The release date for 18 Things is almost here! You guys have already helped me soooo much over the past 2 1/2 years, but I can’t stop my quest for world domination now;-) Especially with the Little Blue Lady from Jennifer Eaton’s blog trying to stop me! Sooo . . . On January 24th we’re going to try and push 18 Things to the top of Amazon—and I need your help!
This book has a message that obviously, I think, teens (or anyone over the age of 12) need to hear. Many would say an inspirational young adult book put out by a small publisher isn’t supposed to do well. So . . . wouldn’t it be cool to drive 18 Things to the top on January 24th? Will you join me in being part of a grassroots success story? I don’t have the money or resources to rely on slick marketing or targeted ad campaigns— instead my sales have to be driven by ordinary people like you spreading the word in your circles of influence. Here’s how it works: Every book on Amazon.com has what’s called a “Sales Rank” which is updated hourly. Because these rankings update every hour a book can drop quickly out of sight—or come soaring to the front. The Book Bomb will coordinate hundreds (maybe thousands) of people ordering 18 Things on the same day (January 24th) instead of sales being spread out over months, and raising it to a place where tens of thousands of new people will see it.
The book bomb is a great chance to get a copy for yourself (plus one to give away) at a great price—and help get the book in front of thousands of new people—all at the same time! Now, you might be asking yourself these questions:
- Small Publisher: Since I signed with a small publisher, 18 Things won’t be sitting on bookshelves across America. It may be stocked at a few local bookstores in Lee County and in Grand Haven at best. Amazon.com is the easiest way to order 18 Things from wherever you happen to be on January 24th, whether it’s an ebook for $7.99 or a paperback for $12.99.
Why 2 copies?
- Free Shipping on Paperbacks: If you order two or more copies you get free shipping because your grand total will be over $25. Just make sure you click on the Free Super-Saving Shipping option at Checkout
Who would you give your extra copies away to?
- Local Library/School/Youth Groups: Order an extra copy to donate to your local library, school, or someone in your church youth group. Did you know that 80% of book sales happen via word-of-mouth? This would help create some great buzz!
- Birthday Present: Yes, Christmas has past, but I’m sure there’s a young adult in your life with a birthday coming up (maybe even their 18th birthday!)
- Graduation: Looking for a graduation gift for the young adults in your life (whether it is high school, middle school, or even college)? Order 18 Things! It may not be for another 3-4 months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t order it on January 24th!
- Friends can order together: Maybe you can’t think of anyone to give your extra copies to. But remember, when you spend $25 or more on Amazon, you get free shipping! So order with a buddy!
In addition, I know many of you have asked when you can get your autographed copy. If you’d like your own copy autographed but don’t live in my area, email me through my website at jamieayres.com and I’ll send you an autographed sticker you can place inside your book! Or, can I just say Southwest Florida makes a great vacation spot, so come on down and I’ll sign it in personJ
Finally, please do not feel obligated to participate. It would be easy (and understandable) for you to view this as very self-serving on my part. After all, I’m the author and I’m asking you to buy copies of my book! But being self-serving is not my intention. I’m only asking that if you already planned on buying my book, please do it on release day verses another day. My motivation for the book bomb is the same one that drove me to write the book: to inspire others. Think back to your own young adult days of reading, even if it was you as a very young adult, a long, long time ago in a galaxy far away.
I can testify that stories made me a better person growing up. I’ve always lived in two worlds. One is the world where I actually live, and the other is where I took up residence in Narnia and Hogwarts, sailed the raft with Huck and Jim, laughed at the absurdities of life with Yossarian, ate green eggs and ham with Sam I Am, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew, wept over injustices with Scout Finch, craved romance with Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and learned about being a good friend and a good writer from a spider named Charlotte. These characters made me believe in a world where I could go anywhere and be anything I wanted to be. Why do I love to read stories? Because I love to know I’m not alone, I want someone to understand me, they remind me of my past, they instill in me a sense of pride in my fellow citizens of the world, they give me a new perspective, they make me laugh and entertain me, and sometimes they make me feel emotions I wish I had in my everyday life. But they always challenge me to become like the characters in the books that inspire me. They challenge me to get out of my hiding place and step out in faith, and to not give up so easily. That’s the heart of 18 Things, and my whole trilogy, and I want to share it.
Do you want to share it too? Do you have any tips on how to plan for success? Do you plan on buying 18 Things on January 24th? Help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, or on your website or blog? Let me know in the comments so I can give you a HUGE virtual hug:-) Two weeks until the Amazon links go live on release day! We don’t have much time!
Your Excited and Extremely Grateful Blogger Friend,
P.S. Stop by next Wednesday for the dets on “What’s Your 18 Things?” blogfest! A TON of giveaways, including books, giftcards, bookmarks, and critiques!! My way of giving back to all you wonderful peeps~Love you guys!!
I’m with a small publisher and guess what – your book CAN go to the top!! Whatever I can do to help with announcing it, I am there.
Alex . . . you’ve already done so much. I would’ve never gotten to this point with all the encouragement, especially through IWSG! And I’ll see you for my shout-out on the 25th~HUGS!!
We love you, too! 🙂
Hugs, Hugs, and more hugs!!!
You got me all teary-eyed.
I know you can do this!
Aw–you and me both! *wipes more tears*
Count me in! Can you send a reminder on the 24th? 🙂
Of course!! I need reminders all the time! Thanks:-)
I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So crazy excited for you my friend! Can’t wait to type your name in on Amazon and SEE it pop up!!!!!!!
I know you can’t! We will need another GNO to celebrate:-)
Sounds like a really fun blogfest! I’d like to announce it on the CQ blog too if that’s okay with you. Just send me what you’d like me to post.
Yesss, thanks Sharon! I haven’t made my little blog badge yet. Actually don’t know how to do that, lol, but was gonna figure it out on Monday. Was picturing a big bucket with “18 Things” written in the middle, then words having to do with bucket lists all around it. Not too complicated, right? *fingers crossed*
I would gladly buy the book if I knew a little of what it is about. Good rrad for teens?
Hi, Kathy! Yes, good read for teens and above. If you click on the About Me section above ^, you can read the book blurb. There’s also a button above to read the prologue for 18 Things. 10 days to release and counting~Thanks for stopping by:-)
Your books been on my blog since your cover reveal, and is linked to this site 🙂
Thanks for the love, Lisa!!!
Thank you . . . I will need all the luck I can get:-)
Best of luck to you!!!!
Thank you so much, Tonja!
Great idea! After reading all your enticing excerpts, I had already decided to grab this one when it comes out. Now I know exactly when I’m going to pick it up!
We’ll show that Little Blue Lady who’s boss. 😉
Hahaha, that’s right, Kirsten!
Woo! Congrats on the release.
AHHHHH! I’m so excited for you!!! I agree with Alex, you can totally rock this thing. I’m marking the 24th for sure and will spread the news on my blog, even though I’ve been the biggest slacker and probably have about two followers:) Still, I’m totally buying that sucker!
Hahaha, Deana! I’m sure you still have like 2,000 followers b/c everyone LOVES you! SO glad you stopped by today–thanks for your love:-)
Wow what a brilliant idea! Visiting from Mishas news day, hope the book bomb works out 🙂
Thanks! I will report back on my little experiment if I live to tell the tale! THis marketing stuff is brutal!
If you’re book is PG-13, you’re welcome to promote it on my blog. You can email me at bethfred08(at)gmail.com, if you’re interested.
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