Social Networking and Books

I know I have said this before, but it warrants bringing up again. Social Networking for all of the potential ills and the addictive nature of it can be an awesome tool in the hands of a publisher, author or even a reader. If it had not been for Twitter I might have missed authors like Mark Henry, Carrie Ryan, Cindy Pon, Cherie Priest and a host of others. At the very least my introduction to several of the book reviewing blogs like Wicked Lil Pixie, Bitten by Books and QQwill have exposed me to an array of authors I may not have noticed sitting on the shelf.

The reason I bring this up today is the number of blog related contests and “what if” discussions that have been coming up lately. Also after watching Amber Benson’s vlog on Bitten by Books I was working out the list of things that would need to happen for me to be able to work video from Romantic Times this year. A Rock Band party is just begging for video clips.

Also, if you are a fan of her writing (or her acting from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) you should stop on over to the discussion of Amber’s latest book Cat’s Claw and watch her videos. Also today there is another Q&A going on for Mario Acevedo who writes the Felix Gomez series. I know there are a few of you that are wondering why you should go over there and check it out. Other than a huge Q&A session going on through comments on the posting what are you going to get? Stuff!

Many of these places and even some of the author blogs run contests to give away free stuff. I won my ARC (advanced reader copy) of Battle of the Network Zombies through a contest at Bitten by Books so was able to read it about 4 months prior to the release. Through author blogs I have won other books and even started my Geobooking page based off of one. If you have not checked it out yet, please do. I am looking to give Mark of the Demon some more travel time.

One of the prizes Amber is giving away is really geared towards the aspiring writer, but not all of them are. Many of them are for books from other authors, signed books from the author, or even gift cards to a bookstore. For a current example, Jaye Wells is giving away a copy of Blood of the Demon, Diana Rowland’s sequel to the Mark of the Demon that is being used in my Geobooking experiment. Both Jaye’s books and Diana’s are great reads, so you might want to check those out.

During the course of the next couple of days, I will expand my blogroll to include most of the sites I am finding most helpful in getting into new authors. A good majority of them will be Horror, Urban Fatasy, Paranormal Romance and Young Adult. You have been warned.

If you notice above I have started a 50 book challenge in addition to getting my own manuscript shopped out. I challenge any of you to shoot for half of that. Twenty five books is roughly two a month. We are starting in the third month, but it is possible. And try someone new.

If you haven’t read the line yet, consider Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry. This is the final countdown on the Save Amanda Campaign and I will be announcing my own contest for it soon. In other words, stay tuned! 😉

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