April 30, 2008

Yahoo Groups — List for Each Day of the Week

Posted in Promotional Links and Contacts at 7:50 pm by laurie979

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been scrambling ūüôā Don’t everyone ask what’s new at once now! ūüôā

Someone emailed me asking for a list of what they could do to promote their book, as they are new to promoting on the internet.

I thought I would post the list of Yahoo Groups that accept promos on differing days of the week. Some of you who have been published with Black Velvet Seductions for awhile have received the list before. Others who are more recently published have not received the list before, so it will be new to you.

It’s a handy list to have as it gives you something quick and easy that you can do to promote your book every day of every week.

As a bit of an interesting side-note. A few weeks ago I changed the sign up forms for several of the freebies we have on the Black Velvet Seductions site…including our newsletter…our freebies list and our birthday club so that the form now asks how the subscriber learned about Black Velvet Seductions. There are a lot of people who say that they heard about us through a Yahoo Group.

If you’re wondering why we care why people signing up to receive freebies learned about us, the answer is simple. Because, when they sign up to receive our newsletters, or our freebies packages, or something on their birthday they are giving us permission to contact them, and when we contact them after they have given us permission we get more of their time and their attention…and this results in them paying attention longer and remembering more of our marketing message, which results in more sales.

Here is the list of Yahoo Groups where you can promote your book on specific days.

Sundays

Paranormal_RomanceBookGroup
You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Paranormal_RomanceBookGroup/

On Sunday you may post excerpts and promo for your paranormal pieces.

Romance Junkies

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RomanceJunkiesReaders/

This is a very large list with 1700+ members. You may post excerpts and promos on Sunday. Please make sure your posts are PG-13. Your book doesn’t have to be PG-13.

Mondays

Love Romance Café
You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveRomancesCafe/

You can post promos and/or excerpts, news, etc. on Mondays.

Romance Excerpts Only

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romanceexcerptsonly/

You can post excerpts of Paranormal/Fantasy Romance on Mondays. Your post MUST include an excerpt. You must include a rating in your subject line.

Love Romances Book Club

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveRomancesBookClub/

You may send in (ONE) promo on Monday ONLY.

Tuesdays

Chatting With Joyfully Reviewed
You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chatting_with_Joyfully_Reviewed/

You may post promos on Tuesday. DO NOT include reviews from review sites other than Joyfully Reviewed.

Romance Excerpts Only

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romanceexcerptsonly/

You may post excerpts of Romantic Suspense books on Tuesdays.

Wednesdays

Romance Excerpts Only

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romanceexcerptsonly/

You may post excerpts of contemporary romance (no paranormal, no romantic suspesnse) on Wednesdays.

Promo Only

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PromoOnly/

You may promote your books, chats, reviews, etc. However, you must do it in the specified format outlined below.

Posts MUST be designated as to their content. USE the following list in the SUBJECT line of your post.

AUTHORS NEW RELEASE – AUTHOR’S NAME – BOOK TITLE – Use this to promote your new book. Be sure to give a release date, publishers website and/or a DIRECT link to the buy page. Don’t give a link to your publishers home page and make the readers search for it. Most will get frustrated and move on without buying. Take a moment and link DIRECTLY to your buy page. A cover and blurb are expected in your promotion but keep Excerpts short and sweet.

Ex: AUTHOR’S NEW RELEASE – MORGAN HAWKE – NIGHT TRAIN

AUTHOR CONTEST – AUTHOR’S NAME – Use this for your own, Author related contests. Make sure to give as MUCH details as possible and a link to your website. You may also want to think about giving direct links to your contest page.

Ex: AUTHOR’S CONTEST – LADY BLADE

AUTHORS NEW REVIEW – AUTHOR’S NAME – BOOK TITLE – Use this to promote a new review for your book. Make sure to include all the standard information and give proper credit to the reviewer/review site. Make sure to include a link to the FULL review, so readers, publishers and/or other Authors, can read the entire thing at their leisure. Also make sure to include a direct link to your books BUY page. Not the Publishers site. As I said above, most will get frustrated if they have to search for it and move on without buying your work.

