And do I have to get a tattoo?
Galleys, POV, ROI, and platform. The world of publishing has a long list of phrases, catchwords and acronyms. Sadly, IMO, authors who would rather be writing, must also lead a street team out into the wild... er, the street?
Well, crud. Now it's my turn. I have a nice, small start with a few sweet readers who have offered to help me promote my next release.
But what does a street team do?
They encourage an author, talk about the new release, write reviews and become an invaluable part of that author's success. And that's A LOT!
Street team members often get to see the cover and book before anyone else. Many of them act as beta readers (that's another one of those writer thingys), and help the author tweak the story before it's published.
These amazing readers become eligible for little thank you gifts, but if that's all they are there for, they will likely be disappointed. Sadly, it happens.
We all love free books, but it all comes back to support and encouragement of the author AND their fiction!
Right now, new Newsletter Subscribers (ahem...sign up here) during June, July and August are eligible for a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card. Those who join the street team have other goodies in store. (What they are, I have no idea!)
I've witnessed the good and bad of author promotion, and I've been reluctant to take this next step. I enjoy the friendship I have with many of my reader (and reviewer) friends, but today's marketing platform needs more.
So... here's the pitch! If you are interested in being part of my Street Team (Let's call it something more clever, okay?), then please contact me through Facebook or Twitter messages, or email me at debraemarvin (at the big yahoo).
If you're a newsletter subscriber, the 'pitch' will be coming to an email near you, very soon!
Now... let's stop and get some food for the road!
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