
    Don’t mind tweets cause if its repetitive I can ignore it. I enjoy reading blogs that interview an author but I don’t enjoy seeing it 10,000 times. Although, you’d probably hear me snicker the first 1000 times if it was yours. Have no interest in meeting authors, I’m only interested in your writing (yeah, I know, you’ve hear that from guys a thousand times). No really!
    I’ve really enjoyed some of the vlogs that BittenByBooks have had of authors. They make you’ll seem more real, you know- hair uncombed, shirt a bit crooked, sneaking a smoke or sip from that cup that we always wonder what’s in.

  • Angela Messer June 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I love when answers tweet/email back with more than just a quick response. Makes my fan girl heart swoon 😉
    I love contest for ARC’s the most! Love when I get the book just a little bit early 🙂
    I never read excert for upcoming releases unless it’s a new-to-me author and I’m trying to decide whether to buy their book or not.
    I don’t have much of a limit on my book hoardingOOps, I mean buying, problem. If it’s one I’m dying to read I’ll buy it hardcover or MMP, don’t matter.

  • Robin Blankenship June 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I love contests about as much as I love answering questions. So here goes. I love all types of contests. Though I have been to some sites where the authors wants you to answer 30 questions about one of their books and that is a bit overwhelming. I can appreciate an author trying to promote themselves. But I have a author that is also a friend on goodreads and while her books look interesting and my style she is relentless, she recommends her book to me atleast 5 times a week. Which is a bit much.
    I like when authors “hawk their wares” I have discovered many new authors from other authors websites and social networks. Thanks to Michele Bardsley discovered you.
    I love any contests, getting things in the mail makes me giddy. I think anything is cool but if you want to send me on a cruise I am good with that. I love signed books.
    I like excerpts it helps me know what I want to read or not.
    I personally do not buy hardbacks because like you said I can get so many paperbacks for the same price. But if I really really want it I will buy a hardback or large trade paperback especially if I am at a signing.
    I love book signings, I have always had a good time at them. I get kinda of irritated when people in the audience ask spoiler or just silly questions. LOL

    Ok so I think that is enough from me.

  • Leni June 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    One of my favorite promotions is when the characters from the book are interviewed. Never met any of my favorite authors. I only buy bargain bin hardcovers. As for contests, gift certificates and books are tops.

  • Peggy June 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I love winning books. Ebooks are great as there’s the instant gratification thing and no shelf storage required. But print books are good too. ARCs are great because you get them ahead of the release date (see above point re instant gratification). But I just love winning BOOKS!!!!! Gift cards sound good and are less expensive I know for authors to ship (I’m in Canada) but I’d worry about whether they’d honour them here…..

    Other things not so interesting to me. And I like peaks at books that are either already out or just about out. Teasers are great, but not months in advance. (Again, see point re instant gratification, totally consistant here)

    I don’t enter anything that means I have to search for things, figure things out, or *gasp* remember anything. But talk. Yeah, I can do that *smirk*

  • Cathy MacDonald June 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Dakota,

    I love to win books. Can’t tell you how many auto-buy authors I discovered from winning one of their stories. The contests I usually take a pass on are YA titles. Don’t read them myself, and don’t have any kidlets the right age who would enjoy reading them either.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • Bridget June 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Hmm, I don’t care what I win as long as I win. Hardcover books are only meant to be checked out of the library. I reserve the book ASAP because the list is looonnngggg for the authors that I want to read in hardback. Otherwise, I wait for to be it in MM. My TBR pile is overflowing as it is!

    Don’t tweet, but I do read blogs. I file any references to books upcoming that sound appealing. I love, love, love excerpts, but they can be frustrating. You then hafta wait until the book is released! Some books I just must read as soon as they are available. Like yours, and a few other authors. Had to buy and read the ebook of Raising Kane today because I’m addicted to the Rough Rider series.

    As too authors disappointing? Not so far. I can only count on one hand the authors I’ve met in person and none were not what was expected. Heck, I’ve probably disappointed them because I got so star struck! I am much more quiet in person.


    • Bridget June 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

      Hee hee, double negative!

