What day is it? It’s Hump Day!

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“On Hump Day About Books” Today’s Post: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 What day is it? It’s Wednesday – HUMP DAY! The perfect day to talk books using the new #HumpDayBooks hashtag. Tweet-ready tweets are provided, and if you have news about books to share … Continue reading

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Don’t miss this interview with National Bestselling author, Traci Andrighetti, which includes a delicious recipe for Limoncello-Mint sorbetto (sorbet) and a chance to win a $35 Amazon gift card! Special Promotion to Benefit Local Libraries: Limoncello Yellow can be purchased as part of Gemma Halliday’s … Continue reading

What Day Is It? It’s Hump Day!

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“On Hump Day About Books”

Julie Valerie’s “Hump Day Books” Post: March 12, 2014

What day is it? It’s Wednesday – HUMP DAY! The perfect day to talk books using the new #HumpDayBooks hashtag.

Let’s Get This Party Started!

March 12th – March 19th = CASH PRIZES
March 26th = LINK PARTY!

Today’s the first Hump Day Books blog post so I’m tossing 30 bucks (US dollars) into the pot to get this party started with two $15 Amazon gift certificates given to one lucky tweeter and one lucky commenter. Next Tuesday (ahead of my Wednesday post), I’m going to try my hand at shooting my first Vine video by shooting two six-second videos of my random drawing for these two $15 cash (Amazon gift card) prizes. Watch for coverage of my Vine video experience – the topic of next week’s Hump Day Books post.

Mark your calendars. On the last Hump Day of every month, I’ll host a Link Party. A Link Party is sometimes called a Blog Party, Blog Hop, Linky (Tools) Party, etc. On that day, stop in to add your name and a post from your blog or website to the Link Party then enjoy Hump Day hopping around in the book-lovers blogosphere, leaving comments and connecting with others.

I’m also hosting a Susan Meissner giveaway – a signed paperback copy of her newly released novel, A Fall of Marigolds, published by Penguin NAL. (Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.) In a moment, I’ll connect you to Anne R. Allen and her post about building your platform through commenting on blogs. Susan Meissner used the comment section of book blogs to run a blog tour giveaway during her recent book launch. You can see how that’s done in a blog post of mine that includes 61 comments about her book. Some of those comments were written by me, the book blogger, but notice in those comments the value of book bloggers continuing to speak about aspects of the book when commenting to readers. If you’re an author featured on a book blog, keep an eye on those comment sections and take part in the book discussion as if you were in the book blogger’s living room discussing your book with a book group. Comment sections are a great marketing venue for authors and I think most book bloggers would agree: they’re a bit “untapped” by authors. Read Anne R. Allen’s blog post and visit Susan’s post on my blog (great book, btw!) to see how Susan ran a giveaway using book blogger comment sections.

So let’s get started. You might want to read first, then go back through to share and click items that interest you. My goal is to connect book lovers with each other and foster conversation.

I hope you enjoy.

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I never miss a Sunday post on Anne R. Allen’s award-winning blog. No seriously, I mark my calendar and never miss a post. It’s part of my social media and book marketing weekly “routine”. Having just enhanced my own blog’s comment section with a “commentluv” premium package, this March 9 article: Are You Ignoring This Simple Platform-Building Tool? How to Comment on a Blog  made me shout “Woo-Hoo!” Finally, someone’s writing about the importance of comment sections and the untapped opportunities they present for increasing visibility on Google and other search engines. I run a blog that’s heavily embedded with outgoing links to authors, publishers, booksellers and other book bloggers. “Riding the search engine wave” of a blog like mine is a wise investment of an author’s time. But don’t take my word for it. Read Anne’s article on her blog: “Anne R. Allen’s Blog … with Ruth Harris.” | Facebook | Goodreads | WebsiteFollow @AnneRAllen and @RuthHarrisBooks Tweets for this content can be found at the bottom of this post. |

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Courtney Seiter (content writer at Buffer) caught my attention two weeks ago with this 9 Facebook Changes Social Media Marketers Need to Know article. Number five on her list caused me to ponder (ponder is such a cool word, isn’t it?) the importance of having a great book trailer when marketing to readers through Facebook. If you click on the words ‘book trailer’ in my previous sentence, you’ll find a nifty article by Chuck Sambuchino for Writer’s Digest: How to Make a Book Trailer: 6 Tips. Building on what Anne R. Allen said in her blog post about the value of commenting on blogs – in the comment section of Sambuchino’s article, you’ll find a link to a Jeff Goins book trailer for “Wrecked” that is simple and easy to produce. (Jeff Goins didn’t leave the link – that would be a bit spammy. Someone else did.) See how great comment sections are? Untapped marketing opportunities! I find great nuggets of information in comment sections all the time.

