GIVEAWAY: October’s Winners

by megsilver on November 1, 2015

If you have a candy hangover, raise your hand.

Wait. I can’t type with one hand in the air. Anyway, I’m here to announce the winners of last month’s Audible.com promo-code giveaway:

*drumroll*

Sarah
Jessyca
Tammy

Thanks for entering, ladies. Enjoy!

Which reminds me, I also never posted September’s winner (because I’m a dork): LaDonna. She won a Fantasy Heights Season Pass. Congrats, lady!

I’ll be back in a bit to reload next month’s giveaway.

Wind Beneath My Coffee

by megsilver on October 12, 2015

So yesterday it was 80-something°F outside with nonstop sunshine.

Today? 50°F with gale-force winds.

[insert long-suffering Minnesotan sigh]

Aaaanyway, today is the last day of the old writing schedule. Starting tomorrow, I don’t get into this office until 1pm Monday – Friday, and 11:30am Saturday.

There will be no slow-downs in work, just a change to when I can do it. Situation normal. Just on its head, right?

Have a great week!

What Day Is It, Even?

by megsilver on October 4, 2015

I’m posting a day early because I’m out of town for business Monday and Tuesday. I’ll be starting a new day job, so things are exciting and interesting and busy, to say the least. It’s all good, though; once we’re past this initial patch of unknowns, my schedule will be delightfully regimented, which will make life much easier ’round here. Yay!

Otherwise, the Review Blitz is still happening. Don’t be afraid to request copies!

The monthly giveaway is also going strong. Have you entered yet? Seven free audiobooks, people. SEVEN.

Have a great week, y’all.

October Giveaway

by megsilver on October 1, 2015

October’s Giveaway is something different. This month I’m giving away seven (7… 7!) complimentary Fantasy Heights AUDIOBOOK codes to three lucky winners. That’s over thirteen hours of listening, and about a fifty dollar value.

  • These codes are redeemable at audible.com only. No Amazon or iTunes.
  • I did get codes specific to US and UK, so if you can shop at audible.com.uk, you can enter, too!
  • We’re using rafflecopter this time, which gives you extra chances to win. Scroll down to the bottom of the Giveaways page to find the entry portal.

Good luck!

Mondaython

by megsilver on September 28, 2015

Manions. I must have manions!

Very long, eventful day ahead. I wish I could say it was writing related, but… Yeah. I forecast maybe an hour between 2 and 3 PM where I can maybe squeeze in a couple hundred words. Otherwise, not so much.

Wish me luck! And have a great Monday.

More About The Review Blitz

by megsilver on September 25, 2015

Happy Friday!

I’m getting a bunch of questions about the Review Blitz, so I’ll answer the most common in public so y’all know what’s what.

Q. (paraphrased) Are you crazy? You’re just giving away free books for people to review?

A. I’ve always comped copies for reviews. In the right sidebar of the site, and on the contact page, there’s a Review Copy Request Form link. It’s been there almost as long as this site has been up.

And no, I’m not crazy. Reviews are super important for discoverability. Lack of reviews can bar an author from certain promotional opportunities. Giving away free books in exchange for reviews is considered a cost of doing business. Yes, of course, some people will abuse that system, but again — cost of doing business.

Also yes, I am the worst self-promoter of all time. I don’t like prodding people to review product, and I feel like street teams too often take advantage of people’s generous natures. So we’ll try this limited-time-only event to see how things go.

Q. How long will I have to wait to receive my free copy to review?

A. If I’m home, awake, and have access to my office, you should receive files within minutes of the request. Emma (das editor) will try to back me up while I’m at the day job.

Bottom line? Not long.

If you DON’T hear back from one of us within at least a day, email me directly.

Q. What’s this AMA event? When will it be? Do I have to be on Reddit?

A. It won’t happen on Reddit. Depending on how many people qualify (which probably won’t be many), we may just run the event as a series of posts on the blog. This will likely be much easier than trying to get everyone from heaven-knows how many time zones to work out a time and date for a live-streaming event (which I would LOVE to do; I just know the reality of the scheduling headaches).


With all that said, if you have an idea for a prize you’d like to see added to the list, by all means, let me know. Y’all always have better ideas for that sort of thing. Don’t be afraid to speak out!

Review Blitz

by megsilver on September 22, 2015

EVENT DATES: 22 September – 20 October, 2015

Meg Silver's Review Blitz: Post a review, win a reward

Reviews do much more than provide mission-critical feedback. They also play a key role in search algorithms. This helps connect you with books you like, and helps readers find new authors.

Reviews have dropped off lately. To perk things up, we’re throwing a major review blitz through 20 October, 2015.

How to Participate

Option One:

Review any (already owned) previously-read Meg Silver title
Post the review before the promotion’s end date (20 October, 2015)
Report the review link via this form http://goo.gl/forms/AdGosSyq7c

Option Two:

Request a copy of any Meg Silver title to review http://goo.gl/forms/NnXFhiNzHZ
Post an honest review before the promotion’s end date (20 October, 2015)
Report the review link via this form http://goo.gl/forms/AdGosSyq7c

YES! You can review older titles you already own AND request new-to-you ones (one at a time)
YES! You can “chain” requests: request and review one title, and then turn around and request/review another. As long as reviews are posted before the event’s end date, we’ll keep sending books!