  • Tiah June 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    My favorite giveaways are signed books. Where I live we don’t get that many author signings so any chance to get a signed book I get very excited. And I don’t mind all the self promoting on blogs and twitter. I have found some of my favorite books from authors pimping themselves out that way.

    My biggest pet peeve (excuse me while I rant) is when a series decides four books in that they want to start releasing the new books in hardcover only. Now I have four small paperbacks and then one big hardcover and my book shelf OCD kicks it and can’t take it. GRRR!

  • Mel K. June 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I love to win books, journals, jewelry, and gift certs.
    Hey! Voodoo dolls. Now there’s an idea! LOL! I have one…..hmmm…..
    I’ve met a lot of authors who are now friends. Only once was I put off by an author’s attitude. Plus she ran over my foot with her suitcase. Hee. Pretty good, eh?
    I do enjoy reading excerpts and by doing so have found some really good books.
    Limit? HA! There is no limit to what I’ll spend on books. I LOVE MY BOOKS!

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

  • Jenn B June 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    My favorite giveaways are signed ARC’s the gift card for more books is always good. And of course the Love Boat with Gopher and Issac and don’t forget Julie. what was her deal anyways??? And who names a character Merl…really? That show was prob one of the last Gary Colman did…or maybe he was on fantasy Island. I just don’t know…But anyhow…books books and more books…I agree with the freak’n don’t follow me it the tweets annoy you deal. I usually buy ebooks but if I’m jonesing on a series I will buy the hardcover..usually because Barnes and Noble made me…can you believe they don’t like you to smell their new books or maybe its the drool they don’t like..meh whatever. I don’t know. I just know I have had to buy a few. Other wise its Kindle Baby! Oh and the voodoo dolls have noting to do with he hawking of wares…really!.

  • sue hieber June 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    want to know what kind of contest burns me up? well, in general, any contest that i can only enter on facebook or twitter. i dont have the time (or level of intelligence) to use either of those sites. yesterday ,i was all excited, because a contest popped up to win 100 books, WOW!! BUT, i could only enter on facebook or twitter. please, anyone who spends their days on either of those sites is NOT a reader. give me a good book anyday, i read avariciously and i would really have enjoyed that particular prize immensly, but, alas, tis not to be. thanks for allowing me to vent my frustration upon your head. love ya, sue

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      I think I have to respectfully disagree with you, Sue, about not being a reader if you’re on FB and Twitter. I think the venue is good for those who want to interact and follow their favorite authors, but I don’t necessarily think it makes them less or not a reader. Maybe more just a reader who wants to get involved and chat with their favorite authors 🙂

      Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. You’d be amazed the firsthand info you can pick up by following authors/celebs etc. I follow a celeb or two just so I can hear the news first about the shows I watch 🙂

  • Shannon Madsen June 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm


    I love reading about all the books on facebook. I have learned about so many new and great authors. I also like getting to know them more. Authors use to be these people that I just adored from afar. I now feel like they really value their fans and that makes me buy more books.

    I am a book hoarder….serioulsy…I can spend up to 100 dollars just at half price books. if I hear a book is good I HAVE to have it. I am looking into help for this..RA??? BA??? not sure what route to go!!!

    With that said I love to win books. If it is a signed copy I will go to any lenght. What disappints me is when I get a signed copy and it is a stamp of their name…rip off!!! The only hardbacks I will get anymore is if it is signed. I only have five signed copies of books and they are from great authors. I will tell you…I may have to chose between them and my kids in a fire…probably. Maybe I will just put one in each of their rooms so it will be eaiser to save them all….hummmm..brb…I have to go move some things around!!!

    Thanks for your stories…they are awesome and a great way to spend the day!!

  • CaroI June 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Ok, I admit freely that I’m a book whore, or is addict a better word to use in this context?! I have now set limits on myself with certain types of books. I will buy one hardcover per year; the lucky winner this year is Christine Feehan’s Dark Peril. Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and certain websites have received my money several times a month for books (mainly trade-size and mass markets). It is a painful addiction that I suffer from— the wait for new books is unbearable at times. UGH!
    I love reading excerpts of upcoming novels, entering contests, being the lucky winner of ARCs, etc. However, I have not heard of any contests dealing with books that would allow me to travel to the Caribbean. If such a contest existed, I would sign up big time. I would make my friends and family sign up to win such a contest. I have no shame when it comes to getting free stuff from my favorite authors. I have nagged Cynthia Eden, Jory Strong, Sherrilyn Kenyon and a few others about their books. I have attended booksigning events in my home state of VA and as far as Kentucky and Maryland. I am not much of a twitter follower but check into my facebook as much as I can stand it. LOL.
    You know the thing that I would love to see would be my favorite books being turned into movies and tv shows. I guess the rating for them would be rated R.

