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How to Support Your Favorite Authors

BecomingJinnTWO WEEKS. After a long, two-year wait to publication, Becoming Jinn releases in just fourteen days on April 21 (and, yes, I’m having trouble believing all this is real!).

With the release so close, many people have been asking me what they can do to help support me. While buying the book is one very nice way I will never say no to (!), most people, aside from my mom, won’t be buying more than one copy. So what else can you do to support an author you love?

My good friend, Jen Malone, author of the upcoming Hollywood YA novel, MAP TO THE STARS, has two excellent posts on this very topic. If you are looking for ways to support the authors whose work is important to you, I urge you to read those posts here and here.

Here are some of my favorite tips excerpted from Jen’s articles (with her permission!):

 

PREORDER

If you’re going to buy the book, preorder it. I’m running a special campaign to thank readers who preorder Becoming Jinn or buy it before April 25, 2015, which is the end of the first week of sales. All you have to do is preorder Becoming Jinn from any online or local retailer and e-mail me a copy of the receipt, dated no later than April 25, 2015, at becomingjinncontest@icloud.com, and you’ll receive a signed Becoming Jinn bookmark PLUS an infinity necklace like the Jinn girls in the book wear. Want more? Well, you’ll also be entered into a raffle to win one of several gift cards to places like Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more in amounts ranging from $5-$50.

Why is preordering this so important? Here are three of the biggest reasons:

1. This gets it on the radar of bookstores, whether it’s your favorite local one or a big one like Barnes & Noble. Enough preorders can trigger automatic orders for additional copies due to the formulas these companies use to calculate ordering strategies. High pre-sales also encourage booksellers to offer extra marketing attention and prime in-store placement to those titles.

2. When bookstores order more copies in advance of a book’s release, it can trigger publishers to order a bigger initial print run and generate a push for more in-house marketing efforts. Additionally, many houses wait for early sales numbers before green-lighting a sequel or follow-up book, so strong pre-sales could give them the confidence to move forward on another book deal for the author you love.

3. Preorders get lumped into first week sales, thus bumping the author farther up in the sales charts for their “opening week.” This can also capture the attention of smaller indie bookstores, who factor sales rankings into their ordering decisions. In some slower weeks, as few as 2,000 combined preorders and opening week sales can put an author on the NYT bestselling list. Any idea what having “NYT Bestseller” on a book cover does for future sales?

 

ASK FOR IT BY NAME

After the book’s release, when you go into a bookstore or a library, ask for the book by name (you can do this even if you don’t intend to buy a copy or check it out that day). Have the bookseller or librarian direct you to the book. This makes them aware of it, shows consumer interest in the book, and may prompt them to recommend it to the next person who comes in looking for something in that genre. Word of mouth is key, and this is one way you can generate it.

 

SPEAKING OF WORD OF MOUTH…

If you loved an author’s book, spread the word! Tell your family and friends, post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (pictures of the cover are great to post as it adds to brand building and recognition for the title and book). If you have a book club, suggest they read it. Most authors will do Skype chats with book clubs, and many will visit locally in person. Check out an author’s contact page on their Web site to see if they’d be willing to visit your book club. Recommend the author to your bookstore, library, or child’s school as a speaker. Many of these places run events or panels where they include authors. Recommendations help get authors on the radar for the organization’s next event.

 

REVIEW IT

Telling friends and family is great, but why not tell the whole world? If you have an account on Goodreads, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, review the book (if you don’t have an account, get one!). On some of these sites, a book must have a certain number of text reviews to be entered into the algorithms that recommend books either on the site or in e-mail newsletters. Your review can help the author get there. And, yes, it’s perfectly okay to copy and paste the same review into multiple sites. Don’t worry about “saying the right thing.” If you loved it, say that. That’s enough!

 

REQUEST IT

Many local libraries have Web sites that allow you, as a library patron, to request that the library carry a certain book. Most libraries will order requested books, which means you can get your favorite authors’ books on more shelves and exposed to more readers. If you do this online, you may need certain information like the ISBN number, the publisher’s name, and the release date. Fortunately all of those are easily found in the details area on both Amazon and Goodreads. They are usually on the author’s “books” page on their Web site as well. If your library doesn’t allow you to do this online, simply swing by the desk the next time you visit and ask in person. While this may sound simple, it makes a huge difference, and authors will be most grateful!

 

TELL THE AUTHOR

While all of the above is very important for the book’s success, one of the nicest things you can do if you love a book is to simply tell the author. Tag them on a Facebook post, Twitter message, or Instagram picture. Send them an e-mail. Writing is a long, often lonely, process. To hear from readers—the people we are writing for—who love the book means more than everything else combined.

 

ATTEND EVENTS!

