Saturday, March 26, 2011

Can I get a hand here?

Ask Gina. I need help. This writing thing is something that I have wanted to do forever. Forever and ever and ever. I've been writing since I was a kid. Literally. Like elementary school. Well, maybe junior high. Still, I was young.

But another thing I've also done since I was a kid was be painfully shy. I know I shouldn't, but I've always cared about what others thought of me. Not all others, just others that I know and will have to interact with on a regular basis. That's why the writing thing was something I did in a deep, dark cave where the only light was the little that came from the screen of my laptop. I didn't want anyone I knew to know I did it.

It's not that I thought what I wrote was bad, I just didn't want anyone to have a chance to judge my writing, and by extension, judge me.

I'm slowly getting over that, because I have to. If I want to sell any of these books, the first people I had to ask were friends and family. So I did. I swallowed my pride and posted links to it on my personal Facebook page. And I got some good reaction. People seemed eager to read it. That's great, but their friends and family. I'd hope they wanted to support me.

I also sent out daily promos on Twitter. Got some good reaction there. That was nice. A real ego boost.

But here's the deal. I feel a bit like I've tapped those markets. Anyone who sees me regularly on Facebook or Twitter and was interested in buying my book has likely already bought it. So what I need to do now is get more people to read the book. I need to get it in front of their eyes and let them know about it. Give them the opportunity to buy the book.

So, now I have to figure out a way to do that. I think I have an idea, and here it is. I'm going to give away ten copies of the book to the first ten folks who leave a comment here and say they're willing to do one thing for me. If those people say they'll be willing to read the book -- it's only 21,000 words, shouldn't take too long -- and then, if they like it, tell someone about it, those people will get a coupon code for a free copy. And if they're willing to buy a copy then that's fine too. Links are up top in the "Where to read me" tab.

Now, telling someone may mean just telling people you know who may like the book. It could mean leaving a review at Smashwords, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. It could mean telling people about it on your blog or a message board. But tell someone. I need to start building word-of-mouth buzz about Chasing Filthy Lucre and the only way to do that is to get people talking about it. Are you willing to do that? If so, leave your email address in the comments or send me a message at


  1. Jarrett, very well said - I completely understand your situation, as it's the exact same one I find myself in. My novel's been published for just over a month now, and sales I suppose have been decent for a newbie author. And like you, I think the Twitter friends and Facebook shares have reached their limit. Not to say my marketing there won't continue - on the contrary, if one person tells another, then another, etc. sales could one day skyrocket; but I know I have to keep plugging away at those.

    I'm right now at the stage of getting my name and writing out to other bloggers, whether it to be a featured author, a guest post, or even a basic text link. Bloggers are powerful, connected people! I've done a few book reviews and posted them to my blog ( and have had mine reviewed and featured on other blogs. That's sort of where I'm focused at this point as my 'next step.'

    I'd be happy to take a look at CFL (I grabbed the sample for my Kobo the other night, but I'm 3 books behind in where I should be reading!) and can put together a review to post on my blog. Maybe we can 'exchange' reviews (no implied 5 star at all - an honest review showing flaws is better in the eyes of the public than a perfect score) when we have the chance.

    Grab me on Twitter (@SteveUmstead) when you get a chance...nice to know I'm not alone out there!

    ~Steve Umstead

  2. I would be more than happy to help you out with this! is my email

  3. Thanks, Steve and Aden. Sent you a coupon code through Twitter, Steve. I'll email one to you, Aden.

    Appreciate the help.

  4. I'll trade Ebooks. Go to my blog
    All we do is use the gift button on amazon kindle for your book and put my email in the appropriate spot. Then I will do the same for mine and put your email in the gift spot. When you open the email it goes to your reader. Best thing is we both get a sale and improve our rating. :)

  5. Hi Jared, I am here through FB (from Gina's page first) and I just bought the Kindle edition of your book from Amazon.

    I just wanted to let you know that there is an error on the "Where to read me" page. The Amazon link is actually 2 links. If you click on "Chasing Filthy" you get an Error 404, you have to click only on "Lucre" to get taken to Amazon. I just thought you would want to know so that you can make it as easy as possible for others to buy your book.

    I will read it this week and get you a review on Good Luck!

  6. Thanks, Corinne. I'll fix that right now. And thanks for buying the book. I appreciate the support. Looking forward to seeing what you think.

  7. Massive apologies on your name! That's what I get for being up at 3 am!
    ::Crawls back into a corner to read::

  8. No worries. I've had so many variations that I'll answer to just about anything that's close.

  9. I am here to help. I will read your book and review it alway as post that said review on as many book related websites I have on my list. Really, I have a

  10. Thanks, MTater. A coupon code will be on your way soon.