Reminder: Launch day is approaching. It’s already Thurs. in the UK. The eBook price of Renaissance goes up on Sat. 7/15 (12:00a CST). If you are going to be reading on your e-reader, preorder it now before launch day when the price goes up.
Before you tuck in for the week, I want to remind you of some important things that are going on. First, with the Renaissance release date coming up I will not be very present in the days to come. However, you will see me around so do keep your eyes open. I’ll still be reading and commenting on your blogs and all that good stuff. After release I will take a short break before getting back on the grind. I still have to get Book Two ready for the December release but I intend on taking some time off first.
If you have not already heard, I am hosting my first poetry contest on Colleen’s Blog with some amazing prizes. Please do head on over to see how you can participate. I will be doing more promo posts for it but in the meantime, head on over. Also, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to inform me. I also appreciate as much promo of the contest as possible just remember:
It will help us if you could promote the original post. Not this post but the one on
>>>Colleen’s Blog HERE. <<<
Nora Book Giveaway
I have not been promoting this much, I admit. Part of the reason is that I did not time it well. In the future, I intend on using a better program and being more organized (didn’t mean for everything to be so close). BUT, there is still room to win!
Fifteen people have already entered for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Renaissance with a matching bookmark and my author seal. That’s not all. Winners will also win a $10 Amazon Gift-card. I am choosing two winners so go ahead and jump on it.
CLICK HERE to enter but hurry. There are only 3 days left!
If you have not already supported my Thunderclap, there is still time. I am EIGHT people (at this writing) away from my goal. It’s free and only takes a second. Thanks so much everyone for the support.
UPDATE: I have made my goal! If you would like to still support, you can. There’s still time left on the clock which means from now I can gather as much extra support as possible before the big day.
CLICK HERE to support with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or all three (I move up three points when you use all three).
If you would like to learn more about what Thunderclap is, CLICK HERE for my post and why you should support me. (Also keep in mind that after the campaign I am publishing the results and my thoughts on this blog. I am saving my data to share with you. Should authors use it? Or no? I’ll share my experience. Stay tuned.)
If you are not already following me online, now is a good time to do so! It will help you stay in tune while I am away.
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Just a quick update on the Thunder….
We are at 83%! Whoo hoo. You guys rock.
If you are new to this blog then you probably aren’t aware of my Thunderclap Campaign. I am seeking support to help spread the word of my soon to be release: Renaissance: The Nora White Story. To learn more see Why Support My Thunderclap.
This morning, I sent my email list a detailed account of the first week’s results. At the end of this campaign, I’d like to post those results here as well. I am not doing this just for myself but I am also monitoring my results and tracking everything to see just how helpful it is to Indie Authors launching books.
But I need your help. I am almost there but to quote Brandy, “almost doesn’t count.”
There are 1,881 of you following this blog at this writing.
I just need 17 of you to support the campaign to complete it.- click THIS LINK
YUP, just seventeen.
Thunderclap is a social platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, so it rises above the noise of social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action.
While I appreciate shares of the link, it’s important for you to know that…
I need at least 17 of you to take action. To click on the link and support. It’s free and only takes a few minutes. 83 people have already done it.
It’s SUPER easy and free to participate- click THIS LINK and then click “support with Facebook” or “support with Twitter” or “support with Tumblr” or all three.
Thanks so much for the support so far. With your help, I’ll be publishing my results soon. I can tell you now that Thunderclap is not for everyone.
Update: Since posting this I have moved up to 85%. Thanks you guys! Let’s keep it going!
Thunderclap is a pretty new platform, launching April 28, 2009. The platform is just starting to gain momentum and is still a challenge to work with for many. For that, I thought I’d talk a little bit about what it is, how it works and why I use it.
Thunderclap is easy to set up and offers both free and paid options. The program, allows individuals and companies to rally people together to spread a single message at the same time. It works by collecting social media pledges of the message and publishing that message to the social media pages of those who pledge on the same day and at the same time. The more people who support the campaign, the greater the social reach.
Here’s what Thunderclap has to say:
A tool that lets a message be heard when you and your friends say it together. Think of it as an “online flash mob.” Join a Thunderclap, and you and others will share the same message at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr that cannot be ignored.”
Why I Use It
I got into using Thunderclap last year because I knew I would not be at home when my book launched and would need help promoting it online.
Independent Authors wear many hats: writer, publisher, marketer, promoter, production managers, editors, and designers. To some extent, the Independent Publisher must become all these. Although we will at some point outsource a lot of these things (editing, book cover design, formatting) we still dip our hands into the process at some point. As Independents, we have the added advantage of controlling every aspect of taking our book from concept to execution. However, getting our books noticed in the sea of books is not easy.
Think about it: On the one hand, anyone can publish a book. With Amazon’s Createspace, Lulu, and many others, it’s easier than ever to publish a book. In fact, thousands and thousands of books are published every day.
While the ease of publishing has made publishing easy, it has also made it a most challenging process. With millions of books published daily, how does an Indie Author stand out?
Word of mouth is still the best way to spread a message and Thunderclap can be easily compared to a digital word of mouth: a way to spread the word about something special from person to person online.
Below are some frequently asked questions about Thunderclap:
Are you being paid for my social pledge?
No. I receive no monies for your social media pledge.
Why is it called a pledge? Is this some kind of vow?
