As promised, during the month of February I'll be publicly thanking each of the bloggers who is participating in my Free Books for Bloggers experiment. When any of those bloggers shoots me an e-mail to tell me they've posted, I'll give up some linky love.
I can't believe the month is over already. Hugs to Pammer, who blogged this morning about A Family Forever. And thanks again to all who participated in this experiment.
Many of you have asked how I'm going to measure the success of this promotion. Since there's no way for me to know how many books will be sold as a direct result of it, I won't be able to satisfy you with numbers. But here's something you can judge for yourselves: Have you seen my name and my book's title mentioned on any of the other blogs you've visited in the past three weeks? Then my efforts have been successful. Surely hundreds or perhaps even a couple of thousand people who have never visited this blog have now read about my new book. What tickles me is that not all of the blogs were "Christian" blogs or even "romance" blogs, meaning that news of my new book has reached a large and diverse audience. Some of the bloggers have said flat-out that they're not Christians or that they don't read romance novels, but they still enjoyed reading my book. Might some of those bloggers' readers be equally open-minded and pick up my book when they see it on a store shelf? My guess is that they will.
Here's another question I keep hearing: Would I do this again? To tell you the truth, this experiment has taken up quite a bit more time than I had planned on. In addition to corresponding with each of the bloggers, I have answered long lists of interview questions. But it's been fun. And for an internet junkie like me, it made sense to spend my time in this way rather than sending out press releases to my local newspaper and setting up booksignings in stores.
Next up is a three-day promotional blitz (March 1-3) by members of Christian Fiction Blog Tours. I've sent complimentary books to 18 of those nice people, but I believe several more bloggers are planning to participate. (Some of them won't be reviewing the book, but posting interviews with me, instead.) It was this event, planned a couple of months ago, that gave me the idea to do the Free Books for Bloggers experiment during the month of February.
And by the way, today is the official release date for A Family Forever. A couple of friends e-mailed me to report seeing it in WalMart over the weekend, and two of those stores had already sold out by yesterday. So if you were planning to purchase a copy, maybe you'd better go snag one before they're gone in your neighborhood.