Follow @CourtneySeiter and @ChuckSambuchino | Tweets for this content can be found at the bottom of this post. |

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– Hump Day Book News –

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FLNov22BigpaperbackOn BookBub: Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey will make you laugh with gusto, shed a few tears and leave you with a feeling that life is good. Finding Lucas is on BookBub @BookBub today, March 12th, and is only .99! Grab a copy of this critically acclaimed romantic comedy by Samantha Stroh Bailey Amazon | Kobo |  Samantha is also the owner of Perfect Pen Communications, a full service writing, proofreading and editing company that transforms your writing into a superbly polished piece. She is a published author, journalist and former English teacher with over 15 years of writing and editing experience. She also has a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics. Follow @perfectpen | Facebook | Goodreads | Blog | Website |

a questionable friendshipNew Release in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone. | Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, and blogger. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus. Authors interested in booking a blog tour (or virtual tour) for their book go here: CLPBlogTours | Samantha owns an independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels: Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. | Follow @Chicklitplus  | Facebook | Goodreads | Website |

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UK author Emma Garcia’s first novel, Never Google Heartbreak, releases in the States this month by publisher Bookouture. What’s a girl to do when even the Internet doesn’t have the answer? Loosely based on the author’s own experiences of being in her thirties and single in London, of being dumped, getting over it, falling in love and getting married. | Mark it “Want to Read” on Goodreads. | Releasing June 2014 in the UK, mark Emma’s second book: OMG BABY! | Follow @EmzaGarcia | About Bookouture (www.bookouture.com): Digital imprint offering big publisher expertise, small publisher flexibility and great royalties. Submission guidelines here. Follow @bookouture |

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Raj_cover0923Newly Released: The Absolute Being of Nothingness by Glenice Raj is a story of a single, dizzy yet lovable woman Gwendolyn, who tries valiantly to make a success of her professional and love life, yet her penchant for getting into trouble leads her into a comic absolutely mental merry little dance. Published by Tate Publishing, a Christian-based, family-owned, mainline publishing organization with a mission to discover and market unknown authors. Follow @TatePublishing. Go here for Tate Publishing submission guidelines.  | Follow @gleniceraj | Facebook | Add this book to your Goodreads shelf | Website |

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Book Blitz - Deadly Bloodlines

Author of For the Love of Jazz, Elke Feuer, born and raised on Grand Cayman, helps other writers in Cayman through her organization CayWritersDeadly Bloodlines, book one in her Deadly Series is scheduled for release in March 2014. Elke is on tour March 13-15. Enter to win a copy of Elke’s first book, For the Love of Jazz by visiting her website. | Follow @ElkeFeuer | Facebook | Goodreads | Website |

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Fire up those Social Media Dashboards!

I love Social Media Management Dashboards. You can schedule tweets to release throughout the day, whether you’re at your computer or not. Copy and paste these tweets into your HootSuite, TweetDeck or Buffer dashboards. Tweets with the hashtag #HumpDayBooks will receive extra attention every Wednesday.

Don’t use HootSuite, TweetDeck or Buffer? What do you use? Tell us in the comment section and then link your comment to your Twitter account. Through commentluv (notice the red blog button on my right sidebar?) even your most recent posts can appear next to your comments.

Tweet-Ready Tweets
(Simply copy and paste!)

Are You Ignoring This Simple Platform-Building Tool? http://ow.ly/uvGrC @AnneRAllen @RuthHarrisBooks #HumpDayBooks

9 Facebook Changes Social Media Marketers Need to Know http://bit.ly/1kLR25Q @Buffer @CourtneySeiter @Julie_Valerie

How to Make a #BookTrailer: 6 Tips http://shar.es/R4HJ3 #HumpDayBooks @ChuckSambuchino

Laugh-out-loud funny, Finding Lucas is on @BookBub and only. 99! #chicklit #kindle #kobo @perfectpen

New Release #Contemporary #WomensFic: A Questionable Friendship by @ChickLitPlus http://ow.ly/uvJ1E #HumpDayBooks

UK author Emma Garcia’s 1st #romance #novel releasing in States #HumpDayBooks @EmzaGarcia @Julie_Valerie

New #Chicklit: The Absolute Being of Nothingness @GleniceRaj http://ow.ly/uvRsQ #HumpDayBooks

Book Blitz March 13-15 for @ElkeFeuer! http://ow.ly/uvO85 #HumpDayBooks

Author @SusanMeissner the featured author on #HumpDayBooks. SIGNED COPY http://www.julievalerie.com/humpdaybooks1/ @Julie_Valerie

Leave a comment!

I’m now a premium user of “commentluv” – so commenters to this blog post can link their comments to their own Twitter handle and have a list of their recent blog posts appear next to their comments.

Let’s get connected.

That’s the idea behind this whole Hump Day effort.

Interested in setting up commentluv on your website? Click on the red blog button on the right sidebar of my blog and you’ll zoom right over to their website.

Hold up. Don’t leave now.

Remember!

Cash Prizes (drawing for two Amazon gift cards) for those who comment and tweet now through next Tuesday.

Awesome “Hump Day Books” signed book giveaway below.

 

Thanks for reading. Happy Hump Day!

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