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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Purchase a slot in the next available Cover Wars and Scavenger Hunt campaign.




By tweeting this post, you can earn promotional tweets from me as part of the Amazon Tweet Exchange.
Details here.


For details about how this campaign works, see this post.


Instructions
for filling out the form

Much of the form is fairly self-explanatory: author name, email address, Twitter handle, and Facebook Fanpage (not personal profile since the Rafflecopter widget only recognizes fan pages). The goodreads link should be to the book, not your author page. There are a few items, however, that you might need a little assistance with.

In the past I asked for a link to your book on Amazon. Though there is nothing wrong with this method, I've found an even quicker method that doesn't require me to visit Amazon, speeding up my processing time tremendously.

All I need is the ASIN of your book. You can find it within the URL when you go to your book's page on Amazon. I do not want the entire address. If you send me the entire address, I will have to hunt for your book, adding to my processing time. I will build my link from your ASIN only. It'll look something like the following.

B0098MFGNM

Do you see an ASIN in the following address?

http://www.amazon.com/Just-Another-Sunday-Elizabeth-Good-ebook/dp/B0094JILZY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8

An easy way to get the ASIN is simply to double click it when you have your URL displaying in the address bar. Copy it and put it in the form. Easy peasy.

Title and Synopsis

As regards the title, I don't want a series name included in the title. Subtitles are sometimes needed, but oftentimes they aren't necessary either. With this book, for example, the subtitle of "a novel" is not required to be listed on the Scavenger Hunt. Here's another example: with this book, the title would be "Breaking Free," nothing else listed in the title section on Amazon.

Here's a great rule of thumb for subtitles and other title material: if in doubt, leave it out.

Getting the title wrong will add to my processing time.

I do not want you to copy the synopsis from Amazon. Because one of the scavenger hunt questions is from your synopsis, I want you to include just a quick snippet of your synopsis for the scavenger hunt post. Shorter the better.

In fact, it isn't even called a synopsis on the form. I call it a hook statement (but it can also be a question).

Entire hook statement should 
 fit into the space of a tweet 
 AND leave room for a link.

One sentence or even a fragment of a sentence. "John has given up on love until her meets her."

A question that might hook a potential reader. "What if a vampire was afraid of the dark?" 

Remember: our job is to encourage people who play the hunt to check out your book. Make your book look interesting in as few words as possible, and people will be more likely to check it out.

Scavenger Hunt Questions

The answer to the first scavenger hunt question needs to be found in the synopsis of your book on Amazon. The second answer will be found on your website, from the link you provide. If you do not have a website, you may use a Facebook status or something similar where you can point to the exact page. I will not check to make sure you give us the right link, so make sure of that yourself.

The answers should be fairly easy to find but not so easy that players can guess the answer without searching or clicking on your link. With the website question especially, please don't make scavengers read an entire post, especially a long one. Ask something that can be answered by looking at the screen when your post loads or at least with very little scrolling. If they like what they read, they may stick around. Annoy them, and they will never return. 

A word about Genre

Instead of having the author supply the genre, the form has a multiple choice format for it. The options: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance, and Mystery. Most books can fit into one just fine. If your book equally works with more than one of these main genres, pick the one that you would like the most. Which genre will your book fit in with when you think about the other books that might be pictured alongside?

If your book doesn't fit into any of those genres, pick the one that even slightly has a role in your book. Or another way to think about it: which kind of reader would most likely read your book?

For example, non-fiction poetry. My first guess would be romance, since I see romance readers reading poetry. Of course, if the poetry is a little too dark for that kind of reader, perhaps a mystery/thriller reader would like it.

The reason for all of this genre business is that we've had a tough time with books that don't fit. We've had general fiction hunts, but there are either not enough books or it's a catch-all, making it seem like those books are the runt of the litter. By putting those books in with the major genres, we'll be uplifting their status.

One more thing...

And this is an important item. If all you purchase is a $7 Cover Wars slot, you do not need to fill out the form. The ASIN you provide via the Paypal form is all I need. If you purchase the scavenger hunt, you do not need to provide the ASIN via the Paypal form. You'll provide that via a separate form. But it won't hurt if you do.

In my haste to complete this post, I forgot to put a spot on the Paypal form to include your ASIN. So, please email me after you order a spot.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me. I get a lot of email, so if I don't respond right away, don't fret. Send me a second email if you don't hear from me in a few days.

msl_007@live.com



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If you purchased the $25 option,
fill out the form HERE.

(If all you did was pay $7 for Cover Wars,
you do not need to fill out the form)

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