  • Jeanette Juan June 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I love all types of contests, especially ones with books I desperately want to get my hands on and gift cards are always nice too! I can’t say anything about the Twitter thing since I don’t have one and never plan to, my lazy butt does not want to manage another online program thank you very much. I love how you’re rocking the princess crown and boa in the pic!

  • Earlene June 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    My favorite giveaways are signed books and gift cards. In these tough economic times it
    is nice to be able to by books that I don’t have to spend my hard earned money on. Of
    course I would never turn down a spa gc or trip either. 🙂 I don’t like to answer 15 questions about a book just to enter a contest. Up to 5 is my limit. If I like the author i’m
    going to buy their book anyway. Sometimes it is good to just send in my name.
    I only buy hard backs if it is a very, very fav author. Why do the publishing companies have
    to go to hard backs in the middle of a series. What really ticked me off was JD Robbs books going to hb after the 17th or 18th book (i think). I guess they think they can get more money out of the saps who read these books. I usually wait til it comes out in MM the next year.
    I don’t mind some reviews and excerpts. It reminds me of a particular author having a book
    come out. (my mind isn’t always up to date on these things.) LOL
    I don’t tweet, never got into it. I do have a face book page and a my space, but I don’t visit often.
    I usually wait for the author’s newsletter to come out to remind me. I like to hear about their
    every day lives. It makes them more real to me. Have never met any authors. They don’t come
    to KC much. Of course the romantic times convention was in KC a few years ago, but I was unable to attend (sniff 🙁

  • Carol June 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I love all contests that give away books! I love little tid bits of whats to come . I prefer paperback, but since I have no patience for my favorite authors I will concede. I do not have any author signed books, that we be great!

  • SHARON BAKER June 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I love to read. Especially series. The more the better in the series.
    I love contests as I like winning anything.
    I buy books in paperback as I have no room for hardbacks, plus the cost is way too high.
    I have never meet any of my favorite authors. Would love to tho.

    Keep writing those great books.

  • Brenda June 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    LOVE contests….but I hate when the prize is jewelry, clothes….nothing that has to do with a book. When I do an author’s contest I want to win a book, bookstore gift cards, or some other way to get a book! Hardbacks are for the library….if I can’t wait for a paperback, I read it in hardback from the library and then buy it in paperback when it comes out! Since I’m a librarian, I’ve met several authors at conferences and only one disappointed me (a children’s author). I think authors are some of the funniest people to meet!

  • Marisa June 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm


    I can’t get sick with promotion at social networks. I don’t do social networks 😉 None, zip, zero. I’ve no account at facebook, myspace, tweeter… About contests, I love all, so no problem there, except thosw with B/N gift cards (B/N doesn’t sell to me, Spanish here) 😀 About purchasing books, no hardcover for me, sorry. I like more mass market: cheaper and smaller… And about knowing my favorite authors, no problem there, I doubt they come to Spain, only Lisa Kleypas came once (and I like her books, but not my favorite).

  • Sue Seeley June 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Dakota….let’s see, your books, excerpts, books, books series, your books, your book series. Did I mention any of your books? LOL

    I don’t need any dust collectors…trying to get rid of those I have so I have more room for books. Oh and my quilt fabric. Only two real passions in my life now…quilting and books…both take up lots of room.

    I dream of the day that I can make it to a con and meet all the wonderful writers!!! A dream come true!!!!