You are not vowing to do anything. It is called a pledge because Thunderclap pledges to post my message to your account one time and one time only, that is on July 15, 2017.
Thunderclap asks for permission to post on my behalf and access to certain information which I am not comfortable with.
Your information is not being shared and the process is safe. It is no different than the apps and social media pages you already have displaying a similar message asking permission to post on your behalf.
How much does it cost to pledge?
It costs you nothing. You can support an Independent Author 100% free. No agendas or hidden fees.
Thunderclap is helpful to Independent Authors like me because it gives us the opportunity to spread our message without self-promoting which people are already used to and to some extent, hate. Indie Authors on low budgets, such as myself, do not have the luxury of publicists who can promote them. I have no PRs or anyone who can generate and manage publicity for my books. I would love that but I don’t have the money to pay anyone at this time. In such instance, you, my dear readers are my publicist. Independent artists are all about the people and there’s no reason for me to sugar-coat that you are the strength behind the success of Independent Authors like me.
If you enjoy reading this blog I would be honored to have your support.
I am recording my daily actions and my experience with the program and I’d love to share it with you when the campaign is over. I’ll share what works and what sucks.
I’ve already noticed some things I could have done better and some things I’ve done well.
How to Pledge
Go to the Campaign page HERE
Decide where you want to support me and click on where you want to support where it says Support with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or all three. (You can help me go up 3 points with all 3!)
Next, you will see this message below. My automatic message is displayed but you can make this your own. When you’ve finished, click on Add My Support.
Next, you will see this screen, asking you to authorize Thunderclap to use your account. This is where some are skeptical. As stated, I’ve supported others Thunderclap myself and all it means is that on July 15th, your message (or mine) will post to your account. It does not happen more than once and Thunderclap does not post to your account at any other time.
If you have a large social following, you can even fall into my Thunderous Supporters category as seen below which makes you look pretty cool.
My goal is to get 100 people to agree to share the message about the release of Renaissance by July 15, 2017 (I am at 69% so far). When I hit 100, on July 15th, that message will be blasted out to all those who agreed to share, spreading my message farther than I could ever do alone.
It’s SUPER easy to participate- click THIS LINK and then click “support with Facebook” or “support with Twitter” and that’s it!
Are you speaking your goals into existence or waiting for a miracle to happen? You are the miracle! Speak it. Believe it. Act on it. Receive it. Thanks Sue for having me.
This picture was taken last year at a restaurant in Atlanta. I had just finished a book signing for the release of Book 3 in The Stella Trilogy and was to act in the stage-play Blakk Amerika: From Prophets to Pimps the next day. Hungry, me and two sisters decided to sneak off from the group and grab a bite. This is me posing with the daughter of one of the sisters with me.
This picture is significant because it is at this dinner that I explained my vision for my next book, Nora’s story. The ladies were encouraging as we discussed our thoughts on The Harlem Renaissance movement and the ideas for the book. I wanted to create an environment where the character would, literally, interact with history. What if you were seventeen years old and had the chance to be in the presence of such persons as Langston…
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The countdown to the release of Renaissance, book one in The Nora White Story continues.
ENTER HERE for a chance to win a free paperback copy of Renaissance, signed with matching bookmark and author seal when it releases.
Also on the line is a $10 Amazon Gift-card!
First and second place winners chosen. Contest runs from now through Monday, June 26th. Winners announced Friday, July 14, 2017.
June is here!
That means we are ONE month away from the release of Renaissance: The Nora White Story Book One and I need your social media support.
My Thunderclap Campaign is LIVE now!
Thunderclap is like crowdfunding for social media. Instead of raising funds you are raising support. Neat huh? Here’s how it works:
You set up a campaign and set a social reach goal. Once the campaign is approved and goes live, supporters can pledge an action (a Facebook Post, Tweet, both, etc.) of the campaigns message as set by the host. This message will go live on the day the host sets. This means that if an author has a book coming out for instance (yours truly), the message will go out on the day of release from the social media accounts of everyone who pledged at the same time, making a thunderous noise of support!
The Kicker: Of course, there’s always something. For the free option, for the messages to go out, the host (yours truly) must reach her social reach by the date set. For this, I have set this campaign up a month in advance to give me time to build support.
I need at least 100 people to “donate” a pledge towards my message on their social media by July 15th. It’s free, of course, as you’re only donating a social media blast. There are 1,756 people subscribed to his blog as I write this. I am only asking for 100 of you to support me. Are you in?? Let’s do this!
When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she’s sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.
The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn’t want to go to College. Despite her parent’s staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.
Shocked by their daughter’s disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon’s sister years ago. As the couple embark on a frightening and gut wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it’s too late?
“When I finished reading Renaissance: The Nora White Story I actually shouted. I loved, loved this book. From beginning to end. The characters are still alive inside my mind. The setting as well. I could smell the hot soup the girls had or the rain on the hot earth. The dialogue is superb; I can still hear the soft southern accent in my mind.”
– Adele Marie Park
“The author’s writing is beautiful. She captivates the dialect of the southern speak wonderfully and I found the description of each and every action and location to just roll off my tongue as I read.” – Rachel Poli
“I consider myself and anyone else aware of her to be pretty lucky already as this author has a pretty powerful perspective and is more than capable of articulating her experiences and thought processes as it relates to the cultural upbringing of the African American experience. Her name is Yecheilyah Ysrayl. – Dottie Daniels
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