Ex: AUTHOR’S NEW REVIEW – MADISON FOXE – THE INNOCENT

AUTHOR REVIEWS – AUTHOR’S NAME – BOOK TITLE – Use this to list all your current reviews. You don’t need to post these everyday, but once a week, once every other week, is enough to remind, inform the readers that you do have a back list they may wish to check out. Be sure to include DIRECT links to your Buy Pages in the email. Again, if readers are interested and have to search for it, they will give up and move on. It’s perfectly acceptable to put your publishers site up as well, but if you’re speaking about a single book, make sure the Buy link is in there somewhere.

Ex: AUTHOR REVIEWS – SHIRLEY MARTIN – NIGHT SECRETS

AUTHOR CHAT – AUTHOR’S NAME – SITE WHERE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE – This should be posted on THE DAY OF THE CHAT ONLY. You should post it twice during that day. Once in the morning and once closer to chat time. That way you catch both “crowds” and give them a friendly reminder to come meet you.

Ex: AUTHOR CHAT – RAE MONET – THE ROMANCE STUDIO

AUTHOR DAY – AUTHORS NAME – LIST WHERE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE – This should be posted no MORE than Three days prior to the event. You can post it more during that time frame, but use your common sense. Twice a day for the three days prior too is more than enough to catch all the readers. Make sure you include a DIRECT LINK to whatever list you are hosting on. Also include all the relevant information such a prizes, what books you’ll be discussing and any other fun tidbit you might wish to include.

Ex: AUTHOR DAY – VIVI ANNA – ENCHANTERS LOOP

AVAILABLE NOW – AUTHOR’S NAME – BOOK TITLE Use this when you want to promote your current works. Make sure that ALL the information is in your email as well. Blurb, a DIRECT link to your buy page, a link to your Publishers website and your own website. This shouldn’t be posted more than every other day. Choose your time carefully. If you want to post in the morning, fine, but don’t post it again the next day in the evening. Wait a FULL day before posting it again. We anticipate having people constantly joining all the time, so every other day is MORE than sufficient to catch the newest readers, publishers and your fellow Authors as they join.

Ex: AVAILABLE NOW – LADY BLADE – IN THE ARMS OF A LOST LOVE

AVAILABLE NOW WITH EXCERPT – AUTHOR’S NAME – BOOK TITLE – THIS MUST BE FOLLOWED BY A CONTENT WARNING/RATING! IE: ADULT CONTENT, PG-13, RATED R and so on. Please be as SPECIFIC as possible but don’t go overboard. Also make sure you include DIRECT links to the product/website and/or Publisher. Be courteous in these postings. Once a week, twice during the day and evening is more than enough to catch all the readers.

Ex: AVAILABLE NOW WITH EXCERPT – EMY NASO – GREENE FIELDS OF SUMMER – CONTENT: RATED R

COMING SOON EXCERPT – AUTHORS NAME – BOOK TITLE – AGAIN THIS MUST BE FOLLOWED WITH A CONTENT WARNING/RATING! IE: ADULT CONTENT, PG-13, RATED R and so on. Be as SPECIFIC as possible to give your readers the option to read or delete and include DIRECT links to your website if they want more information. Be courteous in your postings of coming soon work. Don’t post something that’s not even close to being available. Authors, yes, I know we get excited about our work, but it’s not fair to tease the public for months and months while you’re waiting on edits from your publishers. If you have something that’s with your publisher but is a few months from release, then please, post a COMING SOON EXCERPT once a month. As the release date nears, weekly posts are acceptable. The week OF your release, you may post this DAILY to remind the readership it is only days away.

Ex: COMING SOON EXCERPT – MORGAN HAWKE – UNTITLED – CONTENT RATING: R

Thursdays

Romance Excerpts Only

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romanceexcerptsonly/

You may post historical and inspirational excerpts on Thursdays.