Nice segue way, right? I’m going to be doing several solo appearances as well as embarking on a Northeast Freshman Fifteens Spring Break Tour (#F15SB) with some very talented author friends, and if you are in the area, I’d love to meet you!

I’ll be at the Newburyport Literary Festival on April 24-25, the official launch party will be held in my hometown bookstore, Porter Square Books, on Monday, April 27, and I’ll be heading to Derry, NH, on May 2 for the Derry Public Library Author Festival. I’ll then be hitting the beach in Falmouth, MA, with an event at Eight Cousins on May 8. And I will be a featured panelist at the South Carolina Book Festival on May 15-17. Full details on all my appearances (which sounds both scary and official) can be found on my events page.

And you can follow all the shenanigans of the Freshman Fifteens Spring Break Tour from NYC to New Hampshire, from May through July, by following my Tumblr. We’ll be chronicling the tour with photos and fun tidbits about our books and the things we will surely discover about each other!

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Thank you and happy reading!

 

 

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It’s Almost Here!

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Becoming Jinn, with its fancy new purple color, will magically appear on doorsteps, bookstore and library shelves, and my anxious little hands on April 21!

As a thank you to all the readers who have already preordered (and to give a gentle nudge to the rest of you), I’m running a special signed bookmark and gift card giveaway.

Simply preorder or buy Becoming Jinn from any online or local retailer and e-mail me a copy of the receipt, dated no later than April 25, 2015, at becomingjinncontest@icloud.com, and you’ll automatically be sent a signed *limited edition* Becoming Jinn bookmark.

You’ll also be entered into a raffle to win one of several gift cards to places like Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more in amounts ranging from $5-$50. The more preorders I get, the more gift cards I’ll offer!

As a special bonus, and to support my favorite local indie (where I’ll be having a launch event–all invited!–on April 27!), if you preorder or buy from Porter Square Books by April 25, you’ll earn an EXTRA ENTRY in the raffle. Plus, you can then also get your book SIGNED by me!

To order a signed/personalized copy from Porter Square Books, after you add Becoming Jinn to your online cart, just enter “signed copy” and the name to make it out to in the comments field on Porter Square’s online ordering form. Then send me a copy of the receipt and you’ll earn two entries in the gift card raffle.

And speaking of events…my spring is filling up fast with bookstore and festival appearances where I’ll be talking all things JINN. Check out my events page, which I’ll be updating daily, to see if I’ll be in your neck of the woods. I hope to see you all!

 

 

Gift card winners will be chosen at random on April 27 and notified by e-mail.

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Preorder Giveaway Winners!

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A huge thank you to everyone who participated in my Becoming Jinn Preorder Party!

Preordering is one of the best things you can do for an author, especially a debut like me. Early sales are key for showing a publisher that there is demand for a book and this in turn can help increase support both in bookstores and internally on the marketing side. It even comes into play when authors go to sell their next books to their publishers.

Preorders are so important that I decided to offer two ways to thank readers who snap up Becoming Jinn prior to release.

 

 

 

The first of those offers—one for aspiring writers—concluded on January 31.

And now it’s time to announce the winners!

The winners are:

Ashley Hearn (@AshleyHearn): Full manuscript critique by me

Diana Pinguicha (@pinguicha): First chapter critique by agent Lucy Carson

C.L. McCollum (@C_L_McCollum): Query critique by agent Lucy Carson

Congratulations! And a huge thank you to all the writers who entered my contest and trusted me to read and critique their first pages and queries. It was an honor.

 

 

Party On, Dude, Party On

Is That It? Is the Preorder Party Over?

No! Gift Cards Still Up for Grabs!

Preorder Thank You Runs Through April 25! 

Preorder Becoming Jinn from any online or local retailer and e-mail me a copy of the receipt, dated no later than April 25, 2015, at becomingjinncontest@icloud.com, and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one of several gift cards to places like Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more in amounts ranging from $5-$25. The more preorders I get, the more gift cards I’ll offer! (I may even toss in a $50 one, so spread the word!)

Winners will be chosen at random on April 27 and notified by e-mail.

As a special bonus, and to support my favorite local indie, if you preorder or buy from Porter Square Books by April 25, you’ll earn an EXTRA ENTRY in the raffle. Plus, you can then also get it SIGNED by me!

To order a signed/personalized copy from Porter Square Books, after you add Becoming Jinn to your cart, just enter “signed copy” and the name to make it out to in the comments field on Porter Square’s online ordering form. Then send me a copy of the receipt and you’ll earn two entries in the gift card raffle.

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Rules

Gift card giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and U.S. territories. No purchase necessary. Winners chosen April 27, 2015. Winners notified by email and announced on Web site. Winners have 30 days to claim prizes by responding to the notification about winning the prize otherwise they forfeit entry. Mail entries to lori at lorigoldsteinbooks dot com. One per person. Void where prohibited by law.

