You read that correctly—“Free Giveaway Mondays.” If you’ve been following along with what I’m doing, then you already know I’m publishing my first e-book, Worlds Apart: A Myth Reborn as soon as its ready. I am excited in a way that words can’t explain. And before I enlighten you on what my Free Giveaway Mondays will entail, let me tell you a bit more about where I am in the publishing process. It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update.
The Book: On the Inside
A Myth Reborn, the first installment of the Worlds Apart series, will officially fall into the hands of my very capable editor, Susan Hughes (aka Shreditor), on Monday, March 24th, 2014. Susan is a freelance editor, experienced in both substantive editing and copyediting, and has edited for many writers including Richard Stephenson, author of Collapse and Resistance, the first two books of the New America series. If you are into seeing what the fall of America might look like in 2027, and you enjoy dystopian thrillers, check out his books here: rastephensonauthor.blogspot.kr
Throughout the next few weeks, Susan and I will hash out our grievances with Book One as best we can. I’m placing a lot of trust in her, and I am confident I made the right decision. I truly believe we will make a great team!
But the inside of a book is only part of the story. It is true that people WILL judge a book by its cover.
The Book: On the Outside
The cover art for A Myth Reborn is already underway. Stephanie Mooney of mooneydesigns.net makes some killer designs. If you need some cover art, web design, or graphic design (among other things), check her out! She’s young, energetic, and good at what she does. Here are some covers she has designed that I especially like.
Stephanie and I are working on a custom design, which will be revealed in the following months.
If all the work dealing with self-publishing revolved only around the e-book or paperback itself, my life would be twice as easy. But there’s a huge aspect of the publishing process that cannot be ignored.
As a self-published/indie author, this is perhaps the most difficult phase of my journey. I don’t have a traditional publishing house to help promote my book, set up book signing events, or suggest ideas that will boost my visibility. The writing, publishing, and marketing aspects of my book all fall on me. But I’m not complaining. It took me a long time to decide, but I believe self-publishing is the right path for me.
My website www.jamerkel.com is up and running; however, maintenance continues day by day. There’s an email sign-up on my website, but you’ll find this form easier to use for the time being. So subscribe to my newsletter if you want to be included in the Free Giveaway Mondays. Not only that, keep up-to-date on news and information on all things Worlds Apart!
Yes, subscribing to email newsletters can be annoying and intrusive, but I promise there’s something good in this for you. Rather than relying on your memory or random Facebook sign-ins for something free, why not sign up for an email newsletter that will remind you exactly when something is happening? Facebook, Twitter, and many other social media websites are passive. You can log in, sift through whatever you want, and leave without really finding anything valuable.
Email, however, is active. If you receive an email about a free giveaway, a deal on those United miles you’ve been wanting, or a free e-book from an author you can’t resist reading, you can do one of two things… no wait, three things…
- You see the email, open it, read it, and delete it.
- You see the email, decide the information is useful to you, save it for later, get what you want from it and then delete it.
- You don’t see or read the email at all. Okay, so you’re not an email person. My college roomate was like this. He once had over 1,500 unopened emails.
Excluding number 3, numbers 1 and 2 require a call to action. That’s why the email sign-up is good for the free giveaways. You can save the email and check back later, because you never know what free prizes and gifts you might be missing!
And without further ado, I would like to share with you my “Free Giveaway Mondays.”
With publication of Worlds Apart coming this fall, I have decided to hold a Free Giveaway Monday on the last Monday of every month. I want to do this for two reasons. First, I believe the anticipation will make the contests more interesting and give my audience something to look forward to. Second, with 6 or 7 months standing between me and publication, it means that more thought will go into the prizes, and they will be more worthwhile for you! Prizes will range from gift cards, to select merchandise, to promotional material, to both e-books and paperback books alike. So stay tuned!
Each month, I will post the giveaway/contest details 48 hours in advance and will sometimes even release teasers for certain contests. In my contest description, I will let you know what the prize is, what you need to do to compete, and when the contest ends. On occasion, there will be more than one prize and more than one winner! On March 31st, I will hold my first giveaway.
The contest will begin Saturday, March 28th at 24:00 – that’s midnight (Eastern Time Zone, UTC-05:00) and will end Monday, March 31st at 24:00 – midnight again (Eastern Time Zone, UTC-05:00).
With everything going on—the editing, book design, website, and book marketing/social media research—I’ve never had a more hectic, chaotic, mad month in my life. I’ll spare you the details but this is no exaggeration. So in commemoration, this month’s contest will be called “March Madness Free Giveaway Monday.” The first prize is a $25 Amazon gift card. Check out the link on March 28th at midnight (Eastern Time) on my Facebook page, Worlds Apart, for the Rafflecopter contest details. The email sign up link is also on my page and here as well.
I hope you’re as excited as I am. Spread the word, have a good time, and make the last Monday of every month a “Free Giveaway Monday.”
If you’ve done a giveaway before, want to do one, or have any questions about anything here, feel free to comment!