What You Can Win

For ONE verified review:

Any digital Meg Silver title (including Fantasy Heights, Episode 14: Renegade upon release)

For TWO verified reviews:

  1. Your name on a Meg Silver Acknowledgements page PLUS a chance to have your review quoted in Meg Silver promotional materials
  2. Any digital Meg Silver title (including Fantasy Heights, Episode 14: Renegade upon release)

For THREE verified reviews:

  1. Fantasy Heights Season Two “Season Pass”
  2. Your name on a Meg Silver Acknowledgements page PLUS a chance to have your review quoted in Meg Silver promotional materials
  3. Any digital Meg Silver title (including Fantasy Heights, Episode 14: Renegade upon release)

For FOUR or more reviews:

  1. Invitation to AMA (Ask Meg Anything) event
  2. Fantasy Heights Season Two “Season Pass”
  3. Your name on a Meg Silver Acknowledgements page PLUS a chance to have your review quoted in Meg Silver promotional materials
  4. Any digital Meg Silver title (including Fantasy Heights, Episode 14: Renegade upon release)

FIVE+ Reviews:

  1. Eligible for paperback sweepstakes to win a signed copy of Fantasy Heights, Season One. (Open to US entrants only; International entrants can win a personalized digital copy)
  2. Invitation to (Ask Meg Anything) event
  3. Your name on a Meg Silver Acknowledgements page PLUS a chance to have your review quoted in Meg Silver promotional materials
  4. Fantasy Heights Season Two “Season Pass”
  5. Any digital Meg Silver title (including Fantasy Heights, Episode 14: Renegade upon release)

Titles Eligible For Review Blitz

(listed highest priority first)
Sessions, Part I: Captive
Fantasy Heights, Episode 13: Pressure
Fantasy Heights, Episode 12: Hellfire
Fantasy Heights, Episode 11: Eightman
Fantasy Heights, Episode 10: Paramour
Fantasy Heights, Season One
Calais County: Gentleman’s Privilege
Calais County: Lovers Walk
The Nights Of Yes

Eligible Review Destinations

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
iTunes
Kobo
Personal blogs/sites

*Facebook and Twitter currently ineligible

How to Request A Title for Review

Use this form http://goo.gl/forms/NnXFhiNzHZ

  • This form will ask for your name, a contact email, your preferred Meg Silver title, and your preferred digital filetype.
  • Remember, only one review title released at a time.
  • Please be sure to use the same name/email address for each request and report.

How to Point Us To Your Review

This information will be collected via another form. http://goo.gl/forms/AdGosSyq7c
This form will ask for a link to your review, and possibly a username where applicable.

In order to verify reviews, we’ll need:

  • If you have posted on a private blog or site, we’ll need a direct link to the review for verification.
  • If you have posted your review on Goodreads or a retailer’s site, we will need the product link, plus the username under which your review is posted.

For example:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013VIZIVS/
or
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paramour-meg-silver/1119854672?ean=2940149722839
or
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22441341-paramour

*Please be sure to use the same name/email address for each request and report. It will be very hard to track participants otherwise.

Rules:

  • Entrants must be 18+ years old to participate.
  • Only reviews posted during the blitz are eligible (22 September, 2015 – 20 October, 2015).
  • Text reviews required. We love those star ratings, but we need actual text reviews for the blitz.
  • Post only honest reviews; you don’t have to love whichever title you read and review, you just have to actually read it and post your honest review. (Negative feedback helps too, you know.)
  • Unique reviews only for multiple titles; Repeated reviews (using the same or only slightly varied text) will not count toward review credits/points.
  • Digital versions only; no print or audio copies will be comped for review.
  • EPUB or MOBI filetypes only (PDF is a bit of a pain, but will send if needed. Right after we lecture about the ease and simplicity of Kindle apps and Kindle for PC.)
  • We will send only one complimentary title at a time, though chaining is absolutely allowed. Finish and review one title, we’ll happily send you another once we’ve verified your review.
  • All reviews must be reported in order to receive credit. Reviews can be reported via a very simple form; one review equals one credit.
  • Reviews must be reported before 21 October, 2015.
  • Meg Silver reserves the right to refuse review-copy requests for any reason. (We’re prepared to give away hundreds of free books, but we won’t be taken advantage of.)

Wat Tuesday

by megsilver on September 22, 2015

Reasons why I have gotten nothing productive done these last two days:

1)
2015-09-10 14.56.45

2)
2015-09-11 20.48.01

3) I’d take a picture of my extremely neglected kitchen and bathrooms, but the CDC is standing outside with quarantine tape.

So. I’m taking part of the day off to clean, obviously, but then some of you may be receiving an email later on today. Those on the giveaway list may even receive two (provided I survive the bathroom cleanings).

Have a great Tuesday!

Early Heads Up

by megsilver on September 14, 2015

Happy Monday, y’all.

If you’re into audiobooks, be advised of a HUGE opportunity coming up next month. I can’t give away all the details quite yet because there are two things still pending, but suffice to say that you could win many, many hours of Fantasy Heights audiobooks…

Stay tuned. I’ll post more once I know for certain that I have things squared away for our UK readers.