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2015 Is Here! And I’m Throwing a Preorder Party!

 

Surely you’ve all seen this by now, but what better way to say hello to 2015 than this:

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While 2015 may disappoint in that there are no hoverboards, flying cars, or power shoelaces like Back to the Future predicted, there are thankfully still books. And I’m proud, thrilled, and kinda still in shock to say that THIS YEAR, mine will be one of them.

Becoming Jinn releases on April 21, 2015. It’s been a long time coming; Becoming Jinn sold to Macmillan’s Feiwel & Friends in May 2013.

In some ways, it’s hard to believe we are approaching the three-month countdown. *cue panic attack*

But we are. So to celebrate and thank all of you who have helped, supported, and followed me on this journey, I’m throwing a…

BECOMING JINN PREORDER PARTY!

In case you aren’t aware, preordering is one of the best things you can do for an author, especially a debut like me. Early sales are key for showing a publisher that there is demand for a book and this in turn can help increase support both in bookstores and internally on the marketing side. It even comes into play when authors go to sell their next books to their publishers.

Preorders are SO important that I’m offering a special thank you to the fabulous readers who snap up Becoming Jinn prior to release. And if you’ve already preordered Becoming Jinn, first THANK YOU! And second, I hope you held onto that receipt because you’re gonna need it!

 

Two Ways to Win

 

Writer or Reader? Choose Your Preorder Thank You!

I’m running two preorder campaigns*: one that will appeal to writers and one that will appeal to readers (or anyone who loves FREE things).

*one per receipt

 

Preorder Thank You for Writers: Runs January Only

Are you a writer? Querying? Polishing your final draft? Let me help you! A former copyeditor who has done countless critiques for aspiring writers over the past two years, including during the last two Pitch Wars (which resulted in a book deal for my mentee Laurie Elizabeth Flynn!), I’m addicted to critiquing! The closer I get to publication, the less time I have to offer them, but I’m squeezing in one last round.

If you preorder Becoming Jinn by January 31 from any online or local retailer and e-mail me a copy of the receipt at becomingjinnpreorder@icloud.com, you will automatically receive a free query or first-page critique. Your choice!

Not enough of an incentive? Well, how about this: you will also be entered into a raffle to win a FULL MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE. For free. Free! (Max: 90,000 words)

What? You want MORE? MORE? Okay, you got it: Two lucky writers will be chosen at random to have their work critiqued by my fabulous, insightful, whip-smart agent, Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency. She’s offering one query critique and one first chapter critique. Getting agent feedback like this is a RARE opportunity you don’t want to miss!

All you have to do is preorder Becoming Jinn, but hurry! To quality for the free query or first-page critique and be entered into the raffle to win the full manuscript critique and agent critique, your receipt must be dated no later than January 31, 2015.

 

Preorder Thank You for Readers: Runs Until April 25

Not a writer, but already a Becoming Jinn fan? Then simply e-mail me a copy of your receipt, dated no later than April 25, 2015, and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one of several gift cards to places like Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more in amounts ranging from $5-$25. The more preorders I get, the more gift cards I’ll offer! (I may even toss in a $50 one, so spread the word!)

To qualify for the gift card raffle, preorder or buy Becoming Jinn by April 25, 2015, from any online or local retailer and e-mail me a copy of the receipt at becomingjinncontest@icloud.com. Winners will be chosen at random on April 27 and notified by e-mail.

As a special bonus, and to support my favorite local indie, if you preorder or buy from Porter Square Books by April 25, you’ll earn an EXTRA ENTRY in the raffle. Plus, you can then also get it SIGNED by me!

To order a signed/personalized copy from Porter Square Books, after you add Becoming Jinn to your cart, just enter “signed copy” and the name to make it out to in the comments field on Porter Square’s online ordering form. Then send me a copy of the receipt and you’ll earn two entries in the gift card raffle.

Here’s to a great 2015!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Rules

Critique giveaway open internally. To be entered into the full manuscript and agent critique giveaway, no purchase necessary. Deadline for entry: Jan. 31, 2015. Winners chosen February 5, 2015. Queries, first pages, and manuscripts do not have to be ready immediately upon winning. They are to be critiqued on a deadline set jointly by winner and Lori Goldstein and Lucy Carson. Gift card giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and U.S. territories. No purchase necessary. Winners chosen April 27, 2015. Winners notified by email and announced on Web site. Winners have 30 days to claim prizes by responding to the notification about winning the prize otherwise they forfeit entry. Mail entries to lori at lorigoldsteinbooks dot com. One per person. Void where prohibited by law.

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