Fridays

Cata Romance Readers

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CataNetwork-Readers/

You may post promos and excerpts on Fridays.

Saturdays

Romance Excerpts Only

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romanceexcerptsonly/

Post EXCERPTS of any sub-genre on Saturday.

Fallen Angel Review Chatters

You must be a member of the group to post. Join at the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FallenAngelReviewChatters/

You may post excerpts and promos on Saturdays

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April 14, 2008

Promotional Opportunity

Posted in Promotional Opportunity at 10:12 pm by laurie979

Good Evening Everyone,

I just heard about another promotional opportunity that some of you who have books out now might want to take advantage of.

Bragging Rites Blog is a blog where guest authors blog about their books. They are open to romance and to erotic romance as there is currently an erotic romance being blogged about there.

Visit: Bragging Rites Blog to check it out. To book your own guest blogging spot email: museitupeditor AT yahoo DOT ca 

 

April 10, 2008

Introduction from Ayn Amorelli

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:20 pm by aynamorelli2

Hello,

I hope I’m doing this right, but somehow managed to get two blogging accounts instead of one LOL.¬† I’m Ayn Amorelli, whose latest book, Contract Bride, a sensual contemporary romance¬†is published by Black Velvet Seductions.

I have 4 published books, and also write ghost stories under Ayn Hunt.  I also teach Gothic writing online for coffeehouseforwriters.com. My schedule for it is at www.authorsden.com/aynhunt.

Hubby and I live in Texas and are empty nesters. We’re expecting our second grandchild in late September or early October. My daughter and her husband live rougly a 40 minute drive¬†away from us, which is just right, I think.

I’m an avid reader of just about everything and am currently decorating my little office in the back of our house using Feng Shui principles. Feng Shui is decorating with balance and harmony. I don’t understand all the history or other things associated with it, but know it works, from what little I’ve done so far.¬† Currently, I’m on the part of getting rid of clutter, which is a major tenant of it.

I was a freelancer for 25 years before I tackled writing novels while in my 50’s (I’m 60 now) and have always wanted to be a writer. I write about what interests me, and am a ‘pantzer,’ which means I’m never sure what my characters are going to do in advance. To me, that’s part of the fun of writing…being surprised.¬†

That’s probably more than you wanted to know.¬†

Thanks,

Ayn    

Washington State Attorney General and Amazon

Posted in Amazon Sales at 2:38 pm by laurie979

For those who are following the situation with Amazon, I received the following link which provides information¬†on the state of Washington’s¬†investigation of¬†claims against Amazon that relate to anti-trust issues and monopolistic practices.

http://www.atg.wa.gov/amazonpod.aspx

My guess is that nothing much will come of this particular investigation because Amazon’s reach is national (and international) as opposed to being confined to Washington state. It still may be that the Washington State attorney general will see fit to refer the matter to national organizations for investigation.

Anyway, the link is here for those who are following developments.

Currently Black Velvet Seductions is using the same printer and distribution channels that we have always used. Sales through the printer’s distribution channels are as strong, if not stronger, than they have ever been. We do not at this time see this hurting Black Velvet Seduction’s sales.

April 5, 2008

Ebooks — Kindle — How’s That Going?

Posted in Articles & Links to Industry News at 8:24 am by laurie979

Good Morning,

I thought I would pass on a link to an article (from USA TODAY) about ebooks, which I read this morning after finding the link on another group I’m on.

Article About Ebooks & Kindle — http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2008-04-04-kindle-ebook-market_N.htm?csp=34

There are some things that I found interesting in the article.

#1. According to the article, Kindle and the media attention it has gained since its release, has created interest in ebooks which seems to extend beyond the Kindle but also to have impact on sales of Sony ebooks.

Black Velvet Seductions does not offer either Kindle or Sony ebooks on our site, but our books are available in both formats. Fictionwise sells both Kindle and Sony versions of our books and Amazon sells Kindle versions.

