Friday, January 09, 2015

25 Roses Blog Tour: Final Day!

It's the final day of my super-awesome 25 Roses blog tour. Thank you to everyone who participated! Don't forget--you can buy a personally autographed copy of 25 Roses from Parnassus Books. Here are today's blog tour stops. Please stop by and check them out.

Elizabeth Seckman--Guest Post: How to Promote Your Book without Breaking Your Budget

Carry Off Books--Guest Post: The 80s: A Great Time to Be a Tween

Cherdo on the Flipside--Guest Post: The Art of Being Funny

Vanessa Morgan--Guest Post: How Romantic Movies Shaped My Writing

My Creatively Random Life--Blurb and Excerpt

Last day to enter my giveaway! You can win a $25 Amazon gift card, an autographed copy of 25 Roses, or a long-stemmed chocolate rose like the ones in the book.


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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

25 Roses Blog Tour: Day Three

It's day three of my super-exciting blog tour. Nobody signed up for tomorrow, so we'll round up with an exciting big tour day Friday. Here are the next stops on my blog tour. Scroll down below for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group post, which is about something all published writers are insecure about: promotion.

Mason Canyon--Guest Post: The Path to Publication is Paved in Rejection Letters

Beth Ellyn Summer--Interview

T.B. Markinson--Guest Blog: Promoting Your Book the Old-Fashioned Way

Tara Tyler--Guest Blog: Should Writers Follow Trends...or Follow Our Hearts?

Meradeth Huston--Blurb and Excerpt


Is Book Promotion Changing?

At one time, writers who launched a new book into the world had only one venue in which to do so: the bookstore. In today's Internet-driven world, however, online book tours have become just as popular. It seems we're in the midst of a shift as national chain bookstores dwindle and local independents take their places.

There may be a reason for that. If it's really true that the average booksigning sells eight books, it calls into question whether local marketing is as relevant as it once was. An author no longer has to travel to New Jersey or California to reach readers there. Through social media and our blogs, we regularly interact with people around the globe.

But local marketing will always be at least a little important. Your local bookstores, libraries, and (for children's authors) schools will always support your books more than those located in other cities. And booksignings and events personalize your relationship with the people who have the power to recommend your books to readers. At each of my booksignings, I've left signed copies of my books for readers to buy--and one bookstore even called me back to sign more.

I personally have found that like any local business, an author must network locally but spend most of his/her time marketing online. Because most consumers turn to the Internet to research what products to buy, your books must have an online presence. That will only continue to grow in importance as reading becomes even more app-ified and book-based social media sites like Goodreads continue to grow in popularity.

What do you think? Has the market changed how books are promoted?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway. You can win a $25 Amazon gift card, an autographed copy of 25 Roses, or a long-stemmed chocolate rose like the ones in the book.


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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

25 Roses Blog Tour: Day Two

It's release day!!! Today, 25 Roses is out in the world. It's a terrifying, yet very exciting, feeling! If you want an autographed copy, you can get it here. Just tell them what you want me to sign and they'll ship it to you!!! I also have an exciting cover reveal...check out Medeia's new cover below.

I'm so excited that I have a group of blogging friends who are celebrating this important week with me. Here are the next stops on my blog tour.

Leandra Wallace--Interview

Sage--Interview

Kristin Smith--Guest Post: 4 Tips to Survive a Writers' Conference

Sandra Cox--Blurb and Excerpt

Robyn Campbell--Blurb and Excerpt

SK Anthony--Blurb and Excerpt

Medeia Sharif is also revealing her new cover this week. I'll be participating in her book blast later this month, so stay tuned for that. We all love Medeia's books, so news of a new release is always exciting. Here's the cover of 52 Likes and a link to Goodreads, where you can add it to your to-read list.



Have you entered my giveaway yet? You can win a $25 Amazon gift card, an autographed copy of 25 Roses, or a long-stemmed chocolate rose like the ones in the book.


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Monday, January 05, 2015

25 Roses Blog Tour: Day One

Today is a very, very exciting day. It's the day before the release of my second novel:


25 Roses by Stephanie Faris


Want an autographed copy? You can order one from Parnassus Books (put your request for an autographed copy and what you want signed in comments when you order). Or you can enter my giveaway to win a signed copy because...something REALLY exciting is happening today.



My week-long blog tour!!! I have an exciting lineup, including interviews and guest blogs. Be sure to check each of the following stops out.

Ms Yingling Reads--Review of 25 Roses

Alex Cavanaugh--Guest Post: Inspired By the Movies

Diane Carlisle--Guest Post: 3 Reasons Guest Blogging is a Good Idea

Quanie Miller--Guest Post: Promoting Your Book Online? 3 Lessons I've Learned from Marketing Experts

Sherry Ellis--Blurb and Excerpt

Medeia Sharif--Blurb and Excerpt

Cathrina Constantine--Blurb and Excerpt

Gina Stoneheart--Blurb and Excerpt

Now it's time to sign up for my giveaway. You can win a $25 Amazon gift card, an autographed copy of 25 Roses, or a long-stemmed chocolate rose like the ones in the book.


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