Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hey, bloggers! Want a free book?

If you're a blogger, you can be the first kid on your block to snag a copy of my new book. A Season of Forgiveness won't hit store shelves until September 25, but I'll send a free autographed copy to the first 20 people who follow these instructions:






1. Post my book trailer on a blog that has existed for at least six months. Just run through the video, which you'll find at the bottom of this post, then grab the "embed" code you'll see at the end. Paste that into one of your regular blog posts.

2. Mention the book's title, my name, the on-sale date, and then provide a link to the book's page at Amazon and to my website. Do it your way or just copy-and-paste the following:

A SEASON OF FORGIVENESS
by Brenda Coulter
Available in stores September 25.
Order now from Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0373874537 )
Read most of the first chapter at BrendaCoulter.com


3. That's it! Now just shoot an e-mail to GimmeABook@BrendaCoulter.com. Include your mailing address and a link to your post, and I'll pop your autographed book right in the mail. (No, you don't have to promise to review the book after you read it. But if you do end up posting a review, why not give me a shout?)


Please tell your blogging friends about this offer. I'm earmarking at least twenty books for this promo, but might decide to up that number at a later date. When I hit my limit, I will update this post and say so. (To tell you the truth, while I'm blessed with a lot of blogger friends, I'm not sure how many of them are comfortable posting videos. But it's easy, I promise. Give it a try!)

Questions? Let 'em rip in the Comments. Here's the video:





UPDATED AUGUST 17, 9:00 AM:

I got a better response than I expected on this, and have hit my limit for free books. My deepest thanks to everyone who posted my video.


24 comments:

Mindy Obenhaus said...

Pop over and check it out. I hope you like it.

Marianne Arkins said...

Okay... mine's up :-)

Judy Thomas said...

Great contest! Mine's up as well.

Brenda Coulter said...

Judy, you're a peach. Now you just need to zap me an e-mail with your address in it so I know where to send your book.

Mindy and Marianne, thanks again.

Melissa (AKA ForstRose on MySpace, forest_rose on Yahoo360) said...

I got everything posted but ... the code itself is showing on my blog instead of the video? This seems odd to me unless the code somehow got corrupted as I was copying and pasting or it doesn't work on that website for some reason. Anyway I'm more than willing to help you advertise your book. I have read all the excerpts on your website and am anxiously awaiting copies of your other two books from my local library.

Judy Thomas said...

Hi, Brenda... sent an email from my gmail account... am resending it just in case. Fingers crossed the gremlins haven't intercepted it.

Brenda Coulter said...

Fingers crossed the gremlins haven't intercepted it.

Judy, it's a good thing you commented here, because I didn't think to check my spam box until just now. I've found messages from you and five other bloggers. I'm guessing the words "free book" are triggering my Gmail filter....

Melissa, I'm glad you asked about embedding the video, because the problem you're experiencing can crop up in Blogger, too. You need to compose your post in HTML mode. Since you've already published, go back and edit in HTML. You don't have to mess with any other part of your post--just delete the old code for the video in case it's been corrupted, and enter it again. Then you should be good to go.

Note for MySpacers: This evening I've been contacted by two people who want to participate but whose MySpace profiles are set to Private. I hope you all understand that the point of this promotion is to get my video seen all over the internet, and that putting it on a blog that's not available to the general public won't help me achieve that. Sorry to disappoint you folks, but I really do have only a limited number of books to give away.

I'm getting a much better response to this offer than I expected. Thanks, everyone, for your interest in my book.

Anonymous said...

YEAAH!!!! and Whew! Thanks for the tip on embedding the video Brenda. It is up and working properly now.

Melissa

Carolanne said...

And I've posted mine now.
I hope it doesn't matter that I'm from Australia?

Vicki said...

Hi, Brenda...I have my post up and running! Thank you!!

Brenda Coulter said...

Carolanne and Vicki, I got your e-mails. Thanks a bunch.

LaShaunda said...

Hi Brenda,

I put mine's up. You know I'm always good to help promote.

Have a bless one.

Brenda Coulter said...

You know I'm always good to help promote.

I know that, my friend, and I'm deeply grateful. Don't forget to send me your address.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Mine is up.

Many happy sales. :)

Christy LaShea Smith said...

Hey Brenda! Mine is up, too! I remember seeing this video when it crossed over the loop a month or so ago - I thought how much I wanted to read the book then! Great trailer. Everyone who reviews for you should post a review on Amazon too.

Thanks!

Brenda Coulter said...

Thanks, Christy and Jennifer.

Status report on this promotion: So far I've promised books to 15 bloggers.

Pam in Colorado said...

Oh, my goodness, I actually posted my first video to my blog and it is working!!!!

Whether I get a copy of the book or not (I intend to read it either way!) I am sooo excited. This is a technological breakthrough for me! Just ask any of my friends or family - they will be shocked and amazed! ;)

Best of luck with the sales of your new book.

Brenda Coulter said...

Got you, Pam. Thanks.

I've hit my limit for the giveaway books, so this offer is no longer available. Thanks, everyone, for your interest.

Shauna said...

Well, that'll teach me! I've been a little lazy about getting around the blogisphere this summer. However, since I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your books, I'm posting the video and information anyways. It's a privilege to be able to help promote it.

Brenda Coulter said...

Aw, Shauna, I'm sorry to disappoint a sweetheart like you. But I've already mailed out more books than I had earmarked for this promotion, and I must save the rest of my supply for the giveaways I'll be doing later, primarily through my newsletter.

To others just stumbling across this page: I'm still getting private e-mails from people hoping that I'll give away "just one more book," but I don't have an unlimited supply of books and the line had to be drawn somewhere. I'm sorry.

Vicki said...

Brenda, I received my book in today's mail! Guess what I'll be reading tonight?

Thank you...thank you...thank you!!!!

Brenda Coulter said...

Thank YOU--all of you--for posting my book trailer.

Shauna said...

Brenda, not a problem. I wasn't expecting a free one, and truth be told, I'd buy your book anyway. ;-) I'm just glad I got to post your video. I saw it months(?) ago when you made it and wish I had thought to promote it earlier. I'm glad I figured this silly computer out enough to actually get it posted. LOL!

Brenda Coulter said...

I appreciate your understanding, Shauna. I felt like a meanie telling you no.

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