#2. Interesting sales figures are cited for ebooks. According to the article, sales of ebooks have risen dramatically from about 6 million in 2002 to about 33 million in 2007. According to the article the sales figures do not include the sales of many small publishers or the purchases of many library systems which have added ebooks to their purchases.

I find this interesting as small publishers would likely include BVS as well as most of the other largely ebook publishers which publish romance. As we know from the lists we participate in, the sales figures we receive from Fictionwise and ARe, and the sales from our own site, the romance readers are big consumers of books in general. Though there has always been some resistance to ebooks for some romance readers, I see more and more romance readers turning to ebooks. For many paper still seems to be the preferred reading medium, but many are also reading ebooks, particularly in those cases where a paper version is not available.

Anyway, it was an interesting article, and one I thought authors who are published in ebook as well as paperback (as all Black Velvet Seductions authors are) would find interesting.

 

 

April 4, 2008

Romance Junkie Chat Coordinator

Posted in Chats at 9:29 pm by laurie979

Good Evening Everyone!

Here is the email address of Billie Jo who is the chat coordinator for Romance Junkies. Currently Romance Junkies is not allowing publisher group chats but they are scheduling chats for individual authors or groups of up to 3 authors who can chat together. Last I heard, which was a few days ago, they still had lots of openings in April.

bjc@encgroup.com

 

 

Romance Junkies Chat Opportunity Closed

Posted in Chat Opportunity at 3:45 pm by laurie979

Just a note to let everyone know that all the spots for the Romance Junkies Chat have been taken.

Don’t be discouraged though, Romance Junkies will schedule chats for any of you. I will look up the email of the chat coordinator and post it here later. ūüôā

 Laurie

April 2, 2008

Still Looking for One More Person to Chat at Romance Junkies

Posted in Chat Opportunity at 6:27 pm by laurie979

Sherry James has signed up to chat at Romance Junkies with me (as Alyssa — my alter-ego) on Tuesday April 22, 2008 from 9 PM Eastern to 10 PM Eastern. It will be a live chat. I can invite one more person, but I need to send the chat coordinator the information soon, so please let me know if you can participate. The first person to post their interest and availability gets the spot.

More on Amazon

Posted in Amazon Sales, BookSurge at 6:22 pm by laurie979

There isn’t much news to pass on in regard to the Amazon/Booksurge maneuver. There have been quite a few more blogs, and other sites picking up on the debate that is raging. However, there is not a lot that is new. If you’ve read the links I sent previously you are pretty well informed on the subject.

There are a few more links, one of them being an open letter from Amazon explaining their reasons for the maneuver. Here are the links for those who are interested in following this.

Amazon’s Open Letter to Interested Parties

Several other links with commentary on the maneuver:

http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419-amazon-does-damage-control-on-its-print-on-demand-demands/
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/bookselling/amazon_puts_the_muscle_on_pod_printers_81271.asp
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/amazon_booksurge_ultimatum/
http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6546490.html?desc=topstory

I have received a statement from our printer, Lightning Source. Unfortunately, the letter doesn’t say a lot. Mostly that Lightning Source will continue to monitor the situation, and will continue to offer the same distribution channels that they have always offered.

Black Velvet Seductions has still not been contacted about any of this directly. As of this afternoon our books still had their buy buttons turned on.

I am continuing to monitor the situation and will keep you posted as things change.

1st Quarter Royalty Checks Have Been Mailed

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:05 pm by laurie979

I thought I would post this evening and let everyone know that royalty checks for the first quarter have been mailed. As you know, royalties for the first quarter of 2008 are not due until the last day of April, but I had all my ducks in a row early this quarter so was able to get them out really early.

Please don’t get so used to the early mailing that you plan on it. We have set the due date for royalties as the last day of the month following the close of the quarter because we sometimes need¬†the month following the close of the quarter to¬†obtain all the data and to produce the statements. This will probably be even more¬†the case as we grow, with more authors and more sales. ¬†

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