  • Badbarb June 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Giveaways? I love pens, I use them at work an they almost always get stolen so that imo is a way for authors to get promo out there to people who might not read them.
    T-shirts, I love them. I always get comments when I wear a tshirt with a book on them or author name, people ask about them.
    The coverflats are nice but they end up getting messed up.
    ARCs are cool just for tormenting other readers that you have something they want.
    I have to say that most of the authors I have met have been extremely nice. Most of them have been nicer then there online persona. There have been some that have become really good friends. In my opinion meeting authors is comparable to say someone meeting a rock/movie star cause to readers you are our idols. It is cool when I go t a bookstore and see an author I can point them out and say he/she is very cool and their books are awesome.
    True there are some authors I know I could sit and have a pizza with and others you just say hi to, but most of the authors are very personable.
    I know I am posting more then you thought. 🙂 hehe Bet your sorry you asked 🙂

  • Chelsea B. June 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I don’t tweet, so no bother for me 🙂
    All contests are pretty great. Books, gift cards, bookmarks, etc.
    Excerpts are fantastic! Especially the ones that come from a random spot in the book, instead of just the first chapter. Gives you a little more idea of the author’s writing style. And a more interesting teaser 🙂
    As to book prices, honestly, it depends on who the author is. If it was one of my favorite authors who randonly happened to come out in hardback, you betcha I’d buy it. But somone I’d never read? I’d wait until it came out in paper back.
    And I’ve never met an author, but that would be fan-girl awesome! 8)

  • Kim Stoddard June 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Hey Princess Dakota (I expect you’ll be moving up to Queen status soon right?lol)

    You are too hilarious! So anyway, here’s my scoop on the issue. When responding to a compliment on a character, saying thanks is always good; but more of a reply is better.
    All kinds of contests are good. Of course receiving copies of new books before they are released is better. Then you feel like a V.I.P. Exerpt emails are good, but I do usually forget afterwards….it’s a side effect I have due to reading a lot of great books. :0)
    Hardback books vs. paperback books….well that depends on my cash flow at that time. Of course sometimes the store doesn’t have the hardback and the only choice you have is paperback. But it’s all good because you still get to read the story.
    That’s it for me. I hope you have a great day!
    Kim :0)

  • Jennifer Hansen June 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Well, I myself love bookmarks. I always love Swag but I think it should be stuff you just mail to your readers if you talk to them. (such as the many lovely ladies and gentlemen that you talk to on face book, etc) As for contests I love books! Maybe cool swag that’s hard to get..or something.

    I honestly love talking to the authors I know on Facebook and things. Its always nice to get to know the people that you read their books. Gift cards make everyone happy though too.

    Just my two cents. 🙂

  • B June 29, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Giveaways?? Any and all swag are welcome but I do love my ARC’s.

    And I try not to read excerpts since I hate to spoil the book for myself, but that’s just me and I’m okay with skipping if you want/need to post.

    And if you’re one of my fav authors (and of course you are, Oh Gorgeous One) then I don’t mind shelling out the bucks for hardcovers, cause I totally have no patience and having to wait for MMP would kill me.

    • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

      Well, B, looks like we’re good to go–no way will ANYTHING I write ever be in hardcover. ‘Cept if I do it myself. LOLLOL

  • Dakota Cassidy June 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    you dude’s have been awesome sauce today! Lot’s of good info and interesting ops–YAY, readers!

  • Anna Shah Hoque June 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Oi…you’ve thrown a ton of questions our way…*okay cracking my knuckles*…and Go!
    *I love contests…they are a brilliant way for me to be introduced to an author…plus it’s also great to win books from authors I already follow. My fave type of contests if you haven’t figured out by now are book giveaways (electronic & print), I also love getting GCs to retailers who sell ebooks and/or print books.
    *I like hearing about your new releases but I do feel for y’all having to spend so much time doing the tours…I enjoy the blog tours…posts on facebook etc.
    *I used to be able to buy any books regardless of whether it was hardcover or mass paperback…BUT now that I don’t have a permanent full-time job…my book budget has taken a serious hit. I still buy books but nowhere in the numbers that I used to.

  • Rebecca June 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I confess, I’m a readaholic and as such I don’t buy the hardcovers, way too much money, however it just about kills me to wait for the paperback! So, if I know its coming out in hardcover, I don’t always read the excerpt.

    As long as I don’t have to jump thru hoops, I don’t mind answering a couple of questions for a contest, especially for giftcards (to buy books) or for a book, but not for a backlist since if I like you (and I do) then I probably already own it. Thank you and have a great 4th of July holiday!!!!

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