We send our thoughts and prayers to those who live on the East Coast as they recover from Hurricane Irene.
We have winners at SOS Aloha!
Saturday, August 20 - Heroes Span the Ages with Bertrice Small's THE CAPTIVE HEART and THE BORDER LORD AND THE LADY
- June M.
Sunday, August 21 - Jill Marie Landis' MAI TAI ONE ON
- Liz V.
Monday, August 22 - Dianne Venetta's JENNIFER'S GARDEN
Tuesday, August 23 - Celebrating William Wallace's Legacy with Paula Quinn's CHILDREN OF THE MIST
Wednesday, August 24 - Hau' oli la Hauna to Duke Kahanamoku - Ambassador of Aloha
Thursday, August 25 - Jenn LeBlanc's THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE
- Jeanne M.
Friday, August 26 - Ben Mezrich's SEX ON THE MOON
I am a winner with last week's survey - thank you for your kind comments! I still accept your feedback at this link. Here's the results from 30 readers:
- 8 readers use Kindle
- 4 readers use Nook
- 3 readers use Sony
- 6 readers use their computer/laptop
- 10 readers do not have e readers
--- 5 plan to own an e-reader in the future
--- 5 prefer print books
Book preferences (readers could choose more than one):
- Historicals: 24
- Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers (including cozy mysteries): 19
- Contemporaries: 19
- Paranormals: 18
- Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction: 13
- Fiction: 12
- Other: 5
11 readers wrote that they read everything! Thanks to my son, Andrew, for compiling the data!
I have a new survey today - you can post your response in the comments. I recently received an email from a publicist who regularly sends me bookmarks. She asked what readers thought of the bookmarks as authors questioned if they are a viable means to promote their books. She added that authors are considering investing their promotional dollars in Internet advertising.
I responded that I appreciated the bookmarks - I distribute to readers here at Pearl Harbor and winners at SOS Aloha. But I also understand authors' concern about promotional costs. I noted that book ads on bloggers' sites do not influence me. I suggested that authors should invest their time and budget in a blog tour - visit as many bloggers as possible and giveaway their new book.
Now I ask for your input. What is the most effective marketing tool to attract your attention as a reader?
- Book signings at bookstores?
- Guest reading at libraries?
- Internet advertising?
- Excerpts on their website?
- Guest appearance on blogs? Which blogs?
- Other suggestions?
All commenters will be entered into a drawing for a book of choice from my RWA Stash (or Aloha Treat). This drawing is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, September 3, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 4.
Kim in Hawaii